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I'm about ready to throw my 580EX II into a pond

 
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May 09, 2009 18:49 |  #1

My girlfriend graduated today and I thought it would be nice if I could get a shot of her walking the stage in addition to the one provided by the official photographer. Well, despite the constant reminders that friends and family were not to approach the stage for photos, I found a nice little spot near the stage and put on my 70-300 IS USM. Not ideal for the lighting, of course, but I was close enough so flash would compensate.

I fired a few tests on other people. Perfect.

My girlfriend's name is called. She's walking across the stage. She's all framed up. Click. No flash. Click. No flash. Click. No flash. Three perfectly framed shots all but useless because I was shooting at 1/60 at like 200mm and there wasn't nearly enough light.

I figure the battery is dead. I already learned the hard way that these things don't indicate when battery power is getting low. Okay, whatever. Give it a few minutes. A buddy of mine starts walking the stage. I decide to try shooting him just to see what happens. Click. Flash. Perfect (for me) photo.

I shoot 5 more shots in quick succession. Flash fires each time. Battery dead? I don't think so.

Someone want to tell me what went wrong at the exact moment I needed the thing to fire?


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May 09, 2009 19:00 |  #2

Maybe you used the flash to shoot too much and it used all its power and needed some time to recharge or recycle



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May 09, 2009 19:03 |  #3

Murphy's Law.


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May 09, 2009 19:10 |  #4

Autonomous wrote in post #7890223 (external link)
Maybe you used the flash to shoot too much and it used all its power and needed some time to recharge or recycle

Or cool down.


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May 09, 2009 19:18 |  #5

Blitz wrote in post #7890173 (external link)
despite the constant reminders that friends and family were not to approach the stage for photos, I found a nice little spot near the stage...

God's way of reminding you not to break the rules.


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May 09, 2009 19:40 |  #6

Consider getting a battery pack to compliment your flash unit (I assume its a Canon speedlite, ie, 580EX, etc). It will enable fast recycling time.


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May 09, 2009 19:48 |  #7

Curtis N wrote in post #7890309 (external link)
God's way of reminding you not to break the rules.

:lol::lol::lol:


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May 09, 2009 21:28 as a reply to  @ runninmann's post |  #8

Lesson 101.. Always make sure your batteries are fully charged before going out to shoot whether it's camera or flash batteries..

Lesson 102.. Shoot a couple of test shots first..


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May 09, 2009 21:38 |  #9

power save mode?




  
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May 09, 2009 22:14 |  #10

All superstition aside, it could be a loose connection to the hot shoe causing it to fire sometimes and not others. The wheel lock can sometimes feel tight when it isn't.


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May 09, 2009 22:26 |  #11

breal101 wrote in post #7890949 (external link)
All superstition aside, it could be a loose connection to the hot shoe causing it to fire sometimes and not others. The wheel lock can sometimes feel tight when it isn't.

The 580EXII doesn't have a wheel, it has a lever that clicks so it should be tight all the time. As long as it clicks of course :D


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May 09, 2009 22:49 |  #12

Anke wrote in post #7890989 (external link)
The 580EXII doesn't have a wheel, it has a lever that clicks so it should be tight all the time. As long as it clicks of course :D

Thanks, I didn't know that, I have the 580 EX, I hate on camera flash so it's doubtful I'll ever get an EX II.


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May 09, 2009 22:52 |  #13

slewfoot wrote in post #7890828 (external link)
power save mode?

even if its on power save mode, once you hit the shutter the flash turns on and fires.


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May 09, 2009 23:22 |  #14

Blitz wrote in post #7890173 (external link)
My girlfriend graduated today and I thought it would be nice if I could get a shot of her walking the stage in addition to the one provided by the official photographer. Well, despite the constant reminders that friends and family were not to approach the stage for photos, I found a nice little spot near the stage and put on my 70-300 IS USM. Not ideal for the lighting, of course, but I was close enough so flash would compensate.

I fired a few tests on other people. Perfect.

My girlfriend's name is called. She's walking across the stage. She's all framed up. Click. No flash. Click. No flash. Click. No flash. Three perfectly framed shots all but useless because I was shooting at 1/60 at like 200mm and there wasn't nearly enough light.

I figure the battery is dead. I already learned the hard way that these things don't indicate when battery power is getting low. Okay, whatever. Give it a few minutes. A buddy of mine starts walking the stage. I decide to try shooting him just to see what happens. Click. Flash. Perfect (for me) photo.

I shoot 5 more shots in quick succession. Flash fires each time. Battery dead? I don't think so.

Someone want to tell me what went wrong at the exact moment I needed the thing to fire?

I think you need to also read this thread about "I am about to throw my flash under a truck. "

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=466874

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May 09, 2009 23:52 |  #15

yogestee wrote in post #7890786 (external link)
Lesson 102.. Shoot a couple of test shots first..

This is the thing that bugs me. I did, and I let it rest a bit before doing it again, so I don't think it was cooling down. I swear it worked like a charm for every shot but the ones I wanted to get right.

I should probably mention I'm shooting with a 300D that's close to 6 years old. Could that have something to do with it?


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