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Canon flash 580EX, 580..ii, 600EX RT, 600..ii

 
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Dec 08, 2017 09:13 |  #1

Other than the radio trigger function are there any appreciable differences good or bad as they progress from the original 580 to the latest 600?




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Dec 08, 2017 09:42 |  #2

I currently use 3 550EX units and 2 580EXII units. All of my multi-unit flash work is indoors, so the Canon visible light triggering system works just fine for me. I tried YN-622 flash controllers and found them wanting wrt proper exposure in A:B, C setups, especially when mixing EX and EX II units. In the end, I don't need radio control. If I did, I believe I'd go to a set of Canon 430-RTs. Expensive, but I will assume rock-solid reliable.


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Dec 08, 2017 09:44 |  #3

Bassat wrote in post #18513362 (external link)
I currently use 3 550EX units and 2 580EXII units. All of my multi-unit flash work is indoors, so the Canon visible light triggering system works just fine for me. I tried YN-622 flash controllers and found them wanting wrt proper exposure in A:B, C setups, especially when mixing EX and EX II units. In the end, I don't need radio control. If I did, I believe I'd go to a set of Canon 430-RTs. Expensive, but I will assume rock-solid reliable.

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Ah, I forgot the main differences between EX and EX II. You can access the flash functions on-camera with the EX II units. The EX units are easier to set on-flash than the IIs.


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Dec 08, 2017 09:53 |  #4

Good info. THX.

Bassat wrote in post #18513367 (external link)
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Ah, I forgot the main differences between EX and EX II. You can access the flash functions on-camera with the EX II units. The EX units are easier to set on-flash than the IIs.




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Dec 08, 2017 10:07 |  #5

If you are considering a purchase, don't forget that Speedlights are also available as refurbished units. I have purchased two refurb units from Canon and like my two cameras (also refurbs) I could not tell them from new units. See https://shop.usa.canon​.com ...rbished-speedlite-flashes (external link) for what is available.




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Dec 08, 2017 10:12 |  #6

Good point. I've saved a ton of money buying Canon refurbs. One drawback: it is mostly current gear. To get older stuff, you have to go to E-Bay, Craigslist, POTN sale pages, and the like. I just picked up my 3 550EX units on E-bay for about $50 each. Good, inexpensive, reliable lighting.


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Dec 08, 2017 10:45 |  #7

430EX < 430EXII, 580EX < 580EXII
no protection against overheat (due to excessive use) < self protection against overheat

430 < 580 = 600
less power < more power = same power (at 105mm) but with longer max FL zoom

EX < RT
optical IR TTL flash control < optical /radio TTL flash control


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Dec 08, 2017 13:46 |  #8

For the moment while Canon has the $100 off offer, a new 600EX II-RT is only $13 more than a refurb unit. It's a good deal for anyone wanting a new unit.

John from PA wrote in post #18513382 (external link)
If you are considering a purchase, don't forget that Speedlights are also available as refurbished units. I have purchased two refurb units from Canon and like my two cameras (also refurbs) I could not tell them from new units. See https://shop.usa.canon​.com ...rbished-speedlite-flashes (external link) for what is available.




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