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Yongnuo YN-560 II Flash with Standard Hot Shoe for Nikon, Canon, Fuji, Olympus, Pentax
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- Slave function ( S1, S2 mode): You just can use YN-460 and YN-460 II in indoor and at a very weak light, but for YN-560, you can use it in outdoor environment, and the wireless triggering distance is as around 15m
- The High Sensitivity Wireless Triggering Sensor: The high sensitivity wireless triggering sensor inherits from YN560, which makes the S1 and S2 mode can be used in outdoor environment and the wireless triggering distance is as long as 15m, as well as 25m indoors.
- Large LCD Panel: Large LCD panel, you can look into and set the functions on the LCD panel clearly and directly.
- New Power zoom function: You can push the button on the flash and make it covered focal length range from 24mm to 105mm
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Sound prompt system, turn on the sound prompt function, different sounds indicate different working situations, help you focus on shooting. Provides charging socket for external power pack, it can meet your higher demand for your higher demand for charging recycle. PC port support, you can make the flash synchronously by connecting to the PC port. Super speed of charging recycle, it supports highspeed continuous shooting. Power saving mode, with antomatically save settings. Improved panel buttons design, it is easy and convenient to operate. Specifications: Color: Black Circuit design: Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor(IGBT) Guide number: 58 (ISO 100?105mm) Flash mode: M?S1?S2?Multi Zoom range: 24?28?35?50?70?80?105mm Vertical rotation angle: -7--90 degrees Horizontal rotation angle: 0-270 degrees Power supply: 4 * AA size batteries(Alkaline or Ni-MH are usable), the batteries are not included Lighting times: 100-1500 times(AA alkaline cell used) Recycle time: approx 3 sec(AA alkaline cell used) Color temperature: 5600k Flash time: 1/200s-1/20000s Flash control: 8 levels of output control(1/128--1/1), 29 levels of fine tuning External interface: hot shoe, PC port and external charging port Wireless triggering distance: 20-25m indoor, 10-15m outdoor Additional features: The electronic flash head zooming, sound indicator, automatically saving setting, PC port, power saving mode and overheating protection Product weight: 378g Package weight: 557g Product size: 19.2 * 7.5 * 5.7cm Package size: 21.0 * 9.6 * 8.1cm Package list: 1 * Flash light 1 * Mini stand 1 * Protecting bag 1 * User manual
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When doing 'hasty' photography such as snapshots at parties, it is difficult (though not impossible) to get good results when using this Yongnuo flash in conjunction with a Sony NEX5 or NEX6. It is easier to get good results when doing the the sort of photography that can be done slowly, carefully and experimentally.
NOTES SPECIFICALLY FOR THE NEX5 USER
Since the NEX5 has no flash hot-shoe, the camera and the flash must be joined to one another via some sort of adapter (search Amazon for "NEX5 hotshoe adapter"). With the flash thus mounted the whole setup feels not only heavy, but also precariously top heavy. Moreover, the camera will need to be held in 'landscape' mode to keep the flash gun vertical and directly above the socket in order to avoid putting lots of shear stress on the camera's flash socket. From my own experience I recommend that, if possible, you do *not* mount the flash on the camera but, instead, use a wireless connection as described below.
NOTES SPECIFICALLY FOR THE NEX6 USER
The flash can be mounted into the camera's hot-shoe and it feels fairly secure, but does make the whole kit feel very top-heavy. With the camera turned sideways for "portraits" I'd be concerned about the mechanical stress on the socket. The Yongnuo flash prevents the built-in flash from popping-up so they cannot both be used together.
NOTES FOR BOTH NEX5 AND NEX6
The camera cannot control the flash power nor know how you have set it; indeed the camera won't even realise that you have attached a flash. The implication of this is that you will almost certainly need to operate the camera in fully manual 'M' mode. Usually I also find it necessary to take a few test shots to find a combination of settings that yield the result I am hoping for, and the implication of this is that the flash is better suited to staged photographs rather than impromptu ones.
It is capable of providing considerably greater illumination than the 'kit' flash supplied with the NEX5 or the built-in flash of the NEX6, but since the flash power is adjustable to some degree it is also capable of providing a less intense supplementation of light if that is what you need.
