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