Power to your next steP you can
Power
to your
next step
Be creative
with flash
Speedlite
flash range
you can
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Tv (Shutter Speed): 1/200 sec
Av (Aperture Value): f/10.0
ISO Speed: 100
Lens: EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Focal length: 43.0 mm
Flash: Speedlite 600EX-RT
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The oyster farmer was shot in daylight against a clear sky.
Flash was used with a softbox and a reflector to enhance
the daylight and give a boost to the shadow areas.
See inset showing how it was achieved.
Taking control
of light
Flash photography is more than simply adding light to
a dark situation. Adding Canon Speedlite flashes to your
system opens up new ways of working – making light
work for you.
A Speedlite can be used in either the camera’s
hotshoe or wirelessly off-camera, lighting your
subject from any angle you choose. Built-in
radio-frequency and optical triggering offer remote
control over slave flashes both indoors and outdoors.
E-TTL II exposure metering ensures accurate
exposures every time, even when mixing ambient
and flash together in the same photograph.
It’s never been so easy for photographers to
take this much control over lighting, and enjoy
the power of light.
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Flash photography
techniques
E-TTL metering
Bounce flash
As the shutter release is depressed the
Speedlite emits a pre-flash of light which is
metered through the lens of the camera.
An ambient light reading is also made and
distance information from the camera’s
autofocus system added to the equation in
order to produce the most accurate exposure
possible. Precisely the right amount of light
for the conditions is emitted by the flashgun –
and all in the blink of an eye.
Furthermore, red eye, caused by the direct
reflection of light from the retinas at the back
of a subject’s eyes, is virtually eliminated.
The moment you mount a Speedlite in the
hotshoe of an EOS camera, Canon’s E-TTL
II flash metering takes control. Accurate
exposures are made automatically and
consistently, even in the most difficult of
lighting situations.
Speedlite 600EX-RT
Rotate up
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Bouncing flash off a surface such as a wall or
ceiling softens harsh shadows, resulting in
a more flattering light than can be obtained
with direct flash. The apparent size of the light
source is made larger – and the larger the light
source, the softer the quality of the light.
Speedlites make bounce flash photography
easy. A bounce and swivel head enables flash
to be directed at any surface and E-TTL II flash
metering still operates as it does for direct
flash, calculating accurate exposures. A small
catchlight panel, available on some Speedlites,
can be used to reflect a tiny amount of light
directly towards a subject – just enough to put
that all-important catchlight in the eyes, giving
portraits more depth.
Speedlite 600EX-RT
Rotate left
Flash and daylight
Flash photography doesn’t just happen when
the sun goes down. Using Speedlites in the
daylight hours is a great way of reducing
unwanted shadows and enhancing detail,
for a dramatic result.
When using flash as the main light source,
the brightness of the ambient light in the
background can be decreased using the
camera’s exposure compensation controls.
In manual, Av, or Tv exposure modes,
your EOS will meter for daylight as well as
making an E-TTL II flash exposure.
Speedlite 600EX-RT
Rotate right
Fill-in flash
Instead of a primary light source, flash is often
used to supplement ambient light. One of
the most common uses of this approach is
brightening the harsh shadows created by
intense sunshine. Known as ‘fill-in flash’,
this technique is completely automated
by Canon’s E-TTL II flash metering. Flash
exposure compensation can be used to vary a
Speedlite’s brightness, thereby adjusting the
balance of ambient light to flash.
High-speed sync (FP)
When attempting fill-in flash, bright daylight
conditions can sometimes necessitate the
use of a shutter speed that is faster than the
camera’s maximum flash synchronisation
speed – i.e. the shortest shutter speed where
the shutter opens fully during the exposure.
With conventional flash this is problematic,
leading to dark bands across the frame, but
with Canon Speedlites and EOS cameras,
high-speed sync (FP) technology allows any
shutter speed to be used with flash, right up
to 1/8000sec.
Camera: Canon EOS 70D
Tv (Shutter Speed): 1/125 sec
Av (Aperture Value): f/16.0
ISO Speed: 100
Lens: EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Focal length: 63.0 mm
Flash: Speedlite 600EX-RT
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Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Tv (Shutter Speed): 1/250 sec
Av (Aperture Value): f/8.0
ISO Speed: 160
Lens: EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Focal length: 16.0 mm
E-TTL II flash metering calculates correct
exposure even when flashes are used off
camera, leaving you free to concentrate on
shooting great pictures.
