This is a budget flash targeted at advanced beginners. It gives you a lot of control over the picture in terms of depth of field, level of illumination, and zoom.
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Pro Equipped for outdoor shoots
This is a powerful flash, with a guide number of 190 at ISO 100. It can illuminate the scene of your shot, even if you're taking photos in the dark and the object is further away.
Pro It can be used to shoot fast motion and wide aperture photos
This flash can take sharp images of fast movement and pictures where the object is sharp but the background is blurred, if used in slave mode with speedlights with HSS capability, like YongNuo YN-568EX.
Pro Works with most popular cameras
This flash fits ISO standard shoe that most modern cameras have, including Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Olympus, Fujifilm, and Panasonic cameras. Although it still is a good idea to double-check if this flash is a fit for your camera in terms of voltage.
Pro Can be used in sync with compatible flashes
YN560 can be used to activate other camera flashes from up to 27 feet away thanks to the built-in wireless transmitter. It can also be used in slave mode, activated by another flash or a wireless trigger. You can create groups of connected flashes with models YN560-IV and YN560-TX and use wireless triggers: RF-603 (I/II), and RF-602.
Pro Can be fired frequently
YN560 is faster at reaching its full power after being triggered than an average flash. It's recycle time is three seconds, while many brand flashes (Canon, Nikon) take as long as six. It's even faster if you connect your flash to an external battery pack via the HV port.
Con Not suitable for beginner photographers
To get good photos, you have to adjust the zoom and the power output of the speedlight manually to the zoom of the lens, distance to the object, the aperture width, etc.
Con Manual comes only in English and Mandarin
If you don't know the photography-related terminology in English or Mandarin, you're left on your own how to work this speedlight.