JINBEI – CALER 600EX-RT Speedlite – Coming Soon

JINBEI CALER 600EX-RT

 

Jinbei have announced the CALER 600EX-RT Speedlite, with both radio Master and Slave modes directly compatible with Canon RT radio system.

This will make the CALER 600EX-RT only the second third-party speedlight available (after the YongNuo YN600EX-RT) to provide both radio Master and Slave modes compatible with Canon’s complex bi-directional RT radio system.

Jinbei have stepped up further with the CALER 600X-RT though, also reproducing more advanced features like the gel holder and color temperature sensor, Auto Exposure sensor, and flash head tilt / swivel locking button.

JINBEI CALER 600EX-RT

 

Like the original Canon 600EX-RT, Jinbei’s version claims a guide number of 60m (ISO100 / 200mm), as well as 20-200mm zoom, ETTL, HSS to 1/8000s, Second Curtain Sync etc.

Full power recycle time is also stated around 3 seconds, and an external HV battery port is also provided.

Dot matrix LCD screen and interface all appear very similar to the original 600EX-RT.

JINBEI CALER 600EX-RT

JINBEI CALER 600EX-RT FEATURES

 

  • Guide Number (GN) 60 Metres at ISO 100 and 200mm
  • HSS to 1/8000th
  • Flash Mode – ETTL II /M / Multi
  • 1st Curtain Sync / 2nd Curtain Sync
  • FEC – 1/3rd Increments
  • Manual Flash – 1/128 – 1/1 Output Control (1/3rd increments)
  • 20-200mm Auto and Manual Flash Zoom
  • 2.4GHz RT Radio Master and Slave Modes
  • Canon Optic Wireless Master and Slave Modes
  • Recycle Time – Aprox 0.1 – 3 Sec
  • Flash Groups – Radio A/B/C/D/E, Optic A/B/C
  • Channels – Radio 1 – 15, Optic 1 – 4
  • Custom / Persona Functions
  • Sound Prompt
  • Heat Protection
  • LCD Back Light
  • AF Assist Light
  • Head Tilt 90 / -7 Degrees, Swivel 180 Degrees Left & Right
  • Tilt Swivel Lock Button
  • Large Dot Matrix LCD Screen
  • Bounce Card & Wide Angle Diffuser
  • Fast Clamping Foot
  • External HV Battery Port
  • PC Sync Port
  • 2.5mm Port
  • Weight – 430g
  • Dimensions – 142 x 125 x 78mm
  • Power – 4 x AA Batteries

 

JINBEI CALER 600EX-RT

 

Like the original Canon flash, the CALER 600EX-RT provides both Canon Optic Wireless Master and Slave modes, along with the RT radio Master and Slave modes.

 

JINBEI CALER 600EX-RT

 

Unlike most third party speedlites, Jinbei have included the gel color temperature sensors located under the flash head. (Which can automatically adjust the cameras white balance setting to match).

And a 600EX-RT style gel holder and CTO gel will be supplied with the CALER flash.

 

JINBEI CALER 600EX-RT

 

Also very rarely included in third party version of the Canon speedlites is an Auto Exposure sensor located on the front of the flash, and Ext.A flash metering mode.

(Sometimes preferred over the more advanced and complex ETTL II metering system).

 

JINBEI CALER 600EX-RT

 

And the CALER 600EX-RT also provide a multiple beam AF assist light, more like the original Canon flash than most current third party flashes using a single lazer style AF light. (Though still not quite as refined as the original Canon AF assist).

 

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

 

Jinbei are expecting the CALER 600EX-RT Speedlite to be available (update) early 2017.

Price is expected from around $169.

UPDATE – In the USA the flash is now available exclusively from Adorama as the ORLIT RT-600C.

 

Jinbei – Website

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45 Comments
  1. guy 1 year ago

    Am I able to use Canon CP-E4 battery pack on the Jenbei Caler 600ex-rt flash?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 year ago

      Hi Guy,

      Yes the flash has a Canon style external HV battery port, so the Canon CP-E4 should work fine.

