Recently, I purchased a Yongnuo YN565EX Speedlite for just short of £100 through eBay.
Having read other reviews about the Yongnuo YN565EX Speedlite, I was confident that the product would offer good value for money and work well with my Canon cameras.
The Yongnuo YN565EX Speedlite arrived in no time, shipped from Hong Kong and included a soft case and a stand as described.
Wasting no time I mounted the Yongnuo YN565EX Speedlite to my Canon EOS 1D Mark III and took some test shots with it.
It seemed to work perfectly well and seemed to communicate with the camera with no real problems at all.
The build quality of the Yongnuo YN565EX Speedlite is not too bad. I mean what can you honestly expect for less than £100. The head rotates and there are a bounce card and wide panel that pull down from the head of the unit.
My problems started right away with the bounce card and wide panel on the Yongnuo YN565EX Speedlite. They were simply not fitted to anything and just fell out.
Over the past week or so I have discussed this with the seller who has kindly offered to either send me a diffuser or offered me the chance to post it back to them in Hong Kong, which, frankly, is just a waste of money!
Aside from this, I have noticed other issues with the Yongnuo YN565EX Speedlite. There seems to be some confusion between the Camera and the Speedlite with regard to exposure compensation, and it also appears to swap to manual flash without me pressing anything.
I do suspect my Yongnuo YN565EX Speedlite is faulty, and that it was one someone else returned, which may explain all the issue I am having.
I only decided to purchase the Yongnuo YN565EX Speedlite as I already had bought a Yongnuo YN560-II Speedlite which is totally amazing and cost very little money.
To say I am disappointed would be an understatement, I do not think my issue with the seller will be resolved, and it has left me feeling very cautious about buying further another Yongnuo YN565EX Speedlite, which was my plan.
I think going forward, I will stick to the simpler cheaper model, the Yongnuo YN560-II Speedlite and use manual flash until I can afford to buy the Canon equivalent.