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Maain
A =
=M
in flash
flash
Speedlite 580EX
580EXIIII
Speedlite
B
A
B =
= FFiillll flash
flash
Speedlite 580EX
580EXIIII
Speedlite
A = Main flash
Speedlite 580EX II
B
A
B = Fill flash
Speedlite 580EX II
Off-camera flash
Moving a Speedlite off camera is a reliable, simple way
of taking even more control over lighting. Changing
the angle from which you illuminate your subject can
dramatically alter the look and feel of a picture,
conveying a message or enhancing a mood.
A number of Speedlites in the range feature wireless
flash control. They can be positioned off camera and
fired using one of two methods: radio-frequency
triggering or optical flash control, using bursts of visible
or infrared (IR) light. Optical triggering uses either an
ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter mounted on camera, an
Integrated Speedlite Controller (on selected EOS models)
or a 580 EX II or 600EX/600EX -RT Speedlite
fitted to the camera’s hotshoe.
Radio triggering offers greater range (maximum of
30 meters) and reliability, with no direct line of sight
required between flash and camera. This allows
speedlights to be postioned behind objects or around
corners, for even more creative lighting possiblities. The
Speedlite 600EX-RT features a built in radio-frequency
transceiver and may be controlled and fired using the
hot-shoe mounted Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT, or a
second 600EX-RT gun.
E-TTL II flash metering calculates correct exposure even
when flashes are used off camera, leaving you free to
concentrate on shooting great pictures.
Adding more flashes
Working with multiple off-camera flash units is as
simple as working with one, but offers many more
opportunities for creative lighting solutions. Position the
units where they need to be and control them all with a
single Speedlite Transmitter. E-TTL II metering looks after
exposure and makes combining flash and ambient light
quick and simple.
The power output of the remotely positioned Speedlites
doesn’t have to be identical. Flash units can be adjusted
individually, either from the camera or by making
specific changes to each Speedlite unit.
Up to 15 Speedlites can be fired from a single controller,
and units may be up to camera when using the RT
based system. Speedlites can also be grouped together,
with up to five groups supported from a single Speedlite
Transmitter ST-E3-RT. The power ratio between groups is
adjustable on the Speedlite controller.
Remote control Shooting
ST-E3-RT
LCD panel
The wireless link between EOS and Speedlite can also
be used the other way around: Remote Control Shooting
allows photographers to wirelessly fire their cameras.
The Speedlite 600EX-RT and radio-frequency Speedlite
Transmitter ST-E3-RT allow Remote Camera Control over
distances of up to 30m.
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Ultimate creative
flash set-up
Whether you are shooting with
single Speedlite on the camera’s
hotshoe, or mixing daylight with
the output of multiple Speedlites
positioned off camera, Canon
E-TTL II metering makes flash
photography easy.
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Examples of off-camera flash
Position the flashes wherever you want,
set their power individually and meter
for any ambient light as you would
normally, using your EOS’s Av, Tv or
manual exposure mode.
Fit a radio or optical Speedlite Controller to
your camera and shoot. The camera will
instruct the Speedlites to fire a test flash,
which it will use to meter the scene.
The correct amount of light is emitted from
each flash gun to match the ambient-light
exposure set on the camera.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Tv (Shutter Speed): 1/160 sec
Av (Aperture Value): f/6.3
ISO Speed: 400
Lens: EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
Focal length: 16.0 mm
Flash: Speedlite 600EX-RT
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Macro flash
When using a Canon EF macro lens to shoot objects
close up, it is quite common to find that ambient
light is not sufficient. Small apertures are required to
achieve sufficient depth of field when working at such
close focus settings. This makes long shutter speeds
necessary, which can introduce blur from camera or
subject movement.
Macro ring lite MR–14EX
Improve your macro photography with this
dedicated macro ring lite. E–TTL flash control
and a Guide Number of 14 provide ample
light and accurate exposures in all macro
photography situations.
• E–TTL II Auto Flash metering
• Guide Number of 14
• Can act as a wireless master flash
• Two flash tubes that can be fired as one
or independently with full ratio control
• Two focusing lights
• Modelling flash capability
• Mounts to the front of macro lenses
A Macro Lite adapter may be required to attach to a lens and the flash unit.
Macro Lite adapters are available in the following filter sizes 52, 58, 67 and 72.
Macro twin lite MT–24EX
Take control of your macro photography
lighting with the MT–24EX Macro Twin Lite.
Designed for macro specialists it provides
creativity and versatility in both light direction
and power.
• E –TTL II Flash metering
•G
uide Number of 24
• F unctions as a wireless master flash
• T wo flash heads that can be fired
together or independently
•M
odelling flash capability
•M
ounts to the front of macro
lenses or each head can be
independently placed
A Macro Lite adapter may be required to attach to a lens.
