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Yongnuo YN560-TX Flash Controller - Adjust Flash Power From Your Camera

Published: 23/09/2014

YN560-TXThere are a bunch of real estate shooters using Yongnuo YN-560-III flashes because they are a very close second to the classic old Nikon SB-80DX flashes. SB-80DX are a great flash for manual real estate work, but are no longer manufactured. Nowadays YN-560-IIIs are only about $71 where as the SB-80DX is usually twice that when you can find it on used gear sites.

A cool manual flash controller (YN560-TX Flash controller) was announced in May of this year but wasn't widely available until a couple of months ago. A description of the YN560-TX is over at FlashHavoc and Pete Leong has a thorough description on YouTube of how to use the YN560-TX.

The big advantage of this flash controller is that it allows you to remotely adjust power level of your manual YN-560-IIIs right from behind your camera. It will also replace your RF-602/603 triggers and trigger all your YN-560-IIIs. All this for $58.

I've heard arguments both ways of whether adjusting the power level from your camera is important. Many people claim this is a big time savings. I'm sure many of you are already using the YN560-TX. How does it work for you?

Larry Lohrman

22 comments on “Yongnuo YN560-TX Flash Controller - Adjust Flash Power From Your Camera”

  1. It works great - coupled with a Camranger it's awesome. Sometimes I have light stand twelve feet in the air - no more bringing it down to adjust the lighting. Or what about when you are trying to light a stairwell that is in the shot and need to make an adjustment? No problem, no hiking up the stairs, I can make an adjustment from the camera. No more walking, no more breaking down a light stand. I use it all the time but now I need to find another method of exercise.

  2. I have one and used it on my last three shoots! Fantastic. Works great and is a real time saver. One thing I did was put a GIANT letter on each flash head (A/B/C/ etc/) on both sides so I can quickly tell which flash is which. As I pre-mount my flashes on light stands at the start of the shoot, many times I move one and forget which one I moved. But it's by far the best $58 bucks I've spent to go with my YN560-III's. Being able to control that one light at the top of the stairs or in the far away room from the camera-pure joy!

  3. I've used my new YN560TX on two shoots and I really like it. I especially like that it saves me a couple trips up and down stairs.

  4. Let me add this. I have been looking for a good wireless remote trigger for the camera when I discovered the Yongnuo transmitters (RF-603 and the new YN560TX) can also trigger the camera. I now just plug in the cable that goes from the YN560TX to the camera and use one of my RF-603's to trigger the camera while holding one or more flashes.

    That may not have been clear. I use the technique when layering in flash across the front of the house.

  5. Would you be able to adjust the flash power from a cam ranger? Or do you have to be in the back lcd of your dslr to change the flash powers?

  6. I think it's great if I had all Yongnuo flashes.
    I have a "mixed bag" of flashes; Canon & Nikon.
    The Cactus V6 looks interesting.
    I think you can do the same thing with it regardless of the flash brand. Although, you would need to buy a receiver per flash at $55 per unit.
    I suppose I could sell my 580EX2's and SB26's and buy all Yongnuos?

  7. I think this will be one of my next investments in new gear along with some 560s. When this combo should work fine (distance, light consistency, stability), I'll sell my old SBs straight away (okay, I may keep the 800 because it is perfect with my Nikon cameras CLSwise).

  8. I have a mix of flashes as well, the flash's that are controlled by the controller trigger the flash's that are not. You just need to make sure that the "optically" fired flash's are the ones closest to you and they are in LOS of the one that are controlled.

    works well.

  9. @Chuck
    I have no problems with flashes firing LOS; I would like to be able to control all from behind the camera. That's why I would either need to purchase the Cactus V6's or sell my current "mix" of flashes and purchase the Yongnuo YN-560-III flashes & the YN560-TX.
    Just weighing the options.

  10. @Tim " many flashes can you control...?"
    When setting the group number on a 560-3, if you cycle through it will show up not just as say A,B,C,D,E,F as the 560TX shows, but A,A1,A2,A3: B,B1,B2,B3, etc..
    This could possibly mean 4 per letter, ie 4x6 = 24?
    But maybe the sub scripts mean something else.
    Have not tried yet.

  11. @logan
    Re; ".. maybe the sub scripts mean something else."
    I still don't see what the sub script numbers mean. It does not seem to matter if a 560-3 is on an; A,A1,A2,A3 they all fire (at the same "A" power setting) as long as the Channel is set to the 560TX's channel as one would expect. So I don't think the sub script number have anything to do with how many 560-3's can be fired per Letter as I assumed previously. Anyway, I set up four 560-3's and they all fired quite nicely as per settings on the 560-TX.
    I also have one 560EX 11 (ETTL), but I could not get it to set to a "group'.
    Guess I should go read the "Chinese" manual some more.

  12. Can anyone tell me if this system is compatible with Sony A65 & A77ii? If not, is there another system recommended for these cameras? Thanks!

  13. @Logan, the transmitter will only control 560III's. The 560II's don't have a built in receiver so you would need a RF-603 receiver and could only use that flash in pure manual mode with no remote control.
    @Juan, the YN560TX is only compatible with Youngnuo 560III flashes and RF603/2 receivers.

  14. Jaun Torres: I use both an a77 and an a99 with this system. Being the TX talks to the III's, the only thing the camera does is send a trigger to the TX. So if you use a Sony to ISO adapter between the hot shot on the a77 TX, it will work just fine. Mine does!

  15. Have been using it the last three months or so and love it. I do wish that when I adjust the power manually on the flash itself it would change the display on the unit. Sometimes I move a flash into a different spot and adjust it when I set it down and then go back to my camera and forget what the setting is because I have 3-4 flashes being used.

    Other than that, I use it on every shoot.

  16. @ Mike's
    "I do wish that when I adjust the power manually on the flash itself it would change the display on the unit."
    That would be nice! It is confusing to come back to camera position and have wrong setting displayed on the TX, especially with so many other things vying for your attention.
    Especially when you have maybe adjusted more than 1 or 2.
    I'll see if I can find a way to give YN that suggestion, maybe for a firmware upgrade to both I would guess, since the flash unit would have to talk back to the TX which it looks like it is not doing at this point. And the TX may not be set up to receive that info.

  17. I'm using the YN-622N-TX/622N/565EX combination.
    I highly recommend them. They're the BEST THING since sliced bread, replacing my Nikon SU-800/SB-600 combination.
    I can fire from as far away as I need, remotely controlling three banks of flashes. If I need more flashes, and I often do,
    I remote control the furthest ones and manually control the closest ones. That saves me a lot of walking up and down stairs.
    At what they cost and what they do, I can't imagine a better value.
    I still have a four old SB-600's. I'm gonna sell them on Ebay, get some more 565's and have a few bucks left for some Eneloops.

  18. I just picked up 5 YN-560 III and one YN-560 TX. This set-up is sweet and much easier compared going into the custom settings menu on the D300 when controlling several SB-800's via CLS with the pop-up flash. Best part is that the price is right. 5 speed lights and the controller was the same price as one SB-900. Let's see how they will be holding up..

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