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Yongnuo 560 III flash and Sony a7

Can I use the Yongnuo 560 III or IV flash with my Sony a7 camera? Yes!

I have been a Canon user for many years. I thought it would never change. It did 🙂

Was’nt really looking for another still camera, but for a camera for my video business. Wanted to find something smaller than my “old” workhorse, the Sony FS100.

Then Sony came out with the a7S, which quickly proved to be a solid video camera. And it turned out to be a good still camera as well.

So does it work with the Sony a7 series? The short answer to this is YES!

The YN-560 III and IV are a single firing pin flashes and are compatible with most cameras having a standard hotshoe when mounted directly on the camera .

Off camera, and using the YN-560 III/IV built in radio receiver, compatibility will depend on the transmitter unit used. Most cameras with a standard hotshoe can be used with the YN560-TX (which I do) and the RF-603 II transmitter units. The latter also seems to work, but I havent tested it.

Virtually any camera with a sync connection or standard hotshoe could be used if using some other form of radio triggers to fire the flash off camera.

6 different groups with separate power settings

The 560-TX allows you to fire 6 groups of flashes, all with separate power settings. Every group is remotely controlled via the 560-TX. This is very handy when the flashes are on stands. You wont have to adjust every flash. It’s all done on the 560-TX on your camera. Very nice.

Here is my a7R with my two Yongnuo 560III/IV flashes and the 560-TX trigger:

Yongnuo-560-iii-tx-sony-a7-bodhi-visuals

Why get the 560 III/IV and 560-TX?

  • Built in radio trigger – no need for extra gizmos (560 III)
  • Up to 100 meters range (560 III and 560-TX)
  • 6 groups and 16 channels (560 III and 560-TX)
  • External power port (560 III)
  • PC sync socket(560 III)
  • Easy setup and use (560 III and 560-TX)
  • Inxpensive (560 III and 560-TX)
  • Very good quality (560 III and 560-TX)

What you need to know before buying 560 III/IV and 560-TX

They dont support TTL and HSS (High speed flash sync) – the flash is all manual.

 

YN560 III / IV Features

  • Circuit design – Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT)
  • Guide No. – 58 (ISO 100, 105mm)
  • Flash mode – M, Multi
  • Trigger Mode – On-camera, S1, S2 pre-flash-cancelled, RX 2.4GHz radio receiver
  • Wireless triggering distance – 100m(2.4G wireless), Optic 20~25m indoor, 10~15m outdoor
  • Channels – 16
  • Zoom range – auto, 24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 80, 105mm
  • Vertical rotation angle –  -7~90 degrees
  • Horizontal rotation angle –  0~270 degrees
  • Power supply – 4×AAsize batteries (Alkaline or Ni-MH are usable)
  • Lighting times – 100~1500 times (AA alkaline cell used)
  • Recycle time – approx 3s (AA alkaline cell used)
  • Color temperature – 5600k
  • Flash time – 1/200s~1/20000s
  • Flash control – 8 levels of output control (1/128~1/1), 29 levels of fine tuning
  • External interface – hot shoe, PC port port, HV battery port
  • Additional features – electronic flash head zooming, manual zoom, sound prompt, advanced setting, automatically saving setting, PC port, power saving mode and over heat protection.
  • Dimensions – 60×73×190mm (Extended state)
  • Net weight – 350g
  • Accessories Flash light (1), protecting bag (1), mini stand (1) and manual (1)

YN560-TX Features

  • 6 Groups
  • Remote Manual Power Control
  • Zoom Head Control
  • Remote Multi (Stroboscopic) Setting
  • Large Clear LCD Screen
  • Fast Setting Interface
  • 16 Channels
  • 2,4GHz 100M Range
  • AA batteries x 2
  • Compatible with RF-602/RF-603/RF-603II
  • Supports RF-603 /RF-603 II Wireless Shutter Release

This Post Has 19 Comments

  1. Hi,

    Will it work on the Sony A6000 too?

