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Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT

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Product Highlights

  • 2.4 GHz Wireless Radio Transmission
  • Compatible with Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II
  • Guide Number: 197' at ISO 100 and 200mm
  • Zoom Range: 20-200mm (14mm with Panel)
  • Tilts from -7 to +90°
  • Rotates Left & Right 180°
  • Stroboscopic Mode & Color Filter Holder
  • Recycle Time: 0.1-5.5 Seconds
  • High-Speed, 1st & 2nd Curtain Sync
  • Runs on 4 AA Batteries
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Complete with built-in radio transmission wireless functionality, the Speedlite 600EX-RT sits at the top of Canon's on-camera E-TTL / E-TTL II compatible flash lineup with a powerful guide number of 197' at ISO 100 and 200mm. This two-way 2.4 GHz radio system provides added reliability and a range up to 98.4' among up to 5 groups with a total of 15 individual Speedlites. This system also does not need direct line-of-site like traditional optical-based transmission and will work through obstacles.

For added coverage and functionality, the flash's zoom head can reach from 20-200mm, with the option for wide 14mm coverage when the built-in diffusion panel is used. Also, the unit can tilt from -7 to +90° and rotate 180° either left or right for complete bounce capabilities. On the back of the 600EX-RT is a backlit dot-matrix LCD panel that displays the status and allows users to easily access and change settings. Additionally, the flash is durable with a redesigned contact construction and improved dust and water resistant sealing.

Other capabilities of the 600EX-RT include a stroboscopic mode as well as high-speed, first and second curtain sync settings for more control over your image's final look. The flash is powered by 4 AA batteries which provide a recycle time of 0.1-5.5 seconds, though it does have a port for an optional external power pack. It comes with a color filter holder with case, a light orange filter, a dark orange filter, a mini stand, and a Speedlite case.

AF assist beam works with up to 61-point High Density Reticular AF system
There are 18 custom functions and 7 personal functions for maximum customization
Optical transmission is available in addition to radio transmission
Quick Flash settings speeds up recycle time and flash duration
Manual power settings from 1/1 to 1/128 power in 1/3-stop increments
Flash color temperature information is automatically transmitted to the camera
Automatic power off function
Flash exposure compensation from -3 to +3 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
PC sync port and remote release terminal for off-camera triggering
Flash duration of 1.8 ms or less, or 2.3 ms or less in Quick Flash mode
Stroboscopic setting from 1-500 Hz, or 1-199 Hz during optical transmission wireless shooting
Wireless flash ratio control from 1:8 to 1:1 to 8:1 in ½-stop increments
Compatible with ST-E3 Speedlite Transmitter
Approximately 100-700 flashes with AA alkaline batteries
Locking metal foot
Bracket mounting hole
Built-in retractable bounce card
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 197' (60.05 m) ISO100 at 200 mm position
Exposure Control Manual/TTL
Angle of Coverage 94° - 12°
Wide-Angle Adapter: 114°
Vari-Power 1/1 - 1/128
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head -7° to +90°
Swivel Head 360°
Coverage 14 mm - 200 mm (Full frame)
Distance Range 1.64 to 98.43' (0.5 to 30 m) at f/1.4
Zoom Head Full frame: 20 mm - 200 mm
Off Camera Terminal PC, Proprietary
Recycle Time Approximately 0.1 - 5.5 seconds
Flash Duration 0.0018 - 0.0023 sec @ Full Power
Flash-ready Indicator Yes
Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/2 and 1/3 EV steps)
Wireless Transmission Method: RF
Distance: Up to 98.43' / 30 m
Method: Optical pulse
Distance: Up to 49.21' / 15 m
Wireless Communication Channels 4 Channels
Wireless Groups 5 Groups
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, Lithium, Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.1 x 5.6 x 4.9" / 80.0 x 143.0 x 125.0 mm
Weight 14.99 oz / 425 g without batteries
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT
  • SCH-E1 Color Filter Holder for 600EX-RT
  • SCF-E1 Color Filter Set for 600EX-RT
  • Color Filter Holder Case
  • Mini Stand
  • Speedlite Case
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    CanonSpeedlite 600EX-RT
     
    4.9

    (based on 807 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (709)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (89)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good power output (529)
    • Fast recycling (525)
    • Easy to use (512)
    • Consistent output (511)
    • Durable (432)

    Cons

    • Heavy (113)
    • Heavy / bulky (81)
    • Pricey / poor value (17)
    • Not interchangeable (12)
    • Slow recycling (11)

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (545)
    • Fill flash (504)
    • Portraits (495)
    • Night photography (330)
    • Photojournalism (278)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (291), Semi-pro photographer (219), Photo enthusiast (176), Casual photographer (38)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (687), Yes (22)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Worth it!

    I maybe can open a leason and talk about the pros of Canon's newest speedlite – 600EX-RT, and that is how much I like this unit.

