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Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite
  • Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite
  • Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite
  • Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite
  • Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite
  • Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite
 

Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite

Manufacturer: Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Item #: CAN-600EXRT   •   MFG #: 5296B002

 

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Canon's new Speedlite 600EX-RT is engineered to provide a new level of performance and reliability for professional flash photography with today's most advanced DSLRs. With wireless two-way radio communication, the Speedlite 600 EX-RT allows photographers to expand their creativity using wireless speedlites with the reliability of radio triggering. The Speedlite 600EX-RT offers an expanded zoom range and a higher guide number, plus a number of improvements over its predecessor in both operation and feel. It features a new dot-matrix LCD panel for display of all pertinent shooting information, backlit controls plus an internal sound generator. Reliability is ensured with improved hot shoe contacts, improved flash head durability and the most comprehensive dust and water sealing system ever on a Canon Speedlite flash. A new color filter holder helps maintain accurate color in a variety of ambient light conditions.

 
  • Features

    • New wireless multiple flash system using radio wave communication for enhanced control of up to five groups of flashes.
    • Zoom flash head covers wide range of 20-200mm; maximum Guide Number (197 ft./60m at ISO 100).
    • Redesigned contact construction, improved flash head durability, and exceptional dust and weather resistance for reliable operation.
    • AF Assist Beam compatible with Canon's new 61-Point High Density Reticular AF.
    • Dot matrix LCD panel and backlit button provide easy visibility.
    • Color filter holder for attaching Canon and third-party color gelatin filters.
    • 18 Custom Functions and 7 Personal Functions for creative flexibility.
    • Full swivel, 180 Degrees in either direction.
     
 

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by PowerReviews
CANON U.S.A., INC.Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite
 
4.7

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Superior build quality (9)
  • Fast recycling time (8)
  • Good exposure performance (7)
  • Quiet (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good, most of the time

This flash is great for all the reasons you'd think it would be great. I bought three of them to use as master/slave units. I've been using them for about 6 weeks....Read complete review

This flash is great for all the reasons you'd think it would be great. I bought three of them to use as master/slave units. I've been using them for about 6 weeks. Until yesterday I used them in mainly outdoor or fairly bright indoor conditions, and the multiple flash setups worked great and the radio feature was wonderful. Then comes yesterday - shooting a wedding. All went well with the brighter indoor shots and daylight outdoor shots. But when it came to the reception and the lights were turned really dark for the dancing portion of the evening, I began getting a fairly high percentage of extreme over-exposures - and I mean so blown out that they weren't recoverable (I even shoot in RAW mode). It was almost as if the lens aperture wasn't stopping down, so the sensor of the camera was getting the full blast of the flash. So my first thought was maybe I had a malfunctioning lens. So I switched lenses and had the same problem with the second lens. I'd say maybe one out of twelve shots was grossly overexposing to the point that the highlight detail was gone and the shot was unusable. That's too many bad shots for a professional to deal with. Again, I've only had this issue when using the multiple flash setups in really dark conditions like a wedding reception. And in case anyone's wondering, I use all Canon gear. No third party lenses, etc. that might interfere with the communication of the system. Needless to say I'm very disappointed because weddings are one of the main reasons I bought the 3-flash system. And if these flashes are inconsistent when used in really dark, contrasty settings, then that's a big negative strike against them.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

This was by far the best ...

This was by far the best flash that I own. Recently, however, the "A" icon( for the Auto zoom for sensor size) seems to have just vanished, and...Read complete review

This was by far the best flash that I own. Recently, however, the "A" icon( for the Auto zoom for sensor size) seems to have just vanished, and only the "M" will display. I've come across a few other folks who have encountered this. Maybe there is a simple fix for this problem, but I haven't found it yet. If anyone here has encountered this, I'd sure appreciate your feedback.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Greatest flash ever used worth the cost

By Allan W

from Hamilton, OH, United States

Verified Buyer

Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite:

I used a non Canon Flash for the last couple of years. I always had issues controlling the flash and the image was to dark or blown out. When the opportunity arose to purchase the 600 ex-rt at a real good price I figured why not what do I have to loose. I used it this past weekend for a wedding shoot. The match up was perfect to my 1dx. It synced without missing a step. The images came out perfect on the screen, they were even better on the computer. SPEND THE EXTRA MONEY ON THIS FLASH !!!! you won't be sorry.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Amazing Flash System

By Fivefinguz

from Nashville, TN, United States

Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite:

I'm an advanced amateur photographer getting his start as a strobist. I do some freelance work with local companies in the Nashville area and my occasional clients/gigs as time permits. I have to give credit where due, as this 600ex-rt system is a top performer on my list. Although some will rave that speedlites don't stand up to studio flash, I'll say from experience the 600 is darn close. Anyone who uses speedlites know to increase output/light intensity and recycle speeds you simply bundle more lights. Well this guy makes that job easy. A simple multi-mount flash bracket like the triple threat and your trusty transmitter, st-e3-rt, and you're off to the races. Oh wait, don't forget there's NO CORDS! My favorite part is that I can literally pack for practically any event with one bag and shave weight from that bag in the process. Let me see you do that with studio strobes!

