Yongnuo YN-565EX ETTL Flash – Quick Review

The Yongnuo YN-565EX ETTL Flash for Canon and Nikon is so far very nice. Yongnuo has really stepped up their game with this new YN565EX, providing a solid build that feels very similar to the Canon 580EX II which is the top notch in Canon gear. Many other features only available in Canon's top flashes are also included in the YN-565EX such as PC sync and External Power port option. For an on camera flash with Canon DSLRs, it works transparently for the average consumer. In ETTL mode, communication with the camera are recognized including Zoom Distance, Aperture, and Flash compensation. Note: This flash does not have an HSS option.

When used off camera, the flash can be set to Slave mode and triggered from a variety of Canon Master or Nikon Commander type triggers. Although you can fire the flash remotely, I need to do more testing to see if ETTL is still working wirelessly. I noticed the flash was not picking up my flash compensation, zoom, or aperture. It seems to have defaulted to a more manual mode but still fired as a slave. Maybe i'm missing something in the settings? Since this YN-565EX can be triggered through a Canon Master, this should (ideally) work to be triggered from the 'built in' wireless triggers from the Canon 7D and Canon 60D cameras (turn on Flash trigger in menu). I think the T3i may also have this option. In any case, the many features, build quality, and price makes this a perfect flash for on camera use, and for experienced flash photographers the manual modes 'off camera' work excellent too. You can find them online via eBay (click here).

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67 thoughts on “Yongnuo YN-565EX ETTL Flash – Quick Review

  1. Darren

    Hi what batteries do you recommend for this flash? I have heard Alkaline ones are no good and run out in about 20 flashes!

  2. Ron

    I have a pair of YN-622C, one on a Canon 1100D and one on a Canon Speedlite. Will the transceiver set off a 2nd Flash a Yongnuo 565EX ETTL Speedlite Flash for Canon (which I am thinking of buying) without a transceiver.

  3. I bought a Yongnuo 565ex in March and used it normally untill November 10 when it just stopped firing come on normally but will not fire!

  4. Bill Emmett

    I bought a Yongnuo 565EX. It arrived in a short week and a half. It powered up in short time, and worked as advertised on my Canon 50D's hotshoe. I will have to get a radio transmitter, since the 50D does not have one built in. It tracks the distance to subject, f stop, and will focus in complete darkness. I'm satisfied so far. I'll be looking at Yongnuo in the future for other equipment.

  5. Emm

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    @Tiffany - I'm not very familiar with Nikon or if they changed anything with the D7000. I think the YN565 was released before the D7000?

  6. Tiffany

    So I have followed you for sometime now. I love your reviews! Question for you. I have the Yongnuo yn 560 II and the yn 565ex. I shoot Nikon, which I know you do not. My question is this. Should the 565 work in ttl mode on my d7000? It works in my d3000 but will not on the 7000. The 560II works flawlessly on either.

  7. Robert

    Just got my YN565ex and was really excited to shoot tonight. Unfortunately, my assist beam is not working. I have tried 3 sets of batteries, changed af mode to one shot, toggled the assist beam function on the flash on and off a couple times, tried changing focus points and all the other stuff I have read about this flash not working. I am shooting on a Canon T3i, Can anybody help me out?

  8. Brian

    I just picked up one of these flashes, your review sealed the deal. It seems really nice for the price. I have had one issue though, the AF-Assist beam doesn't work on my 5DmkII, but it works great on my 20D? I can focus in complete darkness! Did you notice this when using it on the 5DmkII or did I get a bum flash? The CF functions is enabled and it even changes on the flashes screen when I enable or disable it on the 5D, but it just doesn't work.

  9. rebecca Hill

    Is there any cheaper yongnuo yn 565 than this in amazon?

    I was given this link by one of my friends who is in the photography industry for quite some time and told me that it’s good value for money.

  10. I'm searching for an external flash. Should I buy this one (Yongnuo YN-565EX) or the Metz Mecablitz 44 AF-1? And which wireless (receiver and transmitter) system would you recommend?

  11. Emm

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    @Viv - If it does not communicate, then it won't be able to assist you with metering in total darkness. Go for the Canon 430EX.

  12. Viv

    Thank you for the advice! I am using the flash on the hot shoe at the moment but still having the same problems, also I cannot access the speedlite settings through the camera as it says it's an incompatible flash.. is this normal? In the meantime I'll try and persuade my employers into the canon flash but i assume they've bought this set-up for the price! Thanks again Viv

  13. Emm

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    @Viv - If you used a Canon flash, they normally have infrared metering to focus in complete darkness. I believe the YN-565 has the metering feature, but not sure about the 560. You could always tell them to get a Canon 430EX. If you place the flash on the hot shoe, it should be able to focus in total darkness.

