SHANNY – SN600S Speedlite Now Available – More Models Coming Soon

Shanny are another new flash and radio trigger manufacturer based in Shenzen China, and their first flash model the Shanny SN600S Speedlite are now available from sale from around $99.

The SN600S Speedlites very much resemble the Canon 600EX-RT, though they do not actually have all the same functions as the 600EX-RT enabled at this stage.

Though Shanny have a number of new flash models coming in the very near future, and these will eventually lead up to a flash model very similar to (and compatible with) the Canon 600EX-RT, with built-in radio modules.

 

Shanny SN600S

SN600S Speedlite

 

The currently available Shanny SN600S Speedlite are a slightly unusual model. Being a single firing pin flash, they can only operate as a basic manual flash when used directly on a camera hotshoe –

 

Shanny SN600S

The SN600S are designed primarily as an off-camera slave flash option though, and they are compatible with both the Canon and Nikon Optic Wireless Systems (in the one flash unit).

Used as a slave to these Optic Wireless Systems the SN600S then provide full TTL, Remote Manual Power Control, HSS (High Speed Sync) to 1/8000s, and all the functions available with the Canon / Nikon Optic Wireless Systems.

This is very similar in function to YongNuo’s YN-560EX, which are likely YongNuo’s least know about flash model. Though the SN600S also have the advantage of an External Battery Port which the YN-560EX do not have.

 

Shanny SN600S

 

Features –

  • Flash index: GN60 (ISO100, 200 mm)
  • HSS (High Speed Sync): Supports 1/8000s
  • Canon & Nikon Optic Wireless Slave – ETTL / I- TTL, Manual, Multi.
  • Supports Multiple Flash Groups (A, B, C)
  • Supports Optional External Shanny Radio Slave for Canon.
  • SN1, SN2 Optic Slave Modes
  • Flash Zoom: 20-200mm (& 14mm Wide Angle diffuser)
  • FEC (Flash Exposure Compensation) +/- 3 stops, 1/3rd Stop Increments.
  • FEB, FEL.
  • Second Curtain Sync (with Nikon)
  • Modelling Flash
  • Manual Flash: 1/128-1/128 Power (1/3rd Stop Increments, 22 Levels)
  • Multi Flash Mode: 1-199 HZ
  • Optic Wireless Flash Distance: indoor 20 ~ 30 meters, outdoor 10 ~ 15m
  • Optic Wireless Channels CH1 ~ CH4
  • Recycle Time Less than 3 Seconds, Rapid Recycle Less Than 2 Seconds
  • PC Sync Port, External Power Supply Port, USB Port
  • Sound Prompt Function
  • Overheat Protection
  • Power Saving Function
  • Large Dot Matrix LCD Screen
  • C.Fn Custom Functions
  • Size: About 79.7 (width) x 142.9 (high) x 125.4 mm (deep)
  • Weight: 410 g (not including battery)

 

Optional Radio Receivers –

Where the Shanny flash system starts to get interesting though (and also confusing at this stage), is with the coming flash range, and optional external 2.4GHz radio trigger system.

The current SN600S flash, and a number of the coming flash models, will support the coming clip on compact radio receivers shown below.

 

Shanny SN600S

 

These coming radio receivers simply clip into a basic 2.5mm miniphone port on the side of the flashes.

And although this is a basic connection, the receivers (as far as we understand) will still support full ETTL, HSS, and all the functions usually found in the Canon Optic Wireless System (not the Nikon system this time though).

 

Shanny SN600S

 

So this very much appears to be similar to the Radiopopper Px triggers, which simply transfer the Canon Optic Wireless system into a radio transmission, and then back to optic again at the flash.

The difference is the Shanny triggers appear to bypass the less reliable optic signals altogether, and use an electrical connection at the flash end for that instead.

So this initial version of the Shanny radio system will very likely only support the functions currently available in the Canon Optic Wireless system. Which may mean limitations like TTL and Remote Manual groups not being able to be mixed.

Its really not clear at this stage though what options Shanny are actually proposing for the transmitter units to this system.

 

 

SN600SC Speedlite

 

The SN600SC will be Shanny’s second flash model, and will be released mid August 2014.

UPDATE – Shanny are now saying all the Flash models listed below will be release at the end of August 2014! I’m really not sure how firm that date will really be though.

The SN600SC will be similar in form to the current SN600S, though the SC600SC will be a Canon only dedicated on-camera TTL and HSS enabled flash, with both Optic Wireless Master and Slave functions.

