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Yongnuo Announces New Receiver That Adds Canon RT Features To Any Flash

By Anthony Thurston on February 2nd 2015

Yongnuo has announced a new and very interesting, receiver called the YNE3-RX. Yongnuo claims the unit will add Canon RT functions to any speedlight. There are no pictures of the unit yet, nor an official release date, just a ‘coming soon’.


According to the release, when using this unit with any non Canon-RT flash you will be able to gain the following features on the flash unit:

  • Support flash E-TTL, Manual and Multi (stroboscopic) flash modes
  • Supports single contact flash triggering
  • Test button and remote shutter release function
  • Prontor/Compur (PC) sync output
  • USB firmware updates
  • Manual triggering via single-pin hotshoe

So basically, if I am understanding this correctly, Yongnuo is saying that I will be able to manually control any “dumb flash” from my Canon camera with one of these new receiver units. Just connect this receiver to the flash, and then it can be controlled via any Canon RT commander unit on your camera.

I don’t know about you, but it sounds too good to be true to me. I mean, if it was this simple, why has no one done anything like this before? Still though, the fact that Yongnuo is confident enough to make the claim, and have a product coming soon, gives me enough reason to at least look into this a bit more once it is actually released.

What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

[via Lighting Rumors]

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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. Stan Rogers

    This isn’t too terribly different (technically speaking) from what Cactus is doing with manual flash control on the V6 transceiver. They’re simply tying it into a TTL system to automate the process. (And if they follow Cactus very far down that same path, then the system would also work with any older TTL/OTF film camera flashes once they’re “trained”. As long as the flash duration can be controlled electrically, you’re good.)

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  2. Chuck Eggen

    Yongnuo is really putting some pressure on other manufacturers.

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  3. Basit Zargar

    happy to check it

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  4. Lissette Garcia

    I have three Canon 600EX-RT flashes which I trigger with the Yongnuo YN-E3-RT transmitter that has not failed me once. It works perfectly on my Canon 5Dm3, and my beloved Fuji X-T1. Needless to say, I am quite happy and impressed with the Yongnuo brand and would definitely consider buying their products.

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    • Timothy Harris Jr.

      Wait, the YN-E3-RT can control flashes and interface with the Fuji X-T1? This potentially sounds like a game-changer for me. Can you please let me know exactly how this works?

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    • Lissette Garcia

      Timothy Harris Jr.: Yes, my Yongnuo YN-E3-RT controls all 3 of my Canon 600EX-RT flashes – in MANUAL mode only (no ETTL). I can switch the YN-E3-RT from my Canon 5D Mark 3 to my Fuji X-T1 seamlessly. The Fuji X-T1 has to be in manual shutter and single shot mode (the new electronic shutter will not work). Also, the X-T1 can NOT be in silent mode either. That’s it. I bought the YN-E3-Rt on Amazon for about $110. Feel free to email me if you have further questions: lissette18 at yahoo email.

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    • Timothy Harris Jr.

      Thank you so much Lissette! I will let you know if I have any questions as soon as my just-ordered YN-E3-RT comes in.

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  5. Eric Mazzone

    So would this make the YN560’s of any generation E-TTL by adding this receiver? If so call me amazed.

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  6. John Cavan

    I’m pretty sure there are some limitations and exceptions to follow… Otherwise, I have a couple of really old flashes that may be of interest to a Canon shooter. ;)

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  7. William Emmett

    It looks as though one of Canon’s patents has run out, and Yongnuo is going to capitalize on it. That is good news for all of us. I’m suspecting that the flashes that will work best with this new receiver will be Yongnuo.

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  8. Michael Burnham

    That would be truly impressive so I very-much hope its true. The features and function of their other low-cost offerings have made Yongnuo the low cost leader in wireless flash photography so hopefully if true this will take it a set further.

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