Previous news story    Next news story

Canon releases 600EX-RT radio-controlled Speedlite with other accessories

By dpreview staff on Mar 2, 2012 at 05:00 GMT

Canon has announced the Speedlite 600EX-RT flash, its first to include wireless radio control, alongside a selection of EOS accessories. A radio frequency transmitter, the Speedlite ST-E3-RT, has also been released and can trigger up to 15 Speedlites at up to 30 meters. Meanwhile, the GP-E2 GPS unit allows for automatic geotagging of images from the latest Canon DSLRs and the WFT-E7 wireless file transmitter can use either a Wi-Fi or Gigabit Ethernet connection to move files from camera to computer or to control the camera. There's also the BG-E11 dual-slot battery grip for the EOS 5D Mark III.

The radio connectivity is a first for Canon and comes in addition to the infrared triggering found in previous models. Major drawbacks to infrared remote flash control are that it requires a direct line of sight and has a relatively limited transmission range, particularly outdoors. By including built-in radio control, Canon now offers a system that gives its users an alternative to the popular PocketWizard radio transmitters and receivers. The Speedlite ST-E3-RT can trigger up to 15 Speedlites over distances as far as 30m.

The GP-E2 GPS receiver weighs in at under 3oz and offers automatic geo-tagging (via EXIF metadata) of images shot with the EOS-1Dx, 7D (with a firmware update) and the co-announced 5D Mark III. With older EOS cameras the GPS receiver can generate tracklog files at specified time intervals - even with the unit detached from the camera - which users can then manually import into compatible mapping software.

Continuing with the theme of wireless communication, Canon has announced the WFT-E7 wireless file transmitter which can transfer files from the EOS 5D Mark III over a Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) or Gigabit Ethernet connection. For remote camera setups, the transmitter has a server function that allows for camera control via a web-enabled mobile device. Rounding out support for the EOS 5D Mark III is the BG-E11 battery grip which adds dual battery slots and additional external controls for shooting in portrait orientation.

Jump to:


Press Release:

SHOOT WITH FREEDOM – CANON UNVEILS NEW RANGE OF PROFESSIONAL ACCESSORIES

 The Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT features wireless radio connectivity.

LONDON, UK (March 2, 2012) – Canon today extends its range of acclaimed accessories, unveiling a number of new models designed to offer enhanced flexibility and new creative control to its professional and mid-range EOS Digital SLRs.

Sitting at the top of Canon's range, the Speedlite 600EX-RT is Canon's first flash unit to feature inbuilt wireless radio connectivity and replaces the advanced Speedlite 580EX II. Partnering with the new Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT , this new model offers enhanced opportunities for photographers wishing to explore creative lighting techniques. In addition, Canon is also launching the BG-E11 battery grip, Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7 and GPS Receiver GP-E2, which complement the newly-announced EOS 5D Mark III – offering increased versatility across a range of shooting situations – from studio portraits to field-based shoots – with a compact lightweight and affordable configuration.

Speedlite 600EX-RT: Taking creative flash further

The Speedlite 600EX-RT is a high-performance TTL flash unit designed to meet the expanding creative needs of modern professionals. Integrated radio frequency triggering, in addition to standard infra-red wireless flash control, allows photographers to achieve exciting results with complex on-and-off-camera lighting set- ups. Using one master 600EX-RT or the new ST-E3-RT radio-frequency wireless Speedlite transmitter, up to 15x 600EX-RT flash units, positioned up to 30m away, can be remotely triggered – offering great potential to experiment with more creative lighting techniques and effects. EOS cameras with a connected Speedlite 600EX-RT can also be triggered remotely by either model, allowing photographers to explore more extreme shooting angles to produce surprising and inspiring creative results.

Subjects over a wide range of distances can be lit creatively or evenly exposed, thanks to an increased guide number of 60m*1 and wide lens coverage of 20 – 200m. For wide- angle shots, a diffuser adapter can also reduce the focal length to 14mm and the bounce-and-swivel flash head creates more flattering, shadowless effects. Ideal for shooting portraits, a catch-light panel produces natural catch-lights in the eyes of a subject when shooting with bounce flash. Additionally, custom flash coverage options provide more creative scope by using guide number priority to light the subject, while creating slightly darker edges to the frame.

Like its predecessor, the Speedlite 600EX-RT communicates white balance settings to the camera through the hot shoe connection. However, to further balance flash and ambient light, a new colour filter adapter and two supplied colour gels can be fitted to balance the temperature of the flash and create a more natural effect when shooting around tungsten or mercury lighting. When shooting in dark conditions, photographers can also employ the AF-assist beam for accurate autofocus with lenses of 28mm or longer, ensuring the subject remains in focus when the flash fires.

Designed for professionals, the Speedlite 600EX-RT and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT feature a robust, weatherproof design matching that of the EOS-1D X, with a clear LCD display making it easy to select settings and switch between normal flash mode and wireless modes. Powered by four AA/LR6 batteries for added convenience, the Speedlite 600EX-RT offers fast, silent recycle times, allowing photographers to keep shooting and exploring creative lighting effects in all conditions.

