YN560
SPEEDLITE YN560
USER MANUAL
Before use, please READ this user manual carefully in order to
ensureyour safety. Keep it properly for reference in the future.
I. Warning
To avoid fire or electrical shock, do not expose this product to rain or moisture.
Do not flash at high level output continuously for over 15 times.
To avoid short circuit, be sure the batteries contacts are securely packed and in accordance with local
provision when handling the batteries.
Please place the batteries and the parts which can be swallowed mistakenly away from children.
Contact a doctor immediately when it occurs.
To avoid possible injury to eyes, do not use the flash light in a short distance from the eyes.
To avoid possible safety accident, do not use the flash light on the people who need a high degree of
attention.
Please take out the batteries and stop using immediately in case of below.
● This product is dropped or shocked seriously and the inner part of the product is bared.
● If the battery leaks corrosive liquids, please take out the battery with gloves.
● The product gives off strange smell, smokes or heats.
Do not disassemble or maintain this product. Touching the internal high voltage circuit will cause
electricshock.
Remove batteries during long periods of non-use.
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II. Features
YN560 is a bran-new flash specially designed for professional creative photography. Compared with YN460-II and YN460, it
has the following bran-new features:
A bran-new appearance: The bran-new appearance looks more beautiful, creditable, comfortable and professional.
New power zoom function: By pushing the button on the flash, it can make the flash covered focal length range from 24 to 105mm.
GN58 @ ISO100, 105mm: YONGNUO gives YN560 a higher guide number which reaches the level of the mainstream hot
shoe flashes.
The improved wireless triggering sensor: YONGNUO improves the wireless triggering sensor for YN560, which makes
the S1 and S2 mode can be used in outdoor environment and the wireless triggering distance is as long as 15m.
Sound indicator: When the charging process is finished, the flash will give a tick sound, so you may concentrate on the
creation process. (Note: the sound can be closed).
New charging socket for external power pack: YN560 adds a charging socket for external power pack, to meet your
higher demand for charging recycle.
New PC synchronous port: YN560 adds a standard PC synchronous port, which makes it simpler for you to use the PC
synchronous line.
Super speed of charging recycle: It only takes 3 seconds in charging after full power output. Even without new batteries,
you can get the super charging speed that it only needs 4~5 seconds; so you can completely get rid of the nightmare of anxious
waiting for charging. In addition, you can use the external power pack to accelerate the charging speed once more.
Supporting high-speed continuous shooting: Under the output level of 1/8 or below, YN560 can support the 8FPS
high-speed continuous shooting.
The improved power saving mode: YONGNUO designs the power saving mode for YN560. In the power saving mode, the
flash will get automatic shutdown sooner; in the non-saving mode, it will take a longer time before automatic shutdown.
The more fine output control: The output control of YN560 is more fine, which ranges from 1/128 to 1/1 and each class of flash
output has 8 small fine tuning stalls; With its zooming flash head, YN560 makes you nearly achieve your anticipant lighting effect.
The automatic setting saving: YN560 can automatically save your current setting.
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III. Nomenclature (Please read this part carefully, so you can soon be familiar
with the product)
1.Reflection board
2.Wide-angle diffuser
3.Flash light’s head
4.External power pack socket
(It can be connected to the SF-18C or
SF-17C external power pack)
5.PC port (for input)
6.Contact cover
7.Battery chamber’s cover
8.Optical control sensor
9.Locking ring
10.Hot shoe stand
11.Hot shoe pin
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12.Mode indicator (M, S1, and S2): It indicates the current flash mode.
13.Output level indicator: It can regulate the output power by setting the button; there are 8 levels
for output level adjustment. It indicates the output power and the fine-tuning; it indicates the coverage
of the current focal length when adjusting the focal length.
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14.The sound switch: A short press will enable or disable the sound indicator; hold the button to
turn on or turn off the power saving mode.
15.Mode switch button: The mode of the flash light will be switched among the M/S1/S2 in circle
for each press.
16.Charging indicator / Test button: The lighting of red light shows that charging process is
finished and flash can be used; the lighting of green light shows that it is in charging or a shortage of
power; the alternate flashing of the red and green lights shows overheat protection. If you press this
test button (PILOT), the flash will give a test flash.