    I heard people said...Read complete review

    I maybe can open a leason and talk about the pros of Canon's newest speedlite – 600EX-RT, and that is how much I like this unit.

    I heard people said some like like "If you don't take advantage of the radio transmition of the 600EX-RT, you are simply just using a more expensive 580EXII". I strongly disagree with the statement like this. These people might have never used 600EX-RT, and review it based on its specification. You don't give comment like this if you have never hands on with these 2 speedlite.

    Well, everyone know about how good the radio wireless is, so I am not going to talk about it. I am going to talk about how good 600EX-RT is even if you only have one unit and use it on the camera hot shoe instead of wireless. The pros are (in comparison to 580EXII):
    1. Better GUI
    2. Easier to operate based on new designated buttons.
    3. Better Auto White Balance.
    4. Support 61 points focus system.
    5. Wider and Farther
    6. Sound to remind you battery cycle complete

    I believe there are more pros, and I think it is worth the price difference in between 580EXII and 600EX-RT for use stand alone. So please stop saying the 600EX-RT by itself is just another 580EXII, it's not, it's much better than 580EXII. and it is even better if you have more than one of it, or have a ST-E3-RT.

    So if you do not have an external flash for Canon cameras and thinking about buy one, get this! If you already have only ONE 580EXII, 580EX, 550EX, sell it and get this one before you invest more in the old technology. If you have MANY previous version of Canon flash, maybe stay with them with the 3rd party wireless trigger because they might not have great resell price in used market while they are still functioning well.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Awesome features - mechanically B+

    I own 4 of these, replacing 2 580EX IIs. I use them with a 5D Mark III and 7D. The features are incredible and the display is much easier to use than any...Read complete review

    I own 4 of these, replacing 2 580EX IIs. I use them with a 5D Mark III and 7D. The features are incredible and the display is much easier to use than any other flash I've owned. If you own a 2012 Canon camera or later, the 5-group Gr mode is the ultimate in easy and complete remote control: you can have the A flash in ETTL, the B flash in Manual, the C flash in Manual with a different power, and D and E different as well. All can be easily controlled from the master, whether it's another 600EX-RT or the ST-ET-R3. However, I was disappointed with the mechanical fit and that's why I didn't give the 600EX-RT 5 stars. The 580EX II battery door easily opens and closes with one finger. All 4 of my 600EX-RT's have trouble closing the battery door; you have to push in on the top of the door with one finger while you slide the door up to close it with another finger. This problem doesn't happen if there are no batteries in the Speedlite, but the force of the batteries pushing up prevents the battery door from closing. The fit of the hot shoe is also poor. It feels like a cheap, stiff chuck of metal sliding into the camera, compared to the 580EX-II which slides into the camera's hot-shoe like a glove. The 600EX-RT door and hot-shoe are both secure, but for this price I expect a more refined feel. I still love this Speedlite, but come on, Canon - get your act together. This flash is just a little bigger than the 580EX II, so any snug-fitting accessories like the Sto-fen Omnibounce won't fit. The 600EX-RT comes with a nice filter holder that can even tell your camera which filter is installed so you get the correct white balance. However, the filter holder is an awkward L shape that feels vulnerable to breaking in transportation. The filter holder and filters come with their own bag.

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    5.0

    Sturdy and light.

    By Jody

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use

      Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

      With a body and lens, cameras can get heavy. With this Speedlite, I find myself leaving it on and not knowing it's there. Which can be really handy.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Powerful versatile speedlite flash!

      By Juan M

      from Miami, FL

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Recycling
      • Powerful Output
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use
        • Night Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

        This is the best speedlite money can buy. Great build quality, versatile, and flash output is very powerful.

        I use it off camera on a monopod with three legged stand on the bottom or with the included stand on the floor or stool/table depending on the shot.

        Remote triggering is straight forward (great with multiple speedlites!). No complaints with the battery life it out lasts other flash systems I've used.

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        • No

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        5.0

        More than I expected

        By CoreyDrakePhotography

        from North Texas

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Fast Recycling
        • Powerful Output
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Portraits

        Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

        I use the product as a wedding photographer, primarily outdoors! I absolutely love the high speed sync and that it is functions as both a master and a slave unit! I had this flash for less than 1 week and I was using it, making beautiful photos!

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        5.0

        Versatile and easy to use

        By Ken

        from Carpinteria, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Fast Recycling
        • Lightweight
        • Powerful Output
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use
          • Night Photography
          • Portraits

          Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

          I have been doing digital photography since its inception and I have avoided buying a strobe as I thought they were too complicated. Recently I shot a friend's wedding outside at noon, and noticed that I really did need some fill flash, as I had to convert all the images to black and white to make them look decent. So I bought the 600EX. Before it arrived a friend lent me her 580EX and showed me how to use it, so I got to play with that for a while. Well I am loving my new 600EX. It seems more versatile and easy to use than the 580.It is easier to change settings with the 600, and I like the menu layout better. I have been using it for indoor photography in low light, as a fill outside in harsh lighting, and playing with it in my desktop studio. I love the wide variety of modifiers and accessories that are available. So far I am very happy with it.

