Canon Speedlite 600 EX-RT Flash (600EX SPEEDLITE)

Canon
Product #:
CNH3104
Manufacturer #:
5296B002
UPC:
013803136692

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- 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

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Overview

Overview

Canon's new 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.

New wireless multiple flash system using radio wave communication for enhanced control of up to five groups of flashes

The Speedlite 600EX-RT represents the next generation in wireless flash systems. In addition to traditional optical wireless transmission, the Speedlite 600EX-RT facilitates 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, the Speedlite 600EX-RT does not 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.

Zoom flash head covers wide range of 20-200mm; maximum Guide Number (197 ft./60m at ISO 100)

For effective flash photography in more situations than previously possible with a Speedlite flash, the Speedlite 600EX-RT has an improved guide number of 197ft. (60m) at ISO 100. It offers 20mm to 200mm coverage, and when the extendable wide panel is pulled out, flash coverage moves as wide at 14mm. Plus, to maximize power and minimize energy consumption, the Speedlite 600EX-RT can be directed to zoom in accordance with the cameras image sensor size (full-frame, APS-H and APS-C).

Redesigned contact construction, improved flash head durability, and exceptional dust and weather resistance for reliable operation

The Speedlite 600EX-RT is the most rugged, durable and reliable Speedlite in the Canon arsenal with construction on par with high-end Canon DSLRs. The flash head is more rugged and durable than its predecessor and a redesigned hot shoe contact ensures seamless communication. Dust and water resistance has been improved significantly as well: all moving parts and areas surrounding the flashes display and buttons are sealed for uninterrupted performance in harsh conditions. A new dust and water resistant adapter for the mounting foot creates a dust and water resistant seal between camera and flash.

AF Assist Beam compatible with Canon's new 61-Point High Density Reticular AF

Working in conjunction with EOS SLR's, the Speedlite 600EX-RT automatically provides illumination using its built-in AF assist beam. This means more accurate AF, faster, even in dark or low contrast situations, with all lenses 28mm or longer. 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.

Dot matrix LCD panel and backlit button provide easy visibility

A significant upgrade over previous flashes, the Speedlite 600EX-RT features an all-new dot matrix LCD panel (172 x 104 dots). This new LCD displays Flash status, wireless configuration and all flash settings with more detailed information in comparison to previous systems. With its new screen combined with backlit operation buttons, the Speedlite 600EX-RT is as easy to operate in the dark as in daylight.

Color filter holder for attaching Canon and third-party color gelatin filters

To ensure consistent color in both the foreground and background of an image, the Speedlite 600EX-RT features a new color filter holder. By placing a color filter over the front of the flash head, the color temperature of the flash can be made to match that of the ambient light. Color information and light output decrease can be transmitted from the Speedlite 600EX-RT to the camera for proper white balance and exposure.

18 Custom Functions and 7 Personal Functions for creative flexibility

To accommodate any number of shooting styles, the Speedlite 600EX-RT has 18 custom functions for the ultimate in flexibility. Options include Flash exposure bracketing controls, modeling flash, test firing controls, AF assist control, power and energy saving features, beep and much, much more. Personal functions, like LCD panel illumination color and Master/Slave configurations are also easily set on the Speedlite 600EX-RT.

Full swivel, 180 in either direction

The Speedlite 600EX-RT's flash head is designed for easy bounce flash, in any direction. The head can be angled 90 up, 7 down and can rotate 180 left and right. A bounce lock with release button helps things stay in place. Additionally, when the flash head is positioned front and up 90, the Speedlite 600EX-RT features a catch light panel to create catch light in the eyes of the subject for a more expressive look.

Product Reviews

I feel is best suited to my DSLR camera

Reviewed on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

By: Gabriela

Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars.

Some time ago, I started learning the basics of photography. I have now advanced to the levels where I am learning the use of flash. As such, I wanted to buy a flash unit from Canon which I feel is best suited to my DSLR camera. Being a beginner, I was unaware about the kind of flash I should be using but when I saw this Canon Speedlite 600 EX-RT flash review, all my doubts got cleared. I will soon be buying this flash unit. Thanks for helping me choose it.

Amazing portrait photos.

