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Oct 26, 2012 18:46 |  #1

I just got a 580EXII and was testing it out inside my dark living room. I had the camera pointed straight at my subject (dog) and it wouldn't fire. Then I pointed to the side, fired. Pointed back straight, wouldn't fire. Also wont fire when I point the flash head straight up.


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Oct 26, 2012 19:38 |  #2

When you are trying to fire it, is the little light on the back lit red? It will light red when the flash is fully charged.


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Oct 26, 2012 20:15 |  #3

I moved to a different position in the room and then it worked fine.......weird.




  
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Oct 26, 2012 20:21 |  #4

What mode do you shoot on? I am not sure changes in light metering changes affect the external flash firing or not. Just a thought though.


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Oct 26, 2012 20:36 |  #5

Was the shutter triggering but the flash not firing? If no shutter trigger, maybe it was too dark for your camera to get a focus fix or not enough contrast?




  
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Oct 26, 2012 20:55 |  #6

The shutter would trigger but just no flash.




  
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Oct 26, 2012 21:28 |  #7

Please list ALL of your camera settings.


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Oct 27, 2012 03:15 |  #8

jeljohns wrote in post #15173865 (external link)
I moved to a different position in the room and then it worked fine.......weird.

Were you using off camera flash with an optical trigger?


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Oct 27, 2012 05:44 |  #9

jeljohns wrote in post #15173605 (external link)
I just got a 580EXII and was testing it out inside my dark living room. I had the camera pointed straight at my subject (dog) and it wouldn't fire. Then I pointed to the side, fired. Pointed back straight, wouldn't fire. Also wont fire when I point the flash head straight up.

What gives?

I'm asking the obvious here, did both the flash not fire and the shutter not trip?


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Oct 29, 2012 10:52 |  #10

jeljohns wrote in post #15173605 (external link)
I had the camera pointed straight at my subject (dog) and it wouldn't fire.

What gives?

You mistakenly bought the cat flash instead of the dog flash?


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Oct 29, 2012 11:09 |  #11

Dave Jr wrote in post #15182379 (external link)
You mistakenly bought the cat flash instead of the dog flash?

Would he need a different flash again for a fish eye lens?


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Oct 29, 2012 11:52 |  #12

We're all flailing around, given the relative lack of info on the camera/flash settings used. A back-to-basics thought - are you sure your new flash is properly seated? Make sure it's pushed right into the shoe and lock, then wiggle it around to ensure the retaining pin is seated; that should ensure that the flash contacts are correctly aligned to the hotshoe. I'm thinking this because the shutter fires, but not the flash. Maybe?


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