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Amanda  M. Freese
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Canon 580EX II


 
  flash error
flash error
5.6, 1/40, EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM at 115 focal length, at a park, approx. 230-300pm..
© Amanda  M. Freese
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I am having some confusing issues with my speedlight. I was shooting outside under a shady tree canopy that was rather dark I suppose despite the sunshine just outside it. I was shooting in TV mode (1/40th, ISO 200) and my speedlight wasn't going off . ( I did have it in continuous mode by mistake?- so I wonder about that one?) I have a whole slew of images just like this one that I can't understand

I then came back home to further test out what was going on, but the flash wasn't firing more than half the time I needed it to as well. Same settings. It was on but didn't seem to be engaging (screen showing numbers and settings) but only a few times. The batts were charged before I put 'em in or the days shots, so I didn't figure it'd be that. I was wondering if there's a particular mode it's suppose to be in or any particular settings im to have set on it so it syncs correctly with the camera?? (although it was my understanding that it automatically understands the camera) Or if Im doing something wrong with the camera settings that's confusing the flash? It seems the speedlight is the hardest thing for me to figure out. .

I know that high speed sync engages in the AV mode above SS 200, But I'd have thought that if the camera's light meter determined the environment was dark then the flash would automatically know it's needed?? and fire ..

I did just realize that the red eye was on- could that be exactly what the problem was since it zaps the battery power so much quicker and keeps the flash busier longer?? (am I correct on that?)

I would so appreciate any help or advice .. :(

11/18/2008 7:57:25 AM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  Flash set on ettl?

11/18/2008 8:38:58 AM

 
Jon Close
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  "It was on but didn't seem to be engaging (screen showing numbers and settings) but only a few times."

Sounds like a bad connection in the hotshoe. Check that the contacts in the hotshoe and on the speedlite are clean, that the speedlight is fully seated into the hotshoe and locked. Otherwise the camera's hotshoe or the foot of the speedlite may have a fault or loose wire/connection.

11/18/2008 9:03:31 AM

 
Amanda  M. Freese
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  How do I set it on ETTL mode?

and ok, I'll check into that to make sure it's seated right, could it be because the red eye reduction setting was draining out the battery and causing it to start choking out on me. . .?

Im sure hoping theres not loose wire or other fault. . ;/

11/18/2008 9:27:42 AM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  The "mode" button... :-) Should switch between ettl/m/multi

11/18/2008 9:45:35 AM

 
Amanda  M. Freese
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  Ok, thanks . I had it set in the ETTL mode before, does it often switch itself out of that mode? Just to see if it's something I have to do everytime I set up..

thanks again..

11/18/2008 9:49:28 AM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  Not unless you have fat fingers.

11/18/2008 11:43:55 AM

 
Amanda  M. Freese
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  Ok, so I checked and it's in ETTL mode. hadn't realized becuase im used to seeing it that way. . . hmm.. maybe then it's the draining batt from the red eye reduction setting or a misconnection on the hotshoe. . . ?? i'll keep investigating the case.. .

thanks for your help. . :)

11/18/2008 7:28:58 PM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  When you turn the flash on, how long does it take for the red light to come on?? Should only be a couple seconds.

11/18/2008 7:38:53 PM

 
Amanda  M. Freese
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  Ya, it's only a couple of seconds- I recharged the batts and tested it out, and any previous times i've used the speedlight it was that way as well. Im sorta leaning toward the red eye reduction setting zapping my battery power and I happened to be at the end of what it had left when this above started happening. .

11/18/2008 7:50:30 PM

 
Amanda  M. Freese
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  I tested it and figured out the issue ... .:) turned out I had the camera in continous mode by mistake - which didn't give the flash it's 3 seconds to engergize between shots and that red eye reduction. . . :) all good now. .

12/2/2008 10:44:59 AM

 

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