  2. Qliq 1 year ago

    Doesn’t seem to work as a Master to other RT slaves.

  3. Qliq 1 year ago

    Tested with hd-601

  4. andy 1 year ago

    I suspect the street price will be less than $150. I don’t care much about gel sensor, but if it works similar original Canon 600EX-RT and the hot shot is not wiggling like Yongnuo 600EX-RT, then I’ll buy it.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 year ago

      Hi Andy,

      Yes the gel sensor, and even the auto exposure sensor are luxuries you can generally easily do without. I would prefer they concentrate more on refining the build quality (including things like the AF assist light), and performance of the flash etc.

      And having said that I would also prefer they were not trying to make the flash to sub $150 prices. If you want a $100 flash the YN600EX-RT is what you’re going to end up with, compromises one place or another.

  5. tjp 1 year ago

    I wonder if this will be compatible with the phottix/Odin system since the Yongnuo 600exrt is not compatible with Phottix Odin

  6. Bali 1 year ago

    There is many 600EX-RT clone, but which one manufacturing makes a 430EX III-RT level flash?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 year ago

      Hi Bali,

      It probably doesn’t make a lot of sense for third party manufacturers to make a cheaper 430EX III-RT style flash when most people will buy the 600EX-RT style unit then anyway. YongNuo did make the YN-500EX, and its a nice little flash, though I doubt they sell many compared to the full size units.

      I know there are some compact mirrorless style speedlites in development though. If that’s what you were thinking of then theres no doubt they will be coming eventually. I think the thing that’s been holding that back previously is just that third parties are mainly doing Canon and Nikon TTL at this stage. Though Sony TTL has already kicked things off with compact cameras, and the other TTL systems will come eventually as well. So it makes sense to start producing some compact mirrorless speedlites.

      • Bali 1 year ago

        Yes, but I am amateur photographer and often uses flash. The 600EX-RT is big size to my EOS 600D body, and the Canon 430EX III-RT in turn high priced. The YN500EX not in RT system, and not dial and fast mounting foot! A new Flash surely other photographers also wish to purchase, because this version also compatible with YN-E3-RT transmitter. Other company not offer this flash (only Canon), though many amateur photographers wait for a such lacking gear!

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 1 year ago

          Hi Bali,

          Not really. As I mentioned, the YN-500EX even when they were the current model did not sell very many compared to the larger flashes. People buy the larger flash becasue it provides more power, and full master interface etc, and the price is not much different.

          As mentioned I’ve heard about some mirrorless style flashes coming, which I imagine would be even more compact than the 430EXIII-RT. But not Canon RT compatible flashes.

          • Bali 1 year ago

            Thanks the informations! Regards.

  7. Eshan 1 year ago

    HI, i was wondering if this would be compatible with a yongnuo 600 ex rt, yn e3 rt and a canon 600d.

    Thanks

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 year ago

      Hi Eshan,

      Sorry I don’t have a sample of the flash yet so I can’t be sure.

      I don’t know the background of where this flash has evolved from at this stage either. Only YongNuo and Shanny have engineered RT speedlits, and YongNuo are the only ones to engineer the radio Master mode. They don’t usually sell any of their technology to other companies though.

      There appears to be a re-brand of this flash listed in some Polish dealers, which specifically state YN600EX-RT compatibility. That caught my eye, though I don’t know if you can really take much from that.

      At the end of the day they are 2 different companies, with gear that has user firmware updates, so compatibility can be changing thing.

  8. Darryl 1 year ago

    Any idea if this will control the jinbei 610 strobe?

    • Mathew 7 months ago

      Sorry buddy, i am afraid you have misread the picture. It’s a hot shoe speedlite not a flash trigger!!

  9. Qliq 1 year ago

    I could not get the Caler to control HD610 monolight. There are several radio settings on the 610 corresponding to different types of transmitters and radio standards. Maybe I just didn’t have the right combination.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 year ago

      Hi Qliq,

      Sorry I wasn’t too sure what you were saying with the previous comments. So you have the flash already? Is it an early sample, or did you manage to buy it somewhere already?

