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Margie R. Kirby

member since: 4/16/2001
 

What flash to use


My wonderful husband has recently purchased a Canon Elan 7E for me as a late Christmas present! I am upgrading from the Canon AE-1 which I love and will keep. As most people have so many questions about digital, I have to say that I have just as many about an automatic/ manual film camera. What can I say...I love film! My problem/ question for now is this.... I currently use a Quantary QB-350A flash on my manual AE-1. I am much confused about the postings regarding the Canon Speedlites. Will my Quantary flash work on the Canon Elan 7E or will I need to purchase a Canon Speedlite? Thank you in advance for your help.

Sincerely,
Margie

12/29/2006 10:22:26 PM

 
Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/18/2000
  Yes you can use the QB-350A on the Elan 7E, but it won't enable the advanced flash features of that camera. The QB-350A has its own light sensor on its front to control the flash output. You have to coordinate the ISO and lens aperture settings between it and the camera. You can use it on the Elan 7E in Av and M modes. You will be limited to shutter speeds of 1/125 and longer. I can't find any information on how wide its flash coverage is. It might be limited to lenses 28mm and longer, or it might be 35mm and longer.

12/30/2006 6:26:50 AM

 
Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/18/2000
  Acckkkkk!!! Forget that last post. I just checked http://www.botzilla.com/photo/strobeVolts.html . The QB-350A generates a trigger voltage of over 300 volts at the hotshoe. This will fry the circuits of the Elan 7E and other EOS cameras. DO NOT USE IT ON YOUR CAMERA. It was safe to use on your AE-1 since the AE-1 did not try to communicate with and control the flash, so the voltage in the hotshoe did not get transmitted

12/30/2006 6:31:51 AM

 
Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/18/2000
  An economical alternative that operates like the QB-350A, but is safe to use with EOS cameras is the Sunpak 383 Super.

To take full advantage of the advanced flash features of the Elan 7E - TTL/E-TTL, high speed shutter sync, auto-zoom, flash exposure sync, flash exposure lock - look at Canon's 420EX (discontinued) or 430EX, or Sigma's EF 500 DG Super.

12/30/2006 6:36:47 AM

 
Margie R. Kirby

member since: 4/16/2001
  Wow! Thanks Jon! Your second post just saved me my camera! My husband is most appreciative as am I. I had decided to eventually buy a speedlite, but for right now wanted to buy a few lenses and use my old flash in order to be more economical. But, I am so glad that you let me know now to use the old flash! Is the 220 EX a good flash to purchase? Once again, trying to be more economical. Thanks for your input.

Sincerely,
Margie

12/30/2006 10:19:12 AM

 

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