Reviewed on Tuesday, January 28, 2014

By: Aiden

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars.

I like to do portrait photography and so I had purchased a Canon DSLR camera for the same. My cousin who is into professional photography told me that the picture quality enhances significantly by use of flash. So, I searched on the Internet and found that Speedlite 600 EX-RT flash is suitable for my camera. I immediately went ahead and purchased it. Since then I have been using this flash with my camera and shooting amazing portrait photos.

Amazing for interior photography

Reviewed on Thursday, November 28, 2013

By: Liam

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars.

Some time back I had bought Canon EOS 5D Mark III camera for which I wanted a good quality flash unit. My sister who is a photojournalist suggested that I should be using Canon’s Speedlite 600 EX-RT Flash which is also amazing for interior photography. I am happy that I made this decision and bought this flash which is letting me shoot beautiful home decor photos.

This flash has helped me a lot to click high quality pictures

Reviewed on Wednesday, September 11, 2013

By: Daniel

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars.

I am a wedding photographer, and I need to capture detailed images of brides and bridegrooms. So, for this I needed a good flash unit which would enhance the overall quality of my photos. On my friend’s suggestion, I bought the Speedlite 600 EX-RT flash which fitted perfectly with my Canon EOS camera. This flash has helped me a lot to click high quality pictures due to which my work has been appreciated considerably.

Perfect flash for my camera!

Reviewed on Friday, June 21, 2013

By: Elijah

Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars.

Being a sports photographer, I wanted to buy a flash unit that would enable me to shoot great quality photos, as well as videos. I had been planning to buy a flash unit for my E-TTL EOS DSLR camera. I saw this amazing review about the Speedlite 600 EX-RT flash and decided on buying it. Thanks for helping me choose the suitable flash for my camera.

Expert Review

Recently, Canon announced the launch of Speedlite 600EX-RT flash which replaces the advanced Speedlite 580EX II. It is the first Canon flash unit to feature integrated wireless radio connectivity. This flash unit also comes with a radio frequency transmitter, Speedlite ST-E3-RT, which triggers up to 15 Speedlites at 30 meters. This new transmitter offers better opportunities to photographers who want to explore creative lighting techniques. Photographers can achieve increased versatility in different shooting situations by using this flash unit with the EOS 5D Mark III, which complements it amazingly.

Canon Speedlite 600 EX-RT Flash Canon Speedlite 600 EX-RT Flash

Build and Design

The Canon Speedlite 600 EX-RT flash is aesthetically more pleasing than Nikon flash units. It has round edges with better contact construction and improved flash durability. This flash unit is larger than the 580EXII which is Canon’s previous flagship flash unit. Photographers need to add a metal foot with a slide-lock clamp on the hot shoe to hold the weight of this flash unit. The rubber around the clamp and the battery compartment door provides exceptional dust and weather resistance for reliable operation.

This flash unit has a rubberized button that can be used to unlock and swivel the flash head at the top. It also features rubberized plug covers on its sides. This unit comes with a wireless button and a new lock feature. The new lock feature can be toggled between on and off to lock the speedlight functions so that the photographer doesn’t change them unintentionally when using it.

Canon’s Speedlite 600 EX-RT flash has a pull-out catch-light panel which can be used to shoot images with an on-camera flash. It also boasts of having a pull out wide-angle diffuser which can be used to enhance the flash range to 14 mm.

Functions and Features

The Canon 600EX-RT flash can be used to increase the telephoto range of flash to 200 mm. Due to this, photographers can get better coverage when shooting with a telephoto lens. This camera flash unit features infra-red based TTL technology which makes it compatible with other Canon flashes that support a master/slave function. It can act as a master or slave flash in multiple light setups.

Canon’s 600 EX-RT flash for DSLR cameras supports E-TTL and manual control in 1/3rd stop intervals with 1/128th power. The E-TTL feature also allows photographers to fire various flashes at the specified intervals for a pre-set amount of time. This feature gives photographers flash control of the metering. It comes with a dot matrix LCD panel and backlit button that provide easy visibility. This flash unit has an in-built AF-assist beam which is compatible with Canon's latest 61-Point High Density Reticular AF.

