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Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT

Flash for Canon digital SLR cameras

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Overview

Our take on the Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT

Whether you're a pro photographer or an enthusiast with high standards, you need a speedy, responsive flash with comprehensive features and controls. Enter the most powerful flash in Canon's EOS system. The Speedlite 600EX II-RT is built for fast, convenient use in any shooting situation. If you shoot sports or other high-speed action, this compact, portable flash fires continuously up to 1.5 times faster than its predecessor, the capable 600EX-RT.

Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT

The Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT displays detailed information on its backlit LCD.

Creative lighting reimagined

Whether you're a pro photographer or an enthusiast with high standards, you need a speedy, responsive flash with comprehensive features and controls. Enter the most powerful flash in Canon's EOS system. The Speedlite 600EX II-RT is built for fast, convenient use in any shooting situation. If you shoot sports or other high-speed action, this compact, portable flash fires continuously up to 1.5 times faster than its predecessor, the capable 600EX-RT.

You get lots of creative lighting options thanks to wireless radio control, which gives you near-total flash placement freedom. Operate up to five groups of 15 Speedlites from anywhere within 98 feet without worrying about obstacles getting in your way.

Powerful performance, simple operation

The Speedlite 600EX II-RT has a maximum guide number of 196.9 feet at ISO 100, and flash coverage of 20-200mm — a greater range than any other Canon Speedlite flash — so it's great for portraits or group shots, up close or at a distance. Fully automatic evaluative through-the-lens (E-TTL) exposure control works with your Canon camera to provide the right level of illumination for any scene. A manual mode with adjustable power settings gives you extra flexibility and creative control. The rear LCD panel is easy to read, so you can confirm settings at a glance.

Get the look you want

A built-in, extendable catchlight panel brightens faces for a soft, natural look, while reflecting the flash onto the subject's eyes. The flash head can be moved upward or rotated to the left or right, so you can bounce light off of different surfaces for more natural-looking photos with soft, even illumination. New, specially designed accessories are included to help position, diffuse and tone the flash output. The bounce adapter widens and diffuses bounce lighting for a softer effect. The color hard-type filter sets help achieve more natural, realistic light in indoor settings.

The Newest Canon Speedlite is the best I have used. Rapid recharge and so versatile. You won't regret spending the extra money for this flash. This is the one professionals use. It gets abused and still keeps working. All you have to do is buy batteries.

Craig, Springfield, TN

What's in the Box:

  • Speedlite 600EX II-RT Electronic flash
  • Mini stand
  • 2 Color filters (SCF-E3OR1 and SCF-E3OR2)
  • Bounce adapter (SBA-E3)
  • Padded case
  • Instruction Manual (Eng/Fren/Span)
  • Warranty card

Product Highlights:

  • compatible with Canon EOS digital SLR and film cameras
  • TTL (through-the-lens), E-TTL (evaluative through-the-lens) and E-TTL II flash exposure control
  • dust- and water-resistant construction
  • autofocus assist beam range up to 32.8'
  • flash head tilts upward up to 90 degrees, downward up to 7 degrees, and rotates 150 degrees to the left, 180 degrees to the right
  • flash head zooms automatically to match the camera's image sensor size (full-frame and APS-C)
  • flash coverage from 20-200mm, 14mm with integrated extendable wide panel
  • 2-way wireless communication on the 2.4GHz frequency band for flexibility when shooting around physical obstacles
  • wireless E-TTL flash operation as a "master" or "slave" unit
    • radio master and slave functionality supports setups of up to 15 flash and camera units working in sync, up to 98.4 feet (15 channels in 5 groups)
  • maximum guide number (ISO 100, 200mm) 196.9 ft./60m
  • 15 custom functions and 6 personal functions for added convenience
  • manual flash mode settings
  • combination button and dial operations speed up setting changes and manual flash control
  • rear-panel LCD lets you view and change settings
  • flash-readiness indicator on display panel
  • recycle time: 0.1-5.5 seconds
  • uses 4 "AA" batteries (not included)
  • includes bounce adapter, SCF-E3 color hard-type filter sets, mini stand, and soft case
  • weight: 15.34 oz. (without batteries)
  • 3-1/8"W x 5-11/16"H x 4-7/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Reviews

Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(4 Reviews)

Best Speedlite you can use.

Craig from Springfield, TN on 2/11/2017

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The Newest Canon Speedlite is the best I have used. Rapid recharge and so versatile. You won't regret spending the extra money for this flash. This is the one professionals use. It gets abused and still keeps working. All you have to do is buy batteries.

Pros: Fast, bright, great guide number, versatile.