WFT-E7: High-speed wireless control

The WFT-E7 is a new wireless file transmitter for a wide range of EOS models. For those who need to transfer their images quickly and easily, for example, photojournalists or sports photographers, the new WFT-E7 provides enhanced versatility through high- speed Wi-Fi and support for wired connectivity over Gigabit Ethernet. Featuring 802.11a/b/g/n support for file transfer speeds of up to 150mbps, and Bluetooth for linking to external GPS units, the WFT-E7 offers super-fast image transfer direct to an FTP server or even to a DLNA*2-enabled HDTV.

When creative shoots or harsh conditions require the photographer to control the camera from a distance, the WFT Server function of the WFT-E7 allows the camera settings and the scene framed in the viewfinder to be accessed and controlled through a web page on any internet-enabled device, such as smartphones, tablets or laptops. Camera settings can also be changed remotely via EOS Utility, allowing photographers to control and trigger the camera over a wired or wireless LAN connection.

The WFT-E7 has a lightweight design and can be attached to the bottom of the camera, to the new bracket AB-E1 or even to the strap. For added versatility, it also supports Linked shooting with up to ten other cameras, with Wireless Time syncing ensuring that the time across all slave devices is aligned with the master camera in order to maintain consistency across multiple units. During Linked shooting, the WFT server function can also be activated to allow easy remote access to the master and slave cameras for even greater creative control of lighting effects during multi-camera shoots.

GP-E2: Geo-tag your images with compact, lightweight GPS

Also launching today is the GPS receiver GP-E2 – a new compact, lightweight, high- performance hot shoe GPS unit which makes it easy for photographers to geo-tag their images. Compatible with the EOS-1D X, EOS 7D*3 and new EOS 5D Mark III, the GP-E2 tags photos with longitude, latitude and altitude data as well as the direction in which the shot was taken, adding information to the EXIF file of the image.

A GPS Logger function also allows photographers to track their route by downloading GPS data at regular intervals, whether the unit is attached to the camera body or stored in its case. Once back in the studio, photographers can tag their images with the GPS data stored in the log files and their route can be displayed using Google Maps or the bundled Map Utility software.

For improved accuracy and precision when recording the time of image capture, photographers can also synchronise the clocks of their cameras with the global atomic clock via UTC information downloaded from the satellite. This is particularly useful for professional photographers shooting with multiple EOS 5D Mark III bodies, who may wish to process all the images together and sort them according to the time each was recorded.

BG-E11: Improved handling for the EOS 5D Mark III

For photographers who want to shoot for longer with the EOS 5D Mark III, the new ergonomic battery grip BG-E11, doubles the battery life with two additional LP-E6 batteries, with the added flexibility of using AA batteries as an emergency back-up. For those who frequently shoot vertically, such as sports or portrait photographers, duplicate AF start, Focus point and AE-lock controls in addition to a second
Multi Controller and Control Dial make shooting vertically more comfortable and intuitive.

In keeping with the premium design of the EOS 5D Mark III, the BG-E11 is made of durable magnesium alloy and offers the same high standard of weather-proofing – ideal for harsher shooting environments.

Speedlite 600EX-RT Key features

• Guide number 60 (m, ISO 100, at 200mm)
• Radio triggering with 30m range
• Use up to 15 units together
• Infra-red wireless functionality
• Remote camera triggering
• Bounce-and-swivel head with zoom control
• White-balance correction filters
• Fast, quiet recycling

Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT Key features

• Radio frequency remote flash trigger.
• Fire selected Speedlites from 30m away.
• Controls up to 15 flashguns.
• Remote camera triggering.
• Weather sealed against dust and moisture.

Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7 Key features

• Supports IEEE 802.11n
• Built in Bluetooth
• Versatile design
• Easy Wi-Fi protected Setup
• FTP server transfer
• Remote control functions
• DLNA media server compatible
• Linked shooting

GPS Receiver GP-E2 Key features

• Hotshoe-mounted GPS unit for compatible EOS cameras.
• Embeds location and altitude data into each file's metadata.
• Digital compass records heading information.
• Data logging mode.
• Portable design, powered by 1xAA battery.
• Accurately set camera's time using UTC time.

BG-E11 Key features

• Improved handling for EOS 5D Mark III
• Duplicate controls for vertical shooting.
• Larger grip for bigger hands.
• Use two LP-E6 batteries, or four AA/LR6 cells as an alternative.

*1 ISO 100 at 200mm setting
*2 Digital Living Network Alliance
*3 Via firmware update – connection via cable only

Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Specs

 Guide Number • 60m at ISO 100 with lens at 200mm
 Power Source • Four AA batteries
• CP-E4 external power supply
 Charging time • Approx 3.3 seconds
 Illumination angle • 20-200mm
• 14mm with built-in wide panel
• Auto zoom
 Bounce angle • Up: 45, 60, 75 and 90 degrees
• Down: 7 degrees
• Left: 60, 75, 90, 120, 150 and 180 degrees
• Right: 60, 75, 90, 120, 150 and 180 degrees
 Dimensions 79.7 x 142.9 x 125.4mm (3.1 x 5.6 x 4.9 inch)
 Weight (without batteries) 425g (15oz.)