      Regarding the radio Master, Can you see a radio master mode at all, or are you just saying the mode is not working with the other RT gear? I checked with Jinbei before writing the post and the confirmed there is an RT radio master mode (compatible with Canon RT gear).

      That is REALLY interesting the flash has other radio modes. I expected Jinbei would do a separate version of this speedlite to work with the HD-610. That would be very interesting if you could change modes to work with the HD-610 or other radio systems as well. Do the other radio modes have any name or description? Thanks.

      • qliq 1 year ago

        The allure of a Canon radio remote system seems to be a masterful marketing stroke by Canon. The illusion of wireless control is so desirable that even the most savvy professionals are attracted by its limitations to deliver under a variety of equipments scenarios.
        In my humble opinion, the real wireless radio system is one that can integrate into a variety of gear, without the boundaries associated with Brand and Manufacturer. It looked like Pocket Wizard was the winner for a while, but now it seems that Godox has created a standard that is so trustworthy and inexpensive that everyone should adapt their standard. Imagine that! X1 really works and does not limit the photographer to a flash or device when properly configured. And with the solid reputation of Adorama offering Flashpoint speedlights, strobes, monolights and remotes under the same frequencies, the choice is clear. Why buy in to the limitations of the Canon radio when you can have one device with connections to multiple camera systems?
        The idea of parallel radio systems within one unit, like the Jinbei model, is enticing, but as long as it is so limiting, the idea is better applied in the Godox flash family. When camera manufacturers can adapt Godox as the standard and go beyond the proprietary marketing world, all photographer will benefit.
        This is only the beginning of the developments in the flash technology coming out of China if we encourage innovation instead of clone duplication.

      • qliq 1 year ago

        To answer your question indirectly.
        I do not see a successful flash here.
        It should both transmit and receive RT without excuses.
        And that ability should be universal to all of its RT enabled devices.
        Even with multiple radio modes, the system is too limiting a fails to meet the promise of Canon compliance for RT.
        So far, not happening with Jinbei. Maybe a firmware change will fix it all, but I’m still a Godox fan – even without RT.

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 1 year ago

          No offence, but why would you answer my question indirectly?

          • qliq 1 year ago

            no offence taken. i respect your opinion and influence in the industry.
            i can’t really comment on this product any further.

  10. Sterling 1 year ago

    Sort of on the fence about which direction to go in with wireless. I have YN-622s now that I use with 4 YN-685s and I LOVE how reliable the system is. Also have a YN-565. BUT I bought an AD-360 and it has been super reliable and the trigger is YN-622 HSS compatible. I actually have the 3 variants of the godox triggering system too. I was planning on likely getting the TTL version this christmas season. I had a YN-600ex RT and it failed on me so I kind of scuttled my plans to go RT through more purchases of those. If you do test the above flashes, please compare them to the speedlites mentioned above for recycle speed for say 10 full power(speedlite power level) flashes.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 year ago

      Hi Sterling,

      I think the main advantage of the RT system is for people who want to use a genuine RT speedlite on camera and as master when needed. And for people who have a number of Canon RT flashes and want to keep them, and expand the system with other compatible lights.

      The TTL AD360II and (AD600 etc) are brilliant. Again apart from the master flash on camera, (and somewhat fiddly transmitter), Godox have an awesome system with their range of TTL flashes. You can really simplify everything down to one transmitter to go with each camera (Canon, Nikon & Sony). No more radio gear needed.

      (Godox do have an AD200 coming, though I don’t know if that will really provide any great power advantage (and therefore recycle advantage) over a regular speedlight).

      The comment above in reply to Qliq regarding multiple radio systems in the Jinbei speedlite brings up a very interesting thought though, imagine if RT radio slave modes start being built into strobes as well as the other radio systems. So the Godox lights could auto sense an RT transmitter bring used, just as they do a Nikon or Sony now. That would be a awesome!

