Yongnuo YN685 Wireless TTL Speedlite for Canon Cameras

Yongnuo YN685 Wireless TTL Speedlite for Canon Cameras

Yongnuo YN685 Wireless TTL Speedlite for Canon Cameras

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Product Highlights

  • 2.4 GHz Radio Slave System
  • Support for YN-622C & RF-603/YN-560
  • Compatible with Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II
  • Guide Number: 197' at ISO 100 and 200mm
  • Zoom Range: 20-200mm
  • Tilts Upward 90°
  • Rotates Left & Right 180°
  • Recycle Time: 3 Seconds at Full Power
  • High-Speed, 1st & 2nd Curtain Sync
  • HV Power and PC Sync Ports
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With a built-in YN-622C radio receiver, the YN685 Wireless TTL Speedlite from Yongnuo offers complete radio slave functionality with both the YN-622C and RF-603/YN-560 radio systems for maximum compatibility with your existing gear. The flash is also compatible with Canon's E-TTL / E-TTL II flash system when mounted to the camera and has a powerful guide number of 197' at ISO 100 and 200mm. Benefiting this power is a wide zoom range which will cover 20-200mm in full frame, and a diffuser for wide angle lenses. It also features full bounce with tilt up to 90° and rotation of 180° to the left or right.

Operation is simplified with a clear LCD screen on the back, a dial, and a selection of buttons. The head also offers a pull-out bounce panel for reflecting some light forward when using the tilt functionality. Full sync options are available as well, with high-speed, 1st & 2nd curtain sync. It runs conveniently on 4 AA batteries, has a recycle time of three seconds at full power, and includes an HV power port for battery packs. Additionally, it has a PC sync port.

Compatible with YN-622C, YN-622C-TX, YN560 IV flash, YN560-TX, RF-605, RF-603 III, and RF-603 transmitter systems
High-speed sync to 1/8000 second
Flash exposure compensation and bracketing in 1/3 EV increments from -3 to +3 EV
Manual power output from 1/128 to 1/1
Heat protection
Sound prompts
Custom functions and auto save settings
Locking metal foot
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Yongnuo YN685 Wireless TTL Speedlite for Canon Cameras
  • Mini Stand
  • Protecting Bag
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Yongnuo YN685 specs

    Mount Shoe
    Guide No. 196.85'; (60 m) ISO100 at 200 mm Position
    Exposure Control E-TTL / E-TTL II, Manual
    Vari-Power 1/1 - 1/128
    Bounce Head -7 to +90°
    Swivel Head 360°
    Coverage 20 - 200 mm (Full Frame)
    Zoom Head Full Frame: 20 - 200 mm
    Off-Camera Terminal PC
    Recycle Time Approximately 3 Seconds
    Flash Duration 200 - 20,000 sec
    Flash-Ready Indicator Yes
    Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
    Wireless Operation Method: RF
    Distance: Up to 328.08' / 100 m
    Wireless Communication Channels 7 Channels
    Wireless Groups 6 Groups
    Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, Rechargeable NiMH Batteries
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.6 x 3.0 x 8.3" / 67.0 x 77.0 x 210.0 mm
    Weight 15.027 oz / 426 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.7 x 4.1 x 3.8"

