Yongnuo’s products are renowned for their usefulness far outweighing their cost. One of the most famous of these products is the Yongnuo YN560-TX transmitter, which is designed to accompany flashes such as the YN560-III or YN560-IV. Let’s take a look at it together and try to decide whether to get one, and if so, why.
Since the YN560-TX is designed to work with the third and fourth generations of the YN560 family of flash units, there are clear design similarities between the units. The body of the YN560-TX is perfectly assembled: nothing creaks, does not stagger, and there is no doubt about reliability.
The transmitter is attached to the camera using a “hot shoe”, and it will be installed vertically, so it will be convenient to control the device. However, when shooting from a tripod set in the lower position, it will be inconvenient to control the YN560-TX: there is no hinge here, which means that it will be impossible to tilt the body.
Before you can start using the Yongnuo YN560-TX, it will need to be “paired” with a flash. This is a very small but important nuance, since the process is significantly different from the usual grouping of flashes into groups. This may seem unusual to some, but there is a very significant advantage here: when shooting in crowded places with photographers with similar equipment, you will not interfere with them, and they will not disturb you. Moreover, even if you use the same channels as others, you will still not be able to control other people’s flashes, since you did not establish a connection between them and your transmitter.
So, in order to connect the YN560-TX with a flash, you need to press and hold two buttons at the same time: ZOOM / CH and Hz / FN. At the same time, “ACT” will light up on the transmitter display, and the flash display should be activated, signaling the possibility of connecting. Then you just have to press the “OK” button on the flash and the connection will be completed.
The interface of the transmitter is easy to use, unlike similar solutions from Canon or Nikon, which are usually overloaded with numerous hidden menus and submenus. Yongnuo YN560-TX supports 6 groups of flashes, which are named as A, B, C, D, E, and F. At the same time, the groups themselves in the menu are displayed as two subgroups: A, B, C and D, E, F. In order to switch between subgroups, just press and hold the “Group” button, and in order to control each group individually, you just need to press and hold the “Group” once.
The rest of the controls will look like you have the same YN560-III or YN560-IV in your hands: you can adjust the flash output in full-stop or 1/3‑stop steps, control the flash zoom and select the mode. At the same time, there will be practically no delay in flash control — everything happens instantly. Moreover, I have never encountered a situation where the flash did not receive a command from this transmitter.
Ultimately, the combination of this transmitter and a manual flash will give you the ability to fine-tune manual lighting, which is unlikely to be repeated when shooting in automatic mode. Given the price of the Yongnuo YN560-TX and, for example, the YN560-III, it’s hard to find a cheaper combination with even an approximate level of performance and feature set — an excellent option for budget photography.