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I find the naming and compatibility of Yongnuo flashes quiet confusing. As far as i figured out a YN565 will work with TTL on a Nikon Camera, but not on a Canon. But will TTL work off camera with a master 568EX II on a Canon ?

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I did not find a definitive answer, so i did what every reasonable person would do and just bought a used nikon and a canon version to test it :).

As slaves they both accept nikon and canon master TTL flashes, if set correctly.

Like Michael C pointed out, nikon flashes have a golden font on them, and canon is in silver.

Here I switched roles and accept nikon TTL signal by the canon flash and vise versa for demonstration purposes:enter image description here So if I want to use both as TTL slaves I just set them both to C and use the YN568 EX II as master on a Canon body.

When working with a nikon body in this setup there are limitations obviously. You can take the nikon version to use TTL on camera, but the other flashes will only work in manual mode.

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It depends on which version of the YN565 you have. There are both Canon and Nikon versions. Neither version is cross-compatible with the other system with regard to TTL on camera.

If you have the Canon version, TTL should work on camera or off camera with a Canon TTL Master flash, such as the YN568EX II.

If you have a Nikon version, TTL will work off camera with a Canon "Master" flash when the receiver in the flash is set to receive Canon optical TTL communications.

If the lettering on the flash is silver, it's a Canon version.

If the lettering on the flash is gold, it's a Nikon version.

  • Very good tip regarding the font color. Where did you get this information about the compatibility ? – user2664856 Sep 23 '19 at 8:54
  • I wonder if Yongnuo makes it so confusing on purpose. e.g. Even after reading for a very long time about their flashes i did not come across the information, that the font color matters. Why not just call them YN...C / YN...N ? – user2664856 Sep 23 '19 at 8:59
  • @user2664856 Some (most?) places that sell them do. – Michael C Sep 23 '19 at 17:39

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