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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
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    CanonSpeedlite 600EX-RT
     
    4.9

    (based on 779 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (684)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (86)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good power output (516)
    • Fast recycling (512)
    • Easy to use (500)
    • Consistent output (498)
    • Durable (421)

    Cons

    • Heavy (109)
    • Heavy / bulky (81)
    • Pricey / poor value (17)
    • Not interchangeable (12)
    • Slow recycling (11)

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (533)
    • Fill flash (495)
    • Portraits (485)
    • Night photography (323)
    • Photojournalism (274)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (285), Semi-pro photographer (212), Photo enthusiast (173), Casual photographer (38)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (672), 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

    I would get this product again.

    By Syezdi

    from San Jose, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use
      • Night Photography
      • Portraits

      Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

      I had one got me two more along with ST-E3-RT transmitter. So doing fine as i still need to play around with it and do some more testing.

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      4.0

      Great flash

      By J Stevens

      from All over

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Rt Distance

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

        I'm very impressed with this flash. The communication between the units makes setting up easy. I like that you can control everything from the master unit without having to walk around to each remote slave unit to change settings. You can even trigger a camera wirelessly with this flash.
        Cons:
        Wireless range isn't very far. They should have been able to triple it easily.
        When using as a camera trigger, flash won't fire.

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        5.0

        Incredible output!

        By Greg H

        from New Jersey

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use
          • Photojournalism

          Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

          I tried a different brand (not a low end flash) but was disappointed with the output. I bought this 600EX-RT and began a comparison to the "other" flash.

          Such a huge difference in output. Further, still in comparison, with the 600EX-RT I could shoot at 1/4 power and at a lower ISO.

          With an external battery pack the recycle time was virtually instantaneous! The red light never went off - shot after shot.

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          4.0

          Worth the price

          By Bill

          from Baton Rouge, LA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Portraits

            Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

            Finally got around to learning the menu. It seems to be user friendly but I need to sit down with it a few more times to really get the hang of using the two lights as a master and slave. It is a solid piece of equipment. I am selling my Quantum lights and going light with the same effect.

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            5.0

            Radio Controlled Flash That Works

            By daveinwilliamsburg

            from Williamsburg, VA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

              As as speedlight alone it's powerful, quick to recycle and easy to use. Excellent for fast and easy fill flash or on camera bounce. I use it with my 1DX cameras. The radio control is excellent.

              When I got my first one I intended to use it with my PocketWizard FlexTT5 transceivers. Unfortunately the PocketWizard FlexTT5s were still not reliable so I purchased the Canon ST-E3-RT transmitter along with a second 600EX-RT. It works like a charm and is FULLY funtional with TTL or manual. It does everything I had hoped (as advertised) the PocketWizard system would do but didn't do reliably.

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              5.0

              Fantastic

              By Adam

              from Fort Wayne, IN

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • Portraits

                Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                Super quick shipping – fast setup – awesome! :-)

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                5.0

                Worth the money!

                By Btfp hotography

                from Florida

                Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                I upgraded from a 430ex speed light and I'll never go back. This speed light allows me to capture what I need to beautifully in low light settings! It's defintely worth the investment!

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                3.0

                One of the best speedlites on the market

                By mandyphoto

                from massachusetts

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Fast Recycling
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Portraits

                Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                I usually use 2 speedlite 600EX-RTs for on location lighting- they are fast to recycle, versatile and easy to use. Only issue is I've had it malfuntion twice, but under warrantly had it fixed within the week.

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                5.0

                What a wonderful flash

                By none

                from Arizona

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easy To Use
                • Fast Recycling
                • Powerful Output
                • Works Every Time

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • General Use
                  • Night Photography

                  Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                  For years I suffered through trying to slave multiple flashes using the old 550EX and ST-E2 infrared system. Sometimes it worked and other times not. With the 600EX-RT and radio remotes it is a no brainer. It works every time and the dials are very intuitive (unlike the horrible 580EX).

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                  5.0

                  Does What you expect

                  By Andrew

                  from Ann Arbor, MI

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Powerful Output
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Slow Recycling

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • General Use
                  • Photojournalism

                  Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                  I use this flash for numerous events. For pregame sports events the TTL is extremely helpful. There is a lot to learn with this flash but not hard. Could recycle a bit faster but still phenomenal.

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                  5.0

                  Awesome flash

                  By Irishtkb

                  from NH

                  Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                  I have two of 660 RTs and they are the best.

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                  4.0

                  Flash works faster than earlier models

                  By Major

                  from NYC

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast Recycling

                  Cons

                  • Not Interchangeable

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • General Use
                  • Photojournalism
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                  I use the product as a fill light for outdoor portraits, as a strobe for indoor headshots and for lighting during indoor events.

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                  5.0

                  Worth Every Pennies

                  By Dan D.

                  from San Jose, CA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                      I am a professional photographer so I purchased 6 of these speedlites. I use 4 of them off cameras as 'slave' units and 2 of them on-cameras as 'master' units and they work wonderfully. Love the fact that I don't need to use any triggers with these speedlites.

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                      5.0

                      A must buy

                      By Phil

                      from Bloomington

                      Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                      Outstanding flash. Pay a Lillie bit more and get a much better flash. A much better flash than the 430 !!

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                      3.0

                      Bloody Complicated

                      By Tom

                      from Singapore

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Powerful Output
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Difficult to use

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash
                      • Photojournalism

                      Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                      Buy a book and read the manual several times. Japanese companies are famous for their inability to write software. Canon has the same weakness as Sony when it comes to writing a User Interface and associated instructions. I wish Canon would outsource its user interface programming to Apple. Trying to use all the features and power of this flash tool is a major headache. They should either lower the price or increase its usability.

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                      5.0

                      The Best

                      By vinniec

                      from Syracuse, NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Bulky

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                      This flash is worth every penny. I had one and some 430ex II. Decided to get another. I just did a shoot with multiple people. I was in a room that had a high wood ceiling and spot lighting. ETTL worked great and I needed very little adjusting. It's a little pricey but once you release those hard earned dollars you'll be glad you did.

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                      5.0

                      Speedlite 600ex

                      By Charles

                      from Charlotte, NC

                      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
                        • Night Photography
                        • Photojournalism
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                        My only other experience is with studio strobes. But it's nice to have something more portable. Works as intended.

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                        5.0

                        Awesome upgrade!

                        By @JaimeChanPhoto

                        from Long Beach, CA

                        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
                          • Night Photography
                          • Photojournalism
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                          + How I use the product:
                          - Event photography (in tandem with the Canon ST-E3-RT transmitter)
                          - Portrait photography (in tandem with the transmitter and also select sized of the Westcott Rapid Box for speedlites)
                          - Upgraded from a pair of Canon 580EX IIs speedlites

                          + What's great about this product:
                          - Fairly easy to use when you read the manual. (and I don't even like reading)
                          - Wireless capability frees you from a heavy on-camera setup AND extends the lighting possibilities
                          - Comes with gels (warm and cold) and the holder for those gels.
                          - The transmitter works amazingly with it!

                          + What's not great about it:
                          - Wish it was a little cheaper, but quality has its price. Totally understandable.

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                          5.0

                          Speedlite 600EX-RT WOW!

                          By BillyHo

                          from Kennett Square PA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                            Very versatile. Money well spent.

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                            5.0

                            Great Flash

                            By Tonkincane

                            from Bozeman, MT

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                                I love them!

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