 
5.0

Switched back from other brand

By LA Pro Photog

from Los Angeles, CA

Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite:

I've been an international photographer for over 11 years now. Just switched back to Canon after 6 years with another brand. After all that time I just never bonded with the other brand. I love the quality I get with my Canon system over any other system I've ever used.

 
5.0

expectations

By alaskan viking

from Kenai ,Alaska

Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite:

This flash has definitely exceeded my expectations. I have low light over half the year living in Alaska . The capabilities of this device are phenomenal. I just started in photography and this flash gives me the opportunity to expand. This new technology has the ability to sync and control multiple flashes with this device.

 
3.0

This was by far the best ...

By Canon user

from California

Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite:

This was by far the best flash that I own. Recently, however, the "A" icon( for the Auto zoom for sensor size) seems to have just vanished, and only the "M" will display. I've come across a few other folks who have encountered this. Maybe there is a simple fix for this problem, but I haven't found it yet. If anyone here has encountered this, I'd sure appreciate your feedback.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Flash

By Anonymous

from Austin, TX

Pros

  • Good Exposure performance
  • Superior build quality

Cons

  • Expensive

Best Uses

    Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite:

    This flash is absolutely amazing. I owned a 580EX prior to purchasing this flash. It was an upgrade that was well worth it. The flash is very powerful and having the wireless capabilities built into the flash has changed the way I shoot. I consider myself an advanced amateur and flash photography has been a bit intimidating at times. I took some classes with Canon and I am no longer intimidated with flash. When I couple this flash with the remote transmitter, I have been able to get so much more creative with my shooting. The only real downside I have is that the flash is a bit expensive. However, when considering the fact that you don't need to buy remote triggers such as Pocket Wizards, the overall value of this flash makes sense. I just purchased a refurbished 600EX-RT through Canon's online store. I'm excited about the options I'll have with two flash units now.

     
    5.0

    From One to Three

    By rs_eos

    from McHenry, IL

    Pros

    • fast recycling time
    • Feature rich
    • Large zoom range
    • Superior build quality
    • Weather sealing

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite:

        Knowing the importance of off-camera flash, I started out with a single 430EX II on my older camera via a hot shoe cable. But that only allowed me to scratch the surface. Recently moved up to a new camera and wanted to have much more flexibility and control, so purchased a single 600EX RT along with the ST-E3-RT transmitter. I now had a system that allowed me to create many more lighting situations with ease. The system is incredibly scalable, so picked up two more 600EX RT units. The ability to mix-and-match manual and ETTL is awesome. And not having to walk up to individual flashes to turn on/off or adjust power is a huge time-saver. I also really like the gel holder and have created quite a large collection now of custom-fit gels for it to include color correction, color effect, ND and diffusion. The menu system is organized very well; very easy to navigate and change settings. The implementation of radio features is solid. The ability to scan for best channel and usage of a custom pin greatly reduces issues. So far I haven't had misfires in my home where I have quite a bit of WiFi devices (though only a few are running at 2.4GHz now; most at 5GHz). Shooting with other photographers at a lighting workshop also went smoothly. Bottom line, these speedlites offer such a large set of features that are sure to appeal to a wide range of users. The ease of setup and usage really save time and give you much more freedom to create. One final note; very impressed that the units remember their settings in between usages. Whenever I turn on the transmitter and the speedlites, they automtically re-link and are in the same groups as they were when last used. Settings were even saved after swapping out batteries.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        gREAT pRODUCT

        By JRDPHOTOGRAPHY

        from Destin, FLORIDA

        Pros

        • fast recycling time
        • Good Exposure performance
        • Quiet
        • Superior build quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite:

            Love my 600 RT's. I own 6 of them and they have dramatically changed my location flash use in fashion, weddings and interior design photography. Wireless Range is very adequate. I have been able to fire up to 100' in some locations

             
            5.0

            Canon 70D using Canon 600EX-RT

            By LVPhoto

            from Las Vegas

            Pros

            • de simone photography
            • fast recycling time
            • Good Exposure performance
            • Quiet
            • Superior build quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite:

                I bought the new Canon 70D as it is compatible with Canon’s 600 EX-RT flash systems in wireless mode, I had the Canon ST-E3-RT mounted on the camera and (2) 600 EX-RT on light stands and my camera on a tripod. This is the first time I have experienced wireless intermittent firing and I was not firing rapidly as I had to set up each shot that I was doing. I switched Cameras back to my Canon Mk IV and even my old 5D just to see if it would misfire’. No misfires at all...there is something not right with the new Canon Cameras...most embarrassing as I had the VP of marketing looking over my shoulder. Is there anyone using the same setup? See my first review :)-

                (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Terrific Flash

                By Anonymous

                from Hollywood, CA

                Pros

                • fast recycling time
                • Good Exposure performance
                • Quiet
                • Superior build quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite:

                    The Speedlite 600EX-RT is a terrific flash. I have only had it for a few days but taken a hundred inside and outside shots experimenting with its settings. Perfect exposure in all scenario's. Great addition.

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