Pricing and availability

The Speedlite 600EX-RT and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT are scheduled for availability at end of March 2012. The Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7, GPS Receiver GP-E2 and Battery Grip BG-E11 are scheduled to be available by the end of April 2012.

  • Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT US: $629.99 / EUR: €699 / UK: £679.99
  • Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT US: $470 / EUR: €320 / UK: £309.99
  • Canon Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7 US: $849.99 / EUR: €759 / UK: £789.99
  • Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2 US: $390 / EUR: €279 / UK: £299.99
  • Canon Battery Grip BG-E11 US: $490 / EUR: €380 / UK: £329.99

Additional Images

Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT Canon Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7
Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2 Canon Battery Grip BG-E11

Comments

Total comments: 93
Schaubut
By Schaubut (Jan 15, 2013)

I'm interesting in purchasing a Speedlite 600EX-RT and I would like to use it remotely. I would like to know what are my triggering options. I already know about the compatible Speedlite transmitter, but I want to know if there is a Sync cable that will work as well. Very new to flash photography but very interested in starting.

0 upvotes
rbarta
By rbarta (Aug 12, 2012)

FYI. I now have my ST-E3-RT and 600EX-RT and when used together the 600EX-RT focus assist is illuminated.

BTW, I also love that you can use the slaves (600EX-RT and ST-E3-RT) on remote cameras to trigger all shutters at the same time. "Remote shooting". Really cool system.

0 upvotes
Saintsman
By Saintsman (Mar 9, 2012)

OMG! How much for the new 600EX-RT, I think Canon are doing the right thing here having radio ttl speedlites but I think the cost will put most pro's off swaping from their old 580EX's and Pocket wizards!
The cost for me to move over would be mad!!!!

3 600EX-RT @ £680
1 ST-E3-RT @ £310

Total = £2350! to upgrade is mad

Oh yeh and the new 5D mark III @ £3000! on top, the list could go on as Canon have new 24-70 and 70-200 lenses as well!
Who will move over at that price! not me!
My PW's and 580EX's work fine the only good news this week is the Lightroom 4 is now half the price of the old Lightroom 3, about time as Aperture is only £55 from the App store?

1 upvote
rbarta
By rbarta (Aug 12, 2012)

Minus what you sell your current system for. I sold my 580II for the same price I paid for it.

0 upvotes
MediaDigitalVideo
By MediaDigitalVideo (Mar 8, 2012)

Canon, do you really know how much a RF transmittor will cost on components basics. Just a few dollars/euro's. Thanks for that lovely price.

1 upvote
MediaDigitalVideo
By MediaDigitalVideo (Mar 8, 2012)

Is there a good Instruction Manual with the WFT-E7. The last WFT-E4II I bought had no decent I.M. Thanks Canon.

0 upvotes
mailman30
By mailman30 (Mar 7, 2012)

I can't believe canon went backwards with the wireless transmitter. anyone that used the transmitters on the 5d or 1d mk II (or IIn) know how horrible it was to have to connect a cable from the camera to the transmitter. Canon made a huge stride with the 1d mk III/IV and 5d mark II allowing the transmitter to connect directly to the camera and making the transmitter into a vertical grip on the 5d mk II. Why change the design from the mark II? boo canon. boo.

edit: I should add what a waste it is to have gigabit ethernet as a feature when it will be completely bottle necked by usb 2.0

Comment edited 4 minutes after posting
1 upvote
PhilipY
By PhilipY (Mar 3, 2012)

I've heard there are two versions of this Speedlite: one is the 600EX-RT (with radio triggering) and the other is the 600EX (without radio triggering but with normal line-of-sight wireless flash) Any idea about the price of the latter?

0 upvotes
netinept
By netinept (Apr 7, 2012)

It isn't coming to the US, apparently.

0 upvotes
fauxtog
By fauxtog (Mar 3, 2012)

Stunning. I have a preorder for the D4 in; and, given my Nikon glass (and a love of Nikon ergonomics), I'll likely keep that preorder in. But this 2-way wireless flash system from Canon had me seriously considering selling it all and going back to Canon, for a 1Dx, ST-E3-RT, and three 600EX-RT's (plus the lens equivalents to replace my Nikon glass).

But, after really realizing I'd need to buy a 1Dx, ST-E3-RT, and three 600EX-RT's (plus the lens equivalents to replace my Nikon glass)--*and* the huge hit I'd take on the sale of my Nikon rig--I came to my senses.

Admittedly, though, I can't stop thinking how amazing it would be to have that setup, as I do a lot of flash photography, and that level of control and functional integration from the ST-E3-RT...again, stunning. Not having to mess with a few different flashes; being able to control them so fully without taking them down from where they're at (or out of what they're in); being able to so quickly experiment with light balance...

