Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT Flash And Canon EF-M 28MM f/3.5 MACRO IS STM Lens officially announced

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Canon announced their new Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT Flash and the first macro lens for the EOS M system, the Canon EF-M 28MM f/3.5 MACRO IS STM with built-in LEDs. The Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT is scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in June 2016 for an estimated retail price of $579.99. Canon’s EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens is scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in June for an estimated retail price of $299.99.

Pre-order:

Canon press release:

Accessorize This Spring With The Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT Flash And Canon EF-M 28MM f/3.5 MACRO IS STM Lens With Built-In Macro Lites And Image Stabilizer

MELVILLE, N.Y., May 11, 2016 – Spring is all about having the right look and Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is giving photographers of all levels two new options that can improve their creativity and versatility; the Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash and the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens.

Photographers looking to take rapid-fire flash images will appreciate the improved recycling time in the new Canon Speedlite-600EX II-RT flash. Those looking to explore the world of macro photography will appreciate the stylish compact look of the new Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens, the first EF-M Macro Lens for the Canon EOS M Camera System, which features Image Stabilization and a pair of built-in miniature Macro Lites to enhance image quality during close-up photography.

The Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash Offers Improved Recycling Time and More

The Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash is compatible with most EOS cameras. It replaces Canon’s top-of-the-line Speedlite 600EX-RT, and improves recycling time by approximately 1.1 to 1.5 times* during continuous flash shooting when using AA batteries and up to 2 times* when adding the new optional Compact Battery Pack CP-E4N.Additional Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash features include:

  • Zoom flash head covers wide focal length range of 20–200mm; maximum guide number is 197 ft./60m at ISO 100, making Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash the most powerful flash unit in the EOS system.
  • Wireless flash shooting support is available for both radio and optical transmission with compatible Canon Speedlites, offering users greater functional range when using flash.
  • Multiple flash system support allows control of up to five groups of compatible Canon Speedlites.
  • Dust- and water-resistant body for reliable operation in harsh environments.
  • Flash-readiness indicator on the display panel, simplified button and dial operation and variable manual flash output.
  • New, specially designed accessories supplied include a built-in bounce adapter, plus SCF-E3 hard-type color filter sets, and a soft case. The new Compact Battery Pack CP-E4N is available as an optional accessory for faster recycling time and more flashes per charge.
  • Illuminated dot matrix LCD panel for enhanced display information, including flash mode and usable distance ranges plus C.Fn (Custom Function) and P.Fn (Personal Function) settings.

First Macro Lens in the Canon EF-M lens series

Photographers looking for a compact, lightweight macro lens should look no further than the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens, the first Canon Macro Lens specifically designed for the EOS M Camera System.

The new lens features a pair of built-in miniature Macro Lite electronic flash units that illuminate close-up subjects as needed, helping to freeze movement, enhance color accuracy and provide a better sense of depth and dimension. Two curved flash units surround the front element of the lens, with the ability to illuminate both simultaneously, or one at a time. Users are also able to adjust the brightness of the Macro Lites between “bright” and “dim” settings.

The standard focusing range of the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens extends from infinity to life-size (1 time). Additionally, a Super Macro Mode allows shooting at even higher magnifications up to 1.2 times. This feature allows you to capture smaller details that really make your subjects stand out against the background.

Additional features of the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens include:

  • Hybrid IS, the same feature as found on Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens, helps reduce camera shake for enjoyable handheld photography.
  • Stepping motor (lead screw-type STM) helps provide smooth and quiet focusing operation when taking photos, and near-silence when shooting videos.
  • One UD lens and two aspherical lenses** help deliver outstanding image quality at all distance settings by reducing chromatic and spherical aberrations.
  • Angle of view similar to a 45mm standard lens (35mm equivalent) provides flexible image capture of various subjects and scenes at macro distances and beyond.
  • Tapered lens top shape makes it easy to capture high-quality images at close range without casting shadows.

The Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT electronic flash unit is scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in June 2016 for an estimated retail price of $579.991. Canon’s EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens is scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in June for an estimated retail price of $299.991.

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Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT specs leaked [CW5]

Speedlite 600EX-RT

Specification of the upcoming replacement for the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT surfaced on the web, it’s the Speedlite 600EX II-RT (sorry no pics so far)

  • Cover the angle of view of 20mm-200mm
  • Guide number is 197ft / 60m (ISO100)
  • Continuous emission is 1.5 times faster from 1.1 (CP-E4N 2 times faster at the time of use)
  • You can control the flash of up to 5 groups
  • Dust and water resistant (weather sealed)
  • New design of the accessories group
  • Dot matrix type liquid crystal panel of
  • 15 types of custom fine action
  • 6 types of personal function
  • Also it can rotate 180 degrees in either direction

The announcement is a matter of a few days, stay tuned…

[via Digicame-Info]

Firmware advisory for Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT

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Canon issued a product advisory for the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT

Firmware Notice: Speedlite 600EX-RT and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT

Firmware Notice

Thank you for using Canon products.

