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My Canon 430ex II burned out after only 15 shots...

 
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Oct 06, 2009 20:30 |  #1

Wow...I hope this isn't something I should look forward to. I'm going to return it at Best Buy and pick up the 580ex II. Disappointing :(


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Oct 06, 2009 20:33 |  #2

Without any more details its hard to know what went wrong, but thats not a common experience.




  
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Oct 06, 2009 20:52 as a reply to  @ gonzogolf's post |  #3

Ugh...At least you can return it :)

I've been fighting mysterious 580EXII problems lately (see my recent posts) BUT it fired flawlessly for well over a year, and it once again seems to be working fine.

The 580EXII is a better flash in many ways anyway...




  
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Oct 06, 2009 20:56 |  #4

gonzogolf wrote in post #8774341 (external link)
Without any more details its hard to know what went wrong, but thats not a common experience.

Not sure what details I can provide. I took it out of the box. Shot with it about 15 times over 2 days. 3rd day, didn't work. Turns on, but doesn't fire. I think the bulb is burned out, but I've only had it for about 5 days, so definitely going to return it and move up.


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Oct 06, 2009 22:30 |  #5

not to be mr obvious, but does the red light come on? it could be a low battery situation, the panel works but not enough juice to fire.




  
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Oct 07, 2009 14:08 |  #6

i had a friend that had a 430ex go out during the wedding we were shooting. it wasnt even that old... maybe a year and he doesnt use it all the time.

it just started flickering very weak but would not fire. it looked like a florescent tube going out. swapped batteries swapped cameras tried everything... it just went out.




  
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Oct 07, 2009 18:01 |  #7

Been shooting with my 430 EX II for about a year now flawlessly :) Love it, and wouldn't trade it. It's safe to assume that no matter WHAT you buy, there's ALWAYS a chance of getting a dud :) This flash is a great flash, you just got a dud.


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Oct 07, 2009 19:19 |  #8

Yeah I agree with gonzogolf, test the batteries.


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Oct 07, 2009 20:07 |  #9

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Oct 07, 2009 20:13 |  #10

gonzogolf wrote in post #8775058 (external link)
not to be mr obvious, but does the red light come on? it could be a low battery situation, the panel works but not enough juice to fire.


Yep, especially if the batteries are standard alkaline.


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Oct 08, 2009 01:44 |  #11

test 5 sets of batteries before you throw your hands up and say it's a lemon.


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Oct 08, 2009 02:31 |  #12
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i have 2 430EXs and have shot thousands of shots on them - still good! Maybe you got the dud... or...


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Oct 09, 2009 07:26 |  #13

I ended up returning it and getting a 580ex II instead. It happens :)


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Oct 09, 2009 10:52 |  #14

DDCSD wrote in post #8781221 (external link)
Yep, especially if the batteries are standard alkaline.

All I use in my 580EXII is standard alkalines. What should I be using? Willing to try something since I ocasionally get some funny exposures. One is good, next is way under, then some look like it never fired, then perfect again. I always thought it was just me doing something wrong or not holding my mouth just right.

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Oct 09, 2009 17:43 |  #15

The Canon flash range is fairly reliable, they can be quite robust and take a lot of punishment, but they do have one or two faults that bite occasionally, but nothing that Canon cannot fix right up.

There is no great quality difference between the flash ranges, if your flash is one of the unlucky "one in 100,000'' , 'Monday morning' or 'disgruntled employee syndrome' flashguns it does not make a difference if it is 430 OR 580 or whatever.

Even out of warranty Canon do a fixed price repair, I've had a few of those from total abuse, water submersion, multiple falls, 300 full power flashes inside one hour and bouncing down the stone steps of a church ...... so don't worry, they are normally pretty tough and hard working. :)




  
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