Canon warns of fake 600EX-RT speedlites; find out if yours is authentic

by Gannon Burgett

posted Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 11:15 AM EDT

Canon has issued an advisory regarding counterfeit Speedlite 600EX-RT flash products that have recently been discovered in circulation.

In their statement, Canon emphasizes these counterfeits were neither designed nor manufactured by them, despite look nearly identical to Canon’s own products down to the individual trademark logos.

‘Furthermore, these counterfeit products have not been manufactured or tested under the safety standards established by Canon’, Canon states in the advisory. ‘[Therefore] we are unable to make representations concerning their safe operation, and there is a possibility that using one of these counterfeit products may cause adverse affects such as generation of fire and/or smoke’.

Canon says the best bet to ensuring your model is an authentic Canon product is to purchase from an authorized Canon dealer, such as B&H or Adorama. If you’ve already purchased a Speedlite 600EX-RT flash, Canon has provided a couple of graphics to help you distinguish whether your speedlite is authentic or not.

Below are the graphics bullet points Canon has included to describe what the differences are.

  • The position to release the mounting foot lock lever is different.

  • The position to release the mounting foot lock lever on a genuine unit is towards the left (see the green arrow), and the position to release the mounting foot lock lever on a counterfeit unit is towards the center (see the red arrow).



  • The display on the Custom Function screen is different. Follow the steps in the Speedlite 600EX-RT Instruction Manual to access the Custom Function screen.

Canon concludes the advisory by thanking its customers for using Canon products.

(via The Digital Picture)