Yongnuo Updates It’s YN568 EX Speedlight Lineup and Introduces YN968N

Yongnuo, the Chinese lighting and accessory manufacturer known for their affordable speedlights, has announced the latest in their YN568EX series of mid-range, budget speedlights – the YN568 EX III. In addition to that, the company has also announced the long awaited Nikon version of their YN968EX-RT, the YN968N.Starting with the YN568 EX III, many of the hallmark features of this model line have gone unchanged in the new model; the menu remains similar, as well the GN remains unchanged. However, the unit now boasts a full one second faster recycle time over the older YN568 EX II units. Additionally, the YN568EX III has also seen a USB port added to facilitate in-home firmware updates.

The YN568EX III is compatible with both Nikon and Canon optical triggering technologies and comes standard with a Canon E-TTL hotshoe for through the lens flash metering. Oh, and it can also be set to master mode, allowing you to control other Canon or Yongnuo speedlights on up to 4 channels.

Pricing and Availability on the YN568EX III have not yet been announced.

On the YN968N side of things, the unit is almost an exact copy of the company’s YN968EX-RT, the difference being it (you guessed it) sports the necessary tech to work with Nikon’s I-TTL and rather than supporting Canon’s RT technology, and acts as a master for Yongnuo’s YN-622 based radio triggering system.

Just like the RX-RT model, the YN968N also sports the unique LED modeling lamp under the flash head that also has a built in color correction filter to help it match with tungsten lighting. You won’t be lighting your video footage with this LED, but it’s a nice feature for if you need to see in a dark room to read something – and in a pinch, it could offer enough light to help a struggling AF system grab focus.

The unit is also resistant to drops (not something all speedlights can boast about).

As for the pricing, the unit is now available over on Amazon for a steal at just $119. If you need a workhorse Speedlight, maybe an OEM is the way to go, but if you just need a light here or there, you will be hard pressed to find one with better features for less money.

You can get more details about this release over at Lighting Rumors!