17.Power Save indicator: A long-time lighting indicates that the power saving mode is disabled; a
long-time non-lighting indicates that the power saving mode has been enabled; when the power
saving mode is enabled, the power save indicator will flash which shows that it has stepped into the
dormancy state.
18.Flash head manual motor zoom: You can adjust the zoom range by setting [+] and [-] key
(24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 80, 105mm) .
19.Power switch: The power of the flash light can be opened or closed by holding this button for 2
seconds.
20.Power adjustment button: Adjust the power output by [LEFT] [RIGHT] and make fine tuning
of the current power output by [UP] [DOWN] and [OK] in the middle.
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IV. Installation Instruction
1. Install Batteries
Slide the batteries chamber’s cover in the direction of the arrow.
Insert the batteries according to the label inside battery chamber.
Make sure the direction of the batteries’ polarity is correct.
Close the battery chamber cover in the direction of the arrow.
2. Mount the speedlite on your camera
Loosen the locking ring by turning it in the direction of the arrow.
Slip the speedlite hot shoe stand into the camera hot shoe stand until it stops.
Turn the locking ring in the direction of the arrow tighten.
To detach the speedlite, loosen the locking ring by turning it in the opposite direction.
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V. Basic Functions
1. Basic Operations
Operation of the buttons::
Component
Operation
Power switch of the flash light. The power of the flash light can be opened or closed
by holding this button for 2 seconds. It is suggested that the battery shall be taken out
after the power of the flash light is closed through this button.
[Power Switch]
[Mode Swithch] Button The mode of the flash light will be switched among the M/S1/S2 in circle for each press.
Every press can enable or disable the sound indicator.
[Sound Switch]
Hold this button for 2 seconds can enable or disable the power saving mode.
[LEFT] and [RIGHT]
Button
The output power of the flash light can be adjusted through these buttons.
[UP] and [DOWN]
Button and [OK]
You can make a fine tuning to the output power of the flash.
After each fine tuning, press the [OK] button to confirm.
[-] ZOOM [+]
Button
Please press [-] ZOOM [+] button, The head focus of the flash light will switch
among the (24 / 28 / 35 / 50 / 70 / 80 / 105) in circle for each press.
Press the test and the flash will test flashing in current output level.
[PILOT] Button
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Meaning of [Output control indicator]:
represents <ON> state of indicator’s light,
while
represents <OFF> state.
Meaning of [Charging indicator]
In M/S1/S2 Mode, indicates the output level
State of [Output level indicator]
Status of [Charging
Indicator]
Output level
1/128
Meaming
Operation
The flash light is
The red light is lit fully charged,
and can be used.
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If the green
The flash light has light is lit for a
long time,
not been fully
replace the
charged.
batteries.
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The green light
is lit
1/16
1/8
The flash light is
The red and green
locked to prevent
lights blink
overheating due to
alternatively
frequent flashing
1/4
1/2
Normal
1/1
Wait for about
3 minutes to
cool the flash
light.
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The meaning of [Sound indicator]
The sound form
Meaning
Operation
Tick twice
a. The sound
indicator is enabled;
b. The flash is
started;
Normal
[Power saving indicator] (M Mode)
Tick three times
The flash is in the
charging state
Waiting for
the completion
of charging
Tick four times
The sound switch
is closed
Normal
locked
Tick—a long
sound
Press the [Sound
Switch] for a long
time to start
A long-time
off of the
indicator
The power saving
mode is started
Press the [Sound
Switch] for a long
time to close
Flashing of
the indicator
The flash is in
the power
saving state
Press the [power
switch] or [PILOT]
to awake the flash
again
Replace the
batteries
The flash light is
fully charged, and
can be used
Normal
Operation
A long-time
The power saving
lighting of the mode is closed
indicator
The power is not
Continuous and enough or overheating
protection, flash is
quick ticks
Meaning
Display mode
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2. Power-on and Power-off
The power of the flash light can be opened or closed by holding this button for 2 seconds. It is suggested that the
battery shall be taken out after the power of the flash light is closed through this button.
After opening the power switch of the flash, the flash will fetch the setting state saved in the closedown last time,
the charging indicator is green, which indicates the flash is available.
If the charging is not completed within 20 seconds, the flash will automatically shutdown. Then you need to replace
with new batteries.
You may press the testing button PILOT to test whether the flash works normally.
