A new accessory for Canon's EOS system has just been announced — the Speedlite 600EX II-RT. It's powerful, it's easy to use, and it's packed with features for fast-frame shooting.
Designed to be "the perfect companion" for the flagship EOS-1D X Mark II, it fires up to 50 per cent more flashes continuously compared with its predecessor, and boasts a 100 per cent increase when used with the new CP-E4N. The "new and improved" heat measure technology prevents overheating and allows longer bursts of flashes.
A guide number of 60m at ISO 100 allows you to creatively light your subject over a wide range of distances and large areas, like capturing the whole congregation at a wedding. There's a wide lens coverage, too — from 20mm to 200mm, or to 14mm via the built-in adapter — so it's easier to control how light is spread across your subject.
Other standout features include a wireless slave function, letting you make the most of off-camera lighting. The radio control function allows you to build mood and atmosphere into a scene at up to 30m away by simulating multi-directional light. Up to 15 Speedlites can be used together off-camera for dramatic multi-flash photography — great when shooting interiors.
For portraiture specialists, the new and included bounce adapter SBA-E3 provides more freedom to bounce light from walls and ceilings for a softer, more natural result, whilst the rotating bounce flash eliminates unwanted shadows. The new clip-on hard coloured filters further helps when balancing flash with ambient light.
The Speedlite 600EX II-RT will be available July 2016, with prices to come.