Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Imported

B&H # CA600EX Mfr # 5296B002
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Product Highlights
  • Wireless Radio Multiple Flash System
  • TTL, E-TTL II & A-TTL Compatible
  • GN 197' (60 m) @ ISO100
  • Exceptionally Dust- and Water-Resistant
  • Zoom Flash Head: 20-200mm Range
  • Dot Matrix LCD Panel and Backlit Button
  • Color Filter Holder for Gelatin Filters
  • 18 Custom Functions
  • Full 180-Degree Swivel in Each Direction
  • AF Assist Beam

As a Canon top-of-the-line flash, the Speedlite 600EX-RT takes the best features from existing models and adds functionality for enhanced digital photography. The 600EX features a new wireless multiple flash system using radio wave communication that provides more precise control over as many as five groups of flashes. There's also more power, with a guide number of 197' (60 m) at ISO 100, a zoom flash head that covers a 20-200mm range.  Compatible with the AF frame of all EOS cameras, the Speedlite 600EX-RT even works perfectly with the 61-Point High Density Reticular AF found in the EOS-1D X and the EOS 5D Mark III.

The 600EX-RT offers radio-controlled two-way wireless transmission up to 98.4 feet, among up to 5 groups with a total of 15 individual Speedlites. Communicating on 2.4 GHz frequencies, it doesn't have the same directional limitations of traditional wireless optical transmitters. Where other wireless signals can be interrupted by physical obstacles, radio controlled systems excel. 15 transmission channels are available, selectable manually or automatically, and radio transmission IDs can be set to prevent misfiring in the event of signal interference on the same channel

The included color filter holder and two orange color filters multiply your creative options--the holder is compatible with Canon as well as third-party gelatin filters. The 600EX offers several other improvements--it's been redesigned, with a metal hot shoe, improved dust- and water-resistance and body strength, plus the ability to control flash functions and settings from the camera menu.  A dot matrix LCD panel and backlit button deliver much-improved visibility.

The flash supports all current versions of TTL, including evaluative E-TTL II. This is great for photographers who shoot high contrast or reflective subjects, like those encountered in wedding photography. Photographers can now capture every detail from the black of tuxedos to the white of wedding dresses. The 600EX-RT is compatible with all E-TTL II/E-TTL autoflash EOS DSLRs.

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' (60 m) at ISO 100
Redesigned contact construction, improved flash head durability, and exceptional dust and weather resistance for reliable operation
Built-in 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 for creative flexibility
Full swivel, 180° in either direction
Built-in retractable bounce-card
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 197' (60.05 m) ISO100 at 200 mm position
TTL Dedication Yes
Swivel Head Yes, 360°
Coverage 20 mm - 200 mm (Full frame)
Zoom Head Full frame: 20 mm - 200 mm
Off Camera Terminal PC
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, Lithium, Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.1 x 5.6 x 4.9" / 7.9 x 14.2 x 12.4 cm
Weight 14.99 oz / 425 g
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT
  • Soft Case
  • Mini Stand
  • Color Filter Holder SCH-E1
  • Soft Case for Filter Holder
  • Color Filter SCF-E1OR1 (Light Orange)
  • Color Filter SCF-E1OR2 (Dark Orange)
  • Case for Filters
  • Instruction Book
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    CanonSpeedlite 600EX-RT
     
    4.9

    (based on 681 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 4 Stars

       

      (77)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast recycling (465)
    • Good power output (464)
    • Easy to use (447)
    • Consistent output (446)
    • Durable (380)

    Cons

    • Heavy (93)
    • Heavy / bulky (74)
    • Pricey / poor value (16)
    • Not interchangeable (11)
    • Slow recycling (8)

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (485)
    • Fill flash (446)
    • Portraits (441)
    • Night photography (291)
    • Photojournalism (248)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (251), Semi-pro photographer (192), Photo enthusiast (159), Casual photographer (34)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (603), Yes (20)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Powerful and compact

    I have 3 of these units as I use off camera flash often. One is on camera the other 2 are off camera on stands or held by my assistant. I like the built...Read complete review

    I have 3 of these units as I use off camera flash often. One is on camera the other 2 are off camera on stands or held by my assistant. I like the built in radio control and one button to swivel and tilt the head. The previous units have seperate buttons that took longer to adjust. It comes with a couple of color gels which I have yet to use. So far it looks like the exposure sensor is very accurate. I do use external battery packs with them. The menu is extensive and you'll need to play with it for a while to get used to it. After a few shoots it really becomes easy. Since I purchased my first the price has come down and it is affordable.
    The GN that Canon gives is very misleading. It is as accurate as their claim that the 5D III has continous auto focus in video mode. A claim they have had to pull. The GN number is a specific formula that photographers have used from the beginning. It is specific so we can compare apples to apples at a glance. My Metz 60 series flashes have a GN of 197. When I do need high power the flashes made today do not compete. I still recommend these flashes as they are good. Just feel a little insulted at Canon's advertising practices. You can't fool all of the people all of the time.