Macro Lite adapters are available in the following filter sizes 52, 58, 67 and 72.
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Using flash makes hand-held macro
photography at small apertures a reality.
Macro-specific Speedlites, such as the MR14EX and MT-24EX, are designed especially
for this task, attaching to the end of a macro
lens to provide even, shadowless lighting for
even the smallest subjects.
The MR-14EX and MT-24EX have two
independently variable flash tubes on either
side of the unit, which can be used to create
more directional lighting and introduce
shadow and texture. Additionally, the
Speedlite MT-24EX’s dual flash heads can
also be positioned independently for precise
lighting control. Both Speedlite macro
flashes units may be used to trigger other
Speedlites wirelessly – perfect for adding
background effects.
Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Tv (Shutter Speed): 1/200 sec
Av (Aperture Value): f/8.0
ISO Speed: 100
Lens: EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Focal length: 100.0 mm
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Speedlite flash range
Speedlite 600EX-RT
A powerful flash gun for use both
on and off the camera. Built-in radio
triggering offers remote lighting
control over distances up to 30m.
• Radio triggering with 30m range
• Use up to 15 units together
• Integrated optical slave
• Remote camera triggering
• Bounce-and-swivel head with
zoom control
• Guide number 60
(m, ISO 100, at 200mm)
• White-balance correction filters
• Fast, quiet recycling
Speedlite 600EX
With a guide number of 60 (m, ISO
100), the Speedlite 600EX is powerful
enough to light up large areas, even
when light is bounced off walls
and ceilings. Four AA/LR6 batteries
provide silent recycling in as little
as 0.1 sec.
• Guide number 60
(m, ISO 100, at 200mm)
• Bounce-and-swivel control with
20-200mm zoom head
• Integrated optical slave
• White-balance correction filters
• Fast, quiet recycling
Speedlite 430EX II
A powerful and versatile flash, the
Speedlite 430EX II will expand your
shooting options with a guide number
of 43, wireless slave flash ability, nine
custom functions and a 24–105mm
zoom head.
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• E–TTL II Flash metering
• Guide number 43
(m, ISO 100, at 105mm)
• Wireless slave flash ability
• 24–105mm zoom head
with 14mm diffuser
• Fast and silent recycling
• Metal hot-shoe foot
• 180 degree swivel and
bounce head
• AF Assist beam
Powerful, versatile and simple to use – the
comprehensive Canon Speedlite range opens up new
options in flash photography. Used in bright daylight
or total darkness, positioned on-camera or remotely,
these full-featured flashguns give any photographer
extraordinary creative control over lighting.
Speedlite 320EX
Featuring Wireless Slave
technology, a bounce/swivel head
and a constant LED light source for
video work, the Canon Speedlite
320EX opens up new creative
possibilities for EOS photographers.
• Guide Number 32
(m, ISO 100, 50mm)
• Compact lightweight design
• Bounce-and-swivel flash head,
with 24mm and 50mm
zoom settings
• Integrated LED video light
• Wireless slave for off-camera
TTL flash
• Remote Release button
• Fast, silent recycling
Speedlite 270EX II
Explore the creative side of lighting
with the Canon Speedlite 270EX II –
a compact flashgun that is as easy
to use off-camera as it is in your
camera’s hotshoe.
• Lightweight compact design
• Guide number 27
(m, ISO 100, 50mm)
• Bounce flash head
• Wireless slave function
for off-camera flash
• Trigger your EOS camera with
Remote Release button
• Variable angle of coverage
• Fast, silent recycling
Speedlite 90EX
A compact, high performance flash
that delivers superbly lit everyday
shots such as portraits and indoor
scenes plus creative lighting effects.
The ideal companion for the EOS M.
• Slim, pocketable design
• Shoot superbly lit portraits
and indoor scenes
• High power in a compact body
• Explore creative lighting effects
• Quick, discreet and fully automatic
flash shooting
• Powered by readily available
AAA batteries
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Accessories
Speedlite transmitter ST–E3-RT
Fire compatible Speedlite flashguns
over distances of up to 30m. Radiofrequency control provides reliable
operation even when direct line of
sight is not possible.
• Radio frequency remote
flash trigger.
• Fire selected Speedlites
from 30m away.
• Controls up to 15 flashguns.
• Remote camera triggering.
• Weather sealed against dust
and moisture.
Speedlite transmitter ST–E2
Small, lightweight and portable, the
ST–E2 is a dedicated infra-red transmitter
to control two groups of remote wireless
slave Speedlites. It also functions as a
focus assist lamp in low light.
