Canon product advisory for counterfeit 600EX-RT Speedlites

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Canon published a product advisory regarding counterfeit 600EX-RT Speedlites. [via TDP]

Canon product advisory:

We have confirmed that there are counterfeit Speedlite 600EX-RT flash products in circulation in the market. It has been reported that these products are being sold through various online marketplace websites. These counterfeit products have not been designed or manufactured by Canon, but fraudulently display the Canon logo, and may also fraudulently display other Canon and third party trademarks. Furthermore, these counterfeit products have not been manufactured or tested under the safety standards established by Canon, so we are unable to make representations concerning their safe operation, and there is a possibility that using one of these counterfeit products may cause adverse affects such as generation of fire and/or smoke.

The safety of our consumers is our utmost concern. Unlike genuine Canon products, counterfeit products may not meet government and industry safety standards. To ensure that you’re buying genuine Canon products, we recommend purchasing from a Canon Authorized Dealer or directly from Canon. Please be advised that Canon is not responsible for any malfunction, accident, or damage related to the use of any counterfeit product.

It has also been confirmed that the radio transmission wireless shooting function incorporated into genuine Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT flashes is not incorporated into the counterfeit product. This missing feature will limit the performance of the counterfeit flash, as compared with a genuine Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT flash.

We truly appreciate your attention to this matter and thank you for being a valued Canon customer.

The following tips may help you to identify a counterfeit Speedlite 600EX-RT flash. Please note, however, that other counterfeits may display other, or additional, differences from genuine Canon products. As such, you should contact Canon using the contact information below if you have any questions about whether you are using a genuine Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT flash.

  • The counterfeit product fraudulently displays the Canon logo and may fraudulently display other Canon and third party trademarks.

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  • The position to release the mounting foot lock lever is different.
  • The position to release the mounting foot lock lever on a genuine unit is towards the left (see the green arrow), and the position to release the mounting foot lock lever on a counterfeit unit is towards the center (see the red arrow).

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  • The display on the Custom Function screen is different. Follow the steps in the Speedlite 600EX-RT Instruction Manual to access the Custom Function screen.

Thank you for using Canon products.

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Canon U.S.A., Inc

Deal: Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT – $464/€403

Speedlite 600EX-RT For a limited time DigitalRev has the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT on sale for $464/€403. Compare to $550.

Please note that the price above is computed for Germany and the USA. The price for other EU countries may be slightly different. In any case all custom taxes and shipping costs are inclusive for EU and Asia customers. US customers have to check it for their state.


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Save $50 on Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT

Speedlite 600EX-RT

B&H is selling the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT with a $50 discount for $499 (click here).

  • Wireless Radio Multiple Flash System
  • TTL, E-TTL II & A-TTL Compatible
  • GN 197′ (60 m) @ ISO100
  • Exceptionally Dust- and Water-Resistant
  • Zoom Flash Head: 20-200mm Range
  • Dot Matrix LCD Panel and Backlit Button
  • Color Filter Holder for Gelatin Filters
  • 18 Custom Functions
  • Full 180-Degree Swivel in Each Direction
  • AF Assist Beam

[Video] Lighting With The Canon ST-E3-EX Controller and 600EX-RT Speedlite

Nice little 5 min video about what (amazing) results you can obtain with the new 600EX-RT Speedlite and a T-E3-EX Speedlite transmitter. The transmitter has been reviewed by Ron Martinsen.

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Speedlite 600EX-RT Mini Review by S. Bourne

Scott Bourne posted a mini review about Canon’s flagship Speedlite, the 600EX-RT. Synthetic and concise, the review discusses its features, also compared to previous versions of Canon’s Speedlites. Quoting:

The main thing I like about this flash (other than its amazing power) is it’s ability to zoom from 20-200mm with a Canon lens and to do so automatically. This is quite an improvement over the 580EXII and if I were to buy the 600, that’s the main reason I would do so. The built-in radio control is also a big deal since it eliminates the need to buy third-party flash triggers.

Btw, the 600 EX-RT is suitable for Canon Instant Double Rebates if bought together with a 5D Mark III, 5D Mark II, EOS 60D or EOS 7D. The Instant Double Rebates apply to the mentioned camera bodies and selected lenses and/or Speedlites. Savings can go up to $250, depending by the kit you choose. The rebates last until June 2.