Cons: Uses batteries or a separate battery pack.

Canon speed lite 600ex I-rt

T-rent from Sidney, OH on 1/3/2017

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As always I got what I paid for the best of the best. With the discount and lifetime support from the best company on the net .

Pros: Canon

Cons: None

Awesome Flash

Douglas from wimauma,fl on 12/20/2016

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I love this Flash!!!! Very Powerful and the RT functionality is just awesome!!! The flash even comes with a bounce adapter and color filter accessory.

Pros: Power, Zoom Head Range

Cons:

Best Canon flash ever

Starphotog from Anniston, AL on 7/25/2016

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This is the bast Canon flash they have ever put out! This flash in my opinion is better than the 600 EX RT. It also comes with the bounce adaptor and colored filter adaptors in the case... Perfect addition to a near perfect flash! It's large and it packs a punch that the 600 Ex Rt didn't! Smooth light and fast recycle time!

Pros: Bounce and color correction adaptors are standard. Fast recycling times. Really smooth light and works perfectly with the Canon remote

Cons: Big and Heavy but it's supposed to be

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Features

Overview: The Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT is designed to provide top level performance and reliability for professional flash photography with today's most advanced DSLR cameras. The flash covers a wide range (20-200mm) and distance (up to 197 feet), and the zoom can configured according to the camera's image sensor size (full-frame or APS-C). Using 2.4 GHz radio frequencies, the 600EX II-RT can drive a wireless multiple flash system of up to five groups of flashes. The Speedlite comes with a mini stand, two color filters, a bounce adapter, and a soft, padded case.

Compatible Cameras: The Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT is designed for use with Type-A Canon EOS cameras that are compatible with E-TTL II and E-TTL auto flash, and Type-B EOS cameras that are compatible with TTL auto flash. It can be used as an on-camera flash that attaches to the hot shoe of the camera, as a master or slave unit during radio transmission and optical wireless flash photography.

LCD Display: The dot matrix LCD panel graphically displays the various flash modes, Custom and Personal Function settings and status indicators, wireless configuration, and all flash settings. With the improved display and backlit operation buttons, the unit is easy to operate in the dark.

Shoe Mount: The 600EX II-RT flash attaches to, and makes electrical contact via the camera's hot shoe. Flash trigger, exposure setting, and focal length (zoom) setting are transferred to the flash via the intelligent shoe.

Wireless Performance: The Speedlite 600EX II-RT can be used in comprehensive lighting setups, offering multiple options for wireless flash. When used with a compatible flash or flash driver mounted on the camera, the 600EX II-RT can operate as a slave unit in an optical lighting setup at distances of up to 49.2' indoors or 32.8' outdoors. In addition, the flash unit is compatible with radio-transmitted wireless flash systems with transmission distances of up to 98.4'. Up to 16 flash and camera units, or up to 5 groups of flashes, can be synchronized to take simultaneous photographs from different angles and directions. You can also perform remote control shooting through a 600EX II-RT, when mounted on an EOS digital camera made in 2012 or later (must be set as slave during radio transmission wireless shooting).

Flash Coverage (Zoom): The flash covers a wide range (equivalent to using lenses between 20 and 200mm), with a maximum Guide Number of 197 ft/60m at ISO 100. When the extendable wide panel is pulled out, the flash coverage widens to 14mm. When Automatic is selected, the Speedlite 600EX II-RT sets the flash coverage according to the focal length of the lens being used, and the camera's image sensor size. You can manually set the flash output from 1/1 (full output) to 1/128 power in 1/3-step increments.

AF-Assist Beam: If the focal point lacks sufficient light or contrast to achieve focus, the 600EX II-RT's infrared AF-Assist Beam will light automatically to help the camera focus. The AF-Assist beam is compatible with 28mm and longer focal lengths, and is effective from 0.6-10 meters (2 feet to 32.8 feet) in the center and 0.6-5 meters (2 feet to 16.4 feet) in the periphery.

Wide Panel: The 600EX II-RT flash has a fold out wide panel which covers the lens to extend the flash to cover a 14mm wide angle lens. This does not include the angle of view of some fisheye lenses.

Catchlight Panel: The catchlight panel, a thin white plastic panel that pulls out of the top of the flash head, enables you to reflect light in a person's eyes to create a more vivid expression. The catchlight panel is most effective within 4.9' of the subject, and when the flash head is pointed at 90° (straight up) and aimed toward the front.