Benefit From Wireless Freedom

Canon’s Speedlite 600 EX-RT flash aims at the professional photographers, but is also well suited for beginners who are learning to use flash. It is ideal for event shooters such as wedding photographers as it allows them to adjust the camera settings dynamically when covering the dance floor. This Canon flash unit is also suitable for editorial photographers and photojournalists. Professional portrait and corporate photographers will also find this flash useful for their lighting setups. It is also perfect for interior photography wherein the photographers can manually control the exposure and position the speedlights. This flash unit can prove beneficial for sports photographers who can make use of short flash duration to stop a particular action.

Verdict

Canon’s Speedlite 600 EX-RT flash is the first flash unit to feature in-built wireless radio connectivity. It has a zoom flash head that can cover a wide range of 20-200 mm lens. This flash unit is ideal for those photographers who wish to shoot high contrast or reflective subjects. The Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT is compatible with all types of E-TTL II/E-TTL auto flash EOS DSLR cameras.

Specifications

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Detailed Specifications
Custom Functions: 18 Functions
Custom Functions:
Programmable buttons on a camera that can be used for various custom functions.

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TTL Compatibility: Yes
TTL Compatibility:
TTL (Through-The-Lens) refers to a light/exposure meter which is compatible with your camera, and takes light readings through the lens to determine the correct settings when in automatic mode. Often, this meter sends out a pre-flash or infrared sensor in order to detect the amount of available light. This signal may inadvertently trip your unit’s built-in slave tripper, and therefore can not be used with flash units.

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AF Assist Beam: System: Near-infrared light pattern projection method Linkable AF Points: Supports 1 to 61-Point High Density Reticular AF Supported focal length: - EF Lens: 28mm or greater - EF-S Lens: 18mm or greater Effective Range (Approx.): At Center: 2.0 - 32.8 ft. / 0.6 - 10 m Periphery: 2.0 - 16.4 ft. / 0.6 - 5 m
AF Assist Beam:
A light source emitted either from a camera or external flash unit that helps a camera to obtain accurate autofocusing results in low-light conditions. The light will not impact the resulting exposure as it deactivates before the image is captured.

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Compatible Cameras: E-TTL II/E-TTL Autoflash EOS DSLR
Compatible Cameras:
This is the compatibility of a camera with a certain device or software.

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Coverage: 20 mm - 200 mm (Full frame)
Coverage:
This is the maximum viewing area through a camera's viewfinder.

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Number of Flashes (at full power): Approx. 100 - 700 flashes (with size-AA/LR6 alkaline batteries)
Number of Flashes (at full power):
Approximate number of flashes outputted by a flash unit that has full power.

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Physical Specifications
Dimensions: Approx. 3.1 (W) x 5.6 (H) x 4.9 (D) in. / 79.7 (W) x 142.9 (H) x 124.5 (D) mm *Excluding color filter holder
Dimensions:
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Weight: Approx. 15.0 oz / 425 g
Weight:
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Color: Black
Color:
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Flash
Swivel Capability: Yes, 360°
Swivel Capability:
The ability to angle and rotate a flash head for bounce and indirect lighting.

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Guide Number: The maximum Guide No. is approximately 196.9 ft./60m at ISO 100 varies from approximately 85.3 ft./26m to 196.9 ft. /60m according to the flash coverage (20 to 200 mm). When the extendable wide panel is pulled out, the flash coverage is 14 mm and the Guide No. is approximately 15/49.2
Guide Number:
The number which indicates the effective power of a flash unit.

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Recycle Time: Normal flash: Approx. 0.1 - 5.5 sec. Quick flash: Approx. 0.1 - 3.3 sec. - With size-AA/LR6 alkaline batteries - Flash-ready state indicated by beep sound
Recycle Time:
The amount of time a camera or flash takes to reset the flash between shots. This is generally measured when the flash is being fired at maximum power.

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Power System
Battery Type: Four AA-size/LR6 alkaline or rechargeable Ni-MH or Lithium Batteries; Compact Battery Pack CP-E4
Battery Type:
The type of battery for a device. Some cameras use single use alkaline while others use rechargeable lithium batteries.

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Brand
Brand: Canon

In The Box

Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT
Soft Case
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

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