ORLIT RT-600C – TTL Speedlite Released

ORLIT RT-600C

 

Adorama have announced the ORLIT RT-600C TTL Speedlite, providing both radio Master and Slave modes directly compatible with the Canon RT radio system.

Released alongside the ORLIT RT 610 TTL Cordless Strobe, the RT-600C Speedlite are Adorama’s version of the recently announced Jinbei 600EX-RT Speedlite. And both lights in the USA are available exclusively from Adorama.

At the time of release the ORLIT RT-600C are only the second, third-party speedlight currently available to provide both radio Master and Slave modes compatible with Canon’s 2.4GHz RT radio system.

The RT-600C have stepped up though with more attention to detail, and now featuring most of the more advanced features provided with the original version Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite, including –

  • Gel holder and color temperature sensor
  • Auto exposure sensor, and Ext.A  / Ext.M modes
  • 3 LED AF assist light
  • Flash head tilt & swivel lock button
  • Tight foot with advanced lever lock
  • Full 600EX-RT Custom Functions and Personal Functions
  • UPDATE – USB Port for firmware updates now added

ORLIT RT-600C

 

The Orlit RT-600C provide similar power to the original Canon 600EX-RT, with a guide number stated as 55m (ISO100 / 200mm).

As well as providing 20-200mm zoom, ETTL, HSS to 1/8000s, and Second Curtain Sync etc.

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

A dot matrix LCD screen and interface are all very similar to the original 600EX-RT.

 

ORLIT RT-600C

 

ORLIT RT-600C FEATURES

 

  • Guide Number – 55 Metres (ISO 100 and 200mm Zoom)
  • 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 / Personal Functions
  • Linked Shot
  • Sound Prompt
  • Heat Protection
  • LCD Back Light
  • AF Assist Light
  • Auto Exposure Sensor
  • 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
  • USB Port For Firmware Updates
  • PC Sync Port
  • 2.5mm Port
  • Weight – 430g
  • Dimensions – 142 x 125 x 78mm
  • Power – 4 x AA Batteries

 

ORLIT RT-600C

 

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

 

ORLIT RT-600C

 

Unlike most third party speedlites, Orlit 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 are be supplied with the flash.

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 / Ext.M flash metering mode.

 

ORLIT RT-600C

The Orlit RT-600C provide a Canon style external HV battery port, and PC sync port.

UPDATE – And now also a USB port for firmware updates (located inside the battery compartment).

 

ORLIT RT-600C

 

The Orlit RT-600C also provide a multiple beam AF assist light. With different combinations of the 3 LED lights engaged depending on the AF points selected in the camera.

This is still not quite the same as Canon’s AF assist lights though, as all 3 lights in the RT-600C project vertical line patterns, just at different sizes. Still much better than most single LED systems though.

 

ORLIT RT-600C

 

ORLIT RT-600C FEATURES

 

Flash Exposure Control
RT ETTL II (Master or Slave, with Groups), Ext.A, Ext.M, Manual Flash
RT Radio Range
>330ft / 100m
RT Radio Channels
15
Exposure Compensation Range
3 stops in 1/3 of a stop increment
Power Source
AA Alkaline battery, External HV Power Pack
Bounce Function
0 to 360 horizontally (180 in any direction) and -7 to 90 vertically
Lens Coverage
20-200 mm with automatic or manual zoom control and a pull out 14mm wide angle diffuser
Recycle Time
< 3 seconds
Guide Number
182 Ft, 55 Meters @ISO 100< 200mm zoom
Triggering Modes
Hot Shoe, Canon RT/ETTL II remote, Orlit TR611C, Sync Port, Optical Slave
Power Control
1/128th power to full power in 1/3 stop increments
Weight
17 oz / 430 g
Dimensions
6 x 5 x 3 in / 142 x 125 x 78mm

 

 

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

 

The ORLIT RT-600C Speedlites are available for pre-order now from Adorama for $169.95.

 

ORLIT  – Website 

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13 Comments
  1. Dax 10 months ago

    Give them Li-Ion and I’m on board. Until then Cheetah flashes rock.

  2. Don 10 months ago

    Third party and no firmware update compatability is a joke… new cameras can’t work with it ugh

  3. jim 10 months ago

    will wait for reviews

  4. Omar 9 months ago

    Wanting to clarify, Adorama states this model does have a USB port? Which is correct?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 9 months ago

      Hi Omar,

      I think that must be a mistake, because I can not see a USB port anywhere in the flash.

  5. Jeff S 8 months ago

    No USB, however, it seems to be nicely built, performance is good, has a signal checker, and works with other Canon and Jinbei RT devices like the Orlit 610. Picked up one last week and two on sale (24% off at Adorama this weekend).

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 8 months ago

      Hi Jeff,

      Thanks for that. Did you try the flash mounted on the camera? If so how did you find the base level TTL exposure? And also how are the FEC adjustments if you go over + or – 1.0 FEC?

  6. Scott B. 1 month ago

    Adorama, has a sale on the Orlit Rt-600C right now for $89.95 + shipping. and according to the pictures on Adorama’s website, it does show that there is a USB port for updates…

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 month ago

      Thanks Scott!

      It does indeed look as though a USB port has now been added.

      And Jinbei appear to have a placeholder for the firmware update on their website as well.

      With the early version I have, you need to wind on over a stop of FEC to get a similar TTL base exposure as the Canon Speedlite. And also FEC adjustments are not in equal graduations. That may have been refined by now, though in any case the flash itself is built well, so that’s a very good price now that they can be refined with firmware later if needed.

  7. Damien McLean 1 month ago

    So I just purchased the two of these flash units and had some issues while shooting with them paired up with the 610. One unit overheated on me, but this may have been due to overshooting with HSS. The other unit had issues staying connected, and re-pairing with the transmitter. I’m going to be getting in touch with their tech staff in hopes that a firmware update is on the way to help with these issues, which both can be critical when shooting a paid gig. Luckily I had my pocket wizards to help stay connected and push through the shoot, but even then ran into a few issues on that side as well. (Note I haven’t had time to update the RT-610, and TR-611’s firmware yet so this may help with some of the issues displayed)

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 month ago

      Hi Damien,

      Thanks for the feedback. I’m not sure that the TR-611C are very good in general though. The later TR-Q6 transmitters appear to be considerably better, with the RT-610/601 strobes at least.

      The other issue has been the Canon 5D mark IV camera (I don’t know if you may be using that) which Jinbei have apparently acknowledged has some weak radio connection issues with their RT gear. They are recommending their own RT transmitter as the best solution, though I still find the original Canon ST-E3-RT is working the best even with the 5D mark IV.

      • Damien McLean 1 month ago

        I’m shooting with the 6D MK1 which in the past seems to have some issues with wireless units like the Pocket Wizard mini tt1 so maybe some of the issues may be stemming from that? I’ve also ran into some issues on my last shoot where the RT-610 was firing a few seconds after the shot was taken, not sure what that was all about. I wasn’t shooting with a longer exposure or second curtain.

        I almost picked up the TR-Q6 with the purchase of the RT-600’s, but didn’t because I like the option of having a hot shoe mount to incorporate my other flashes if needed. You’re right about the TR-611C though. Straight out of the box it seemed very buggy.

        • Damien McLean 1 month ago

          ***Quick note (not sure if this is in the manual) but if you are to use the hot shoe mount on the TR-611C group A must be turned on in order to trigger it. This would have been helpful to know the other night as well when I was trying to expose for the back light and couldn’t figure out why it wouldn’t flash at certain times, lol.

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