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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

    Flash! It's a great flash

    By Mark

    from Mystic

    Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

    This is a really great flash, especially when used with the remote controller. Easy to use and very versatile.

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    5.0

    outstanding!!

    By Malinda Julien

    from Fort Worth, Texas

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Battery Usage To High

    Best Uses

    • Fill Flash
    • General Use
    • Night Photography
    • Portraits

    Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

    I am an commercial and event photographer. I need a solid lighting system that allows me to control many flashes at the same time without having to leave my camera.

    The 600EX-RT does it and does it well. I love the radio communication and not worrying about other photographers flashes slaving my system.

    The color is good and dependable.

    The only downside is the battery consumption. Even though I am using Quantum Turbo 3's - the batteries which must be in the flash to run the actual flash go FAST!!!

    Canon says they can not suggest anything other than the alkalines they tested it with. Some say the rechargeable Sony Enloope is the way to go, but I haven't tested them yet.

    Overall a very good product and I have (4) of them I use all the time.

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    5.0

    Perfect addition for use on my canon 70D

    By Mopar Tim

    from Upland,WV

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use
      • Night Photography
      • Photojournalism
      • Portraits

      Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

      Absolutely Great

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      • No

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      5.0

      Job well done

      By Jan Spisar

      from Daytona Beach

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

            No more add on wireless triggers.
            The new 600 do this well.
            More flash power.
            Flawless radio transmission!
            Expensive in initial purchase, but if you comparing with flash plus wireless trigger for another flashes., is much cheeper!

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            5.0

            Absolutely Great Bang For The Buck

            By MOPAR 10' 474

            from Upland,WV

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use
              • Night Photography
              • Photojournalism
              • Portraits

              Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

              As a Canon top-of-the-line flash, the Speedlite 600EX-RT Provided Absolutely------- Great Bang For The Buck.

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              5.0

              Big light!

              By ShotByJacob

              from East Bay

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • Portraits

                Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                I use this with the ST-E3-RT trigger and they work flawlessly. No misfires as of yet. Range is great. Working without a tether has been amazing as well.

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                5.0

                great

                By candid ho

                from los angeles, cA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • General Use

                  Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                  I barely use on camera flash but Ive been using 580ex when i needed to, somehow i had problem with my 580 that has inconsistent output and so with color inconsistent color problem. Recently I borrowed 600ex and i really liked how the all buttons are layout and it was very easy to use, (without reading manuals) , slightly lighter body, consistent output so far. then its neck move around very smooth (I use its neck turn around a lot to adjust bounce angles and all) . My 580ex was stolen and i decided to get 600ex after this great experience. I found Some reviews i read says i need to read manual which i'm still working on, I don't think i understand all of great features at this moment, but what i used so far is very basic function that i used to use with previous bodies just worked fine with great result. that i'm happy with. Maybe i shouldn't give 5 stars without knowing 100% of this speedlite but so far i'm happy with.

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                  5.0

                  Great flash with lots to learn

                  By South Shooter

                  from Kingsport, TN

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Built In Wireless
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Light Weigh Stand

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • General Use
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                  Using this a 2nd flash along with ST-E3-RT transmitter. Lots to learn moving to such a full featured system.

                  Radio wireless works great. I'm not sure how I managed, but once I unintentionally cleared the ID address.

                  For their premier flash, you'd think Canon could use a metal thread on their flash stand. It makes me nervous putting it out on a stand "in the wild".

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                  5.0

                  Works like a charm

                  By Photo Gal

                  from Westchester, New York

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Fast Recycling
                  • Powerful Output

                  Cons

                  • Bulky
                  • Latch

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • General Use
                  • Night Photography
                  • Photojournalism
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                  The things I can agree with on other reviews are that the latch is not as smooth as previous models of Canon Speedlites which I was surprised to find given this is the newest model, and its hefty price tag. It does have a bulkiness to it, but given the output, I guess I have to live with that. I recommend you make sure you "lock" it so you don't accidentally change your settings mid stream. Other than that, performance wise, you can't beat it which is why I'm giving it the 5 stars. I haven't tried it with other slave flashes yet. For me, a good investment on its own.

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                  5.0

                  perfect flash for me to use on my 40D

                  By Tony

                  from San jose, ca

                  About Me Casual 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:

                    I used this flash at night time when i went camping. I used this flash for indoor activities, the flash worked well to what I expected to see on my pictures. I would recommend this to friends.