Phenomenon

Except as described below, the following will occur with the affected units listed below:

Linked shooting and wireless flash shooting with radio transmission will not work in some setting modes when 7 or more units are linked. This phenomenon does not occur when 6 or fewer units are linked.

Affected Products

Speedlite 600EX-RT and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT

Units with a combination of 3rd and 4th digits in the serial number in the ranges shown below are affected:

  • Speedlite 600EX-RT:                            [xx01xxxxxx] ~ [xx13xxxxxx]
  • Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT:           [xx01xxxxxx] ~ [xx03xxxxxx]

Note:  If the battery compartment of an affected unit contains the marking illustrated below, the product is NOT affected by the phenomenon described above, even if the serial number is within the ranges mentioned above.

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Support

To arrange to have an affected unit inspected and serviced for this phenomenon at no cost, please contact Canon using the information below.

This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.

Thank you for using Canon products.

Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc

Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone:    1-800-OK-CANON
1-800-652-2666
TDD:      1-866-251-3752
Email: carecenter@cits.canon.com
For additional support options: usa.canon.com/support

EOS Speedlite custom and personal functions mobile guide (Canon DLC)

EOS Speedlite

The Canon Digital Learning Center posted another quick guide, Mobile Guide to EOS Speedlite Custom and Personal Functions. More than a cheat sheet and less than a full manual, the Canon Quick Guides are a free downloadable resource for EOS cameras and accessories. These PDF cheat sheets are helpful tools to carry around in your camera bag for quick reference or to read from your mobile device for step-by-step guidance on specific product features and techniques.

Canon Speedlites listed at Amazon.

Canon Speedlite 430EX-RT III officially announced ($299, available in September, pre-order available)

Speedlite 430EX-RT III

Canon announced the new Speedlite 430EX-RT III flash. Price is $299 and the new 430EX III-RT flash is scheduled to be available in September 2015. And as usual no one saw it come :)

The new Speedlite 430EX-RT III flash can be preordered: Adorama | B&H Photo | Amazon

Canon press release

Canon U.S.A. Adds To Flash Lineup With Speedlite 430EX III-RT

New External Flash Unit Features Wireless Flash Shooting and Compact Size

MELVILLE, N.Y., July 8, 2015 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the new Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT external flash unit featuring – for the first time in the Canon 430EX series – radio-controlled wireless flash shooting capabilities1 designed to make creative light control more manageable and versatile for photographers of all levels. This third generation Speedlite is a perfect primary flash unit for amateur and advanced amateur photographers looking to create beautiful portraits with Canon digital cameras such as the EOS Rebel T6i, as well as professional photographers looking for a small and lightweight secondary flash.

“Canon is proud to offer outstanding photographic accessories that help enhance a photographer’s overall creative experience when shooting with our EOS DSLR cameras,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The new Speedlite 430EX III-RT provides photographers with a very responsive flash unit having new wireless capabilities that enable users to create more professional lighting effects than if they were to rely on their camera’s pop-up flash alone.”

Featuring enhanced functionality and operability over its predecessor (the Canon Speedlite 430EX II), the new Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT features wireless flash shooting via optical or radio transmission (similar to the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT but slave function only), now with shorter recycling time and quicker firing. This multi-functional flash unit makes more advanced flash shooting easy for any photographer with its intuitive, user-friendly operation, abundant bounce and swivel shooting functions and advanced features including a maximum Guide Number of 43/141 at ISO 100 in meters/feet, auto zooming from 24-105mm, Hi-Speed Sync and Second-curtain Sync. In addition, the Speedlite 430EX III-RT has been reduced in size and weight compared to its predecessor.

Featuring another first for the 430EX series of flash units, the Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT also includes an SCF-E2 Color Filter which helps balance color temperature when shooting in incandescent lighting, an SBA-E2 Bounce Adapter that helps soften light while helping suppress shadows, a built-in Catchlight panel, illuminated dot-matrix LCD, new control dial, light distribution options, multi-camera sync shooting, and remote shutter release. Enhanced functions include broader bounce angle range and flash exposure compensation via the new control dial. Also included are two cases – one for the flash and one for the filter and adapter.

Pricing and Availability

The new Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT flash is scheduled to be available in September 2015 for an estimated retail price of $299.99*. For more information please visit: http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/speedlite_flash_lineup/speedlite_430ex_iii_rt

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[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.

Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite price check: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA Canon  T-E3-EX Speedlite transmitter price check: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA