Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT review

Compared with the original, the Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT is better, faster and with more stamina

Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT
(Image: © Canon)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Mark II edition of this flashgun boasts an impressive feature set and high-end performance. Indeed, it was Canon’s range-topping model until it was eclipsed by the Speedlite EL-1, which costs about twice the price. It has fully pro-grade build quality with a weather-sealed mounting foot, a mighty 20-200mm zoom range and a built-in RF (Radio Frequency) transceiver that enables wireless master/slave triggering. However, some similarly feature-rich, independently manufactured flashguns like the Hahnel Modus 600RT Mk II and Godox V860III are better value for money, at around half the price.


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    Pro-grade build quality

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    RF + optical master/slave

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    20-200mm zoom range


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    Dated control panel

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    Recycling could be faster

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    Pricey to buy

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The pro-grade Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT is bigger, tougher and more powerful than any of Canon’s other Speedlites apart from the EL-1. It has a weather-sealed construction, complete with a weather-sealed mounting foot, and is designed from top to toe to meet the expectations of professional photographers.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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