• E–TTL II flash control
• Ratio control over two
groups of flashguns
• High-Speed sync
• Up to 10m range outdoors
• AF Assist beam
Speedlite bracket SB–E2
Shooting with a flash on-camera can produce very good results, however,
for more flattering light it is best to position the flash off to one side of the
camera. With different levels of height adjustment you can modify the angle
from which the flash is fired.
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Compact battery pack CP–E4
Off-camera shoe cord OC–E3
For those photographers making use of Speedlite flash in wedding or
event photography, the CP–E4 will reduce the frequency that batteries
need to be changed and will also increase the flash recycling speed,
reducing the time you have to wait between shots. It holds 8x AA
batteries ensuring you can keep shooting longer.
The OC–E3 allows you to retain a connection
to the camera while positioning the flash up
to 60 cm away.
With the flash off-camera you can control
where shadows fall and also minimise
red-eye in portraits.
Specifications
Speedlite
600EX-RT [6]
Speedlite
600EX [6]
Speedlite
430Ex II
Speedlite
320EX
Speedlite
270EX II
Speedlite
90EX
Speedlite
MR-14EX
Speedlite
MT-24EX
Speedlite
Speedlite
Transmitter ST-E3-RT Transmitter ST-E2
60 (200mm)
60 (200mm)
43 (105mm)
32 (50mm)
27 (50mm)
9 (24mm)
14
24
-
-
Yes
20-200mm
14mm
Yes
20-200mm
14mm
Yes
24-105mm
14mm
Yes
24, 50mm
-
Yes
28, 50mm
-
-
-
-
-
-
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
E-TTLII/E-TTL/TTL
Yes
Yes - 1/1-1/128
1/3 step
Yes - 1/4-1/128
1-500Hz (199Hz
using optical slave
function)
-
E-TTLII/E-TTL/TTL
Yes
Yes - 1/1-1/128
1/3 step
Yes - 1/4-1/128
1-199Hz
E-TTLII/E-TTL/TTL
Yes
Yes - 1/1-1/64
1/3 step
-
E-TTLII/E-TTL
Yes
Yes - 1/1-1/64
1/3 step
-
E-TTLII/E-TTL
Yes
Yes - 1/1-1/64
1/3 step
-
E-TTLII/E-TTL
Yes - 1/1-1/64
1/3 step
-
E-TTLII/E-TTL/TTL
Yes
Yes - 1/1-1/64
1 step
-
E-TTLII/E-TTL/TTL
Yes
Yes - 1/1-1/64
1 step
-
E-TTLII/E-TTL
Yes [5]
Yes - 1/1-1/128
1/3 step
Yes - 1/4-1/128
-
E-TTLII/E-TTL/TTL
Yes
-
-
-
Yes
75 lux
4500-6500K
-
-
-
-
-
-
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
-
-
Yes
Yes
(set on camera)
-
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
(set on camera)
-
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
-
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
(set on camera)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
(set on camera)
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
Yes
-
Yes
-
-
Yes
Infra-red
Indoors:
12-15m
Outdoors:
8-10m
Yes
3
4
-
-
-
Yes
Light pulse
Indoors: 7m
Outdoors: 5m
Yes
Infra-red
Indoors: 5m
Outdoors: 3m
Yes
Infra-red
Indoors: 8m
Outdoors: 5m
Yes
Radio
Indoors: 30m
Outdoors: 30m
Yes
Infra-red
Indoors: 12-15m
Outdoors: 8-10m
Yes
3
4
Yes
3
4
3
All channels
3 [1]
4
3 [1]
4
5
15
3
4
-
-
Yes
Yes
Fixed group A
Triggered by all
channels
Yes
-
-
-
Yes
-
45, 60, 75 and 90°
7°
60, 75, 90, 120,
150 and 180°
60, 75, 90, 120,
150 and 180°
45, 60, 75 and 90°
60, 75, 90, 120,
150 and 180°
60, 75, 90°
45, 60, 75 and 90°
60, 75, 90, 120,
150 and 180°
60, 75, 90°
0, 60, 75 and 90°
-
-
-
15, 30°
15, 30, 45, 60°
22.5, 45°
-
-
-
-
-
22.5, 45°
-
-
Yes
1 - 61
Yes
1-9
Yes
-
Yes
-
Yes
-
- (Focusing lamp)
-
- (Focusing lamp)
-
-
Yes
1 - 45
Infra-red
Infra-red
Flash strobe / LED
Flash strobe
Flash strobe
-
-
-
Infra-red
4 x AA batteries
Approx. 3.3 sec
4 x AA batteries
Approx. 3 sec
4 x AA batteries
Approx. 2.3 sec
2 x AA batteries
Approx. 3.9 sec