0 upvotes
TDong
By TDong (Mar 5, 2012)

hehhe never fear in a year or two nikon would follow :) moving to different brand is costly :). for now you can use radio poppers with a bit setup

0 upvotes
Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (Mar 3, 2012)

w/ the 600:
prosumer/pro dSLR shooters now have:

on top of past Speedlites that already offered:
modular infrared transmitter wireless functionality
now have the option if they want it in addition to the above for:
modular radio transmitter wireless functionality

for those who had flash units, but didn't even have
modular infrared transmitter wireless functionality
may not have ever wanted it until they felt they needed it, so then they simply got it, even if it meant doing it from third party mfr

for those who had flash units, but didn't even have
modular radio transmitter wireless functionality
may not have ever wanted it until they felt they needed it, so then they simply got it, even if it meant doing it from third party mfr

some OEM camera mfrs offer just
modular infrared transmitter wireless functionality
and this is sufficient for their camera users

some OEM camera mfrs offer just
modular radio transmitter wireless functionality
and this is sufficient for their camera users

1 upvote
Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (Mar 3, 2012)

if you understand the concept of modularity
then you will understand the reason why
at the prosumer/pro level camera users
have no problem with resorting to modular flash systems
whether they are infrared transmitter wireless based
or they are radio transmitter wireless based
or both

for some prosumer/pros
having a built-in flash is a requirement
so they can avoid any of the modular approach to flash

for many prosumer/pros having an extended experience in flash beyond the limits of built-in flash, only a modular external approach to flash will suffice, and if they have a preference for infrared or radio, for their pros and cons, then they can have it either way, even if an OEM camera mfr doesn't offer it, and opt for third party flash mfr instead (which work just as well, and often less expensive). so, for satisfaction of needs, there are no qualms for resorting to what's available, be it from the OEM camera mfr, or from third party flash mfr

Canon expanded options
why complain?

Comment edited 47 seconds after posting
1 upvote
Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Mar 2, 2012)

http://pixsylated.com/blog/canon-600ex-rt-first-impressions/

"If you want the short version of my assessment, then I’ll say “Canonistas, hold your heads high. Again, we are on the cutting edge of technology. Welcome to the future of Speedliting!”"

yeah i know it is too expensiv.. or your too poor.
but it is for people who earn money with photography not for people who shot their children... or cats.

for them there is the 430 EX II....

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
2 upvotes
rickpoole
By rickpoole (Mar 2, 2012)

It's a shame all the new Canon equipment is so expensive. All but one of the Canon shooters I know have decided not to buy the latest and are buying the prior generation lenses. Only one is contemplating the new 5D MK III but only after the prices goes down and only if he can get enough for his 5D MK II. The most frequent comment I hear is to the effect of not being able to justify the high prices unless the person can sell their photos thus it appears the majority of amateurs will be priced out of the new equipment market. Regardless of why the new equipment prices are so high the market size is going to shrink which in turn may result in even higher prices or prices not dropping over time. As much as I would love an updated 100-400 with the newest IS and AF the resulting price would make it completely out of the question.

1 upvote
ksgant
By ksgant (Mar 2, 2012)

But, it's always like this when brand-new equipment is announced. It's always more expensive...and there's always the people that moan and groan about how they're not going to upgrade and blah blah blah.

Seriously, I saw this way back when the Nikon F3 came out, then the F4-F5 etc etc. The more things change the more they stay the same. People will complain about anything and everything.

I too will not be buying the latest and greatest gear that they just announced, but a year from now I may be looking...and the prices will certainly have come down. If not, there's always the year after that.

1 upvote
Silverwind
By Silverwind (Mar 2, 2012)

Ok, so I just gotta ask . . . and I know technology advances . . . but . . .

If you have 580II (maybe two or more) and PW, Stratos, Odins or whatever to trigger them, would you dump what you have to buy these new units??

'cause it looks like you would have to buy this flash and the STE3 together for them to work.

On another note, why didn't Canon make some sorta receiver with the STE3 to be backward compatible with older units? I mean if 3rd Party units can do it, and do it well, couldn't the maker make one as well??

Just sayin'

0 upvotes
Bosman Photography
By Bosman Photography (Mar 4, 2012)

Actually u dont need an STE3 to trigger the flashes you can have the 600 ex - rt flash on camera & trigger the other 600 ex - rt's like you can with the 580exII's, the diff is everything will be ETTL and be using radio waves instead of line of sight infra red. Also if you read about it on Canons website it talks about you can still use your 580 exII's with the new flashes but it will only be infra red waves. So to answer your issues with backwards compatability everything you want is already there.
Go here to read about it all
http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/dlc/article/photo_knowledge_base/knowledgebase.spr?subCategoryId=122&categoryId=10

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
Silverwind
By Silverwind (Mar 5, 2012)

I did read that, but like you state - it's infra red line of sight. So why would I spend $600 for a unit that does what another 580II already does??

Now If I had the money to buy the ST-E3 and maybe two units, I would. But that close to 2 grand!! Ouch!!

