I’ve been looking around for a speedlite flash gun ever since I saw one in action in a dim cafe. The outcome is unbeliveable, the subject is properly exposed at higher shutter speed. So one can be drunk and still take sharp images. Ok, probably not entirely drunk, I think tipsy would be better word.
The Canon Speedlites like the Canon Speedlite 580EX II and Canon Speedlite 430EX II are pretty expensive and you might not need all those expert features. If you are like me, just need a simple flash gun that automatically set the flash power base on my lens-to-subject distance (TTL) then you are reading the right post. The reason for the e-TTL/e-TTL II is because I am bad at manual flash power settings (at the moment) so I would prefer technology to handle all those while I concentrate on composing my shots.
So at the end of the day, the flash gun I am looking for should:
- be compatible with my Canon EOS 60D
- be able to correctly expose my subject depending on my lens-to-subject distance
- cost less than $300
- Support slave triggering
After doing some research, I got the Yongnuo YN468 II e-TTL Speedlite for Canon! This cost me approximately US$92 so it really is a affordable flash gun!
Some features of the Yongnuo YN-468II
- Guide Number 33 (at 35mm)
- Support e-TTL/e-TTL II
- Adjustable flash power setting from 1/1 to 1/128
- MULTI mode/strobo flash mode
- Optical slave modes S1 and S2
- Rear-curtain sync
- Exposure compensation and bracketing ±3EV (steps of 1/3EV)
- Manual/Automatic light head zoom from 24-85mm
- Horizontal Rotation Angel: 0~270 degree
- Power Supply: 4 X AA Batteries (alkaline and Ni-Mh)
- Lighting Times: 100-1500 times with fresh batteries
- Color Temperature: 5600K
I would say the GN is over-rated as experiments (by others) have show that it is slightly lower than 33. Well, you pay what you get. Right?
So what is included in the package?
The package includes:
- YN-468II flash gun
- Carrying case
- Stand for the flash gun
- User manual(s)
How is the look and feel of the YN-468II?
The YN-468II flash gun feels solid and not at all flimsy. To be honest, I would expect it to break apart if I force the battery cover slot to open/close or when I turn the flash head around. Well, after fiddling for 15 minutes, nothing came loose or fell off. I am sure the YN-468II will serve me well for the time being.
The flash settings can be done easily through the camera flash menu as well as through the buttons (and LCD) at the back of the YN-468II. For example, flash compensation settings can be done either though the buttons at the back of the YN-468II or through the camera flash menu. It supports some custom functions.
Batteries are loaded from the side of the YN-468II. There are guides for the batteries so they fit snugly into position and the battery cover slides tightly into position. I am using Sanyo Eneloop batteries to power the flash gun and I am getting good recycle timing! Typically, less than 2 seconds on a full power flash.
Well, you talk so much. Where are the pictures?
I am still fiddling with the Yongnuo YN-468II and I really know nuts about flash. I took 2 shots to test out the YN-468II – one with flash and one without. This is for those people who are still considering whether should they get a flash or not. After looking at the pictures, I think you might just want to get one too!
Well, I’m happy with my affordable Yongnuo YN-468II e-TTL II Speedlite for Canon. If you are looking for a affordable flash gun, maybe you want to consider flash guns from Yongnuo because they are easy to use and basic settings are done automatically for you. Do check out with the sellers if you need to clarify some features. The Yongnuo YN-468II i-TTL Flash Speedlite is also available for Nikon cameras.
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