  11. Niels Gram 1 year ago

    I started out buying two Canon 600EX-RT’s and the ST-E3-RT when these were launched some years ago just to find out that there is a design flaw in the 600’s that rendered the radio system useless to me as it was unable to follow the 8 FPS of my camera at the time, a 7D. The YN-E3-RT has fixed the 600’s design flaw for me (and the new mk II seem to address this issue as well from the marketing material for these). And I’ve added a YN600EX-RT and a 580II on a YN-E3-RX to get closer to what I need. But I would still like to have a significantly more powerful flash than the 600EX-RT. Like the AD600 or the HD610. Godox doesn’t have a Canon RT compatible solution but Jinbei does. It would be brilliant if they came out with a HD610-like strobe compatible with the Canon RT system. I don’t think I’m the only one wanting something more powerful for the Canon RT system. Canon has them self put a video on youtube where they need to gang up a ridiculous number of 600’s do get sufficient light for what they do in the video. Getting all Profoto gear would be a lot cheaper !

    But if I were to start out buying lighting equipment today I think I would take a long look at the Godox gear. I tested the AD180 last year but unfortunately its light output rapidly decreases about one stop if you use it continuously at 10 FPS at a lower power level so I can’t use it. Maybe the AD360II or the AD600 does not suffer from this shortcoming.

  12. Paul 1 year ago

    Any idea when your going to get one of these to test? What’s the anticipated released date. Thanks.

    • emkorec 1 year ago

      Actually I do not understand this announcement. In Hungary it is selling for more than a month now: http://mikrosat.hu/rendszervakuk/caler600exrt.html

      • Author
        Flash Havoc 1 year ago

        Are they actually in stock though? Jinbei are saying they will be available later in the month.

        Paul – It may be unlikely that I get a sample from Jinbei now, as I’ve been debating with them for the last week or so regarding a transmitter for the RoveLights. So I’m not the most popular person at the moment.

        I’ll have to wait until they are on sale. Though from what others are saying is sounds like they still need refinement anyway.

  13. emkorec 1 year ago

    I have one here for testing. It is a piece of sh.t unfortunately. The one I have has contact-errors so many times there is no TTL connection between the camera and the flash so it flashes with wrong power and zooms at wrong level. The CTO gel system is the same as Canon’s but the flash sends wrong WB-info to the camera. There are two CTO gels, a full one stop and a 1/2 or maybe 1/4 CTO. With the the 1/2 CTO WB goes from 5500K to approx 4000K in the camera which is correct, but if you clip on the full CTO the white balance goes down to around 2600K in the camera and you’ll get an extremely blue picture.
    Anyway build quality is good, and hotshoe placement is more massive than Yongnuo’s (the latter tends to wobble in the camera’s hotshoe, Caler does not). Possibly I will receive another one for testing, maybe only this copy is wrong that I got recently.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 year ago

      Hi emkorec,

      Thanks for that.

      Can you see if it has an RT radio master mode available at all? Thanks.

      • emkorec 1 year ago

        Yes there is

        • emkorec 1 year ago

          both radio and optical master and slave

          • Author
            Flash Havoc 1 year ago

            Ok thanks. Well at least what Jinbei said is right, that they intend to have radio master mode with this flash. The next thing will be whether it functions.

  14. Author
    Flash Havoc 1 year ago

    I did find out (in a round about way) that the Caler 600EX-RT and the TR-611/612 transmitter have a radio mode which will allow the TR-611/612 to fire both the Jinbe HD-610 and Caler 600EX-RT together. (What remote functions etc available, if any, I’m not sure).

    So it doesn’t look like the Caler 600EX-RT itself will trigger the HD-610.

  15. qliq 1 year ago

    All this discussion is premature.
    Jinbei will do it right in the end, before it is released to the market.
    All the features will be there in a unique and powerful product line.
    Stay tuned.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 year ago

      Well that’s pretty funny. You completely wrote the flash off yourself a few days ago 🙂

      From speaking with Jinbei over the last few weeks (and previous experience over the last few years) I think they have a long way to go in their thinking and product compatibility etc to catch up to Godox etc.

      Maybe they will progress a lot faster over the next few years, though I suspect its going to be a rocky road along the way.