I really hope that Canon makes some Radio ETTL receivers that you could use with the ST-E3 RT. That would make a little bit of sense so those who already have equipment can make use of the newer RT technology. Otherwise, they'll be losing some sales to 3rd Party (Like PW, Pixel King, Phottix) who have already done this.

0 upvotes
shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Mar 2, 2012)

Umm, why aren't these transmitters built into the (new) camera(s)? Sure they can sell more stuff and make more money but the pros out there would probably pay more to not have to carry all these extra things to lose or break.

Comment edited 20 seconds after posting
1 upvote
Joesiv
By Joesiv (Mar 2, 2012)

Surprised there is no videolight on the new flash.

1 upvote
shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Mar 2, 2012)

Continuous and strobe lighting use different illumination methods so it wouldn't make sense to glue then together into a massive unit.

1 upvote
Dan
By Dan (Mar 4, 2012)

How hard could it possibly be to mount a few LEDs onto the unit? I think it'd be very helpful to many people. They could even mount them close to the flash tube so people can use them as a modeling light.

0 upvotes
grafli
By grafli (Mar 4, 2012)

the 320 EX has video light!

1 upvote
Silverwind
By Silverwind (Mar 2, 2012)

A pass through hotshoe on the ST-E3 would have made sense. My third party Stratos trigger has that and it cost less than $100. Don't the PW Flexes have it??

0 upvotes
Paul Farace
By Paul Farace (Mar 2, 2012)

Yea, the other problem besides the price is the fact that you'd better buy ALL NEW 600EX-RTs to get full use of the RFI feature... my 580, 430MkII, and 550EX don't have RFI receivers! I think I can stick with my good old IR EP2 and third-party RFI (non ETTL) triggers. Have yet to plumb their full potential as it is...

But it's interesting to see the tack Canon (and the others) will take in the future.

0 upvotes
Bosman Photography
By Bosman Photography (Mar 4, 2012)

Actually the new flashes are backwards compatible to use IR.
http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/dlc/article/photo_knowledge_base/knowledgebase.spr?subCategoryId=122&categoryId=10

0 upvotes
Photomonkey
By Photomonkey (Mar 2, 2012)

No pass-through hotshoe on the ST-E3-RT?

Comment edited 30 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
MichelBB
By MichelBB (Mar 2, 2012)

When you buy 600EX-RT flash you actually get two products: a flash + wireless receiver. At toaday BH prices, 580EXII + PocketWizard ettl receiver will cost you 654$ , about the same as new 600EX-RT.

0 upvotes
T3
By T3 (Mar 2, 2012)

But obviously, the price goes down quite a bit if you *already have* a 580EXII, so you only need to buy the PW.

1 upvote
Silverwind
By Silverwind (Mar 2, 2012)

Wow. Loved reading these comments. I do have to say for this price, this flash better cook my food when fired.

This flash is almost twice the price of the 580II when introduced!

Oh well, Phottix Odin looks like the only viable option for me.

0 upvotes
Mr Fartleberry
By Mr Fartleberry (Mar 2, 2012)

Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2 US: $390 / EUR: €279 / UK: £299.99
Canon Battery Grip BG-E11 US: $490 / EUR: €380 / UK: £329.99

Absolutely frigggin ridiculous!

I could buy a danm fine laptop for that price. Wait for the third party copies.

4 upvotes
crustyjuggler66
By crustyjuggler66 (Mar 2, 2012)

New pricing is insane, i'd rather have a pair of elinchrom studio lights for less money. £680 for a single strobe! No thanks.

5 upvotes
Blaise06a
By Blaise06a (Mar 2, 2012)

Exactly my thoughts - or Einsteins...

0 upvotes
Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Mar 2, 2012)

yeah and have fun carry them around!!....... lol

0 upvotes
studiomk
By studiomk (Dec 5, 2012)

Buy now as with Canon rebate 2x 600EX-RT's for £895. Sell the old gear and update to RT's as great ans simple to use

0 upvotes
tonganqn
By tonganqn (Mar 2, 2012)

Well this is great! I wonder when Nikon will do sth like this. I have the impression that Nikon is always behind Canon. Look at the specs of the recently released Mk3 and now this flash. Such a pitty.

0 upvotes
ZAnton
By ZAnton (Mar 2, 2012)

Canon actually helps third-party manufacturer by giving them the market.
There are dozens of same-quality grips, transmitters and syncronizers for 1/5 of these prices.
And explain me how external GPS device alone costs more than a whole Point andShoot camera with GPS?

1 upvote
amicus70
By amicus70 (Mar 2, 2012)

Mmmhhh, Flash, GPS Receiver, ... great gimmicks.

First I asked about a Flash-database here on DPR. Now I want a an Accessory-Database.

0 upvotes
ihv
By ihv (Mar 2, 2012)

Third party is doing the same much cheaper with more range and features.

0 (zero) innovation.

