Just Announced: New Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite, w/FIVE Group Radio Trans and Filter Holder. . .

Nikon, the gauntlet has been thrown. . .

The new Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash has been announced with some nifty new features.

– See details at Midwest Photo Exchange (MPEX)

– More at Amazon: Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash

  • 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
  • more details and several great images at Amazon – scroll down

Here is Canon Kahuna Syl Arena’s take on things. He’s been playing with them over the last week and has some first impressions and some hands-on comments.

– And From B&H Photo/Video:

“The 600EX-RT Speedlite, Canon’s newly announced successor to its cutting-edge 580EX II, enhances the best features of the 580EX II, and then throws in some fresh ingredients that sweeten your picture-taking experience.

First, in with the new: the 600EX-RT smoothly pivots into precise lighting control with a new wireless flash system using radio-wave communication that’s able to give you mastery over as many as five groups of flashes. To heat up your creative efforts, a new color filter holder is included that handles Canon as well as third-party gelatin filters—so, no more taping filters to your flash. To help you add color to juice up your next shot, a light orange and a dark orange filter are included.”  More… at B&H


This is going to be an interesting year for Canon Speedliters and Nikon Speedlighters!