    Yongnuo YN685 reviews

    YN685 Wireless TTL Speedlite for Canon Cameras is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 47.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reviewing my 2nd YN685 PROS: Inexpensive...bought my first to replace a Canon 580ex that corroded to death in the salt air here. Inexpensive...bought a 2nd YN685, the YN622c-tx wireless flash controller, two 8' air-damped light stands, two Cactus CB-60 softboxes and a weeks worth of lattes at my favorite coffee shop...total cost of all that lighting FLEXIBILITY?: less than a single Canon 600ex-rt. Functional...does everything the Canon unit does. CONS: Battery compartment cover lock lever popped off within the first 24 hrs of use. Luckily it didn't go far...now I keep my thumb over it when closing the cover. Instruction manual needs to be retranslated by a person not a free internet translater!
    Date published: 2016-10-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great value and features I shoot marine creatures in an aquarium with white background. My old Vivitar flash died after 5 years when the battery door failed and zoom head jammed. I was skeptical when I saw the price and features of this unit since it's an unfamiliar brand. I wanted to upgrade to a dual flash system to eliminate shadows (without spending a ton) so I decided to give this a try. I also purchased the wireless controller/flash bundle and everything works as promised on my EOS 500D / T1i. I'm impressed with the features and build quality; if it lasts a few years I'll have no complaints.
    Date published: 2016-09-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Professional quality wireless at armature pricing Need two more speedlites for balancing the lighting for my studio shooting. Previously purchased the Yongnou 622 flash master and two triggers for use on another brand Canon TTL speedlites. Needed two more lights and found these with the 622 triggers built in at a lower cost than two comparible speedlites and two additional Yongnou 622 triggers. I loved the 622 triggers and having them built into the speedlite makes it that much better. Very powerful lights that work great with the Canon TTL system
    Date published: 2016-06-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing value I don't yet have the YN685 from B&H, it's somewhere in the bowels of UPS. This review was written using a YN685 purchased elsewhere b/c B&H was OOS (out-of-stock.)If the YN685 were a guy, I'd call him Chunky. If it were a gal, I'd call her Rubenesque. Side-by-side with one of my Canon 580EX II, the 685 looks downright fat. However, my 580EX II doesn't have an embedded YN-622C receiver so, in the end, I can handle the extra girth of the 685.More importantly, the 685 works perfectly in all modes. I rarely use E-TTL or Multi anymore but it's nice to have that functionality work exactly like my Canons. I do use 2nd Curtain and HSS and those also work perfectly. Combined with my YN-622C-TX, this is the best thing for Canon flash photography since sliced bread.Using my Sekonic 478D, the 685 is about 2/3 stops weaker than a 580EX II at about 5 feet. That's not a big deal for me since my flash use is in studio. If the 685 proves durable, my ac powered strobes are headed for @.
    Date published: 2015-12-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compatibility, Check. an updated 568 I was completely stoked, amped, excited to see this flash arrive on my porch. YES it works with the 622 and 603 triggers. There's actually a mode to use BOTH simultaneously... haven't gotten that to work. If you stack the 622 and 603 on your camera you can trigger them all simultaneously in your field operation. That was a sidenote... anyway, works great at distance, and I LOVE that I can high speed sync wirelessly. The screen is great. I do prefer the white over the orange/yellow/red (depending what batch you got) of the other YN flashes. The battery gage is a HUGE plus in my eyes. I love that you can turn OFF the slave indicator lights. That was all positive, here's the negative. I bought two of these. One failed me the night of a wedding rehearsal, so I replaced it on wedding day and sent it back to B&H after the weekend. The issue was that it just stopped flashing consistently EVEN THOUGH the pilot light indicated that it was charged to fire. I used fresh batteries and the lowest power setting... no dice. It would fire a time or two, then quit responding. I'll see how the replacement holds up. Sometimes you get a dud. That's why I test and practice with my gear before any pro field use. The flash I kept, I'm extremely happy with and I DO plan to buy more. Overall, I'm extremely satisfied.
    Date published: 2015-11-23
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but not quite there yet This is an inexpensive clone of the Canon 600EX-RT. Do not expect it to be functionally equivalent in at least the following areas. 1) The zoom motor is LOUD. On the Canon flash it is barely audible, but the Yongnuo makes a high-pitched whirring sound that can last as long as 1/2 second. 2) The focus-assist beam consists of a matrix of very thin laser-drawn crossed lines, in contrast with Canon's wide alternating black/red bars. The result is that unless the crosses line up with the focus points you may not get any focus assist. Due to parallax it's actually quite hard to get them to match up except at specific distances. This is compounded by the fact that the hotshoe mount has some wiggle room so the focus assist beam will move from shot to shot as you move the camera. The Canon flash has no play in the hotshoe mount, but that's immaterial anyway because the Canon focus assist beam is a much better target for the AF system. Not sure what Yongnuo engineers were thinking here. 3) The flash underexposes severely in bounce mode with longer focal lengths. This seems to be a known problem (see various review websites) that has a workaround: set the camera's metering mode to average instead of evaluative. If your usage is primarily direct (non-bounce) flash in situations where you have enough light to focus and some audible noise is not a problem, then this could be a really inexpensive alternative to Canon's flagship speedlite. For me as an event photographer it will not work. I did not evaluate any of the radio remote capabilities as I do not need them. I ordered two of these through completely different channels and both had the same issues so I don't think they're sample defects. Based on my use-cases it rates one star but I'm giving it 3 stars because I recognize I'm probably not a typical user. For some people it will be a capable, high-power flash at a reasonable price. It just doesn't work for me.
    Date published: 2016-02-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Performs as expected I have a number of the Yongnuo 560 series manual flashes. When I needed another one, I found the 685 and it intrigued me. I mostly use the YN685 in manual mode, as I would a 560EX. However, there are times I use both manual flashes and ETTL flashes (usually ETTL on camera). Having the 685 gives me a backup for either type flash (I mostly use a 580EX2 for ETTL). One problem I saw is that my YN560-TX controller, used with the 603 wireless, was not able to set the flash zoom to 200mm. I am guessing that is a problem with my YN560-TX (which is an older version) and not the flash itself.
    Date published: 2016-08-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good quality at an affordable price I??m starting in photography and as I evolve in the hobby I realize how important is a good flash or speedlite as some call it. This is my first flash unit and it feels very good quality, I think it will serve me well for several years. I??m waiting for the YN622C transmitter to arrive so I will use it wirelessly off camera and improve my photography style. Interface is easy and intuitive, red autofocus assisted light is very usefull in low light situation and it works nicely. My camera is a canon T2i and it works great, the high speed syncronization works well also.
    Date published: 2017-08-22
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