3 upvotes
Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Mar 2, 2012)

30m is not much outdoors... then i stick to my trusted 580 EX II flashes and my phottix ODIN.

it´s working FLAWLESS in TTL.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
studiomk
By studiomk (Dec 5, 2012)

Glad your system works well, the 30M is just what spec says. People are going upto twice that distance according to blogs. Not tried myself yet, but then if required I can sit them on PW Flex system, but far teater/easier without!

0 upvotes
LVPhoto1
By LVPhoto1 (Mar 2, 2012)

If the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT & Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RTRT work ;) - I'll replace all my pocket wizards’ flextt5's

0 upvotes
beckmarc
By beckmarc (Mar 2, 2012)

According to the website it is E-TTL II and E-TTL compatible so it should work with older EOS film and digital bodies. That is what I like about the EOS system you can have the last digital body but still use your older film bodies with the same lenses and flashes etc. Great News

0 upvotes
wlachan
By wlachan (Mar 2, 2012)

600EX + ST-E3-RT for $1100? Is Canon insane?

5 upvotes
beckmarc
By beckmarc (Mar 2, 2012)

No the US dollar has crashed in value. The government is printing money to keep the economy afloat - that does terrible things to the value of the currency. The up side is Canon may decided to make cameras in the US as it would be a lot cheaper then Japan etc.

1 upvote
candleJack
By candleJack (Mar 2, 2012)

What about the euro/pound pricing?!

1 upvote
beckmarc
By beckmarc (Mar 2, 2012)

The pound and the euro have also crashed against the yen and other currencies. Some countries in Europe are effectively bankrupt but are (quite rightly) being propped up to prevent them from dragging the rest of Europe down with them. The Uk has made many positive steps to get out of the mess they are in but they are still in real trouble. No one wants to buy pounds or euros hence the currencies has lost up to 50% of their value compared to some currencies. A low pound, euro and US dollar will help the respective countries recover by discouraging people from buying luxury imports like cameras and buy locally made products. Hence if the low dollar and pound continue you might find companies setting up again to make cameras and cars in the US and UK etc because in terms of the Yen it is cheaper.

Please no more complaints about pricing. Expensive Japanese camera gear is the price you are paying for the economic mess your respective countries are in.

Comment edited 3 times, last edit 5 minutes after posting
3 upvotes
davebot900
By davebot900 (Mar 2, 2012)

Puuuuhlease, beck. When third party options are half price, it's no longer about the "devalued dollar."
Not to mention the yen has crashed against the yuan, so why are Chinese goods still cheap?

1 upvote
tirmite
By tirmite (Mar 2, 2012)

The Dollar and several European currencies have been devalued. Have you been shopping for food or other items recently? Have you not noticed how much other items have also increased? Third party options have ALWAYS been cheaper BECAUSE they're 3rd party options. No explanation needed, but since you don't seem to get it: those companies don't have the name recognition or reputation (you do pay something for that), they don't have the huge advertising budgets, the large infrastructure (factories, distribution channels, employee benefits perhaps, etc.) And often the quality is NOT the same even if people like to delude themselves about this, thinking they're getting a bargain. You usually get what you pay for. Here in the USA if you look at the price of a gallon of gasoline it's approaching $4/gal again. If you compare that price to a few years ago and use gold instead of the Dollar as the measure, gas prices are actually lower. That means our dollar has been devalued.

0 upvotes
tirmite
By tirmite (Mar 2, 2012)

Chinese goods are still cheap because that government has refused to revalue their currency for one thing. I don't blame them, they're supporting so many other economies by buying their bonds. Also, China is not a truly Capitalistic economy. It is State Capitalism. It is still heavily managed by their government any many industries are heavily subsidized. And the wages and living conditions for factory workers are cheap, cheap, cheap. It's still MUCH cheaper to produce things in China, hence why so many things are made there, including third party camera gear and brand name camera gear accessories. Pro level camera bodies are still primarily made at home in Japan. Whether it's rubber tires, camera gear, or tennis shoes...if their government decides to enter a market and dictate prices, they have the ability to do so cheaply. They also can OVER do things. Look at the empty ghost cities and real estate glut they've created over there by churning out thousands of unneeded homes.

0 upvotes
kff
By kff (Mar 2, 2012)

congratulation to Canon users ... they make things wich are better usable then other and they are catching up ICT technology ...

probably sometimes they will develop camera system with a big RAM/cache (16GB etc) and with OS wich would be faster by the writting all data to cache and next to cards/wi-fi/ethernet ...

Comment edited 5 times, last edit 10 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Mar 2, 2012)

Biggest gripe for me as a Canon user are those ridiculous prices. I just hope Canon comes to their senses in time and gets those prices down to a reasonable level or some day Canon will be in a state where Pentax is today.

4 upvotes
MisoL
By MisoL (Mar 2, 2012)

ST-E3-RT with no AF-ASSIST - are you serrious?

8 upvotes
T3
By T3 (Mar 2, 2012)

Yeah, I agree. Would it have killed them to put AF Assit on that unit? Especially for that price.