2 x AAA batteries
Approx. 5.5 sec
4 x AA batteries
Approx. 7 sec
4 x AA batteries
Approx. 7 sec
2 x AA batteries
-
1 x 2CR5
Approx. 1 sec
Yes - CP-E4
-
-
-
-
Yes - CP-E4
Yes - CP-E4
-
-
Yes
-
-
-
-
-
-
Yes
-
Metal
Metal
Metal
Metal
Plastic
Plastic
Plastic
Metal
Plastic
18 (5 personal
functions)
Yes
9 (20 options)
4 (8 options)
4 (8 options)
1
7 (14 options)
9 (18 options)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
-
8 (3 personal
functions)
-
-
Yes
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Yes
Off-camera shoe
Off-camera shoe
cord OC-E3
cord OC-E3
Compact battery
pack CP-E4
EX Series Speedlite
with Slave function
Colour filter holder
SCH-E1
Colour filter SCF-E1
Off-camera shoe
cord OC-E3
Off-camera shoe
cord OC-E3
-
Macro lite
adapter
52c/58c/67/72c
Compact battery
pack CP-E4
EX series Speedlite
with Slave function
Macro lite
adapter
52c/58c/67/72c
Compact battery
pack CP-E4
EX series Speedlite
with Slave function
Speedlite 600EX-RT
EX series Speedlite
with Slave function
Dedicated flash
SB-E2
bracket
Dimensions and weight
Size (W x H x D), mm 79.7 x 142.9 x
125.4 [4]
SB-E2
SB-E2
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
79.7 x 142.9 x
125.4 [4]
72 x 122 x 101
70 x 115 x 78.4
65.8 x 65.2 x 77
44.2 x 52 x 65
62 x 51 x 80
425g
320g
275g
155g
50g
Control unit 74 x
125.9 x 97.4
Flash unit 112.8 x
126 x 49
585g
67.4 x 61.5 x 77.4 [4]
Weight (Excluding
batteries), grams
Control unit 74 x
125.9 x 97.4
Flash unit 235 x
90.4 x 25.6
430g
110g
100g
Power
Guide No.
(ISO100).meters
zoom
Zoom head
Focal length coverage
Coverage with
wide panel
Auto zoom for sensor
size
flash modes
Auto exposure control
High speed sync (FP)
Manual/output settings
Manual steps
Strobe/output settings
Frequency
Video light
Video light power
Video light colour
temperature
Flash-related function
FE lock
Yes
Flash exposure
Yes
compensation
Flash exposure
Yes
bracketing
Second-curtain flash Yes
sync
Modelling flash
Yes
Colour temperature
Yes
info communication
Wireless flash
Transmitter
Yes
Transmission type
Infra-red / Radio
Transmitter Max.
Indoors:
12-15m / 30m
range approx
Outdoors:
8-10m / 30m
Slave
Yes
No. of groups
3/5
No. of channels
4 / 15
Remote shutter
Yes
Release
Flash head movement
Up
45, 60, 75 and 90°
Down
7°
Left
60, 75, 90, 120,
150 and 180°
Right
60, 75, 90, 120,
150 and 180°
AF Assist
AF-assist beam
Yes
Number of AF points 1 - 61
supported
AF-assist beam type
Infra-red
Power source
Battery
4 x AA batteries
Approx. 3.3 sec
Minimum recycling
[2]
time
External power supply Yes - CP-E4
Construction
Dust and water
Yes
resistance
Mounting foot material Metal
Misc.
Custom function
18 (7 personal
functions)
Yes
Flash settings from
[3]
camera menus
External flash
Yes
exposure sensor
PC terminal
Yes
Compatible
Off-camera shoe
accessories
cord OC-E3
Compact battery
pack CP-E4
Speedlite
Transmitter ST-E3-RT
EX series Speedlite
with Slave function
SR-N3 cable
Colour filter holder
SCH-E1
Colour filter SCF-E1
425g
As default only cameras in group C are triggered wireless, set C.Fn 5-1 to wirelessly trigger groups A & B
[2]
Time taken to recharge flash after full discharge using Alkaline AA batteries
[3]
With compatible cameras only
[4]
Except for the dust and water prevention adaptor
[5]
For wireless High-speed sync is possible only with EOS digital cameras released since 2012
[6]
Not available in certain countries or regions.
-
[1]
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