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Yongnuo Speedlite YN510EX

BH #YO510EX • MFR #YN-510EX
Yongnuo
Yongnuo Speedlite YN510EX
Key Features
  • Guide Number: 174' at ISO 100 and 105mm
  • Zoom Range: 24-105mm (18mm with Panel)
  • Tilts from -7 to 90°
  • Rotates 270°
Create light on-location with ease by picking up the Yongnuo Speedlite YN510EX. It has a powerful guide number of 174' at ISO 100 and 105mm along with a zoom head capable of covering 24-105mm, as well as 18mm when the pull-out diffusion panel is used. The flash also offers a variety of bounce control, including tilt from -7 to 90° and 270° of rotation. Along with all of these basic features, the YN510EX can be used as a wireless TTL slave for off-camera use. A major benefit of the YN510EX's wireless slave settings is that users can use it with either Nikon i-TTL or Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II for maximum compatibility.
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Yongnuo YN510EX Overview

Create light on-location with ease by picking up the Yongnuo Speedlite YN510EX. It has a powerful guide number of 174' at ISO 100 and 105mm along with a zoom head capable of covering 24-105mm, as well as 18mm when the pull-out diffusion panel is used. The flash also offers a variety of bounce control, including tilt from -7 to 90° and 270° of rotation. Along with all of these basic features, the YN510EX can be used as a wireless TTL slave for off-camera use. A major benefit of the YN510EX's wireless slave settings is that users can use it with either Nikon i-TTL or Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II for maximum compatibility.

In addition to these features, the flash offers excellent speed with a recycle time of about three seconds at full power. A stroboscopic mode is available for setting off multiple flashes in a single exposure. Additionally, it runs on four easy-to-find AA batteries and has a PC sync port for wired remote triggering.

Rear LCD screen for checking and changing settings
Pull-out reflector panel
Locking foot
Multi Mode for stroboscopic functions
Flash ready indicator light and sound
Manual power from 1/1 to 1/64
Automatic power saving mode

Yongnuo YN510EX Specs

Flash Head
Guide Number173.88' / 53 m at ISO 100 (105 mm Position)
CoverageFull-Frame
24 to 105 mm
18 mm (with Wide-Angle Adapter)
Bounce Head-7 to +90°
Swivel Head270°
Flash Duration1/200 to 1/20000 Second
Recycle TimeApprox. 3 Seconds
Secondary IlluminationNone
Exposure Control
Exposure ControlCanon E-TTL / E-TTL II, Nikon i-TTL, Manual
Flash ModesStroboscopic
Power Range1/1 to 1/64
Flash Compensation-5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Wireless
Wireless OperationOptical Pulse
Up to 82.02' / 25 m (Slave)
Wireless Channels4
Wireless Groups3
Remote Timing ModesInstant Sync
Skip Preflash
Power
Internal Power4 x AA (Alkaline, NiMH)
External Power Pack CompatibleNo
General
MountShoe
Off-Camera TerminalPC
Dimensions (W x H x D)2.4 x 2.8 x 6.5" / 62 x 72 x 165 mm
Weight11.29 oz / 320 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.04 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.6 x 3.8 x 3.3"