0 upvotes
rbarta
By rbarta (Mar 6, 2012)

I'll venture a guess that when these are finallly tested and the shutter button is pressed half way to focus that the ST-E3-RT sends a signal to your flashes to turn on their focus assist.

I'm also going to guess that a 430 version will be released that will also receive radio signals.

I'll also guess that they will introduce a radio receiver for your existing flashes that is compatible with your older flashes.

I'm going to think outside of the box of what is available right now.

BTW, IMO the ST-E2 had the build quality of a 3rd party.

0 upvotes
rbarta
By rbarta (Aug 12, 2012)

FYI. I now have my ST-E3-RT and 600EX-RT and when used together the 600EX-RT focus assist is illuminated.

BTW, I also love that you can use the slaves (600EX-RT and ST-E3-RT) on remote cameras to trigger all shutters at the same time. Really cool system.

0 upvotes
Bogdan Spineanu
By Bogdan Spineanu (Mar 2, 2012)

So, as a Canon owner .. Canon thinks probably they are the "Apple" of photography with these prices.
What .. GPS tracking and it isn't compatible with older cameras ? No software syncing of GPS data ?
That wireless transmitter is as expensive as a laptop !
For God Sake Canon !
That was a stupid day when I choose to go with Canon !

Comment edited 35 seconds after posting
5 upvotes
Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Mar 2, 2012)

yes canon is not for the poor. quality has it´s price.

0 upvotes
Antonio Rojilla
By Antonio Rojilla (Mar 2, 2012)

@Henry M. Hertz The quality of unreliable AF or failing mirrors?

6 upvotes
ZAnton
By ZAnton (Mar 2, 2012)

I dont find Canon's quality better than any other camera manufacturer.

4 upvotes
davebot900
By davebot900 (Mar 2, 2012)

Quality is one thing, but these prices are a bit suicidal if Canon thinks they will make any money selling accessories. They could drop the price 10% and increase sales by 15%. Really don't understand this.

0 upvotes
Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Mar 2, 2012)

well what you find or not is unrelevant zanton.

look at what pros using.. you don´t see much sony or pentax gear for example.

it´ s not only features... the gear has to work under rough PRO conditions.

Comment edited 11 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
Dan
By Dan (Mar 4, 2012)

Pros use Quantum and PocketWizard =)

1 upvote
studiomk
By studiomk (Dec 5, 2012)

Had a mare and my two 580Ex units both failed, think one fried by my new PW TT5!!! :0( But with work load had to jump on two 600EX-RT units. Great to use and simple to set up,with Canon rebate they have cost less than £450 each. Not bad when you think I paid £360 for my 580Ex's 7yrs ago! Just need to somehow add my 430EX II into the RT mode and I'm really happy.

0 upvotes
Octane
By Octane (Mar 2, 2012)

very cool! Kudos to Canon for being the first to have their own radio trigger. But man all those things are pricy!

2 upvotes
Alfonso Bresciani
By Alfonso Bresciani (Mar 2, 2012)

holy cow the battery grip is expen$ive ..why??

0 upvotes
Zafar Kazmi
By Zafar Kazmi (Mar 2, 2012)

There was a survey report a few months ago which said that people were willing to pay more for Nikon branded products. I think Canon took that report to heart, and is now pricing everything high to prove it is a better brand :(

4 upvotes
Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Mar 2, 2012)

well you can always buy third party BG for a fraction of the price.

it´s not as if they are technically challenging....

0 upvotes
Alfonso Bresciani
By Alfonso Bresciani (Mar 2, 2012)

no wonder PW released a cheaper simpler version a few weeks ago!

0 upvotes
Damon Lynch
By Damon Lynch (Mar 2, 2012)

The battery grip is hugely expensive!

0 upvotes
scott_mcleod
By scott_mcleod (Mar 2, 2012)

It would be nice if every hotshoe-mounted accessory for Canon bodies (not just flashes) had a built-in AF-assist lamp instead of that awful strobe (or for bodies without a flash)

3 upvotes
MichaelK81
By MichaelK81 (Mar 2, 2012)

i admit, I am jealous. As an avid user of Nikon's CLS system, this is the first time I wish something similar had been implemented across Nikon's speedlight models. Infrared triggering is fine for indoor use, but fails miserably everywhere else. +1 for Canon for taking a leap forward.

3 upvotes
Albert Sii
By Albert Sii (Mar 2, 2012)

Agree! Nikon, pls don't make us wait toooooooo long................

BTW, CONGRATS! Canon users!

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
0 upvotes
regova
By regova (Mar 2, 2012)

@Michaelk81, don't be jealous, Nikon Flash system is by far superior to Canon's and no matter how many bells and whistles Canon bring to the market, it can not bit Nikon flash technology in accuracy and reliability.

4 upvotes
Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Mar 2, 2012)

yeah you can tell that to yourself all the time regova.
but in the end it´s just a flash system without radio triggering.

accuracy and reliability how will you nikon fanboy judge that?
i bet you have never touched the canon flash system.. i come from the nikon side of things and have used both.

