600EX-RT Mini-Review

So I decided to trade in one of my Speedlite 580EXII flashes for the recently released Speedlite 600EX-RT. Obviously, when I get more of these, I’d like to explore the Radio Triggering capabilities, but for now, I’ll be using it in the usual way. On the hot-shoe of my 5D Mark III!

Anyways, this is an initial impression type of thing. I just got it today so this won’t be a comprehensive review for obvious reasons.

So the first thing I noticed is that the box that it comes in is HUGE! It’s easily twice the size of the box for the 580EXII. OK, so that’s not important at all, I know, but hey, it’s a pretty big box. Hahaha!

Anyways, comes with the standard stuff. You know, a pouch, a stand. But there’s something new aside from the huge box. There’s a filter holder and 2 filters, a CTO and either a 1/2 or 1/4 CTO. Not sure. Hey I remember those from my Nikon shooting days!

The updated button layout:

With the CTO filter and filter holder attached:

2 other angles to see how the gel holder attaches:

I fired off some test shots with and without the CTO gel.

Here it is at ISO800. First one is without the gel. Second one is with the gel.

And at ISO1600 to let in more ambient. Again, first one is without the gel. Second one is with the gel.

Looks pretty good to me!

The build feels very similar to the 580EXII. I’ll have to see if it will give more consistency. The 580EXII drives me nuts sometimes! 🙂

More to come!

  • Dafydd Hughes - June 16, 2012 - 2:01 pm

    Thanks for that Nick. Be interesting how reliable you find the ETTL on the 5Diii / 600. I find that the 580EXii is random, and that only way I can guarantee accuracy is to use FEL.



  • Junior Downs - March 17, 2014 - 2:03 pm

    Hey, how consistent is this one? I knew the 580ex II messed up when comes to metering.

  • nicksan - April 24, 2014 - 7:54 pm


    Maybe slightly improved, but nothing ground breaking. The 2 selling points are the built-in radio triggering, which doesn’t seem like a big deal anymore, and the gel holder. There are many options right now, including Speedlites with rechargeable lithium batteries.

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