Yongnuo YN510EX Reviews

Beware, this is not TTL, even as a slave flash

By Eric
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2019-03-14

Only upon receiving the flash and trying for an hour to get a correctly exposed image while mounted on the camera, did I check the websites description again. The specs indicate that this is a fully manual flash, but uses i-TTL/e-TTL when used as a slave unit. That would explain why it doesnt register as a flash when mounted on the camera. However, after another hour of testing, I found that it doesnt actually use TTL for the exposure as a slave, as it was consistently overexposing. Im using a Nikon system and the only way to actually control the light output is by using the cameras settings to adjust the flash compensation for that flashs group. For close-up subjects (10 ft.), I had to adjust the exposure compensation to -3 stops to get nearly correct exposures. This works fine if I have my camera on a tripod and Im shooting real estate, but if Im working an event, I dont have time to take test shots every time my distance to the subject changes.  The unit has 6 modes. The manual mode (M) allows for adjustment of flash output by 1/2, 1/4, etc. to 1/64 along with 1/3 EV increments. The Multi mode is just a gimmicky stroboscopic function that serves no real purpose. There is NO automatic mode like on the old Vivitar 285 nor any way to dynamically control the exposure. If it had that, at least the exposures would be close enough to fix in post. Of the 4 slave modes, SL-c, SL-n, SL-1, and SL-2, the last two are complete mysteries. In SL-1, it seems to fire whenever it detects another flash firing. In SL-2, I think it compensates for a pre-flash, perhaps from a point and shoot. SL-c is for use as a Canon e-TTL, and SL-n is for Nikon i-TTL. Since Im shooting Nikon, I cant comment on if this works with Canons flash system. All I know is that the flash gets triggered by Nikons Remote Commander (Infrared only, not RF controlled) but doesnt actually provide TTL exposures, just control of the flash groups EV compensation. In my case, just +/- 3.0 EV. In addition, the manual is written in the worst Chingrish Ive ever had to read and makes trying to figure this thing out even more challenging. Im trying to decide if I want to send this back since my old Vivitar flash can take better exposed shots with a slave shoe. Bottom line: if you need TTL exposures, youll need to spend more.

Nice manual slave, beware stroboscopic mode just a gimmick

By Viacheslav
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2017-02-27

I bought this flash primarily for off-camera use for some freeze-action shots. Stroboscopic mode was not decisive in choosing this particular model, but it was very tempting to try. The stroboscopic mode is strangely limited though. First, it only works when triggered by the hot shoe. Second, it works not in every hot shoe. In slave mode the stroboscope can not be turned on. I tried this flash in Canon 60D first, and the stroboscope worked as expected. However my main camera for it is Fujifilm X-A2 and I could never make it work with it. It always triggers only once, no matter which setting on flash or camera. These two factors make stroboscope rather hard to use really, at least without purchasing an additional slave adapter, but what's the point of buying a flash with a builtin slave adapter then. In every other regard this flash seems to be performing really well. It's well suited for off-camera use, it issues beeps that indicate that it went off and that it's ready for the next shot. The optical slave sensor is very sensitive so it can be put in some remote corneres and still work reliably. Has a nice mini-stand and tilt/swivel head and a builtin reflector. I would still buy it even knowing about the problems with the stroboscope.

Good flash for starting in photography

By Verena
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-01-25

It is a very good speedlite for amateur photographers or for people that want to start a career in photography. The only think is that it needs four batteries, and it makes considerably heavier the device when you connect it with the hot shoe, but also think that it is the same with other flashes. Finally, relation quality-price is pretty good.

Nice flash

By Jose
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2016-12-13

Great price for all you get: wireless slave, easy manual control, TTL, large-backscreen. On the cons I'll have to say I'm a little dissapointed because ther is no On-Camera TTL, and is noisy when changing zoom settings

Not what I thought it was going to be.

By Joe
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2019-01-29

Doesnt even have all functions available while mounted on the hot shoe. Instructions on use are horribly written in broken English and are not understandable. It wont regulate the intensity of the flash when mounted on the hot shoe, what good is that? Its worthless and a total waste of money.

Not quite what it seems

By Charles
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2018-07-31

While this might be able to be controlled by Canon's e-TTL system remotely, it cannot do so while mounted on the camera. It has only one contact in the flash shoe connection. This is NOT clearly stated anywhere in the overview or the specifications. If you intend to use this flash with e-TTL while mounted on the camera, it won't work. I returned it.

Great flash for normal use

By tony
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-12-31

To use as a regular use flash, it is great. Easy set up, easy to use. Settings are easy to understand. Build quality is good for a sub $100 flash. I would buy it again and I would recommend it to anyone looking for one. If your shooting professionally then obviously you need to be looking further up on the scale.

Great flash!

By Rashidah
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-04-28

This was my first go at using a shoe mounted flash of this caliber and it didn't disappoint. My first extended use of it was for shooting a 2 hour event. It was easy to figure out and the photos turned out great. Best of all, the batteries lasted the entire event. I would highly recommend this to other beginners.

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