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CanonSpeedlite 600EX-RT
 
4.9

(based on 965 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (846)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (107)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast recycling (603)
  • Good power output (602)
  • Easy to use (598)
  • Consistent output (586)
  • Durable (512)

Cons

  • Heavy (131)
  • Heavy / bulky (90)
  • Pricey / poor value (20)
  • Slow recycling (15)
  • Not interchangeable (13)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (634)
  • Fill flash (585)
  • Portraits (572)
  • Night photography (380)
  • Photojournalism (312)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (352), Semi-pro photographer (247), Photo enthusiast (204), Casual photographer (42), Parent (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (808), Yes (25)

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

 

Speedlite 600EX-RT

The 600EX-RT upgraded my older 430EX. During the first 6 months the flash worked exceptionally well. During the next 6 months, the flash began to fire intermittently. The Power reset and Clear reset...Read complete review

The 600EX-RT upgraded my older 430EX. During the first 6 months the flash worked exceptionally well. During the next 6 months, the flash began to fire intermittently. The Power reset and Clear reset became increasingly necessary for the flash to fire. During this behavior the pilot remained "red". The LCD display was bright and working; all functionality of settings and modes was as expected.

The initial conversation with Canon's phone support insisted the problem was specific to using rechargeable AA batteries. Within a few weeks of that discussion, the flash head failed completely. Canon's repair facility diagnosed the problem as hardware failure, and replaced the flash head. Now, a year later, the same failure is back. This is Canon's best Speedlite flash ? When you consider the cost of repair and shipping to Canon, then add the initial cost of buying the 600 EX-RT; I could have purchased a Quantum flash instead. Granted, the first hardware repair was warranty. But, (2) catastrophic failures in two years is too much.

My advice is this: if your business depends on your flash working. Even reasonably well. And, your clients demand "no excuses - you own it" , consider other Pro flashes. Any additional money spent up front is well worth it.

In closing, my older Speedlite 430EX ( bought open box) is still working) like the first day I used it. At nearly half the price of the 600EX-RT.

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5.0

Great Lens!

By Alee Photo

from Miami, FL

About Me Film Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Interface With Camcorder
  • Improves Performance
  • Lightweight
  • Quality Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Shooting Indoors
    • Travel
    • Upgrade

    Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

    Great lens! I would highly recommend it.
    I have two of them!!

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great companion to the EOS 7D mark II

    By Mediabug

    from Long Island, New York

    About Me Semi Pro

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Improves Performance
    • Quality Construction
    • Well Constructed
    • Well Designed

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Group Photography
    • Upgrade

    Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

    This product is the ideal match to the Canon EOS 7D mark ii. With the ability to control the flash through the camera makes these products a true system. A worthwhile upgrade from any previous flash. Now the flash along with the camera can be controlled over the USB port. This makes remote use easy and straight forward.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Canon has perfected the Speedlite!

    By Jim

    from Boston MA

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Quality Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Shooting Indoors
      • Shooting Outdoors
      • Travel

      Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

      I use this flash for weddings, events and interior photography. The flash output is very powerful and has a very nice low power output. This is helpful with low depth of field portraits. The wireless system is very reliable

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      • No

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      5.0

      Awesome flash!

      By Sydney

      from Wilmington, NC

      About Me Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Performance
      • Lightweight
      • Quality Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Shooting Indoors
        • Shooting Outdoors
        • Travel
        • Upgrade

        Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

        I decided to upgrade my system and purchased this flash. What a little workhorse! It is lightweight when used on camera and sets up nicely with stands. It is a great value and I would definitely purchase this again!

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great flash

        By Olesya

        from Key West FL

        About Me Film Professional, Parent

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Improves Performance
        • Quality Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Shooting Indoors
          • Shooting Outdoors
          • Upgrade

          Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

          Use for wedding and portrait photography (indoors, outdoors)

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          • No

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          5.0

          Excellent

          By Ste

          from Leverett

          Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

          Excellent delivery time , product is as I was aspects . Thank you

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          5.0

          Love this product!

          By guyleeanno

          from Farmington, NM

          About Me Amateur, Grandparent, Parent, Technically Challenged

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Performance
          • Lightweight
          • Quality Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • No More Unwanted Shadows
            • Shooting Indoors
            • Shooting Outdoors
            • Travel

            Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

            I'm a beginner to the digital photography age and am taking my 1st class and loving it! This flash was recommended to me by an old army buddie. He said don't skimp and if you stick with the canon products you will never be disappointed. So far so good! I'm still in the beginner stages with learning how to use the flash and I'm amazing myself with the quality of the pictures I have been getting. Lights up the faces and no unwanted shadows! Cool!