0 upvotes
Dan
By Dan (Mar 4, 2012)

There are 3rd party radio triggers. Why do you need Nikon to have their own one? When they do make one, it will probably cost so much, you'll think PW or Quantum is cheap.

0 upvotes
pingshakl
By pingshakl (Mar 2, 2012)

Finally there is factory radio wieless flash. Pocketwizard is dying....

3 upvotes
Matej_K
By Matej_K (Mar 2, 2012)

Agreed.
Unless PW can compete on price, which it might. The new Canon toys are PRICEY.

2 upvotes
pingshakl
By pingshakl (Mar 2, 2012)

ye, there might be room for PW. But Canon will eventually put this technology down to the lower model. And of course Nikon will follow. Not very good for PW..

2 upvotes
antares103
By antares103 (Mar 2, 2012)

Canons system will be propretary, as will nikons, and they will both be closed to the studio flash market. As well, PW offer a longer range (excepting w/ the variably manufactured 580EXII) and a host of other features not available with the OEM systems. Not to mention compatability with the existing population of speedlights already in gear bags. One TT5 to add to your speedlight is cheaper than a new 600EX AND transmitter.

PW may not have the stronghold in the TTL market, but they will survive this.

2 upvotes
Marco 2k7
By Marco 2k7 (Mar 2, 2012)

no it only means wireless ttl triggers will come down in price. that's good!

0 upvotes
beckmarc
By beckmarc (Mar 2, 2012)

Can this new flash be used on older EOS film and Digital bodies with ETTL or A-TTL or is it E-TTL II only. I have on older Elan 7NE film body which is actually ETTL II but I am keen on buying a EOS 3 or IV which are only E-TTL

0 upvotes
socalcarlos
By socalcarlos (Mar 2, 2012)

I was starting to get excited about the new wireless flash and transmitter but I just read that the High speed sync won't work with the 5D Mark II, that completely ruins this new system for me, it'll only work with the EOS 1DX and 5D Mark III... So I guess Pocketwizard it's still the best way to go unless you are planning on buying the whole set, new camera, flash and radio transmitter. Only downside, but a must for me.

0 upvotes
Boggy4062
By Boggy4062 (Mar 2, 2012)

Dying? Really? With the 30 meter range, and these prices? No way Jose! PW has no reason to worry about Canon. Other Chinese brands using 2400MHZ spectrum with 100m range is a bigger problem. Only very rich professionals will invest in the newest bread of Canon accessories.

0 upvotes
beckmarc
By beckmarc (Mar 2, 2012)

According to the canon website it is ETTL-II and ETTL compatible. No mention of A-TTL

0 upvotes
williams359
By williams359 (Mar 2, 2012)

As soon as i sell my house and live in a tent i should be able to afford some of Canons new products. INSANE PRICES CANON

0 upvotes
Vlad Didenko
By Vlad Didenko (Mar 2, 2012)

Photo industry's addiction to hot shoe is mind-boggling. Long time ago it should have switched to use hot shoe for old equipment and to mount a panel with newer connectors (for situations of saturated wireless). Other than that it should all be wifi five years ago.

0 upvotes
Olgierd
By Olgierd (Mar 2, 2012)

Dude, what are you talking about? First, range with PW's is at least tripled compared to Canon's. Second, Hyper Sync allows faster shutter speeds. Nothing is known of Canon's implementation yet as for the alternative to HyperSync feature.
It is interesting however that they don't mention different versions of 600EX flash for different parts of the world (since different countries allows use of different frquency ranges). This could mean they have 600EX operating in RF frequencies that can be used in US, Europe and other countries (unless frequency can be selected from the flash). Perhaps this is the reason of the whole 30m range limit?
I also wonder if AF assist light is made tu support 61 AF points.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
williams359
By williams359 (Mar 2, 2012)

I have always shot canon but I no longer recomend them to people looking at getting into the industry. I'm often asked what to buy I always answered Canon or Nikon but now I only recomend Nikon not because they are better but for price. The price for the basic 600 flash is crazy.

0 upvotes
Enter Passcode
By Enter Passcode (Mar 4, 2012)

PW is dying? I'm still use my PW firing my profoto. So far PW still the best one for the universal controlling system

0 upvotes
muckandwind
By muckandwind (Mar 12, 2012)

Agreed w/so much here...come on Canon...I'm sticking w/580 ex ii + PW - I've a 5d mk iii on order and am thrilled but why in the world can't they bundle these additional features in, (for example)- the battery pack..(radio tirgger /ETTL / gps / wifi...) - no way will I purchase 3 additional pieces of kit for these features...(I can half of this w/my iPhone)....already looking forward to the 5d mk IV..

0 upvotes
studiomk
By studiomk (Dec 5, 2012)

Yep the 600Ex-RT will wotk in ETTL on older EOS film bodies - last page in instructions! Just need to upgrade to 5DMK III in new year to gain full 'group' potential of 600EX's. Feel more solid than my 580EX's and very quiet.

0 upvotes
Total comments: 93