Yongnuo YN560-III Speedlite

Yongnuo YN560-III Speedlite

Yongnuo YN560-III Speedlite

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Product Highlights

  • 2.4 GHz Receiver with 328' Range
  • Guide Number: 190' at ISO 100 and 105mm
  • Zoom Range: 24-105mm (18mm with Panel)
  • Output Range: 1/1 to 1/128
  • Tilts -7 to 90° & Rotates 270°
  • Optical Slave Functionality
  • Recycle Time: 3 Seconds
  • Multi Mode for Firing Series of Flashes
  • PC Sync Port
  • Runs on 4 AA Batteries
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Yongnuo YN-560-III overview

  • 1Description

Featuring a 2.4 GHz wireless radio receiver, the Yongnuo YN560-III Speedlite is a long range manual flash unit capable of being triggered from up to 300' away with the YN560-TX, RF-603, and RF-602 wireless transmitters. The YN560-III is powerful with a guide number of 190' at ISO 100 and 105mm. The unit is also quite versatile with a zoom range of 24-105mm, which is able to be expanded to 18mm with the built-in wide-angle diffuser. Additionally, this output can be adjusted from 1/1 to 1/128 power in 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps.

Full bounce and swivel lighting is possible due to -7 to 90° tilt and 270° of rotation with the locking flash head. The flash can also be triggered optically with either instant sync or skip pre-flash options for simpler off-camera firing. A built-in PC sync port further enhances the flash's connectivity and a Multi mode allows for stroboscopic lighting effects. The flash runs on 4 AA batteries and has a recycle time of about 3 seconds. It comes with a protective case and a stand.

Supports the YN560-TX, RF-603, and RF-602 wireless transmitters and can operate on any of the 16 available channels
Metal hot shoe for standard on-camera triggering
Large LCD screen for viewing settings and making adjustments
Socket for SF-18C or SF-17C external power pack
Audible flash ready indicators
100-1500 flashes from one set of batteries
Automatically saves your current settings
Built-in bounce card
Color temperature of 5600K
Eight levels of flash output from 1/1 to 1/128 with 29 individual settings
Optical triggering range of 66-82' indoors or 33-49' outdoors
In the Box
Yongnuo YN560-III Speedlite
  • Case
  • Stand
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Yongnuo YN-560-III specs

    Mount Shoe
    Guide No. 190.29'  / 58 m ISO 100 at 105 mm Position
    Exposure Control Manual
    Vari-Power Manual: 1/1 - 1/128
    Bounce Head Yes, -7 to +90°
    Swivel Head Yes, 270°
    Coverage 18 - 105 mm (Full Frame)
    Zoom Head Full Frame: 24 - 105 mm
    Off-Camera Terminal PC
    Recycle Time Approximately 3 Seconds
    Flash Duration 1/200 - 1/20000 sec
    Flash-Ready Indicator Yes
    Slave Timing Modes Instant Sync
    Skip Preflash
    Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, Rechargeable NiMH Batteries
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.4 x 7.5 x 3.1" / 60.0 x 190.0 x 78.0 mm
    Weight 12.35 oz / 350 g
    Packaging Infozqeeqxcf
    Package Weight 1.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.4 x 3.8 x 3.1"