Bounce Flash: When the flash is aimed directly at the subject, a harsh shadow may appear behind the subject. Using the vertical and horizontal adjustments on the flash to bounce the flash off the ceiling or wall can reduce or eliminate the shadow for a more natural looking picture. In addition, when the supplied bounce adapter is attached, you can spread the flash light over a larger area and suppress the shadows of the subject.

Stroboscopic Flash: When using stroboscopic flash with a slow shutter speed, you can shoot multiple successive movements within a single picture. The flash output can be set between 1/4 to 1/128. The flash frequency can be set between 1 and 500 Hz (number of flashes per second). During optical transmission wireless shooting, the flash frequency can be set between 1 and 199 Hz.

Modeling Flash: When the camera's depth-of-field preview button is pressed, the flash fires continuously for approximately 1 second. This "modeling flash" lets you check for shadows cast on the subject by the flash light and the lighting balance during wireless flash photography.

Variable Angle: The firing direction of the flash is adjustable. The vertical angle ranges from -7° (down) through 0° (straight forward) to 90° (straight up). The horizontal angle has a 360° range (180° left or right).

Custom and Personal Functions: You can make precise adjustments to various functions and save them as Custom Functions and Personal Functions. There are 15 Custom Functions and six Personal Functions available:

Custom Functions Personal Functions
  • Distance Indicator Display
  • Auto Power Off
  • Modeling Flash
  • FEB Auto Cancel
  • FEB Sequence
  • Flash Metering Mode
  • AF-assist beam firing
  • Slave Auto Power Off timer
  • Slave Auto Power Off cancel
  • Flash Recycle with External Power
  • Flash Exposure Compensation
  • Beep
  • Light Distribution
  • LCD Panel Illumination
  • Slave Flash Charge check
  • LCD Panel display contrast
  • LCD Panel illumination color: Normal shooting
  • LCD Panel illumination color: Master
  • LCD Panel illumination color: Slave
  • Quick Flash
  • Flash Firing during linked shooting

 

 

 

Color Filters: The Speedlite 600EX II-RT comes with two color filters (SCF-E3OR1 and SCF-E3OR2) to compensate for the effect of shooting under incandescent lighting. When the filters are used, automatic correction is made by the camera's white balance function so the subject and background can be shot with the appropriate white balance. One of the filters features low density and low correction effect, while the other filter has high density and correction effect. The filters simply snap into place over the front of the flash head.

Stand: The 600EX II-RT comes with a portable stand that allows you to stand the flash upright anywhere for wireless flash usage. The stand also includes a standard 1/4" tripod thread for attaching the flash to a tripod for multiple flash shooting.

Power Requirements

Batteries: The 600EX II-RT flash uses 4 AA batteries. Alkaline, or Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) rechargeable batteries are recommended. Based on Canon's testing standards, new alkaline batteries yield approximately 100-700 flashes. During radio transmission wireless, battery life is approximately 9 continuous hours (master setting off). For optical wireless shooting, new alkaline batteries will provide power for approximately 1500 flashes (master setting off).

Note: Due to potential overheating issues, Lithium batteries are not recommended.

Auto Power Off: To save battery power, the flash will turn off automatically after approximately 90 seconds of idle use. During radio transmission wireless master flash shooting or during linked shooting, the auto power off time is extended to 5 minutes. When set as a slave unit, the power off time is 60 minutes.

External Power: On the side of the flash there is an input for an external power supply (CP-E4 Compact Battery Pack).

Specifications

  • Guide number: Approx. 60m/197' (at 200mm flash coverage, ISO 100)
  • Flash Coverage: 20-200mm (14mm with wide panel)
  • Effective Flash Range:
    • Normal Flash: 1.6 to 91.2 feet
    • Quick Flash: 1.6 to 48.6 feet
    • High-speed Sync: 1.6 to 48.2 feet (at 1/250 sec.)
  • Flash Duration:
    • 1/1 flash: 1/890 sec.
    • 1/2 flash: 1/1200 sec.
    • 1/4 flash: 1/2800 sec.
    • 1/8 flash: 1/5600 sec.
    • 1/16 flash: 1/9700 sec.
    • 1/32 flash: 1/15000 sec.
    • 1/64 flash: 1/23000 sec.
    • 1/128 flash: 1/34000 sec.
  • Flash Exposure Compensation: +/- 3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
  • Flash Recharge Time: 0.1-5.5 sec (normal flash); 0.1-3.3 sec (quick flash)
  • Dimensions:
    • Width: 3.092"
    • Height: 5.622" (7.556" flash head at 90°)
    • Depth: 4.5" (2.5" flash head at 90°)
  • Weight: 15.34 oz. (without batteries)

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