Since Canon charges tax to most states you're getting pretty close to the recent sale prices around $485 for a new one. Maybe it's a deal once they start another 15/20% off sale, but not at this price.
Glad to see it show up in the refurb store, though.
I have a 430 EX II and haven't really felt that I'm missing much in terms of flash. I don't think there's much advantage to the 600 aside from the remote flash triggering.
I have one of every flash but the 320EX (600EX on order). The 430 EX II is the best bang for the buck and there was very little I didn't like about it.
Advantages of the 600EX-RT over the 430EX II include:
Can be used as a master to control other flashes. Optical ones all work. It also, obviously, has the radio transmitter to control additional 600EX flashes but I'm pretty sure Canon will incorporate the transmitter in future flashes such as a hypothetical 430 EX III (or 440EX-RT, if you will). The optical system is rather old tech but does work. I've got an ST-E2 on ebay right now that I was using with my 430EX II with good results but I do prefer the flexibility of radio transmitters (and I do have a couple of those as well). But a built-in master on newer cameras somewhat negates the need for this feature. However, the built-in masters do lack the AF assist lamp that is present on the ST-E2 and 580EX II (as well as the 430EX and 600EX).
More power and significantly more coverage. Great if you need it. A little more headroom to keep from overheating. Not much advantage if you don't need it. The flash is really geared to pro users such as wedding photographers.
Settings lock. A bonus but not much use for most users.
Slide out catch light. Nice for getting those sparkling eyes but easy to make your own.
Gel attachment clip. Makes it easier to attach gels. A bonus, really not much of a big feature.
The 580EX II and 600EX have a dial on the back which makes adjusting flash power a breeze. That's probably the biggest reason I bought the 580EX II. Just turn and that's it, no pushing in on a recessed button then pressing buttons to go up or down.
Recycle time is better. The 600EX can fire at less than full power before recharging and both the 580EX II and 600EX can take an external battery pack for long life and faster recycling.
Full 180 degree turn on the flash head and even 7 degrees down for close up photos.
61 point AF assist beam (vs 9 on the 430EX II).
Price and size. It's noticeably bigger than the 430EX II.
For the hobbyist who likes to use bounce flash, the 430EX II is more than adequate.
Aaaand SD killed the site....lol.
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Its new for 499 on Amazon. What am I missing?
If i try and read in between the lines here - May be people are combining it with the 20% off with the canon loyalty program (but that requires buying a camera body too). But otherwise this isn't much of a deal especially with tax.
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