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          5.0

          Love it!

          By Todd

          from Sunnyvale, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Recycling
          • Lightweight
          • Powerful Output

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use

            Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

            This would be a great and powerful flash even if it did not have the built in radio transmission wireless function. However - for me - THAT makes it perfect! I just bought a second one and couldn't be happier.

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            5.0

            Simply perfect!

            By Bill

            from North Carolina

            Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

            Grear flash...quality build and excellent performance. Highly recommend this product.

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            5.0

            Love Canon Speed Lights!

            By Amanda Johnson

            from North Dakota

            Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

            Live that lights read each other so well! I'm a wedding photographer and these are perfect for reception lighting!!

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            5.0

            The Best

            By Sunsetryder

            from On the road

            Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

            I hadn't used an external flash in 30 years and wanted a flash that gave me the most control; the most flexibility. The Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT doesn't disappoint. Admittedly I have a learning curve, but there are plenty of resources available. This is not always the case with other products.

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            5.0

            AMAZING

            By DMGPHOTO_com

            from SAN FRANCISCO

            Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

            Used this inside a church for portraits where I set up two umbrellas for the group pics....used the St-e3-rt to trigger and my my life just got ten times easier without having to deal with line of sight as I did when I shot Nikon w/ sb910s and the cls system. I needed more power and I got that instantly by adjusting it on the transmitter! I've shot Nikon for years and made a switch recently and the functions of this flash Is VERY easy to learn! GREAT SYSTEM!!

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            5.0

            Great lighting tool

            By Marc

            from Pittsburgh Pa.

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Fast Recycling
            • Powerful Output
            • Reliable
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use
              • Interior Architecture
              • Portraits

              Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

              I have 6 of these units now and I light lots of complex scenes including interior architecture with them. They work great and are easy on batteries too. I use them in conjunction with the Canon ST-E3-RT and get great results always.

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              5.0

              Fast and reliable

              By BrookeB

              from SF California

              Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

              The recycle time is great and super easy to set up OCF!!! Love these for weddings

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              5.0

              Excellent

              By Angela

              from Miami, Fl.

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Powerful Output

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • General Use
                • Photojournalism

                Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                Powerful enough flash, but also lightweight enough to take with me on overseas assignments in remote places. it's my go-to.

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                • No

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                4.0

                The best flash I had used

                By Dan

                from Jacksonville

                Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                I love the flash but wish they last longer

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                4.0

                Much better than my 430ex

                By Jennlynnz

                from Maryland

                Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                I bought this to replace my 430ex, what a difference. Construction, metal hotshot is very sturdy and rubber grip is awesome on the sides. The battery door is two step now, with a slide and then manuever to open but far less of a hang up than the construction of a 550 that I've played with. The flash is far better than my 430ex which I bought before I planned to go into event photography. The buttons are much easier to find your way around and the icons are easier to read. I can not wait to learn this flash! The light is beautiful, glad I held out for this one. Also seemed to be better on battery usage but I've only used it at one event thus far, so we'll see if this part truly was improved upon.

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                5.0

                Great Flash!! It does everything!

                By Ron

                from New Jersey

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast Recycling
                • Powerful Output

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • General Use
                • Night Photography
                • Portraits

                Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                Great quality! Easy to use! A bit heavier than other flashes but is packed with features.

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                5.0

                Great Product

                By Bea

                from Missoula, MT

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Powerful Output
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Okay Recycle Time

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • General Use
                • Portraits

                Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                Super easy to use/understand/works well/love it. The only thing I am not 100% sold on is the recycle time of the flash when you use it continually.

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                5.0

                So far so great

                By Gidget

                from Vista, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Fast Recycling
                • Lightweight
                • Powerful Output
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • Night Photography
                  • Photojournalism
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                  I can turn the lights of in a room and the flash will fill it with light. I plan to use this product for event photography including boat shows, weddings, product photography, night photography, travel documentary, and art. I do not own any strobes yet and I am happy to buy the most powerful flash there is. So far so great.

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                  5.0

                  the best!

                  By Dellz

                  from New York

                  Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                  I've owned several types amd brands of flash unit but this one tops them all! Everything the reviews said is true! I would highly recommend them and especially from B and H!

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                  5.0

                  Excellent product.

                  By Pam

                  from Tennessee

                  Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                  This is a quality product that delivers a consistent result every time. I don't worry about flash failure at a critical moment. It is a professional grade, versatile flash.

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                  4.0

                  Good Flash

                  By Rbn300

                  from Alabama

                  Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                  Works as expected. Well built. Lots of options. Good power. Pricey.

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