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My flash only work sometimes.

 
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Apr 21, 2011 22:46 |  #1

Using 550EX as master and 430EX as slave.
Sometimes slave works and sometimes not working. Usually first 10 shots work perfect and then it does not work. Batteries are full.
Any thought?
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Apr 22, 2011 08:01 |  #2

Indoors or out?

Can they "see" each other? Sometimes, if the line of sight isnt perfect, it will work sometimes and not other times.


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Apr 22, 2011 17:01 |  #3

CosmoKid wrote in post #12271259external link
Indoors or out?

Can they "see" each other? Sometimes, if the line of sight isnt perfect, it will work sometimes and not other times.

Outdoor.
I did a couple of indoor and it worked pretty well now i am looking back.
I was in a range of within 10 feet. Does it matter?


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Apr 24, 2011 08:55 |  #4

Outdoors the IR signal is very unreliable. Grab some cheap radio triggers.


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Apr 24, 2011 10:21 |  #5

CosmoKid wrote in post #12282628external link
Outdoors the IR signal is very unreliable. Grab some cheap radio triggers.

Thanks. I will try that.


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Apr 24, 2011 11:00 |  #6

yuribox wrote in post #12269858external link
Batteries are full.

Flash capacitors full, too?



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Apr 25, 2011 16:44 |  #7

SYS wrote in post #12283069external link
Flash capacitors full, too?

The red light in front of the flash blinks so i assume so.


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Apr 25, 2011 16:50 |  #8

yuribox wrote in post #12290985external link
The red light in front of the flash blinks so i assume so.

That's just telling you its acting as a slave. Check the pilot light on the rear of the slave for capacitor status. It will be constant red if its ready to fire.

As someone else mentioned, IR is hit or miss outside in daylight. Its much better in the shade, but still not like indoors.


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Apr 25, 2011 18:21 |  #9

Staszek wrote in post #12291020external link
That's just telling you its acting as a slave. Check the pilot light on the rear of the slave for capacitor status. It will be constant red if its ready to fire.

As someone else mentioned, IR is hit or miss outside in daylight. Its much better in the shade, but still not like indoors.

I have not checked it but i was shooting about every 30 seconds so it should full.
I will check next time when i shoot.

I hear pretty good things about Pocket Wizard. Is this what i am going to need?
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Apr 25, 2011 18:25 |  #10

yuribox wrote in post #12291572external link
I have not checked it but i was shooting about every 30 seconds so it should full.

No, not necessarily. Depends on the type of batteries you were using and how much juice they had in their cells.



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Apr 26, 2011 18:10 |  #11

Got it.
My 550EX was not working. Got 580EX II and they are working again.
Thanks for all the replys and suggestions.


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