Upload & Sell: Off
For a while I wasn't sure if I should pull the trigger on the 600EX-RT's or not. I just couldn't find reviews/information for the things that were most relevant to me as a wedding photographer. So, I assembled my thoughts on those things and put together a 600EX-RT and ST-E3 review and range test...
You can see it all here: http://hofferphotography.com/2012/05/01/canon-600ex-rt-review-with-canon-st-e3/
If you only want to know what I thought, here's the conclusion:
I know for a lot of you, the real questions are this: "How is the range?", "Can I shoot how I like to?" and "Is it worth the money?". The videos above should help you answer the first two questions and will probably help you answer the third. Before I give my recommendation let me say that I almost never think that buying camera gear is a bad decision. It holds it's value so well that it's a very small risk purchase.
With that said (and if you can afford it), I wholeheartedly recommend the 600EX-RT. I want to be clear that I don't think it's perfect. In fact I started this review with that sentence. If you shoot portraits with a 800mm lens, you might not have the range you need. If you hate velcro, your life didn't get any easier with this flash. But if your name is Tony Hoffer or you are fed up with years of wires and flash gadgets, the 600EX-RT is quite an impressive beast. If I worked for Canon, I'd probably strip away a ton of the extra gizmos and make a receiver only version of the 600EX-RT and sell a million more. But for what it is, I love it and I think I'll probably own them for a long time!
Hopefully the review helps someone!