Yongnuo Releases Its First Lithium-ion Powered Flash for Canon RT

Yongnuo, the popular Hong Kong camera gear manufacturer that’s known for creating cheaper “clones” of lenses for Canon and Nikon, has released its first lithium-ion powered flash for the Canon RT system.

The flash is called the YN686EX-RT, which rolls nicely off the tongue, and was actually quietly released a couple of months ago. It’s compatible with Canon E-TTL and E-TTL II.

The flash has a guide number of 197′ at ISO 100 and 200mm. The head tilts from -7° to 90° and rotates left and right 180°.

It has an integrated 2.4Ghz transceiver, a 2,000 mAh Li-ion battery which is said to power 750 flashes at full power and only takes 1.5 seconds to recycle a full charge. It will work either as a slave or a master, even offering optical slave triggering. The flash can also do high-speed 1st and 2nd curtain sync.

You can use the flash in high-speed sync modes up to shutter speeds of 1/8000, and there’s also a stroboscopic mode (multiple firings during one long exposure). The flash also has a zoom range of 20-200mm.

The Yongnuo YN686EX-RT can be purchased on Amazon and B&H for around $150.

(via B&H via DPReview)