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                    5.0

                    Great flash

                    By Peter

                    from Houston

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Powerful Output

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                      Great easy to use flash I bought 2 with the umbrella kit

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                      5.0

                      Who Needs Plugs Anyway

                      By JohnGutierrezPhotos

                      from Chicago, IL

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Flash
                        • General Use
                        • Photojournalism
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                        Hands down these are the best speedlites to date. The best feature is the radio triggering. No more additional add ons needed. Straight out of the box they sync with any other 600s or the radio trigger with full ettl and manual controls.

                        They're sync optically with any other flashes on the market as well.

                        The solid build quality and weather sealing is a bonus.

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                        5.0

                        Fantastic flash unit

                        By Ally

                        from Wisconsin

                        Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                        There's no comparison. Top of the line performance and ease of use.

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                        5.0

                        Hands Down Best Canon Flash Made

                        By royalphoto

                        from Lee's Summit, MO

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash
                          • General Use
                          • Photojournalism
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                          I have heard so much about Canon's 600EX-RT speedlights wireless radio triggers via many blogs and other photographers that I opted to try them out. I was so impressed with the radio trigger frequency capabilities, I had to get rid of my 580EX II speedlights and PocketWizard Flex TT5s. TTL is in demand in my line of work and because I'm a wedding photographer, on location is my life. I needed to travel smart, with less gear and naturally be more efficient. This was the best investment I could have made. The flash is easy to operate and the digital readout/function buttons are outstanding. Combined with all of my L-lens, 1DX and 1DM4, the images came out GREAT! After purchasing two, I purchased a third one the following week. Thank you Canon!

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                          5.0

                          Amazing Flash!

                          By RpM_nyc

                          from NYC

                          Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                          We are using two of these for our wedding photography business and couldn't be happier with them. We used to use additional radio transmitters and off camera flashes. It worked well but it was something else in the mix and 4 additional batteries that could die at an unwanted time:). With the 600 flash our set up has been simplified so much. It works flawlessly with the Mark IiI and the cameras interface can control everything. The AF assist beams are great and even in dark venues the camera rarely (if ever) misses it's target or struggles. The amount of keepers taken during a reception has gone up dramatically because of these. They were easy to set up and functions can be changed with the press of a button. Highly recommended!!

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                          5.0

                          Very nice flash

                          By MTCINC

                          from Farmington, MO

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash
                          • General Use
                          • Night Photography
                          • Photojournalism
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                          Upgraded from my Canon 430Ex. This is a really nice flash but it is bigger and heavier than the 430 so be aware of that.

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                          3.0

                          Not what I thought.

                          By Janet

                          from MN

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                              I guess I misunderstood what all the excitement was about. I always shoot with a remote flash (never on the camera) via radio transmitter. I thought this flash would work with no radio transmitter/receiver with the Mark iii. Then I got it (and called Canon) and saw that IT works as the transmitter. So I would have to lug around the camera with the flash on it all the time. No thanks. I guess I will go back to transmitter/receivers which is kind of a pain. My fault for not reading more closely but everyone was so excited I figured that I was on to something great. I'm sure it works fine as a flash. I guess I will have an extra one.

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                              5.0

                              Great!

                              By JC

                              from Westcheaster NY

                              Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                              I was looking for a while and kept reading reviews and talking with friends about this flash and got a lot of good info from a lot people and friends.

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                              5.0

                              Upgraded from 580exII

                              By Josh

                              from Ohio

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast Recycling
                              • Powerful Output

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                                  Bought this flash as a recent upgrade from my 580exII unit. Have yet to test out the RT functionality of the flash but I must say the redesign of the UI layout is MUCH welcomed and improved. Buttons are alot easier to operate compared to previous models and you actually navigate the flash custom settings w/o the use of a manual with is a huge plus IMO. Very well designed flash. The best Canon has put out. Period.

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                                  5.0

                                  Easy to use even for a beginner

                                  By Foodisgoodhere

                                  from Boston, MA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Fill Flash
                                    • General Use
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                                    Learning flash photography can seem intimidating but this flash makes it really easy. Using the TTL mode, one can get started and start learning more from there. A complete novice like myself learned how to use this flash wirelessly (with the built-in flash on my camera controlling it) in less than an hour. The LCD screen makes it easy to adjust the settings and the ability to aim the flash head in any direction is great when bouncing the flash off ceiling or walls. I thought this flash was maybe more powerful than what I needed until I used it to make wildlife shots - its reach (combined with an extender) is really good. Now I use it to shoot birds all the time.

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