Peter McKinnon recently called the Yongnuo YN560 IV a MUST HAVE flash. I’m going to have to disagree with this assessment. I purchased this flash (actually, four of them) about four years ago. But I’m dropping my Yongnuo in favor of the Godox TT685, and here’s why.
The Yongnuo YN560 IV was available at a great price (still is). It was a solid, manual flash that did the job I needed. Until it didn’t. Amazingly, out of the four I purchased in 2015, only one is still working. For how long, I don’t know. And I’m not willing to take that chance.
The first failure came as a complete surprise. I was in the middle of a shoot when my shots inexplicably all became overexposed. The preview screen on the back of my camera looked like my model was in close proximity to a lightning strike! I checked my camera settings; they seemed to be fine. The Yongnuo displayed the correct power setting. I even dialed the flash power setting down to its lowest number, 1/128 power. Still, massive overexposure.
I decided to switch the flash out with another YN560 IV and everything went back to normal. It was the flash. It was stuck on FULL POWER. All without warning, and the problem never went away. I was glad that I wasn’t shooting film that day because I would have probably burned through a couple of rolls before realizing there was a problem with the flash.
Two more of these units suffered the same fault, so I was down to one. And I don’t trust it anymore. My only flash can’t be one I don’t trust.
In the video above, I explain how I came to the decision to switch to Godox. I’ve heard about Godox lighting for awhile, but I tend to resist new products, especially 3rd party flashes. But I was impressed enough with my purchase of a set of Godox video lights I decided to try out one of their flash units. I’m glad I did.
I’m looking at getting into the Godox AD200 next. I’ll keep you updated.
If you’d like more info on how I use flash in my typical setups, take a look at this post.