Canon has issued a new product advisory concerning known counterfeit Canon 600EX-RT Speedlites in the wild.
While there are obvious quality control issues and sometimes safety concerns with counterfeit electronics, perhaps the biggest issue with the counterfeit version of the Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite is that it does not include a radio trigger operation.
The visual clues in Canon’s overview of the genuine and counterfeit units are very subtle. It would be hard to tell the difference even if you were holding the counterfeit product in your hand without a genuine product to compare it to.
Canon has been trying to educate consumers with regard to counterfeit products in the market. At every trade show I have attended in recent years, Canon has presented some form of counterfeit product display.
The counterfeits look very convincing in most circumstances. I have been a Canon DSLR user for over a decade and could not tell the difference in many of the counterfeit products I have seen.
While we have been dealing with batteries, chargers and grips the past few years, it’s a little scary to think that we are now facing the possibility of buying a counterfeit flash that retails for $550.
In addition to the 600EX-RT images, Canon offers several tips to help you determine if you have a counterfeit product:
- The logo and/or printing on the battery is blurry
- The product uses a different font style
- The packaging uses a different “Canon Red”
- The accessory has a different hologram
- The price for it is unusually low
- The accessory comes in cheap packaging
- The product lacks a users’ manual
- The battery or accessory doesn’t fit easily
- The battery or charger overheats
- The battery or charger doesn’t hold a charge.
To avoid the chances of ending up with a counterfeit accessory, Canon urges customers to purchase from authorized dealers or directly from Canon.
You can read the full product advisory regarding counterfeit Canon 600EX-RT Speedlites here on Canon USA’s website.