Hong Kong camera company Yongnuo, known for its affordable lighting gear and knockoff Canon lenses, has launched its first Li-ion powered speedlite: the YN686EX-RT flash for the Canon RT system. (Nikon version should be available in a few months time).
The first company that introduces Li-ion flash is Godox, model VN860 that can deliver over 500 full power shots at ultra fast recycle time of less than 2 seconds. Normal AA powered flash requires 4 seconds recycle time in full power output.
The YongNuo YN686EX-RT Speedlite—which was quietly released a couple of months ago—is available through eBay and Amazon and features an integrated 2.4GHz transceiver and a 2,000mAh Li-ion battery able to power 750 full-power flashes. This model can be used as either a master or a slave, and it offers optical slave triggering, according to the Speedlite’s product page.
In addition, the Speedlite YN686EX-RT features a dot-matrix LCD display that shows the battery charge level, a USB port for firmware updates, and an electric zoom lamp head with a 20 – 200mm range. Other features include high-speed sync with shutter speeds up to 1/8000s, a stroboscopic mode, and support for both Custom Functions Setting and Auto-Save Setting.
Yongnuo’s Speedlite YN686EX-RT is available online starting at $150 USD (around RM645).
YongNuo, started as a cheap China flash / speedlight maker, has ventured into camera lens business. In recent years, they have made 50mm, 35mm and 100mm lenses for the Canon mount.
Nikon users looking for some budget glass will soon have a couple of new options. According to a detailed report by Nikon Rumors – complete with product shots, specs, MTF charts and more—Chinese gear maker Yongnuo will soon release both a 100mm F2N lens and 40mm F2.8N pancake lens for Nikon F-mount.
The 100mm F2 lens is already available for Canon EF mount, and we have no reason to believe the Nikon version will be much different. According to the specs posted on NR, the lens features eight lens elements in six groups, a 9-blade aperture, autofocus support, a max aperture of F19 and a minimum focusing distance of 0.9m (~3 feet).
The 40mm F2.8 pancake lens isn’t available in any mount yet, but when it does arrive it will reportedly sport six lens elements in four groups, a 6-blade aperture, max aperture of F22, a minimum focusing distance of 0.3m (~1 foot) and will only weigh 130g.
Nikon Rumors seems to believe these lenses will be official very soon, possibly later this week. The 100mm F2 should cost around RM742.00 (incl. GST) (the price of the current Canon version), and we’ll just have to wait to see where Yongnuo prices their 40mm F2.8.