Yongnuo has been the goto strobe brand for many off-camera-flashers (yea, I said it). Between the low price (it’s pretty hard to beat a $60 strobe, even if entry level), the plethora of features and the compatibility with major brands systems they are hard to say no to.
The only thing that kinda sucked on those strobes was their origin, they were shipping in from China. Shipping from China means hard to exercise warranty or returns. Don’t get me wrong, if you got 4 Yongnuo’s and one was a DOA, it was still a good deal price-wise, but you ended up with one dead strobe. Add to that the fact that many eBay sellers were selling those strobes with a lesser levels of Quality Assurance and you can see why there was a certain kind of risk involved in such purchases.
But this is changing as B&H are now adding the Yongnuo brand to their catalog. This means getting the same strobes with a significantly higher level of security. As for warranty, at least the items that I checked had a Limited 1-Year Warranty.
I was kinda expecting the B&H prices to be higher than the Amazon ones, but in fact they are not:
- The YN560-II sells for $59 on Amazon and for $55 at B&H
- The radio enabled YN560-III are selling for $71 on Amazon and at the same price over at B&H.
- The YN-622N-TX i-TTL Wireless Flash Controller is selling for $45.99 on both Amazon and B&H
(for a full Yongnuo listing on B&H click here)
Similarly interesting is the hint on B&H also adding Yongnuo lenses to their store. There is currently only one lens entered into the catalog – the Yongnuo 50mm EF For 1.8 Lens For Canon (mistakes on original listing), and it has not images and is marked out of stock – Usually ships in 2-4 weeks. Which may indicate that B&H did not receive any stock yet or that they are testing the item… If the YN lenses do go on sale, it could be very interesting for US photographers.
Now here comes the question, now that service warranty and returns are so much easier will you jump in and get a Yongnuo?
[via SLR Lounge]