    Yongnuo YN-560-III reviews

    YN560-III Speedlite is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 90.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from First time user of off camera flash I have never used an off camera flash before. In preparing developing my photography skills I purchased the YN560-III speed lite off of the recommendation of someone and I am very glad that I did. I was able to get it up and running within minutes. Since I am shooting off camera, I also purchased the YN560-TX manual flash controller for Canon. I mention this because I want to speak to the ease of having the units work with each other in conjunction with my Canon SL1. So far I am happy with my purchase, the one thing that I noticed so I mention it as a word of caution, the batteries become very warm almost to hot to handle after heavy use.
    Date published: 2016-11-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My first foray into OCF, these delivered I bought four of these last summer along with the transmitters and the controller and they work wonderfully. I used them primarily for wedding receptions and venues as well as some portraiture using Flash benders and multi-flash mounts on umbrellas. They have worked reliably and efficiently and with the controller, I have gotten very consistent results. A friend of mine turned me on to the older versions but I went with these just as they came out with the controller for flexibility and ease of use.
    Date published: 2015-02-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable Performance for the price I ussually shoot in remote locations in the mountains, and I often find myself shooting around lakes, creeks and rivers. I lose or break several strobes a year do to the relatively harsh environment I shoot in on a regular basis. I needed strobes that could be fired wirelessly, delivered relatively consistent output, and were priced low enough to not break the bank every time I needed to replace one or two. The Yongnuo YN560-lll were exactly what I needed. I carry three on every outdoor excursion. They are really durable for the price, deliver consistent output and the wireless system is simple and dependable. Great product.
    Date published: 2017-04-10
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Loses output power At first I thought it was a coincidence. But 6 out of 7? I own 7 of these flashes. 6 of them are mark III and one mark IV. All of them but 1 have lost output power after several months os use. One year at best. The only unit that is still powerful enough is a unit that I received 3 months ago. In the attached photo you can see the two top photos are of two of the units which I purchased 10 months ago. The bottom two photos are from the unit that I received 3 months ago and of a Pentax flash, with the same guide number. All photos were taken in manual mode, 1/200, F10 and ISO 100. I wonder, is it possible that no one else experiences this??
    Date published: 2016-09-09
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Flash, So-So Mass Production Quality Control I bought nine of these 560III units for my own use as well as that of the university office that I work in. They are great in every way except one -- dependability. We've put them to moderate use over a year's time and three of the nine went bad. Simply stopped powering up. I can't really complain; when they are working and used in multi-flash setups they are as powerful, as flexible and controllable as any of the units that cost four to five times as much. But Yongnuo doesn't appear to have a very tight assembly line quality control system. Yet, when I do need more units, I will likely try the new Yongnuo model VI in hopes that they are better built.
    Date published: 2016-07-19
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from They WERE great... This was one of the first speed lights I purchased. Read great things about them, and since it was manual only, I was very interested in it. I did have a canon 430 ex, which has been a mainstay, but needed a second flash. Used this speed light several times with no issue. Seemed to be dependable, and I eventually purchased the 560 tx and two more 560 IIIs. Had a great little set up for off-camera flash. Used them with the SF-18 battery packs and have shot several events with great success. Then it happened. I had been shooting some kart races and utilizing 2 of the YN 560s, along with the battery packs when I noticed one of the lights seemed to be firing at full power. I had been shooting with it at about 1/8 to 1/4 power for most of the night. Tried several adjustments, but it continued to fire at full power. Shut it off and continued with just one flash. Packed it all up and went home. Next shoot, I happened to bring out the same flash (without checking first) and placed it in a softbox and began taking pics of a client. Light was a little bright, and I could not get it adjusted. I then remembered the issue and went to a different light source. After the shoot, I read up on the YN 560 getting stuck shooting at full power. I saw where this has happened on several occasions. So, I thought I burned the flash up when I used it at the races, though I never thought I OVER used it and never shot several pics in a row. So I set it aside, as I had two others. Well, two weeks later and the same thing happened to flash #2. Taking care to shoot with time in between shots, and not overheat the flash. A few hours into the evening, and I notice the light is firing at full power again!. Turned it off and went to my third light to finish the evening. Checked the light after I got home and it is stuck at full power! Began checking other options on the light, and found that the zoom quit working as well. So I'm giving up on these speed lights as I just can't afford to have them go down on me again. They had been very dependable for my for a couple of years, which is good, I guess. They really helped me get into off camera flash at a very reasonable price, but I have found that I can't really depend on them anymore. For the money, I think they are a great way to get started. But when you have to start dealing with clients, and having something more dependable, I guess you just have to bite the bullet and spend the cash. My little 'ole canon 430 ex is still working like a champ though....
    Date published: 2015-08-24
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Positives: Price and Convenience. Negatives: Quality If you haven't owned one yet, just realize that you really do get what you pay for. These lights are inexpensive, and they have a lot of great features. Some of them last a long time; Some of them don't. I use these for non-critical work where I can grab another flash if one dies and reshoot. I've had one die completely, and a couple have extremely low output after a lot of use. The color temp isn't as consistent as you might expect from a higher quality unit. I've had almost no trouble with remote triggering or control, and the range is pretty impressive, even though a number of walls. These make great starter lights, and they're handy where you want to set up a LOT of lights on a modest budget.
    Date published: 2015-12-05
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from You'll be lucky if the flash still works after a few months! I bought two 560-III Yongnuo flashes and after very little use and no drops or spills or any kind of damage both have stopped powering on. If you look into it you will see that this is a common problem with Yongnuo flashes as well as other recurring problems. They're not cheap enough to have to buy a new flash every few months! I am very very disappointed with this brand and will be making every effort to prevent other people falling victim to what I believe is deliberately poor engineering from Yongnuo.
    Date published: 2016-05-18
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