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great equipment

            By Cv

            from USA

            Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

            This is a must have!

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            5.0

            Canon 600-RT

            By Ted

            from Alpine, UT

            About Me Parent, Professional Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Portable And Compact
            • Quality Construction
            • Radio Control

            Cons

            • Difficult To Read Manual
            • Expensive

            Best Uses

            • Shooting Outdoors

            Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

            I finally invested in a set of three of these flashes plus one 430 EX III to uses as a master to control the 600's. I have been practicing all week getting to know them. My favorite thing is to finally have radio control. So far they seem to be 100% reliable and I can go around corners and not have to worry about which direction the receiver is pointed. I also love the high speed sync and the power.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Delivers all it promises

            By DiAnna

            from Montgomery AL

            About Me Professional Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Improves Performance
            • Lightweight
            • Quality Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Shooting Indoors
              • Shooting Outdoors

              Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

              I use the 600 EX-RTs for on-location portrait sessions when needed and for wedding receptions. I have 3 of them.

              I love that they are all RT -- I don't have to keep up with or put on and off a separate transmitter and receiver. I can leave one on camera to act as the transmitter while completely controlling the OC flashes. Wish I'd made the upgrade sooner!

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              • No

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              5.0

              Awesome flash!

              By Beach

              from Wi.

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                  Use for all needs,
                  Radio controlled ! It's awesome and it has a number of different settings.

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                  5.0

                  Outstanding Product

                  By Chuck459

                  from Camarillo, CA

                  About Me Serious Enthueast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Every Feature Imaginable
                  • Quality Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Shooting Indoors
                    • Shooting Outdoors
                    • Travel
                    • Upgrade

                    Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                    I recently replaced an aging EX580 with a Speedlite 600EX-RT. I am both impressed and very satisfied. For my needs, this flash is overkill. I will probably never use 75% of its features, but for what I do need - maximum light output from a shoe mounted flash - the 600EX is as good as it gets. I was blown away by the size of the owner's manual. At 120 pages, It is larger than the manual for my 1DX. It is very complete however and clearly explains the many features of the flash. In my opinion, the 600EX-RT is worth it's high price.

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                    5.0

                    Great Flash

                    By Artthedart

                    from Somerville MA

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Quality Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Shooting Indoors
                      • Shooting Outdoors
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                      I recently bought an old Cannon 5D which is a great camera but does not have great low light capabilities due to it's age. With this flash this camera can do anything!!! What a difference!!!!!!!!!

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      LOVE this flash!!

                      By Abi

                      from Vermont

                      Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                      I've always been a huge Canon fan but this flash was a game changer. It can automatically syncs to other Canon 600's!!! Whaaaaat?! So awesome to go into a wedding day with less gear and still be able to produce amazing images at the reception. I would highly recommend at least one of these.

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                      5.0

                      Gret upgrade for flash photography

                      By jrwtexas

                      from Edmonds, WA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Fast Recycling
                      • Powerful Output

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use

                        Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                        I have a Canon Speedlight 580 and have recently started taking pictures in very large spaces. I decided that I wanted a secondary slave to fill in light. This second Speedlight gives me the background fill that I wanted. I have also used it directly on my camera and it has great output than the 580 which has negated need for a second light source in some cases.

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                        5.0

                        Lifesaver for receptions

                        By Em the photog

                        from Atlanta, GA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use

                          Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                          For over a year I have rented this flash to use at receptions of weddings I shoot. I finally decided it was time to buy one for myself and could not be more happy. I previously had a lower version speedlite and it just wasn't doing the trick. Took way too long to reload between shots so much so that I was missing moments during the reception. Big fan of this flash.

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                          5.0

                          Reliable and easy to use

                          By rmz

                          from bozeman, mt

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Fast Recycling
                          • Powerful Output
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                              This is my second 600EX-RT. Good power, very reliable and menu is more intuitive.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Perfect

                              By Carol

                              from Brooklyn

                              Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                              Works great. Just as decribed

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                              5.0

                              Better than advertised

                              By RabbitWhole

                              from Florida

                              Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                              This flash changed my photography! Prior to using it my photos were dull and flat. Now they pop off the page with vivid color and clarity. Well worth the price point! Super easy to use. Connect to dslr turn on and use. Stop functions are also awesome! Even comes w a mini diffuser! Best flash in the game.

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Just what I needed

                              By Stump

                              from Sherwood, OR

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use

                                Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

                                For those times indoor with tough lighting, this is the perfect flash.

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                                • No

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