(the SN600SC and the other flash models listed below do have full ETTL contacts on the flash foot).

Like the SN600S, the SN600C will also accept Shanny’s coming optional clip on 2,4GHz radio receiver, for off camera radio slave use.

Shanny SN600SC

 

 

SN600EX Speedlite

 

The SN600EX will be Shanny’s third flash model, expected – UPDATE – at the end of August 2014.

The SN600EX will be another Canon dedicated full on-camera TTL flash. Again with Canon Optic Wireless Master and Slave modes.

And (as far as we understand at this stage) the SN600EX will also have built-in 2.4GHz radio modules, compatible with Shanny’s Canon radio system mentioned above. Its not clear yet if this will be transmitter and / or receiver built-in.

As pictured above the SN600EX will likely function with the Shanny external radio receiver as well.

The SN600EX’s radio system is still not compatible with Canon’s own 600EX-RT / ST-E3-RT radio system though, as the Canon RT radio system is a different system altogether.

 

Shanny SN600EX

 

 

SN600EX-RT Speedlite

 

And finally Shanny do also intend to produce a flash very similar to, and directly compatible with, the Canon 600EX-RT. Appropriately named the Shanny SN600EX-RT.

The SN600EX-RT flash is now also expected at the end of August 2014.

Shanny also have plans for an ST-E3-RT like transmitter unit.

 

Again the Canon RT radio system is completely separate from the Canon Optic Wireless system, which Shanny’s first radio system appears to be based on.

This is a little like the situation with YongNuo’s YN-622C and coming YN-600EX-RT radio systems not be directly compatible either.

 

 

Shanny appear to be another fairly serious contender, at least at the inexpensive end of the radio flash game. And they may also push YongNuo along with the development of their coming YN-600EX-RT. Cloning the current Canon flash design is again unfortunate, though this is clearly a trend that is not going to go away now.

Communication with Shanny in English is difficult at this stage though. And they often contradict their own statements regarding the flash features, mixing up important terms for transmitter and receivers etc. So the only way to really understand, or be sure of the features and functions, will be by trying the gear once they are available.

The first Shanny radio triggers are not due until around the time of the SN600EX release, at the end of August 2014. So it may not be until those are actually available that we really have a clear picture of the initial Shanny radio system.

As of right now then the SN600S are only capable of operating with the Canon and Nikon Optic Wireless Systems. (Or as a fully manual flashes on-camera).

 

Shanny SN600S

 

Price and Availability –

 

The Shanny SN600S optic wireless slave flash (for both Canon and Nikon in one unit) are now available from around $99 –

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The remaining Shanny flash models and radio triggers are due for release at the end of August 2014. –

SN600SC – Canon dedicated on-camera TTL flash.

SN600EX – Canon dedicated on-camera TTL flash with built in radio modules.

SN600EX-RT – Canon RT compatible flash and ST-E3-RT style transmitter.

 

Shanny – Website

 

39 Comments
  1. Ranalli 3 years ago

    No TTL on-camera but full TTL/HSS off-camera using the optical IR? Interesting.

    Just curious, how you find out about these new companies? Did they contact you? What’s even more interesting is that if someone spoke Chinese I’m sure there’s a TON of companies(not necessarily flash manufacturers) that need help building confidence in a US market for their product via clear English stats and communication…your site is essentially giving them that service for free.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Ranalli,

      No Shanny did not contact me. Unfortunately its rare that the Chinese companies having products like this which you and I would be interested in contact people outside of China. In fact its rare that many even respond to enquires other than sales orders at all. I’ve still never received a reply from Jinbei for example.

      Its generally companies who have a hundred different LED light models, or mains powered studio strobes etc, which are virtually the same as all the others already on offer, who constantly pester everyone for promotion or sales.

      Readers often email when they spot these different flashes or flash gear on the net somewhere, more often than not just asking for information about them.

      Shanny have been available for a few months now, and have been doing a reasonable amount of promotion in China, so they are reasonably well know of already.

    • Shanny 3 years ago

      Hello Ranalli,

      You can contact me amanda@szshanny,com

  2. Brian Hursey 3 years ago

    I still don’t get how the flash gets the TTL signal from the camera to pass to the slaves if it is just single pin.. You can not send an optical signal from the camera unless you have a popup flash which won’t go up with flash on hot shoe or IR flash on camera.. And TTL communication won’t come though the ports on the camera.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Brian,

      The SN600S are mainly a slave flash (to the Canon and Nikon Optic Wireless Systems). You need a different master unit on the camera, or the pop up flash as master unit.

