YONGNUO – YN600EX-RT – Images & Details Released

YongNuo have now released images and details of their coming flagship YN600EX-RT flash unit, last estimated to be available around October 2014.

Like the already available YN-E3-RT transmitter unit, the YN600EX-RT flash will be directly compatible with the RT radio system built into Canon’s own 600EX-RT flash, and ST-E3-RT transmitter units.

 

YN-600EX-RT

 

Features –

 

  • Guide Number 60m (ISO-100, 200mm)
  • Canon RT Wireless Support (Master and Slave Modes)
  • Electronic zoom head 20–200mm
  • E-TTL and Manual Power Control
  • HSS (High Speed Sync) to 1/8000 Second
  • Canon and Nikon Optic Wireless Slave Modes
  • S1 and S2 Optical Slave Modes
  • PC Sync Port
  • External High Voltage Battery Port
  • USB firmware updates

 

Like the YongNuo YN-E3-RT, the YN600EX-RT flash unit appears to provide most of the major functions of the original Canon flash.

And as with the YN-E3-RT, its also likely there may be extra functions added over time which go beyond what is available in the Canon units. Already Optic Wireless Slave modes for both Canon and Nikon flash systems are supported in the YN600EX-RT flash.

The YN600EX-RT will also be YongNuo’s first flash unit available with both HSS (High Speed Sync) functions and an External HV Battery Port in the same flash.

 

YN600EX-RT

 

The YN600EX-RT flashes are not directly compatible with the radio system built in to the popular YN-622C TTL triggers. Though they will still function with the YN-622C system provided a YN-622C receiver is also attached to each YN600EX-RT flash foot.

 

New Chinese flash manufacturer Shanny, have also recently promised a Canon 600EX-RT compatible flash to be released around the end of August. So although the YongNuo flash was last stated as possibly due around October, there may now be a bit of a race on to at least show these flashes are really on their way soon.

 

Price and Availability –

 

The Yongnuo YN600EX-RT are expected to be available around September to October (2014).

Price is generally around half that of the Canon units, so quite possibly even under $250.

 

YongNuo – Website

YongNuo – YN-E3-RT

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14 Comments
  1. Amir 5 years ago

    About time. Will check out this when it finally comes out. Would be a good backup unit for Canon 600EX-RTs.

    • Dilbert 5 years ago

      Yup, same here! … I wonder how expensive it will be? I don’t think I’d want to spend more than 250 $ on a non Canon unit… my 600EX-RTs cost me 410 CAD $ each…

      • Author
        Flash Havoc 5 years ago

        I would think they will be under $250.

        They still appear to have the very basic AF assist light for example, and the Auto metering sensor is not there.

        Upgrading things like those may have raised the price, but these looks pretty standard as far as physical features go.

  2. Thiebauld 5 years ago

    Well I already have few 600EX-RTs…
    As Amir a backup solution (or for multiple lights setups).

  3. Alexander Loff 5 years ago

    I do not believe that the SHANNY will be the first . But the information about the SHANNY plans, probably, pushed YongNuo make their own announcement 🙂

    And we now have at least some some information 🙂

  4. Silverwind 5 years ago

    Do they need testers? I would gladly be one! 🙂

  5. Sam 5 years ago

    Is there a possibility that this and the Shanny equivalent are being done as a collaborative product or they are an example of “re-badging” or something?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi Sam,

      No YongNuo do not OEM for anyone else.

      I also think as Alexander mentioned above, Shanny would have a monumental task to really release a fully compatible RT flash by the end of the month (or even first).

      Though as others have mentioned this likely this will push YongNuo along to at least be more vocal about their own coming product.

      • Author
        Flash Havoc 5 years ago

        Update – The challenge is on!

        Shanny are saying they WILL be first with a 600EX-RT flash available.

        (We will see).

  6. Max 5 years ago

    I’m curious how it compares to neewer/godox 860…..

    Thanks,

    Max

  7. Ashley 5 years ago

    Is Yongnuo 600ex-RT still a good flash system to buy? I am looking for a flash system that is directly compatible and used along with Canon RT systems. I waited for Shanny, but haven’t heard or seen anything from them yet… Would be good to hear your thoughts

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi Ashley,

      I’m trying to post a short review on the Shanny SN600C-RT (RT slave flash, no master) later today. They work very well as a slave flash in the RT system.

      There have been numerous issues reported with the YN600EX-RT, though I would still think the vast majority of people are happy with theirs. Its been a strange situation with the YN600EX-RT, as there is not really any ongoing common issue I could point out at this stage.

      (Actually one functional issue, the remote manual with YN-E3-RT transmitter mounted on single firing pin cameras does not currently work with the YN600EX-RT, only with the Canon 600EX-RT).

      I personally like the build and feel of the Shanny flashes better, though the YN600EX-RT offers a master function for around the same price now as the SN600C-RT (RT slave only) flash.

      Its likely the rest of the system for each brand that may determine people choice though, as we really can’t expect compatibility between the YongNuo and Shanny RT systems anymore.

      YongNuo have the advantage of the YNE3-RX receiver available, which can add other studio lights etc into the mix, though that is one thing both systems could share, provided an original Canon unit is used as the transmitter.

      The YongNuo YN-E3-RT transmitter has the advantage of being able to be used on any cameras with a single firing pin, in remote manual use, so that is a big advantage to people using mirrorless systems as well as Canon (though currently only works with the Canon 600EX-RT flash). The Shanny flash is not really compatible at all though.

      Another advantage of the YN-E3-RT is the group mode for pre-2012 cameras. So that can be another serious consideration for people using older camera models as well. Unless YongNuo have made improvements though, the disadvantage to the YN-E3-RT is range.

      The Shanny SN-E3-RT transmitter, works very well with range and reliability, though it basically currently sucks to make adjustments on (with a loose foot, and poor main dial).

      So using these flashes as slaves to the original Canon 600EX-RT and ST-E3-RT is really the main nice option at the moment, though in any case its likely worth considering the full system available.

      I would prefer to go towards the build quality of the Shanny flash, though YongNuo do currently have a number of functional advantages in their system (and the YN600EX-RT can be a back up on-camera master flash).

      Shanny are still working on their SN600EX-RT, though I don’t think they have any intention of matching YongNuo’s pricing.

  8. Ashley 5 years ago

    Thanks for your valuable input, much appreciated!

  9. Tom 4 years ago

    Hi there,

    i was wondering if you had some information about the pairing of YN600EX-RT with YN-622C triggers, i noticed you mentioned they work on different radio frequency so triggers must be installed both on camera and speedlite but i’d like to know if hss is then avaible because so far i’ve seen the hss working only with 622s and YN568-EX II.

    Thanks

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