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.

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