      So the SN600S will only act as a basic manual flash if used on the camera hotshoe. They can’t act as a master unit.

      The SN600SC, SN600EX and SN600EX-RT however will be master and slave flash unit for on-camera and off-camera use, and therefore have full TTL contacts on the flash foot.

  3. Dave R 3 years ago

    This is strictly a marketing comment! If they can pull off a fully functional 600EX-RT clone by the end of August more power to them. But am I the only one that finds the name Shanny to be something that doesn’t exactly have a professional ring to it? To me Shanny sounds more like a nick name for a person or even worse, a pet’s name. As I said, I will get over this quickly if they put out a high quality product with a good feature set at a good price, but a little market research on naming for the export market would have cost them very little. Who knows though. Maybe Shanny translates to something entirely different in Chinese. I guess it all depends on who they see as their primary customer base.

    • Dave Rader 3 years ago

      Update: I looked up the word Shanny. Merriam-Webster dictionary lists it as either an adjective meaning silly or giddy, or as a noun where it is the name of a small green fish with brown spots.

      • Author
        Flash Havoc 3 years ago

        I’m sure a few people will be giddy if they do have an EX-RT compatible flash available at the end of the month 🙂

  4. Kwan 3 years ago

    Any plan Shanny making a HSS Nikon version?

    • Alexander Loff 3 years ago

      SN600S supports “Auto FP / HSS” function for Nikon in optical wireless Slave mode

  5. Sam 3 years ago

    Email Amanda – she posted one of the comments above. She works for Shanny.
    She emailed me a product matrix. She is prompt – perhaps English isn’t her first language, but she’s trying. I’m planning to buy a wack of their flash gear to try out as the pricing seems affordable.

  6. Johnathan Boyce 3 years ago

    I looked at their website and immediately saw two words 闪尼, which is pronounced Shan ní (Shan Nee). Shan can mean flash, lightning or sparkle etc. But not sure how 尼 fits in to the name as it translates to Buddist nun… Could be a coincidence 🙂

    As much as I don’t like the name and agree it sounds like a nick name in the western world, I am still excited about these units.

  7. Dave Rader 3 years ago

    Just noticed today that Yongnuo has finally released their long awaited YN600EX-RT. Could be coincidental but you have to wonder if this competitor anouncement did anything to accelerate the release. Hopefully it doesn’t mean they brought it to market before all the bugs were worked out just to beat this late August date announced for the Shanny unit.

    • Amanda 3 years ago

      I am Amanda work for Shanny,Pls noted,we are manufaturer,We have professional R&D team.
      We have SN600S SN600SC already mass production,
      SN600EX,SN600EX-RT will be released at the end of Aug.
      All parameters ,because our engineer don’t know much about English,So I need to correct them.And for Shanny,This means flash in Chinese.
      We can provide sample now.Our offical website are updating .Pls wait for 10 days.
      Email me about details amanda@szshanny.com

  8. Blaus 3 years ago

    The SHANNY website not working to me! When comes the Shanny “ST-E3-RT” transmitter?

    Greetings!

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Blaus,

      The Chinese and English site appear to be working ok for me. You may have to give them a bit of time to load properly.

      The Shanny E3-RT unit and EX-RT flash should be available pretty soon. They were expecting early this month.

      I have the SN600S and SN600SC flashes here now, and they work very well !

      • Blaus 3 years ago

        Thanks the informations! Yes, is long the load time!
        The difference among SN600SC and SN600EX only the built in radio modules? Other not?

        Friendly Greetings!

  9. Manny 3 years ago

    Looking forward to some reviews! I’m waiting on the SN600ex-rt, got to wonder when they will come out. Would be great addition to current setup. They are also due sometime soon.

    Do these(600SC) allow remote power control by the 622c?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Yes the SN600SC work very well, and appear to have full compatibility with the YN-622C.

      The interesting thing is that they will work with Shanny’s coming version of the E3-RT transmitter as well, using clip on receivers.

      • Manny 3 years ago

        Wow, that’s definitely great news Elvis! Now I wonder it’s useful to have these with 622s and one on the camera with my canon flash in the pass through shoe or wait for the ex-rt version to come out. Amazing choices we have these days!

