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B&H Adds Yongnuo To Its Extensive Lighting Catalog

By Anthony Thurston on December 31st 2014

B&H is one of the most reputable retailers in the photographic industry these days, and they recently added an brand to their catalog that may raise some eye brows. That brand is the ‘king of budget lighting’, Yongnuo.

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Popular for their fairly reliable and budget friendly lighting and trigger solutions, Yongnuo has never really been ‘mainstream’ due to the difficulty at obtaining their products. You can usually find them on Amazon, but not always the model you want. If Amazon is a bust, then your only other real option here in the states is Ebay – which, let’s be honest, is not an ideal place to buy items with any confidence.

This addition to the B&H catalog brings Yongnuo into the mainstream, making it available from a reputable source with the confidence of B&H’s 30 day return policy. If you have ever wanted to try Yongnuo, but were wary of the sources, now you have a solid option here in the US.

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Yongnuo Products Now Available at B&H

  1. YN560 II – Manual Speedlight – $54.99
  2. YN560 III – Radio Slave Speedlight – $71.00
  3. YN-560 IV – Radio Master Speedlight – $72.99
  4. YN-568  EXII – Radio Master TTL Speedlight – $137.87
  5. YN-622 – TTL Triggers – $81.58
  6. RF-603 II – Radio Triggers (Manual Only, No TTL) – $31.50
  7. YN-622N-TX – Wireless Flash Controller – $45.99

What are your thoughts about this addition to the B&B catalog? Do you think you will be more open to buying or trying Yongnuo now? Leave a comment below and let us know!

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Jesper Ek

    Good news!

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  2. chris adval

    Here’s the dumb part in B&H… not keeping them in stuck and only shipping to order directly from yongnuo’s warehouse… full middleman but without thinking, oh why not keep them in stock for we can ship it faster than yongnuo… What is the intensive honestly? I love B&H but its the same price, same time frame in shipping… less options/products from yongnuo than yongnuo’s amazon. I’ll buy from yongnuo’s amazon instead.

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  3. Tobias Heyl

    Which of the flashes should I get anyway?
    There is the 560 which afaik is quite popular, but going by the number the 568 EX II is newer – and better?

    I thought about the combination of this Yongnuo YN-568EX II in combination with the YN-E3-RT Flash transmitter. What good is this combination? Does anyone have experience with it?

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    • Eric Mazzone

      The 560 and 568 are completely different flashes, the 568 is not the direct upgrade to the 560, it’s a different flash with different features.

      The 560 is a fully manual flash, with a great refresh rate, a good guide number, and with the mark III and IV has wireless at 2.4GHz built in. The 568 is a good flash that does iTTL or eTTL depending on brand of body. Many photographers doesn’t use ttl becuase when we set up our lights, so long as our subject doesn’t move too much from where we set them up at, we don’t have to adjust teh lights much if at all. So for use the 560s are great, set and forget, we can move ourselves around and shoot, and not worry about exposure. It’s great for multiple lights because we control them each.

      TTL on the other hand is great for weddings, where you can’t control the light as easily, your subject is always moving, and you are never in the same place. For brunch flash it’s awesome ish. Because the flash will Fire a few preflashes for the camera to read the scene, then adjust its exposure flash to balance out what the camera tells it it needs. But for studio work, where the lights and subject aren’t all over the place and you can control the light, it’s not needed. A good option, but I don’t work that way.

      So they’re really not able to be compared, just don’t look at it and think, ooh larger number = better gear.

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    • Eric Mazzone

      Also, the 560-IV is newer than the 568-II. So there’s that. Don’t pay attention to numbers, thinking larger = better.

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    • Matthew Saville

      As a wedding photographer, I use name-brand flashes for my on-camera work, since I think their TTL functions work the best, and I use YN560 III’s for off-camera manual flashing. You just can’t beat the price of $70 for built-in radio receiving, and the benefit of zero wires / cables off-camera is just thrilling me this past season.

      From what I can gather, unfortunately, the 568 series of flashes does not have a radio transmitter / receiver, it is based on the IR system that Canon and Nikon flashes have always used. And IR is, unfortunately, un-acceptable for me as a wedding photographer.

      If Yongnuo has a built-in-radio-triggered, TTL / HSS compatible flash, then someone please do fill me in! (The 560 IV, I think?)

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    • Eric Mazzone

      Matthew, the 560-IV is still manual only. I know that there are triggers that include ttl from YN that attach to the 568, to add RF, but I don’t use them so I’m not familiar with the system. The new canon trigger system the -3 or whatever it is, YN came out with a similar one that performs quite well, but again I don’t do TTL so haven’t looked into them beyond knowing of them.

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  4. Tyler Friesen

    I own four of these flashes and absolutely love them!

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  5. Rob Flora

    I have two YN-568’s and one YN-560 III. They work great and paired with the Yongnuo triggers they are quite reliable! Great value for the price!

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  6. Kate Hailey

    These are fabulous little flashes! And their triggers work pretty well too.

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  7. Danny Caro

    I purchased the Yongnuo YN-565EX from Amazon, great flash. Would have been great to purchase it from B&H at the time for easier shipping.

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  8. Tanya Goodall Smith

    Yay! I’ve been wanting to update my mobile lighting kit with some of these.

