Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite Flash (Black) Reviews

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The Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT is engineered to provide a new level of performance and reliability for professional flash photography with today’s most advanced DSLRs. With wireless two-way radio communication, the Speedlite 600 EX-RT allows photographers to expand their creativity using wireless speedlites with the reliability of radio triggering. The Speedlite 600EX-RT offers an expanded zoom range and a higher guide number, plus a number of improvements over its predecessor in both operation and feel. It features a new dot-matrix LCD panel for display of all pertinent shooting information, backlit controls plus an internal sound generator. Reliability is ensured with improved hot shoe contacts, improved flash head durability and the most comprehensive dust and water sealing system ever on a Canon Speedlite flash. A new color filter holder helps maintain accurate color in a variety of ambient light conditions.

Canon 600EX-RT  Speedlite Flash (Black)

Features Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite Flash (Black)

  • 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 ft/60m at ISO 100)
  • Redesigned contact construction, improved flash head durability, and exceptional dust and weather resistance for reliable operation
  • AF Assist Beam compatible with Canon’s new 61-Point High Density Reticular AF, dot matrix LCD panel and backlit button provide easy visibility
  • 18 Custom Functions for creative flexibility, full swivel, 180 degrees in either direction, color filter holder for attaching Canon and third-party color gelatin filters
  • Wireless multiple flash system uses radio wave communication for enhanced control of up to 5 groups of flashes
  • Dot matrix LCD panel and backlit button provide easy visibility
  • Color filter holder for attaching third-party color gelatin filters
  • 18 Custom Functions and 7 Personal Functions for creative flexibility
  • Full swivel, 180-Degree in either direction
Overall Rating: Rating=4.5
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Canon 600EX-RT  Speedlite Flash (Black)

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  1. Christopher Cooke "Christopher" says:
    85 of 88 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great move for Canon, March 30, 2012
    Christopher Cooke “Christopher” (Charlotte, NC USA) –

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    This is a great move for Canon. I know people are saying its too pricey and they could get full studio lights for this price. True, but not the same thing. I shoot both Canon and Nikon and this is an are where Nikon has always blown Canon away. Their flash system’s wireless ability made me green with envy. I have been using Pocket Wizard mini and flex units and they work well. However, no need for them anymore. These work flawlessly so far. I bought 3 of them and will buy the ST-E3 when it comes out. I played wiht them tonight and the wireless communication is perfect. Some really cool features are built in. When you put one in slave mode, its screen turns orange and the master flash is green. Easy to tell which is which. You can configure the colors. Custom functions are now illustrated on the screen so no need to have the manual around to figure out what to do. The flash head is a little larger thean tthe 580EXII but the overall flash is almost exactly the same size. If you use an Omni Bounce, you will need to wait for a new version to fit this one. It does come with a gel holder and CTO gell. Nice touch. I will do some more shooting tomorrow, but my initial tests tonight make me a very happy reviewer. Nikon flash just moved to 2nd place. Radio is the way to go. :)

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  2. Gavin Farrington "Gavin Farrington, Photographer" says:
    66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Amazing for Strobists, Event Photographers, June 20, 2012
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    I sold all of my previous flashes and bought these. Previous flashes include Canon’s 580exII, 580ex, and 430exII.

    The Good:

    First off, if you’re a Strobist or an off-camera speedlighter, sell everything you own and get these. The RF signaling system and fully independent group controls right from your master device will change everything for you. Already using RadioPoppers or a PocketWizard FlexTT system? Welcome to a new world of reliability, simple setup, and battery life.

    Going into “Gr” mode on the master flash, I can independently tell up to five different groups to operate in full eTTL mode (plus adjust each group’s FEC) OR shift one, some, or all groups into M mode with full power controls on each group. I do this right from the flash itself, or from the screen on my 5d mark III.

    Shooting a party with dancing? Want to have eTTL on-camera to bounce, and an off-camera light in the background on M for a little dramatic rim-lighting? No problem. All easily configured right from your camera.

    Working outdoors at night with nothing to bounce off of? No problem. Tell the master unit on your camera not to flash, and it will simply operate as a master controller for the off-camera units. (If you often need a master controller with no flash, a Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter might save you a bit of money. )

    If you get lost in the menus, use the configuration screen on your camera instead. I find this much easier to navigate, set modes, etc.

    This is too expensive, you say? Consider that here on Amazon (as of this writing) a 580exII costs $530 + a PocketWizard Flex TT5 transceiver costs $230 for a grand total of $760, and you still haven’t invested in the transmitter to go on your camera. PLUS you have to do on-site assembly, AND you have to deal with the finicky unreliability of that system.

    Canon claims a range of 100′. I’ve used these in huge reception venues, and never run out of range. I guess the lawyers were setting a target they could defend? Read around the blogosphere, and you’ll find people testing them to over 1000′ out in the countryside.

    Other changes that I love over the previous units I owned:
    -They now clearly indicate when they are overheating. Both the backlight on the screen changes from green to orange, and two little “heat wave” wiggly lines appear above the speedlight’s icon. (This may not affect many users, but event photogs doing bounce-flash in high-ceiling venues will appreciate this. Keep another cooling in your bag, and cycle them out.)
    -When controlling off-camera flashes, the units are now aware of each other’s power states. The “ready” light on the master will not come on until ALL flashes have finished cycling. Yup, they really talk to each other that much. Pretty cool.

    Yes, these work with your existing CP-E4 battery packs.

    The Neutral:

    If you do not do off-camera flash, then yes, this is probably a bit steep. You have to ask yourself how much the additional zoom range is worth (up to 200mm on this unit vs 105 on the 580 series.) You may not feel it’s worth that much.

    Be cautioned that if you do not own a 2012 generation camera or newer, you will not be able to use mixed-mode with these flashes. As of this writing this means you need a 1D-X or a 5d3. If you don’t have one of these cameras, you’re limited to setting all groups to M, or all groups to eTTL. I believe you can still control each group’s power/FEC, but double check if this is important to you.

    If you do a lot of studio work and are hoping to mix speedlights and studio strobes, be cautioned that this is a brand-new RF signaling system developed by Canon. It will not integrate with your existing PocketWizard (classic, flex, or otherwise,) RadioPopper, CyberSync, Profoto Air, etc etc system. I really hope that Canon will chose to release an inexpensive, “dumb” receiver with a generic miniphone plug that can be used to trigger studio strobes, but this is just my own pipe dream. That said, you may be able to use your studio strobes in optical slave mode and get basic integration that way.

    The Bad:

    If you’re a gel-er, you’ll hate the included gel holder. Initially I was excited. It’s obviously designed to allow you to cut and use your own gels, which is a nice thought. Unfortunately, the way it holds the gel produces harsh, mixed light. The holder does not hold the gel flush against the speedlight head. Instead, it allows it to arch out in front of it. The frosted clear plastic of the holder along the edges not only allows, but encourages ungeled light out around the sides. What you end up with is a bit of an Omni-Bounce…

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