Yongnuo Speedlite YN968EX-RT Review

Yongnuo YN968EX-RT Review

Yongnuo YN968EX-RT rear view showing LCD screen and controls
Yongnuo YN698EX-RT Speedlite

Introduction

The Yongnuo YN968EX-RT was introduced April 2017. It is Yongnuo’s flagship flash and most feature-packed flash to date. Equipped with a built-in adjustable power LED video light. Compatible with Canon’s 2.4GHz RT radio triggering system. The YN698EX-RT’s zoom is 20-105mm which is shorter than the YN600EX-RT II‘s 20-200mm which would make the flash slightly more powerful. It also provides both Canon and Nikon optical wireless slave modes.

Guide Price £151 / US$150

Amazon (UK) / B&H Photo (US) / Adorama (US) / Amazon (US)

2 views, the first from the front showing the LED lights and the second is a rear view showing the controls and LCD screen

Compatibility

The Yongnuo YN968EX-RT is fully compatible with Canon’s 2.4GHz radio trigger system and E-TTL / ETTL II metering. It works as a slave with the Yongnuo YN-E3-RT II radio transmitter as well as the Canon ST-E3-RT radio transmitter. It can also be used as both master and slave with the Canon 600EX II-RT , Canon 430EX III-RT and Yongnuo’s YN600EX-RT II and any other YN968EX-RT

Power

Maximum Guide Number 60m @ 105mm & ISO 100
Comparative Guide Number 40m @ 35mm & ISO 100 (estimated)

Yongnuo YN968EX-RT showing various close up views of the flashgun showing bounce card, LED light, locking mount

Zoom Head

Zoom head: Yes
Focal length coverage: Auto, 20-105mm
Coverage with flip-down diffuser: 14mm
Auto zoom for sensor size: Yes
Flash bounce card: Yes

Flash Head Tilt & Swivel

Up: 45, 60, 75 and 90°
Down: 7° (can be used to shoot close subjects in range 0.5 to 2m)
Left: 60, 75, 90, 120, 150 and 180°
Right: 60, 75, 90, 120, 150 and 180°

Manual Exposure

Manual / output settings: Yes – 1/1- 1/128
Manual steps: 1/3 stop intervals

E-TTL II Exposure

Canon E-TTL II with flash exposure compensation (FEC), flash exposure lock (FE lock) and flash exposure bracketing (FEB) 

Wireless Communication

Radio Wireless (RF) 2.4GHz
Transmitter maximum range approximately: up to 100m
No. of groups: 5 (A, B, C, D & E) up to 15 slave flashes
No. of channels: 15 channels and 10,000 wireless IDs
Master/Slave: Can act as both a master and a slave unit

Optical Wireless (IR)
Can support both Canon’s and Nikon’s wireless optical master system
Line-of-sight communication.
Transmitter maximum range approximately: Indoors: 20-25m, Outdoors: 10-15m
No. of groups: 3 (A, B & C)
No. of channels: 4
Master/Slave: Can act as both a master and a slave unit

image describing all of the speedlight parts

Auto-Focus (AF) Assist 

AF-assist beam: Yes
Number of AF points supported: 1 to ? (info not provided)
AF-assist beam type: Infra-red
Beam range: 0.6-10m at centre, 0.6 to 5m at periphery

Other Features

High speed sync (HSS): Yes up to 1/8000 sec
Second-curtain flash sync: Yes
Modelling flash: Yes (fired with camera’s depth-of-field preview button)
Multi(stroboscopic) flash: Yes
Colour temperature info communication: Yes
Remote shutter release: Yes, linked shooting with radio wireless.
Custom function: 14 (6 personal functions) 
Flash settings from camera menus (with compatible cameras only): Yes
Optical slave capability (S1, S2): Yes
Overheat protection: Yes
PC terminal: Yes
USB socket for firmware updates: Yes

Plus: LED light (approx 300lux@1m), brightness can be adjusted + CTO colour conversion filter (3200K)

Yongnuo YN968EX-RT box contents includes the speedlite, soft pouch and mini stand

Batteries & Recycling Time

Battery: 4 x AA batteries (alkaline or rechargeable Ni-MH. Lithium not recommended)
Recycling time: Approx. 0.1 to 3 sec
Number of flashes (approx): 100-1500 with AA alkaline batteries
Flash duration: 1/200 – 1/20000sec
Flash colour temperature: 5600K
Optional external power supply: Yes battery pack Yongnuo SF-18C or SF-17C

Build Quality

Dust and water resistance: No
Mounting foot material: Metal
Size: 78. x 60.5 x 206mm (extended state)
Weight: 435g/15.34oz (excluding batteries)

Included:

protecting bag
mini stand
colour conversion kit for LED light
user manual

Compatible accessories: 

Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT
Yongnuo Speedlite Transmitter YN-E3-RT II

Alternatives

Canon 600EX ii-RT

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Page last checked and updated on 19 September 2020