  10. Blaus 3 years ago

    The difference among SN600SC and SN600EX only the built in radio modules? Other not?

    Friendly Greetings!

  11. Mangal 3 years ago

    Any one heard any news on the EX-RT release? Wrote to Amanda but didn’t get a reply.

  12. Blaus 3 years ago

    I also didn’t get a reply! Who this is “Amanda”?

    • Blaus 3 years ago

      Sorry the preceding remark!!! Amanda given reply! Thank you!

  13. Blaus 3 years ago

    The SN600EX – Canon dedicated on-camera TTL flash ain’t with built in radio modules, need the RT-modul! Only the SN600EX-RT is built in radio modules.

    • Mangal 3 years ago

      That’s the one I’m wondering about… The EX-RT.

  14. the flasher 3 years ago

    “The remaining Shanny flash models and radio triggers are due for release at the end of August 2014. –

    SN600SC – Canon dedicated on-camera TTL flash.

    SN600EX – Canon dedicated on-camera TTL flash with built in radio modules.

    SN600EX-RT – Canon RT compatible flash and ST-E3-RT style transmitter.”

    August came and went……..Any news……..?????

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi flasher,

      The SN600SC are available now, I’m just working in the review now (its a very good flash for around $100).

      The RT transmitter was virtually ready before the Chinese holiday break, so I would expect those very soon (They look very impressive though with full color TFT screens). As are the clip on receivers for the SN600SC and SN600S flashes (making them RT compatible slave flashes).

      The SN600EX-RT is likely still in development, though there is no doubt the would be in a hurry to beat or match YongNuo’s release.

      Also released are 2 even more economical models, the SN600C and SN600N. These are on camera TTL / HSS models, limited to manual optic slave mode only. The will be very inexpensive (from around $70) on camera flashes (for Canon or Nikon respectively) and reports are the Canon version at least works well with the YN-622C.

  15. Jadzia 2 years ago

    Hi, Would the SN600S work with the Yongnuo YN622 transceivers? Like would you still have full TTL and HSS?
    I’m a nikon user so the later versions aren’t really an option.
    Thanks in advance!

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Jadzia,

      No, as mentioned you would need the Shanny SN600N. That is the only Shanny flash for Nikon and compatible with the YN-622N available for now.

      The SN600S only has a singe pin in the foot, so it can only act as a simple manual flash with mounted on any radio trigger.

  16. Kai 2 years ago

    I just finished with a video of this product and it is pretty impressive and yes the lady at Shanny will contact you.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIoDA-H6YdA
    Feel free to ask me to make a video response with this speedlite as I enjoy others learning and I used this speedlite with 4 of my Canon 600Ex Rt speedlites as slave units and this Shanny had no problem optically controlling those 4 speedlites by Canon and also I used a shoot through transmitter to control a studio light at the same time.
    This Shanny SN600SC worked without a hitch in manual (3 groups – ABC) and in ratio mode (ETTL) it controlled all 4 speedlites by Canon with no problem handling the ETTL part of it’s job.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Kai,

      Nice work, thanks for that. You may want to add this to the SN600SC review comments as well.

  17. Scott 2 years ago

    It appears there is still no SN600EX RT coming. Or it is a well kept secret. Perhaps Shanny cannot figure out to produce a properly working clone of the Canon 600EX RT.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Scott,

      The SN600EX-RT has been put off till early next year now. Your right though, the engineer is much more proficient with the RF systems so they have concentrated on those for now.

      I’m sure they very much originally believed they were going to beat YongNuo to release this flash, though they have clearly run into some difficult obstacles in completing the system.

  18. Iqbal 2 years ago

    please tell me , will shanny 600s will work as ttl on canon 70d body??
    in the comments i can’t get the answer of my question

  19. Garth 1 year ago

    Good night all,
    I have bought my Shanny 600 for about 3-4 months now. I used it on my canon 70d for about month or less. ( I used pictures only for fun). Within the first month the flash started to malfunction. I nolanger can adjust the intensity of the flash full 1/1. Now I am using Nikon gears. Can someone please provide some aid? I tried factory resetting the flash but maybe I am doing some thing wrong. Please help….?

  20. Angga 8 months ago

    Dear Shanny team, i have a shanny sn910exrf and the trigger sn910tx. if i’m using a SN600s can connected on the trigger sn910tx in mode slave 1 or grup?
    thanks for the answer. regard

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