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CanonSpeedlite 600EX-RT
 
4.9

(based on 978 reviews)

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    (858)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (107)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 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 (132)
  • 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 (809), 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 Flash, Great Quality, Great Price!

By Mattography

from Fresno, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

Absolutely love this flash! I've had it for about 2 months now and I couldn't be happier!

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3.0

No battery indicator

By The_Digital_1

from Portland, Oregon

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

This flash does not have a battery level indicator... it just has a symbol that comes up on the screen when the battery is completely dead, and stops you from using the flash.

On top of that the completely dead battery symbol seems to be random when it comes up. I have had it come up, had to turn off the flash and turn it back on. I was able to continue to use the flash for many more shots before it came back again. When the batteries are truly low it doesn't give you the dead battery symbol, it will just work for a while then completely shut off. I am using regular Alkaline batteries, not rechargeables.

Perhaps I just got a bad unit... but it seems I am not alone. Do a google search for "speedlite 600ex-rt battery problem", you'll find hundreds of results.

Other than battery issues this flash has been great so I'll still give it 3 stars.

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5.0

LOVE this lite

By dtm004

from Winston-Salem, NC

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

This is one sweet speedlite, very well made. I'm not very savvy when it comes to setting this stuff up but it was a breeze. I plan to purchase another one.

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5.0

10/10 Recommend

By Allison

from Seattle, WA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

I'm a huge fan of the 600EX-RT. These past two years I didn't really needed artificial lighting, but when I did I rented this exact model for $50/day. Needless to say, I fell in love with the product to where it eventually made sense to purchase my own. Functionality wise, I really value its simplistic interface. I haven't sat down and thoroughly learn the product yet, but I've been able to use the flash for several shoots without having to - Which further exemplifies just how easy it is to use.

If you're in the market to finally purchase your own flash, I'd definitely recommend spending a little extra money on this one.

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5.0

Excellent results

By BryanB

from Redwood City, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

I've gotten essentially perfect exposures in all conditions in which I've used it, both on-camera and as an optically-triggered remote. I haven't used the RF control feature yet. Build quality seems very high.

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5.0

Amazing Flash!

By TJ

from Statesboro, GA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

This is Canon's top of the line Speedlite Flash. It is bright, powerful, and comes with a whole range of options. Very versatile flash. I wouldn't be caught shooting indoors without it.

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5.0

Nice upgrade from the 580EX II!

By Randy

from The great state of Texas!

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

I've been a Canon shooter for more than two decades. The 600 EX-RT is just another example of professional-grade equipment. I use two of the flash units, along with the ST-E3-RT. Flawless!

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5.0

So Great

By Jordan

from Pullman, Washington

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

I've never imagined all that a flash could do. The Speedlite 600-EX-RT gives you so many custom options to give you great photos. So happy with this flash and worth the investment.

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5.0

Outstanding! Absolutely love it.

By Tim Williams

from Blue Springs, MO

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

I bought the Canon Speedlight 600EX-RT for on camera event photography and I am extremely impressed with the features, ease of use and durability. I am very happy with the consistency of the TTL output as well.

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5.0

If you have a 1dx mk2 wait.

By Mike

from Savannah Georgia

Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

If you have a 1DX Mark to wait for the 600EX-RT II. Otherwise , the 600 EX-RT is all you could ask for.

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5.0

Great Flash

By Balampaki

from Cuyahoga Falls,OH

Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

I use it with my 5D Mark 3.Works great;love it.It gives more clear pictures.

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5.0

Total Control

By Richz5

from Hazle Township, Pa

Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

I use my Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT mostly off camera to give me that soft studio-like look. The versitility of the flash is amazing. Eventhough I mostly use it in manual mode, getting my readings from an incident light meter, I can still use the ETTL mode and adjust the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT's power output to give me what I want. I purchased a second flash along with two portable mini octobox setups to give me a studio on the fly. The Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter gives me on camera control which enables me to make flash adjustments with ease. A command center if you will right on the top of my camera. Canon has done an excellent job with their speed lights and controllers.

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5.0

A solid addition to my kit.

By Yarik

from Seattle, WA

About Me Tech Savvy

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Improves Performance
  • Quality Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Shooting Indoors
  • Shooting Outdoors
  • Upgrade

Comments about Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT:

Have owned the 430EX II for the last few years, two things have bugged me. The smaller was that I sometimes felt like the flash is not quite putting out as much power as I wanted it to. And the bigger gripe was that the flash head turned 180 degrees one way, and only 90 degrees the other way.

The 600EX-RT has solved both of those problems beautifully.

Have not had too much time to use it yet, but so far it has been a very solid improvement.
Will also be playing around with using the 430ex ii as an optical slave (since it does not have built in radio capability).

Overall, very satisfied with the purchase.

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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!!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • 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)

          • Was this a gift?:
          • 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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