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  9. Matthew Saville

    My review of the Yongnuo 560 III and TX system is coming soon! I couldn’t be happier with this setup, it’s awesome…

    =Matt=

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    • Eric Mazzone

      I just received my second 560-III and my TX. Haven’t used them for long, but I absolutely love them from he 15 min i’ve played with them.

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  10. Luke Kwo

    I purchased 2x yongnuo 560 iii recently from Amazon, in the middle of my shoot, one of the flash kept on flashing at full power even though I manually set to 1/128 or any other flash level. IMO, Yongnuo have problems with their quality control.

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    • Matthew Saville

      I think this has to do with the radio signal getting updated properly; I’ve had it happen to me a couple times but if you change your channels from time to time, the issue goes away.

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    • Dave Smith

      That’s a ridiculous comment. I have a Nikon SB-900 that regularly stops working while my Yongnuos keep on going. One problem and it’s a quality control issue? Jeez….

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    • Tom Marvel

      I’ve found that sometimes you need to “zero” out the transmitters by pressing the channel & group buttons simultaneously until the light blinks then goes constant
      This manual will help with some of the other functions
      The OEM manual leaves a lot to be desired
      (Like grammatically correct English for starters)
      https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B77OmmGIg0gMVFpqNkpBYXBHajA/edit?pli=1

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  11. Dave Smith

    I’ve never had a misfire with any Yongnuo product. The range is awesome, the price is fair. It’s no wonder companies like Pocket Wizard are going under. Over priced electronics with less features.

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  12. Paul Sment

    I have been using Yongnuo speedlites for years and have had a great experience with them, in fact they are tremendous performers. I can almost always find anything I want Yongnuo at Amazon.com, and I shoot Pentax which makes it extra hard sometimes. For instance, I can get a Yongnuo 560III right now at Amazon “In Stock” where B&H “Usually ships in 2-4 weeks” I am sorry, but if you are selling something that “Usually ships in 2-4 weeks” you do not carry it, and it is not in stock. The claim that they have added Yongnuo to their lineup is virtually useless. I frequently shop at B&H for many items, but unless and until B&H can match Amazon as regards Yongnuo I will stick with Amazon.

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  13. Tom Bogan

    I have used the YN-622n and tx for months now with my SB800 and a YN568ex n. Have not had any problems and is a great way to start out with off camera flash.

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  14. J D

    I’ve been using Yongnuo flashes and triggers for years. *Knock on wood* but I have never had a single misfire that wasn’t a result of user error. They have fired every time I wanted them to fire (unless I forget to turn them on). I’ve even converted friends to using these over big names like Pocket Wizard.

    I am glad I can order from Amazon, as ordering from B&H would add more money. I can get them shipped to my house for $92CAN. $81.58US is roughly $94CAN and on top of that you have shipping, customs and duty.

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  15. William Emmett

    I’m glad B&H has now included Yongnuo in its line up of flashes. Yongnuo has come a long way in a very short time. They are even breaking into lens production, with a Canon style 50mm 1.8 for $40-50. If your interested go to flashhavoc.com and see some other very interesting products from China, with reviews.

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  16. Dave Smith

    They are selling ONE YN-622N for $140 at B&H with 2-4 weeks shipping. You can buy ONE YN-622N on eBay for $40 with 2-4 weeks shipping or less. Looks like B&H is drop shipping from China with a massive price hike for their effort. I’ll stick to eBay.

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  17. Steven Pellegrino

    Wow! That’s a pretty big deal. I have a couple of the YN560 II’s and a set of the RF-603N’s and so far they’ve been very reliable. I know that for a while Zack Arias was hot on these, but in his newest One Light video said in one year he purchased four flashes and within a year two died on him. For the price they’re basically disposable and if you’re on job with them it would be wise to have back-ups.

    We all know that if you buy Nikon & Canon you’re going to pay a premium price, but you can step up from Yongnuo with Cactus or the LumoPro LP180 for half the price of what the major brands charge. From my experience Yongnuo is a reliable intro into off-camera flash. It will get you in the game for under $100.

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  18. Stan Rogers

    This is probably a result of Yongnuo discontinuing the YN460II, which was rebranded in North America as the Photoflex StarFire (at around $140 versus the maybe $50 you’d pay for the Yongnuo-branded flash). Expect to pay just a little more for B&H’s markup, but gain the benefit of B&H’s returns policy in the deal as well. (One of our major Canadian retailers sells the Cactus brand, and things are about the same price walking into the store as they’d be if I paid for shipping from Gadget Infinity. But I get the benefit of quick local exchange if I need it in the price tag as well, rather than a two-week transoceanic turn-around.)

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  19. Tom Marvel

    Great news
    I have several of the YN 622 triggers & 568 versions I & II speedlights (for Canon)
    All work great even before considering the price
    (The 568 version II speedlights do have problem with the battery compartment doors, though)

    Obviously I purchased all my Yongnuo equipment on Amazon so I’m a tad surprised by the B&H pricing
    Last time I bought a pair of 622 triggers on Amazon for less than B&H is selling a single one
    I’m sure the prices at B&H will come down to a level to rival Amazon
    (Hopefully not the other way around!)

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