Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT

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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 Canon U.S.A. Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    CanonSpeedlite 600EX-RT
     
    4.9

    (based on 693 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (608)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (78)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast recycling (471)
    • Good power output (469)
    • Easy to use (455)
    • Consistent output (454)
    • Durable (384)

    Cons

    • Heavy (95)
    • Heavy / bulky (74)
    • Pricey / poor value (16)
    • Not interchangeable (11)
    • Slow recycling (9)

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (492)
    • Fill flash (453)
    • Portraits (448)
    • Night photography (294)
    • Photojournalism (250)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (256), Semi-pro photographer (194), Photo enthusiast (162), Casual photographer (34)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (612), Yes (20)

    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

    More than Awesome

    By N405MX

    from Monterrey, MX

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use
      • Photojournalism
      • Portraits

      Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

      The results are great, the wireless options are excellent, it is a really affordable investment.

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      5.0

      Best Flash Ever

      By Shalese Danielle

      from Richmond, VA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

          I am a professional wedding photographer and needed this 2nd flash for my off-camera lighting set up. I wouldn't buy anything else. Super easy to sync with my on-camera flash.

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          5.0

          No regrets!

          By T Dawn

          from Oklahoma

          Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

          How did I ever live without this flash?! I thought my other canon flash was good until I got this one. It is great & very powerful.

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          5.0

          Feature rich

          By Dan B

          from St. Louis MO

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Complex Read The Book

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Night Photography

          Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

          This flash is so feature rich you have to really get to learn it. It's my second one. I'm still reading the manual and shooting test shots. I am anxious to learn the RF sync functionality. Having a second one opens up a whole new set of features.

          Canon improved the moisture resistance over the older 580EX but to date I have not gotten mine very wet.

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          5.0

          Great!

          By Joao Carlos

          from Miami, FL

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use

            Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

            Speedlite 600EX-RT is perfect to cover weddings and other events!

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            5.0

            Awesome speedlite

            By Karl MD

            from Pittsburgh PA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • General Use
            • Night Photography
            • Portraits

            Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

            Extremely versatile and powerful. Can function as radio or light trigger master. Will get great as a I transition to all RT.

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            5.0

            Outstanding Flash Unit

            By Poppy Photo Man

            from Portland, OR

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use
              • Portraits

              Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

              Easy to use, excellent power and great results!

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              5.0

              Excellent Flash with fast recovery time

              By Woodworker51

              from Flower Mound, TX

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Fast Recycling
              • Powerful Output

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use
              • Portraits

              Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

              Second & Third Flash Unit to outfit umbrella bounce lighting. Fast recovery, and remote electronic control ready, compatible with all Canon EOS systems. Excellent for my main use of taking product photos.

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              4.0

              Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT is phenomenal!

              By KristyWeedSeed

              from Austin, Tx.

              About Me Pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Powerful Output
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Slow Recycling

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

              I am a free lance photographer and I've used ll kinds of speedlites. This one is so beautiful the way it softly spreads out the lighting for a more natural look. The only thing I'm not too pleased with is the recycle time. Overall though I love it hard!

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              5.0

              Worked great at dimly lit church wedding

              By AV Hippie

              from Minneoplis Minn

              About Me Pro Photographer

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • Portraits

                Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                This was the first time I used wireless flash units. The 600EX's, with ST-E3 Transmitter on Mark III, worked great mounted on grip stands for the photo shoot, and set on 2 tables at reception, reflecting off low ceiling.

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                5.0

                So far, I love it.

                By John G

                from Traverse City, MI

                About Me Pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • Portraits

                Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                This is my first external flash, so I don't have a lot of experience. I have found it easy to use and so far I have had great results.

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                5.0

                Great strobe

                By Pitpjoto

                from PittVurgh

                Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                Love it.

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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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                  5.0

                  Job well done

                  By Jan Spisar

                  from Daytona Beach

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

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                    Cons

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                        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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