Using Yongnuo Flashguns with the Godox AD200

This article may be of interest to photographers who use Yongnuo flashguns – especially for real estate work – and who may be thinking of buying the Godox AD200.  

I recently acquired a Godox AD200 flashgun, an excellent piece of kit with plenty of firepower. I have been using Yongnuo flashes for several years for my real estate work and I have found them robust and reliable. And cheap. I have had to replace a few of them due to my carelessness in letting them crash to the ground but there was no great cost in getting them replaced. They are manual only but for my  photography that was not an issue as ETTL would never be required.

Yongnuo 560 IV

I found however that in large rooms I was having to use two Yongnuos at the one time to get a proper exposure without having to increase the ISO beyond my default setting of 400 (on a full frame Canon). I saw that the AD200 was a firm favourite among American RE photographers and so I opted to get one.

Godox AD200

But I still wanted to use my Yongnuos to complement the Godox and preferably retain the remote control function of the YN560-TX trigger. For instance, when photographing a room with other rooms or hallways off it I like to place flashes to light those spaces at the same time as I’m exposing for the main room. Yes, it’s an option to use a single flash to light them all by making multiple exposures and then combining them in post-processing. However, whenever possible, I prefer to do a single exposure – it saves time in post.

This photo is a case in point. I used the Godox to light the foreground and two Yongnuos, one in each bedroom.

2 The Grainyard 7

I have full remote control using the configuration of triggers shown in this photo:

Godox Yongnuo Configuration

The set-up consists of a Godox X1T trigger for the AD200 mounted on the camera hotshoe. I chose this trigger rather than the more recent Xpro because it has a hotshoe – the Xpro does not.

Godox X1T

Mounted on the X1T hotshoe is the Yongnuo YN560-TX trigger for controlling the output of the individual Yongnuo flashes. If the output of any of the flashes needs adjusting I can do so from the camera and I don’t have to go to and fro doing it manually. This to me is a huge advantage.

Yongnuo YN560-TX

To trigger the shutter (and flashes) remotely I use a Youngnuo RF603C trigger.

The set-up looks cumbersome but it it actually isn’t. It doesn’t weigh much and I have had no problems using the camera in portrait mode with it attached. Not very practical perhaps for handheld use but for tripod mounted cameras it presents no problems.

It means that I retain full remote control of the Yongnuos while using the Godox. The best of both worlds! I’m sure that in time, as my Yongnuos die off, or meet a sudden end due to careless positioning, I will go full Godox. For now however I’m very happy with this solution.

15 thoughts on “Using Yongnuo Flashguns with the Godox AD200

  1. Can I ask you what your settings were on the Godox and the Yongnuo flash? I’m having a hard time getting mine to fire. I have a Canon system, so I don’t know if that has anything to do with it.

  2. Hi Malorie. Make sure you have the Yongnuo flashguns properly set up in order to take commands from the 560-TX controller. I found this video to be very useful in that regard:

    This is another one:

    Your camera system shouldn’t make any difference – I also use Canon.

    Regards,

    John

  3. Hi just a quick question. I have a Yongnuo YN200 and YN560 TX Pro.
    I have set it to TTL mode and when I adjust the exposure compensation on the YN560 pro, it was not reflected on the YN200. Is that normal? Where should I adjust the exposure compensation? On the YN200 or YN560 Pro? cheers

  4. Hi, John,
    do you know that this setup would also work with the 560-tx NOT attached to any hotshoe? That’s useful when altering the settings without having to touch the camera (for any composite’s sake).
    Today I use just one Yongnuo 200 (a Godox-200-clone) for lighting interiors, firing it against the ceiling or wall. In your example above I would have done so in every room subsequently and merge the images in post with blending mode “lighten”. Not only it’s much quicker on location but also yields more choice in tuning the brightness and white balance for every room separately. If you have an iso-less camera (like me) you get even faster by sticking to base iso and full flash power all the time (except for small bathrooms) and adjust in post.

    • Hi Wolfgang. I checked to see if the 560TX would work not attached to a hotshoe and it wouldn’t. I’ve never found that adjusting the settings of the 560TX or the X1T on the camera caused any problems. Since I originally wrote the post I have, like you, opted to use just one flash (and AD200) for multiple exposures and I blend them in post using Lighten mode – which is great! (I also use Photoshop’s Align Layers option and that eliminates any slight camera movement that may have occurred.) There may be occasions however when multiple flashes might be useful and I always have a few Yongnuos in my bag, just in case.

      • Hi John,
        my simple setup is this: 1 Yongnuo RF603N in the hotshoe, connected via cable to the camera. Another one as a trigger. So the 560TX is used only to adjust my Yongnuo 200 (and occasionally some added Yongnuo 560-Speedlites), not to trigger the shot and therefore can be used “unplugged”. In real estate shooting this may not be overly important, but in case of product shots with switched backgrounds it is.
        However, my Yongnuo 200 develops some batterie issues, yet I’m not quite sure whose fault it is. So I squint a little to the Godox side, but all these X***-triggers seem a little bulky to me, and until today I don’t know if a Godox-setup could ever be as small as the Yongnuos (I have the RF603-trigger attached to a flash stand and clamped to my pocket).

  5. Hi John,

    Is it necessary to have that cable in order for this setup to work? If so, can you link to that cable or let me know which one I need to buy? I use a Canon 6D with a YN560 TXII. Also, besides being able to fire my Yongnuo flashes with this setup, do you know if the Godox controller will fire my Canon 430EX III?

    Thanks!

  6. Your article has been very useful to me. I have the YN-E3-RT TRIGGER AND 2 YN600EX-RT II. I have bought the godox x2r-c and have ordered the ad400 pro. I was thinking of selling all yongnuo gadgets and getting 2 godox handheld flashexes. But when I see that I can connect the yongnuo trigger on top of the x2r, everything is solved. I save money and still have functionality on both triggers. Thanks.

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