    What 560 TX version did you use for the Sony A7 (Canon or Nikon)?

    Thank you.

    Oren Barel

    1. Hi,

      have heard it works on the silver version of the a6000. And if you have the black version, you will have to sand off the black paint on the hotshoe… Haven’t tried it myself though.

      I have the Canon version of both the 560 III and TX.

      Regards
      Claus

      1. I’m a little late to this conversation, but just an FYI – I use this setup on a black A6000, and I didn’t have to sand any paint off to get it to work. There’s no paint on the firing pin, so it works just fine.

        Cheers,
        Fonk

        1. Thats great Fonk. Mine doesn’t work, and I haven’t gotten around to doing the sanding since I have the a7 as well. and I use that for flash photography…

    2. Hi, Nikon ar Canon only matters if you use one of those two. Something with the sleep/wake function of the flash. On Sony either one will work!

      Regards
      Claus

  2. Hi, nice review. Did you have to buy a Nikon version or would any work on the Sony? I only ask because that’s the combo I see whenever I read about Yongnuos on a Sony
    Thanks!

  3. Hey !
    I would love to know how to make a HSS setup for the a7 system.
    I had a canon 5d mike that i sold for the sake of buying the a7ii but now I stumbled upon that I can’t use my yongnuo yn622c-tx can’t trigger HSS to my speedlites from the a7 or any sony camera. So how can I use my HSS yongnuo flashes and my old canon flash on a Sony A7 II ?

    1. Dont think you can use the 622’s with the Sony a7 cameras.
      Only HSS option besides Sony is the Phottix system as far as I know 🙂

      1. I use my yn 622C with this flash unit as a simple on camera or off camera flash and it works fine for me.

      1. Oh you are right… think the Phottix is nice, kinda like the YN560TX but with the HSS and TTL… remote which controls a range of flashes 🙂

  4. But the AF assist won’t fire unless you have FE lenses, will it?
    I’m looking at the Zoom Li-On from Adorama’s flashpoint line because it has a manual button to activate the AF assist, which the camera doesn’t seem to do when adapting lenses for some reason. I have Sony’s A-mount adapter because there is SO MUCH MORE glass for A mount than FE. But it can’t focus in the dark which is annoying.

    1. I really don’t know about the af assist. I haven’t noticed that. An A-mount adapter is awesome. Hope you have some nice lenses. I would’nt mind the 85 1.4 and 135 1.8 🙂 Is the focusing in the dark a problem with that adapter? Which version do you have? The LA-EA4?

    2. hello, find a way to focus with little light, because in my case I have a manual lens connected to the a7s with 560iv fired by the 560TX, the problem is that closing opening does not look to focus, and secondly if upload the iso to see the previous screen or display the pictures out overexposed ,. Thank you !!!

  5. Hi, I’m a Canon user and i work with the YN560III and the 560-TX, I’m thinking about switching to the Sony A7 😀 What is the max flash speed sync? I read that for some people is 1/200 and others 1/250 but I think they mount the flash directly on the hotshoe, maybe with the 560TX could change that speed sync. Thanks for writing this article, very helpful!

    1. Hi, you are welcome 🙂
      I think I can go 1/250 with my a7S and 1/200 with the a7R… No change with the TX!

  6. Hello! I got the yn560tx + yn560iv for my a7, very nice combo. I only got 1/200 syn speed tough . I have the Sony flash HVL-F60M and I can shoot 1/250 with that one (or HSS if the flash is pointing forward). Am I doing something wrong with the yongnuo’s?

    Thanks for the review. It really helped to my purchase decision.

  7. Hi guys, I can’t seem to make my YN560-TX transmitter trigger my flash more than once. When I attempt a second shot, the flash’s blue LED lights up which tells me it’s recognizing that I am taking a shot, but the flash won’t go off. Any advice?

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