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CanonSpeedlite 600EX-RT
 
4.9

(based on 689 reviews)

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    (78)

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    (6)

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    (1)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast recycling (469)
  • Good power output (468)
  • Easy to use (452)
  • Consistent output (451)
  • Durable (382)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • General purpose (490)
  • Fill flash (452)
  • Portraits (447)
  • Night photography (293)
  • Photojournalism (249)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (255), Semi-pro photographer (193), Photo enthusiast (161), Casual photographer (34)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (609), 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

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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    • No

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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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      • No

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      5.0

      Excellent Flash with fast recovery time

      By Woodworker51

      from Flower Mound, TX

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      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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      • No

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      4.0

      Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT is phenomenal!

      By KristyWeedSeed

      from Austin, Tx.

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      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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      • No

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      5.0

      Worked great at dimly lit church wedding

      By AV Hippie

      from Minneoplis Minn

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      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

        Verified Buyer

        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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        • No

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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

        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:

          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

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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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                      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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                      • No

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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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                          • No

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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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