  14. Viv

    Hi there hope you can help!

    I have just been given a 5D MKII with a YN 560 flash by my employers to take photographs in some of the nightclubs in the area. Everyting is going ok my only problem is that sometimes I cannot get the camera to focus on the people infront of me (usually taking headshots) and so I have to put the focus point on a well lit point behind the subjects.. sometimes this is ok but sometimes it means they are out of focus and also it can take a while to take the picture... by this point people getting bored. I'm not sure what the problem is?
    Thanks Viv

  15. YouseF

    What an hss used for and is it realy important as i will us it as on camera flash and as that would be the first as I don't the money for 580ex and I will never even buy it I would use the money for lenth πŸ˜€

  16. Fawaz

    @ EM I wish I could edit my comments because I forgot to add that I can create a video tomorrow when I get home and show you what Im talking about.

  17. Fawaz

    @EM So I bought some regular energizer batteries and Duracell batteries and when I put it in it doesnt work unless I hold the power button non stop for about 30-45 seconds and even then it wont work sometimes. Finally when it works it will turn on normally. Now when I go to take a picture it flashes normally but sometimes when I take a picture it will flash twice one right when the shutter release and another flash right after. Then on my 5DMK2 the flash will just start flashing and non stop. If I take it off the camera like you do in your video the flash wont stop flashing every couple of seconds. It seems to work better with my 7D. But I dont understand why it wont stop flashing. When I attach my 85 f1.8 the flash aperture will automatically change f/1.4 no matter what I do it wont go to f/1.8 but if I go to f/5 or any other f stop it works but it wontdo f/1.4. I cant hold my flash like you do in the video without it just randomly going off. I dont think that its broken I just think Im doing something wrong. I might have possibly messed up some of the advanced controls maybe you can tell me what settings you have yours at. I tried matching your setting in the video and it will still randomly start flashing. Sometimes if I leave it alone on my 5D and not touch it wont flash but once I pick the camera up it will start flashing or if I take a picture it will flash twice. I dont know why.

  18. Emm

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    @Fawaz - First time i've heard of this. Can you throw up a video or something? I'm not sure what's going on.

  19. Fawaz

    @ EM sorry for bugging. On my 5D MK2 the flash wont stop firing and I dont know why? It will stop sometimes but start up randomingly, I read the manually and there is nothing on this I am so confused.

  20. Fawaz

    @Em I have done that I waited more than a couple of seconds. it still didnt work. But I did solve the problem I ended up holding it down for like 30 seconds and it finally starts normally now but went through that boot up procedure multiple times before it finally stayed. on my 7D the flash works flawlessly but on my 5D it just starts firing nonstop then firing twice its just so bizare. But I am completely new to flash photography so I need to learn a lot more.

  21. Emm

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    @Fawaz - You have to hold the power button down for a few seconds before it starts up. Pressing it very quickly will start the 'power up' sequence, but you need to hold the power button down until it's done 'booting up'. It prevents it from turning on accidentally.

  22. Fawaz

    EM My flash just came in and I put 2 sets of batteries in and for some reason it turns on for literally a second than turns off. No matter how many times I change the battery. I am so upset!

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  24. Rodrigo

    @Emm: You're the best, man! I'm guessing that if you manage to test one, you'll make not only me, but a bunch of Nikon users happy! πŸ™‚
    Will check back regularly...

  25. Emm

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    @Rodrigo - Unfortunately I don't shoot Nikon, but let me see if I can hunt one down for a test.

  26. Rodrigo

    Hi again Emm!
    Thanks for all the good info! I own a Nikon D7000. I was looking to Yongnuo's website and a couple of discussions on the web, but I can't get a definitive answer to my question: Does the YN-565EX work in TTL mode with the flash mounted on the Nikon D7000? Indications seem to point that it doesn't and that only manual mode is available, but then it seems weird to me that it does support Nikon TTL as a off camera flash...
    Do you (or any of your followers) know the answer to this one?

    Many thanks!

  27. Fawaz

    Just Ordered One Because of your Review. This will be my first time ever having a flash. I am still fresh to all this so I am very excited!

  28. @Daniel - also to get any flash to fire quicker is to give them more power out of batteries - add battery packs and they'll recycle much quicker.

  29. Rob

    @Lukas Yeah, I'm liking them already, and I do have a couple of CPE2 battery packs that work well. The Lumopro didn't have external battery capability which is why I sold it. I might have to pick up one of these. Thanks for the reviews Emm.