After use, hold the power switch for 2S to power off.
3. M Mode
In M mode, you can set the flash output level as you like. By [LEFT] [RIGHT], [UP] [DOWN] and [OK] in the
middle, you can adjust the flash output level. The adjustment range of the flash output level is 1/128 ~ 1/1. There
are 8 levels of output and each level has 8 fine tuning stalls. The [UP] [DOWN] is used to fine tune the output
power. The output level is indicated by the output power indicator. For shooting, what you need is to set the flash
output level, adjust the camera and press the shutter. The flash will flash with the synchronic signal of the camera.
4. S1/S2 modes
By pressing the [Mode Switch Button], the flash will step into the S1/S2 mode. These two modes are suitable to be
used as off-camera auxiliary light, so as to create a variety of lighting effects. They are suitable for manual flash
environment and TTL flash environment respectively.
Under these two modes, the way to adjust the output level is like that in M mode, which is to press the [LEFT]
[RIGHT], [UP] [DOWN] and [OK] in the middle. When using S1/S2 mode, you can rotate the flash head to make
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the wireless triggering sensor face with the master light.
When the flash is in S1 mode, it will work with the first work of the master flash synchronously, with the result
consistent with the use of radio slave. To use this mode correctly, the master flash should be set at manual flash and
the TTL flash system with preflight function and the red-reduction function with multiple flashes should not be used.
S2 mode: It is also called “pre-flash cancel mode”. This mode is similar with S1 mode, but it can neglect the pre-flash
given by TTL flash. Therefore, it can support the main flash working in TTL mode. In particular, if S1 mode cannot
flash correctly and synchronically with your internal flash, you can try to use S2 mode.
The following situation shall be avoided when the S1 and S2 modes are used: the red eye reduction function of the
main light is used; the order mode (Nikon) or wireless mode (Canon) of the main light is used; the ST-E2 is used as
the flash controller; triggered by hot shoe at the some time.
5. Test Flash
Whether in any mode, you can press PILOT button to test if the flash light flashes normally.
When testing the flash, the flash will give flash at relevant output level in accordance with the chosen output
power setting.
6. Power saving mode
YONGNUO designs the power saving mode for YN560. This mode is enabled or disabled by a long press of
[Sound Switch]. In M mode, if the power saving mode is enabled, the flash keeps idle for 3 minutes and then it will
step into the dormancy state in order to save power. You can press [PILOT] or [Power Switch] to awake the flash to
continue operation. It will automatically shutdown after keeping idle for 15 minutes. If you disabled the power
saving mode, the power saving indicator will be on. The flash won’t step into the dormancy state after being stopped.
It will automatically shut down after 30 minutes.
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In mode S1/S2, if the power saving mode is enabled, the flash will automatically shut down after keeping idle for
30 minutes; if the power saving mode is disabled, the flash will automatically shut down after keeping idle for
60 minutes.
Power saving mode [ON]
Power saving mode [OFF]
Keeping idle for 3 minutes will enter the
dormancy mode and 15 minutes will
automatically shut down the machine
No dormancy, the machine will be
automatically shut down after keeping
idle for 30 minutes
Keeping idle for 3 minutes will enter
the dormancy mode and 30 minutes will
automatically shut down the machine
No dormancy, the machine will be
automatically shut down after keeping
idle for 60 minutes
Flash mode
M mode
S1/S2 mode
7. Overheating protection
If the flash light is used too frequently, its overheating protection function will be triggered, the red and green
lights of the charging indicator will blink alternatively, and the flash light will be locked. In such case, please wait
for about three minutes to cancel the protection before continuing the use. Please try to use the 1/4 output or lower
when rapid shooting is needed to prevent the effect on the shooting.
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8. Manually set the zooming position
By pressing [-] ZOOM [+], you can manually set the zooming position. Pressing [+] and [-], the covered focal
length of the flash will switch in circle of (24 / 28 / 35 / 50 / 70 / 80 / 105mm).
In setting the flash zooming position, the indicator in the operational panel will indicate the current position.
The focal length showed by the displayed position can be found in the table below:
represents <ON> state of indicator’s light, while
represents <OFF> state.
