First Look at the Canon Speedlight 600EX II-RT and EF-M 28mm f/3.5 IS STM Macro Lens

Earlier today Canon introduced two new products – a flash – the Speedlight 600EX II-RT and a uniqe macro EF-M mirrorless camera lens – the EF-M 28mm f/3.5 IS STM Macro – with a built in LED. On this video Daniel Norton from Adorama takes a first look at both these products.

We shall start with the lens which is interesting because of the inclusion of a LED light (which also exist in the front element of the Nanoha 5X super macro lens that we tested here), but this is the first implementation of this by any large manufacturer. The second is the higher than normal macro – 1:1.2 magnification (just to be clear – even though Canon is calling is super macro – in reality there is almost no visible difference from a normal 1:1 macro lens).

Here are some of the main specs of theEF-M 28mm f/3.5 IS STM Macro 

  • Canon EF-M Mount (APS-C coverage).
  • Maximum Aperture: f/3.5
  • Internal design: 11 elements in 10 groups including one UD Element and 2 Aspherical Elements
  • AF motor – STM Stepping Motor
  • Image stabilization Hybrid IS Image Stabilization
  • Maximum Magnification: 1:1.2 (just a bit over full macro magnification).
  • Built-In Macro LED for illumination (two power levels and half mode).
  • Price – $300.

Official Canon video of the EF-M 28mm f/3.5 IS STM Macro


Next we have the Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash which is a sort of an updated version of the not too old previous version – this is a top of the line Canon flash with and a built in radio trigger,  improved continuous performance up to 2.0x faster than its predecessor (when used with the optional Compact Battery Pack CP-E4N instead of 4AA batteries). The speedlight also has some new, specially designed accessories such as a bounce adapter, SCF-E3 color hard-type filter sets and a soft cas. The price for the Speedlite 600EX II-RT is set at $580.

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Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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