These characteristics mean that, when used with a Sony NEX camera, this Yongnuo flash is suitable for the sort of pictures that you take time to construct --- carefully experimenting with the juxtaposition of objects and light and discarding lots of 'wrong' images before being delighted by the one that finally comes out as you hoped.
If you want a flash for snapshots at parties then I think you'd do much better to stick with the Sony camera mounted ones. The exception would be if you can use multiple flash guns located around a room to provide high-intensity and relatively even light bounced off the ceiling, and operate them all with wireless triggers.
If you want to take pictures inside dark interesting places (caves or buildings, for example) then this flash could certainly be helpful but only if you will have time to compose the photograph and take some test shots to help you choose the right combinations of flash power, ISO, shutter speed and aperture.
This flash and the NEX5 / NEX6 work well together when connected via a cheap wireless link (also available on Amazon). Altogether you will need a hot-shoe adapter, wireless transmitter and receiver pair, the flash and your camera. You'll likely also want a battery charger for AA and AAA batteries (the flash takes 4xAA and the wireless adapters that I've seen all seem to use AAA batteries). This combination of equipment means that you can put the flash somewhere distant from the camera and then experiment with all kinds of interesting illumination effects that are impossible when using the Sony 'kit' flash. It also means that if you decide to buy this flash gun for your NEX camera then you might also need to budget for the "extras".
With the flash mounted on the camera I have been able to use shutter speeds up to 1/160th of a second reliably. I don't recall having problems at 1/200th but certainly anything faster than that is either unreliable or unusable, unless you can capture your subject in a partial frame (which might be worth trying in some cases). When used with a wireless link the wireless units introduce a slight lag of unpredictable duration. This means that either a slower shutter must be used for reliable image capture, or several images must be taken and then checked to see if the shutter and flash were adequately synchronised. In practise I've found that I can use 1/125th of a second reliably with a wireless link.
Edit: I've used this flash for over a year now and I had to come back and add to my perfunctory first review. Build quality is excellent. I dropped the flash onto a hard floor not long after buying it and it hasn't missed a beat. All buttons and screens doors and sockets work perfectly. The main reason I wanted to return to this review is to say that the Yongnuo actually out performs my other flash guns all brand names all six times the price. The controls are better laid out, more intuitive and the recycling time is faster, much faster. The unit stays cooler and runs for longer on the same batteries.
I compared it with top of the range Sony and mid range Metz flashes. I am now buying two more of the Yongnuos as I find them more reliable which is the single most important factor if someone is paying for my time.
This came exceptionally quickly with free delivery (Thank you Amazon), and was a super simple startup, I had a look at the manual just in case but found that it really wasn't needed, simply pop four AA batteries in the side, hold down the power button for 2 seconds and it switches on.
You can press the sound button to toggle notification sounds on and off, I found these to be quite annoying so I keep them off.
The mode button allows it to be switched to different settings - M (Manual?) to slave 1, slave 2 and Multi.
You can use zoom to project your light across a different range up to 105mm.
Using the arrows you can change the power of the flashgun from down to 1/1 (It's brightest) to 1/124 (It's lowest) and add small variations ontop of that (+0.3 - etc.)
You can shoot up to about 1/250 comfortably, when you start to go higher, you get black bars across your image as the camera is shooting faster than the light is being transmitted.
The little LED light on the flash will glow red when it's ready to fire and green when it's not.
It fits comfortably into the standard Nikon hotshoe for my camera (D5100) and screws in to lock in place, it feels sturdy and won't come off easy, the entire flashgun has a very good build quality.
Now onto the actual use, I've never used flash before and have refrained from using the built in flash, I've always felt that using flash would never allow you to capture a 'naturalistic' image, and using natural light is the only way to do it, in reflection, I was incredibly wrong, using this flash has allowed me to create incredible images, with depth and dimension to them, through bouncing a little light off the ceiling or walls, you can create a soft, natural-like lighting that frames your subject and brings definition out through shadow, I know this may sound a bit ridiculous and I'm going on a bit, but I seriously love it, It does everything I need it to and I'll be using flash photography a lot more.
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