Yongnuo YN685 Wireless TTL Speedlite for Nikon Cameras

Yongnuo YN685 Wireless TTL Speedlite for Nikon Cameras

Yongnuo YN685 Wireless TTL Speedlite for Nikon Cameras

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Product Highlights

  • 2.4 GHz Radio Slave System
  • Support for YN-622N & RF-603/YN-560
  • Compatible with Nikon i-TTL
  • 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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TTL System: Nikon

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Yongnuo YN685 overview

  • 1Description

With a built-in YN-622N radio receiver, the YN685 Wireless TTL Speedlite from Yongnuo offers complete radio slave functionality with both the YN-622N and RF-603/YN-560 radio systems for maximum compatibility with your existing gear. The flash is also compatible with Nikon's i-TTL 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-622N, YN-622N-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
In the Box
Yongnuo YN685 Wireless TTL Speedlite for Nikon Cameras
  • Mini Stand
  • Protecting Bag
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Yongnuo YN685 specs

    Mount Shoe
    Guide No. 196.85'  / 60 m ISO 100 at 200 mm Position
    Exposure Control Manual, i-TTL
    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 15.03 oz / 426 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.8 x 4.0 x 3.8"

    Yongnuo YN685 reviews

    YN685 Wireless TTL Speedlite for Nikon Cameras is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 120.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good flash, bad quality I bought 2 of these and they lasted 3 months/ 9 weddings. After that 1 flash lost the red cover. All of Yongnuo flashes suffer from loose hot shoe mount. With use it loosens up. I have to buy and install new shoe mounts every 8 months or so. Both of these became loose just after 2 months. Battery door is almost not closing on one of them - also typical for Yongnuo flashes. Really bad quality.... Power. Power was not increased a bit compared even to the old 560 flashes. Tested it and it's 100% the same. It does spread a bit more as previous models had a bit more vignetting(weren't wide enough)
    Date published: 2016-10-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from It compares favorably to my SB700 I would compare this to my SB700 in power and ability, but it's larger and cheaper. I have bought into the Yongnuo system and use the 560 system for off-camera remote triggering and power control. I wanted another cheap unit I could use as backup for both 560 remote flash or on-camera TTL with HSS. I can't complain about the Yonguo items in general, and this unit seems at least as strong as my other items. The hotshoe mount has been improved to a quick-lock mechanism which is nice. I took it with me for a weekend of casual shooting, and it worked without a hitch. For the price and the flexibility, I really like it.
    Date published: 2017-12-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far soooo good! Initial set up was a little wonky, as Yongnuo's instruction manuals don't ever seem the most thorough, just kind of played around a little bit until I got it to link with the 622N-TX. Haven't had a chance to use them on a real shoot yet, but through some tests with one, two, and three light set ups, the TTL seems to work very well. I have two of these YN685s and a sb 910 on a 622n slave, using the 622N-TX trigger, and they all seem to work very well together. The only thing that I can see that should be improved, is that you can't just use the 685 by itself on camera to make it a master control. You have to put the 685 on a 622N trigger on the camera to turn on master control, but then do have full control of all groups in TTL. I rarely use on camera flash, so for me, not really a big deal. Overall, great product for mobile on location lighting, at a great price.
    Date published: 2016-06-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb TTL exposure, excellent coverage, Over the years I've used a lot of different speedlights, going all the way back to one of those big old clunky Honeywell flashes with the tall handles on them. I've shot with Vivitar, Sunpak, a couple of big Nikon SB models, Altura, etc. This YN685 is my third model of Yongnuo flashes, and it's the best. Things I like about it: + The locking lever rather than a screw-down approach. + The perfect exposure via TTL on m Nikon D7100. + The widest COVERAGE of any flash I've used. I shoot a lot of real estate interiors, and generally use a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens for that work. With other flashes I have to use the dodge tool a lot to lighten corner vignetting due to light coverage fall off from the flash. + Excellent bounce swivel capability. These are the main reasons I enjoy this flash so much. In addition it appears to be well-constructed, and it has all the features I need, e.g., wide angle diffuser, white plastic pull-out card for reflecting bounce flash, etc. At around a hundred bucks you won't find a better flash from anyone. Very happy with this flash!
    Date published: 2016-07-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A serious alternative to Nikon's SB910 I've used several Yongnuo and other 3rd party flashes over the years however Yongnuo has always hit a sweet spot of performance vs price and in recent times the feature set is really enticing. Build quality on the Yongnuo YN685 is fair especially when you consider the price. The hot shoe locking tab is a welcomed addition in comparison to the locking wheel used on older Yongnuo models. The rubber covering around the hot shoe mount may be unnecessary but it adds to the aesthetic. Seeing as I already have the SB910 I naturally wanted to compare the new YN685 for Nikon against it. Using a fresh set of batteries in both I've metered them both at full power and saw no difference in ouput power. After doing a burst of 13 frames on my D800 I concluded that the YN685 may not have as good a refresh rate as the SB-910 but it didn't fire unless it was ready. SB910 First frame I get full power followed by 5 frames with a much lower (almost unusable) exposure. YN685 First frame I get full power followed by 3 frames with the same exposure as the first. In conclusion, I fully recommend the YN685 as a serious alternative to the Nikon (and Canon) flagship flash offerings.
    Date published: 2016-06-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid unit at great price Really good features at a good price point. The flash is very powerful and feels solid. The biggest problem with the unit is size. So large, in fact, that it doesn't fit comfortably in my Domke J-1 bag's side pocket. The size also tends to make it unbalanced if by chance you put it on the camera. Deal breaker? NO way. Too many other features for the price. Added a Vello bounce card and a TTL cord and instant backup unit for my primary Nikon Speedlight at less, I repeat less, than half the price. TTL works really good and the bounce and swivel of unit is great! All in all very pleased with purchase. Would definitely buy again.
    Date published: 2017-02-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My run and gun companion for my Nikon 750 Although I have a few Nikon SB flashes, I find using this flash with the YN-622 trigger gives me more flexibility. As this combination is wireless and not dependent on the Nikon CLS laser light of sight triggering I can put the YN685 anywhere in the room, even behind columns etc. and still remotely trigger it. The YN685 provides more light output than the SB600 or SB700 flashes. Also I can add an external battery power pack to the YN685. That feature is not available on NIKON until you step up to the SB900 $$$... It's not a rugged build, but then again I've killed Nikon flashes with single waist high drops. The YN685 provides a good bang for the buck and some additional features I found valuable.
    Date published: 2017-08-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Second 685 for me. I decided to buy a second 685. I'm a hobbyst, and the use that my units have aren't heavy at all... but my first unit (bought two months before) fired no more than 10 times before dying on a photo shoot: didn't fire by hand, by remote (YN622TX) nor on camera. No, it wasn't the batteries and it didn't get hot after 7-8 shoots. After say, 1 hour, it did come back to life. Strange. Anyway, I bought a second one not as a spare but as a additional background fill light. They have no more than 150 photos, and works consistely so far. Construction is 9+, could get better by allowing user to rotate the dial with just one hand. Would buy it again.
    Date published: 2018-04-23
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