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Beeping and the 580ex

 
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Aug 29, 2005 18:02 |  #1

Hello again folks,

I just got a new 580ex and flash bracket. Nice setup and im happy with it thus far BUT! The 580ex has a continuous beeping. I have had other flashes in the past that had a light beeping sound only this seems rather loud to me. If im doing a wedding or other private event, I need it silent, yet I can find no f.cn setting or other button to shut off the beeping, any suggestions? Thanks, Jeff


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Aug 29, 2005 19:16 |  #2

I didn't know the 580EX could beep. Are you sure it's not the camera focus confirmation making the noise? If so it can be turned off in the camera menu.


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Aug 29, 2005 19:18 |  #3

What continuous beeping sound are you referring to? I have the 580EX and mine doesn't beep at all. It doesn't even have that high pitched whining sound once it's fully charged. If by beeping you are actually talking about the high pitched whining sound that never stops, then it probably means that you need to replace your batteries with fresh ones or they need charging if you are using rechargeables.


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Aug 29, 2005 20:38 |  #4

Its kinda strange really, its the photo cell charging noise only it intermitantly chirps/chimes. sounds like a beep really as it is consecutive.


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Aug 29, 2005 20:48 |  #5

What I think that is is your flash taking a little bit more power from the flash regularly, to keep itself topped up and ready to shoot. I don't notice mine unless it's really really quiet, mine sounds nothing like a beep.


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Aug 29, 2005 20:53 |  #6

Thanks Tim, I did some shooting around the house here with it and the noise has gotten much much more silent. It really stood out when I first popped the batts in and gave it a run. Now its cool =) Thanks guys. Jeff


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Aug 30, 2005 03:31 |  #7

i know EXACTLEY what you mean, first it whines up, charging the capacitors, and then it beeps on and off. its VERY faint, i can only hear it if im in a room by myself.
There is NO way to take that away, but fresh batteries do help....alot!
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Aug 30, 2005 04:32 as a reply to  @ tim's post |  #8

yes, i tink it's the periodic high-pitched whining sound that keeps the capacitor charged up, ready to fire at all times....




  
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Aug 30, 2005 06:31 as a reply to  @ bokeh'ed's post |  #9

None of my 580/550 flashes makes noises other then to charge after a shot or on start up. I'm not an electronics whiz but I didn't think flash capacitors should leak current over short periods of time. If your flash is recharging in between shots after giving the ready light, it sounds like a leaky capacitor? I would call Canon.


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Aug 30, 2005 13:58 as a reply to  @ scottbergerphoto's post |  #10

The main flash capacitor in a flash unit should not leak much in a short time. On the other hand, if the batteries used are a little weak, then the whole rig is going to have a hard time bringing the charge up to the maximum that it might need. Therefore, the charging circuit is going to keep "coming back on" to try to "fill it up."

I never have any problems with mine as long as I use decent batteries.

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