Application of ZOOM to set the zooming position
State of [Output level indicator]
zooming(mm)
24
28
35
50
70
80
105
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9. Sound indicator
Under the condition that the sound indicator is enabled, the flash will give different sounds to indicate its working
situations. The meanings of the sounds can be found in the table below:
The sound form
Meaning
Operation
Tick twice
a. The sound indicator is enabled;
b. The flash is started;
Normal
Tick three times
The flash is in the charging state
Waiting for the completion of charging
Tick four times
The sound switch is closed
Continuous and
quick ticks
The power is not enough or overheating
protection, flash is locked
Replace the batteries
Tick—a long
sound
The flash light is fully charged, and
can be used
Normal
Normal
10. PC synchronous port (for input)
By connecting to the PC synchronous port, you can make the flash synchronously. Please note that this PC
synchronous port only receives synchronous signal input without supporting synchronous signal output.
11. Automatic setting saving
The flash will automatically save the current settings in order to let you have a simpler use next time after boot.
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VI. The Advanced Application
1. The fine tuning function of output power
YN560 has the fine tuning function of output power. You can do more nice adjustment to the flash output with this
function.
Under the condition of using the [LEFT] and [RIGHT] button to adjust the output value of power, if you press [UP]
and [DOWN] to make the adjustment, the fourth light of the output power indicators will light and flash and then the
flash will step into the power fine tuning state. Then you can fine tune the power output of the flash by [UP] and
[DOWN]. The step size is 1/8ev, so you can achieve more elaborate exposure control.
Pressing the [OK] button to exit this state, or it will automatically exit after keeping idle for 15 seconds.
In the fine tuning of the output power, the fine tuning values indicated by the relevant indicators are shown in the
following picture:
2. Multi-flash Lighting Application
Use inbuilt flash or top-mounted flash as master flash.
Place speedlite in different directions.
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In outdoor application, radio signals can be reflected by walls; therefore, the placement of the slave flash should
have more space.
Before placing of the slave flash, test whether S1/S2 can be synchronous normally.
Do not place any obstacles between the host flash and the slave flash, because they may
block the transmission of radio signals.
In radio flash mode (S1 or S2), if the flash is idle for 30min, it will power off
automatically in order to save power.
The improved wireless triggering sensor’s sensitivity is higher, which makes S1/S2 modes be available in outdoor
state. The wireless triggering distance is as long as 15m. When it is used outdoor, please keep in mind the following
tips: the wireless triggering window needs to face the master flash and the direct sunlight shall be avoided. If these
demands conflict with your hoped direction of light irradiation, please try to rotate the flash head in each direction
in order to meet the shooting demands.
3. Buttons are effective immediately
For this flash, you can get the fasted operation speed. Just press the correspondent buttons and the correspondent
functions in the current state will be effective immediately, including the power switch, the test of flash output,
mode switch, adjustment of output power, zooming, sound switch and etc.
4. The use of external charging box
You can buy YONGNUO external charging boxes like SF-18C or SF-17C and connect it to the charging port of the
flash. After flash, the charging box will charge the flash.
5. High-speed continuous shooting
The flash can realize the high-speed continuous shooting function. Please set the camera in the continuous shooting
form and then shoot.Please note: The number of photos that can be continuous shot is related with the output level.
Please use the fully charged battery.
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6. Rear-curtain Sync
You can use slow-speed shutter to produce trailing smear for the object and the flash light will flash at the moment
when the shutter is going to be shut, which means the rear-curtain sync function(The rear-curtain sync function
needs the camera’s own support and you can refer to the camera’s introduction book for its setting method).
7. Reflection Flash
Bounce flash means to take photos by making flash light head aimed at wall or
ceiling and using the light reflected back from the ceiling or wall to light the
desired object, so that the shade behind the object can be decreased to get more
natural shooting effect.
If the wall or ceiling is too far, the bounce flash may be too weak to get enough
exposure. The wall or ceiling should be even and white in order to get efficient
reflection; if the reflection surface is not white, color cast may appear in photo.
8. Use Reflection Board to Take Photos
With the reflection board flash, draw the reflection board and the wide-angle
diffusion board out from the light head at the same time and then push the
wide-angle diffusion board back. In such case, if this product is being used
to take photos, it will produce a highlighted point on the eyes of the subject
and thus make the eyes charming (catch light). This function can reach
optimal effect when the flasher head is up 90°.