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  31. Emm

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    @Daniel - The 580EX IIs are known for the larger capacitors, but to get any flash to fire faster, just turn down the output instead of going full power. If it's not bright enough walk the flash in. If it's not broad enough, you can mount several flashes on one stand. I'll do more testing with the YN.

  32. @Rob - you'll like the 560's. I have two and I use them as OOF at the weddings with PocketWizards. Work without any hiccups. Also get the power packs - they last whole night on one set of batteries.

  33. does this fire as fast and reloads as fast as the 580exii? My 550ex does not reload fast enough and I want/need something fast like the EXii but they are darn expensive, would this do?

  34. Rob

    @Tony I'm usually good about keeping tabs on equipment but sometimes you have a sprawl of stuff on tables or the floor, and I was in a hurry. I have two 580s and a 550 and many, many bags, so I'm assuming that the flash in its case must have rolled under the table. The hotel said they didn't find it during clean up so... I bought the Yongnuo as a cheap stopgap. Worked surprisingly pretty well. I thought it was better than the Lumopro 160 that I used to own. We'll see if it lasts.

  35. Jon Agner

    Appreciated your review on the 565 and indeed it looks promosing πŸ™‚ I've had my share of a bad yong nuo 460II but I've been using the 460 and the 560 along side my 420EX and 430EXII without any problems.

  36. Jomi Garrucho

    How does it work seamlessly with the canon wireless? can you change ratio on TTL wirelessly? can it work with other canon flashes in a group? can you change the power in manual mode using the camera body wireless?


  37. Emm

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    @Writersbloc - Rotation is very similar to the 580, but it lacks the lock button. The YN-565EX can tilt, but it's held in through friction points. It's a new flash, only time and testing will tell. I'll keep you guys updated with my experiences.

  38. Emm

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    @TheAntiParadigm - Yes I was testing with the 7D internal yesterday, works perfectly. I would suggest going with an ST-E2 if you want to be able to change flash compensation from the camera, or go with the RF-602/3 for just plain manual mode. I'm going to test later today with my Radio Popper PX.

  39. Emm

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    @Lukas - I was testing remotely and changing changing Flash Compensation. Indeed the YN-565EX is communicating with the camera.

  40. I was waiting for your review, Emm πŸ™‚ Please try remote triggering with radio transmitters which transfer ETTL. I have two YN-560's and they work great with my Pocket Wizards as manual strobes. As long as those work in remote ETTL mode as well - they are winner for any photog (and I don't see reason why wouldn't they) πŸ™‚

  41. Just got mine in last week. wireless does work on the 7D. The only weird thing is that it is done through the on board flash, and every time the on board flash goes off (i have heard this is what triggers the slave. it doesn't show in the picture, but it is a bit annoying...

    The 565 is amazing, especially for the price

  42. joseph

    I have gotten YN460s and they did not last very long. How long do you think YN565ex will last. I am kind of on the fence with Yongnuo dont know if I can trust them or not.

  43. Writersbloc

    The 565 can't work as a master for Canon 580's or 430's like the 580 does, right?

    Does the head do a full 180 pivot in both directions, unlike the 430?

    I assume the power output and recycle times are comparable to the 580EXII.

    I own 2 YN560's and never had a problem with either (one older model with the plastic foot and one with the metal foot). Very interested in the 565, although I only feel comfortable buying Yongnuo off of Amazon these days.

  44. I would also love to see how these work with radiopoppers. I've got PX, JRx and P1 gear and if these were comparable that would be awesome!

  45. imgpro615

    i got a couple YN460s and they both died on me...i feel burned by them but maybe i need to up the model number and get on the next level...

  46. Emm

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    @Rob - It does not have the permanent locking button like the Canon's. It can be positioned, but adjusts if you add tension to it. I just shot another follow up video, will post soon.

  47. Rob

    Does the head lock in the upward position like on the Canons? I just bought a 560 not long ago after losing one of my 580s on a job. I was surprised how well it worked and might pick up another except it doesn't lock upwards so makes modifiers a bit harder to use.

  48. Emm

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    @Jack - It took about 12 days. There are already some USA sellers, so it should ship faster. Prices are jumping a bit though.

  49. Emm

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    @Juan - If you look at my 580EX II's you'll see the Radio Popper PX stickers on the infrared. I can test to see if it will trigger the YN-565EX. Hopefully it could maintain communications like flash compensation. Because it doesn't really do HSS, you could pretty much just get away with cheaper RF603's.

  50. Juan

    Awesome review Emm! A lot of savings, you are right!
    As a RadioPopper, I would like to know if anybody tested with RadioPoppers. Jxr or PX's.


  51. Hi Emm, it's so damn cool haw fast you get all the new toys πŸ™‚ Quick question, how long did it take to arrive? Thanks πŸ˜‰

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