      • Qliq 1 year ago

        I only commented on the flash as I perceived it and encouraged the concept that manufacturer’s embrace the Godox radio system by incorporating into other hardware. A master stroke of a truly compatible Canon RT radio platform on a monolight and speedlite, for both transmitting and receiving, would widen the horizons for those firmly in the Canon World and still leave space for a Godox Gold Standard to those without the Canon investment.
        I did not mean to seem totally down on Jinbei. There is much yet to realize in the modern digital flash kingdom and many vistas to conquer. Room for everyone!

  16. jim 1 year ago

    I wonder will it work with the YN622c’s.

  17. Ryan 1 year ago

    Still not a Godox 😉 their system is so complete with the triggers and the batteries are superb! probably not the best TTL but i only shoot manually anyway

  18. Nick 1 year ago

    So it is interesting to see that more makers are dialing in on the radio functionality. Will be nice to see what kind of quality they can put out and to what price.
    A friend bought the Shanny flash with a transmitter that works pretty well. I seem to recall they where also coming out with a Master -version of the flash itself. But that was a long time ago now. Did they just stop developing?
    I have been thinking about getting a flash for myself lately and the Shanny seems pretty good for the cost. And also then I could borrow my friends flash if I needed 2 of them. Any thoughts on Shanny currently?

  19. Adam Chandler 1 year ago

    Any word on the latest availability on this?

  20. jim 6 months ago

    was this ever released?? No review here?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 6 months ago

      Hi Jim,

      I’m not sure how widely the actual Jinbei branded speedlites are available, though Adorama sell these as the Orlit RT-600C.

      The build and features are certainly much more refined than the YN-600EX-RT etc, though with the Canon 7D, 6D, and 5D IV, I do have to dial on +1.3 FEC to match a base TTL exposure of the Canon 600EX-RT.

      Also from that +1.3 base, 0.3 stop FEC adjustments are correct up to one stop either side, though going further jumps more than 0.3 stops it should.

      TTL consistency from shot to shot appears to be pretty good (I noticed in the process the Godox V860II-C are actually fairing much worse in consistency).

      So with some FEC adjustment the sample RT-600C I have appears quite functional.

      The AF assist light uses 3 LED’s like the Canon flash, though each light still projects as series or vertical lines, just at different sizes. I found it works much better than the single LED lazer style AF lights most third party speedlite use, as its a lot harder for a focus point to fall between the any lines.

      I think the main drawback at this stage though is flash has no USB port for firmware updates, so you can’t expect any refinements after you purchase the flash.

  21. jim 6 months ago

    Never heard about this, but its scary!

    http://strobist.blogspot.ie/2017/05/jinbei-studio-flash-units-recalled-for.html

    ESTI – Foto-Morgen GmbH recalls studio flashes Jinbei

    Berne, Switzerland, April 13th, 2017 – In cooperation with the Federal Inspectorate of High Current Installations (ESTI), Foto-Morgen GmbH recalls studio flashes of the Jinbei brand. There is an increased risk of electrocution, which can result in death. The devices in question must no longer be used and Foto-Morgen GmbH undertakes to repair them free of charge.

    Depending on the circumstances, the mains voltage applied to the ignition wire of the flash tube of the device is 230v. When the flash is switched on, there is a risk of electric shock which can cause death in the event of contact Of the priming wire with the hands or a conductive material.

    The following series of flashes are affected by the product recall, with all powers combined:

    ▪ Jinbei DPL Studio Flash
    ▪ Jinbei ECL and ECD studio flash
    ▪ Jinbei Pilot Studio Flash
    ▪ Jinbei D-250 Studio Flash
    ▪ Jinbei Spark Studio Flash
    ▪ Studio Flash Jinbei MSN
    ▪ Jinbei DP and DP II Studio Flash
    ▪ Studio flash w/integrated Jinbei DP III radio receiver

    The appliances concerned must no longer be used and must be disconnected. Customers who have purchased their product from Foto-Morgen GmbH are asked to send a purchase confirmation to the company electronically. They will then get a postage-paid label for the free return of the device, which will be repaired at no additional cost by Foto-Morgen GmbH and returned to customers within about 18 days. No refund of the purchase price is expected.

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