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9. Use Wide-angle Diffuser
Pull out the wide-angle diffusion board, push back the reflection board and arrange them as per the figure; in such
case, the flash scopes will extent to 18 mm and the flash effect will be softer and more natural.
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VII. Specifications
Circuit design
Guide No.
Flash mode
Zoom range
Vertical rotation angle
Horizontal rotation angle
Power supply
Lighting times
Recycle time
Color temperature
Flash time
Flash control
External interface
Wireless triggering distance
Additional features
Dimensions
Net weight
Accessories
Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT)
58 (ISO 100, 105mm)
M, S1, S2
24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 80, 105mm
-7~90 degrees
0~270 degrees
4×AAsize batteries (Alkaline or Ni-MH are usable)
100~1500 times (AA alkaline cell used)
approx 3s (AA alkaline cell used)
5600k
1/200s~1/20000s
8 levels of output control (1/128~1/1), 57 levels of fine tuning
hot shoe, PC port and eternal charging port
20~30m indoor, 10~15m outdoor
The electronic flash head zooming, sound indicator, automatically saving setting,
PC port, power saving mode and over heat protection
60×190×78mm (Extended state)
350g
Flash light (1), protecting bag (1), mini stand (1) and manual (1)
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Guide Number of different focal length range (at ISO 100, in meters / feet)
Flash Coverage (mm)
Flash
Output
14
24
28
35
50
70
1/1
15/49.2
28/91.9
30/98.4
39/127.9
42/137.8
50/164
1/2
10.6/34.8
19.8/65
1/4
7.5/24.6
14/45.9
1/8
5.3/17.4
9.9/32.5
1/16
3.8/12.5
7/23
7.5/24.6
9.7/32
10.5/34.4
12.5/41
13.3/43.6 14.5/47.6
1/32
2.7/8.9
4.9/16.1
5.3/17.4
6.9/22.7
7.4/24.3
8.8/28.9
9.4/30.8
10.3/33.8
1/64
1.9/6.2
3.5/11.5
3.8/12.5
4.9/16
5.3/17.4
6.3/20.7
6.6/21.7
7.3/24
1/128
1.3/4.3
2.5/8.2
2.7/8.9
3.5/11.4
3.7/12.1
4.7/15.4
5.1/16.7
21.2/69.6 27.6/90.7
15/49.2
19.5/64
10.6/34.8 13.7/45.2
80
105
53/173.9 58/190.3
29.7/97.4 35.4/116.1 37.5/123 41/134.5
21/68.9
14.8/48.6
25/82
26.5/86.9
29/95.1
17.7/58.1 18.7/61.4 20.5/67.3
4.4/14.4
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VIII. Possible problems during use and solutions
1. Please note when use the flash outdoors: For outdoor application, please avoid direct sunlight to
the wireless triggering sensor and ensure normal use of the flash.
2.Precaution for outdoor use of lambency umbrella: The lambency umbrella mounted on the flash
light outdoors may be blown down easily, and the hot shoe of the flash light may be broken.
Please fix the mounting rack or avoid outdoor use.
3. Photos are under exposure or over exposure? Check if the set shutter, aperture and ISO are too
near the flash limit or if some settings including exposure compensation in relation to flash are proper.
4. Vignetting appears in photos or only part of the subject is illuminated? Please check the current
coverage of focal length and make sure if the lens focal length exceeds the coverage range of the flash.
The product’s zooming range is 24~105mm of the medium format system. You can try to pull out the
wide-angle diffuser to expand the flash range.
5. You may feel the flash control panel is dim, because there is one protective film on the panel; you
can tear it away to enjoy a clear visual effect.
6. The flash light is abnormal? Switch off the power of flash light and camera, mount the flash light on
the hot shoe of camera, and switch on the power of flash light and camera again. If the abnormity
continues, replace the batteries.
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The functions of this manual are based on test conditions of our company. Further notice
will not be given if the design and specifications change.
The YONGNUO logo in this manual includes the registered trademark or trademark of
SHENZHEN YONGNUO PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT Co., Ltd in China or/and
other countries (regions). All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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Shenzhen Yong Nuo Photographic Equipment Co., Ltd
Address:2-A511 Saige Science & Technology Park, North Huaqian Rd, Futian
District, Shenzhen, China
Phone: (86) 0755-837-62448
Website: www.hkyongnuo.com
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