YongNuo have released the new Speedlite YN-500EX, their second HSS enabled flash unit following the recent flagship YN-568EX . Very much resembling Canon’s 430EX II, its clear the YN-500EX is aimed to be the smaller brother to YN-568EX.
The YN-500EX has a lower guide number of 53, compared to 58 of the YN-568EX, and a PC sync port instead of the updated 2.5mm sub-mini sync port found in the YN-568EX. Otherwise they both have quite similar functions, and both being E/ITTL slave units to the Canon and Nikon optic wireless systems. The YN-500EX does also have new illuminated buttons as well.
There is still no HV battey port for external battery packs, or master function. That’s similar to what you would expect from a 430EX II though anyway. Recycle time is stated at 3 seconds at full power, which is in line with the the YN-568 EX and 430EX II as well.
Like the YN-568EX, the 500EX has a a number of slave options for wireless off camera use, the Canon/Nikon optic wireless system, as well as basic optic slave mode which is triggered by the light from other flash units. That includes S1 and S2 TTL pre-flash suppression mode. Using the Canon or Nikon optic wireless, a camera with built in commander can be used as the controller, or separate master units like the Canon ST-E2, Nikon SU-800, or external flash units with master function built in.
Screen layout looks similar to the YN-568EX, though the LCD is considerably smaller. Like the YN-568EX there is no manual flash distance scale available again either. New larger buttons are back lit which may be easier to navigate in the dark.
A metal foot and regular locking ring have become fairly standard now with YN flashes. The YN-568EX foot is a little smaller than the original Canaon/Nikon units, leaving some movement with the flash in the camera hot shoe. Its likely the 500EX will be the same but its not a big issue.
The YN-500EX is clearly designed as a 430EX II, or Nikon SB-700 alternative. The old PC sync port supplied instead of the later 2.5mm sub-mini jack also indicates this was likely an older design.
The YN-500EX is powered by 4 pieces of AA batteries (Both Alkaline or rechargeable compatible).The YN-500EX is compatible with YongNuo YN-622C wireless TTL trigger.
#1, SUPPORTS HIGH-SPPEED SYNC FLASH
YN500EX is the first speedlite supports high-speed flash in china; with high-speed sync (FP flash), the YN500EX can synchronize with all shutter speeds, the maximum shutter sync up to 1/8000.
#2, COMPATIBLE WITH N’s and C’s WIRELESS FLASHING SYSTEM
One YN500EX is able to respectively accept internal flashing of 580EX II, SB-900/800/700, 7D/60D/600D, C order of N’s internal flashing and ST-E2 wireless signal, achieves external TTL and manual flashing. Some beckoning functions such as wireless TTL flashing, grouping light ratio TTL flashing and the illumination of remote controlled flashing can be easily attained only if you carry a camera with built-in flashing command system and YN500EX.
#3, A NEW TTL FLASH WITH LARGE GUIDE NUMBER
GN53@ ISO100, 105mm; which reaches the level of the mainstream hot shoe flashes, supports HSS, TTL/M/Multi mode.
#4, MULTIPLE TRIGGER MODE SUPPORTED
The YN500EX can be triggered by the camera set-top, built-in or main-controlled flashing command, S1 and S2 (pre-flash-canceled mode).
#5, SUPPORTS AUTO/MANUAL ZOOMING
The covered focal length will vary among auto, 24ï½ž105mm on the lamp adapter by operating the zoom button on the flash light, supports full-frame/half-frame camera.
#6, COMPREHENSIVELY SUPPORTS TTL FUNCTIONS
The YN500EX supports HSS, FEC, FEB, Rear-curtain sync, FE lock, Modeling Light, Canon camera menu accessible
#7, SUPER SPEED OF CHARGING RECYCLE
The time for full gloss output current-return will only take you 3 seconds; you can get fast current-return experience even without brand-new batteries, which will only take you 4~5 seconds.
#8, COMPLETED WITH STANDARD PC SYNCHRONOUS INTERFACE
It makes things easier on lightening the flashlight synchronously by using PC synchronous line.
#9, SOUND PROMPTING SYSTEM
When the sound prompting system is enabled, the different sound ways will prompt the different working conditions of the flashlight so as to make you focus on shooting only.
Press down the camera’s depth-of-fired preview button, the YN500EX will send out continuous flash lasting one second.
#11, ADVANCED SETTINGS ON FLASH
The YN500EX has advanced options setting function, where you can self-define the functions of the flashlight on your own requirements.
#12, AUTOMATIC SETTINGS SAVING
YN500EX automatically save the operation currently used for your future use.
#13, LCD PANEL USER INTERFACE WITH SUPER GELIVABLE METAL HOT-SHOE STAND