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Quick Canon 430EX II Pilot Light Question

 
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Sep 08, 2012 00:07 |  #1

Hi everyone!

Sorry just had a quick question - I've noticed that when I turn on my Canon Speedlight 430EX II and the pilot light is on, it doesn't always shoot a test flash. It's only after a few presses of the pilot light that it'll start working. Just wanted to see if this was normal? Thanks in advance!




  
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Sep 08, 2012 00:21 |  #2

If by working you mean flashing then your fine. If the pilot light is solid then that means the flash fully charged and is ready for use. Mine flash turns on and shortly there after my pilot light is on and constant. I dont shoot in rapid succession with flash so I've never had it in charging (flashing) when I was looking.


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Sep 08, 2012 03:50 |  #3

Nature Nut wrote in post #14962662 (external link)
If by working you mean flashing then your fine. If the pilot light is solid then that means the flash fully charged and is ready for use. Mine flash turns on and shortly there after my pilot light is on and constant. I dont shoot in rapid succession with flash so I've never had it in charging (flashing) when I was looking.

Thanks for your reply Nature Nut! What happens is I turn on my flash, my pilot light goes on, and when I want to do a "test flash" using the pilot light by pressing it, nothing happens. It's only after I keep pressing the pilot light that after maybe 3 seconds does it actually fire a "test flash". Then it'll "test flash" whenever I press the pilot light. Just wondering if that was normal.




  
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Sep 08, 2012 10:12 |  #4

It takes a few seconds to charge up initially, then after that you should be able to use the pilot button for the test flash at leisure with only a quick press. The only thing I might suspect in lieu of a faulty button is maybe the batteries. I run eeneloops myself in mine so I don't know how regular batteries would respond.


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Sep 08, 2012 12:39 |  #5

Nature Nut wrote in post #14963743 (external link)
It takes a few seconds to charge up initially, then after that you should be able to use the pilot button for the test flash at leisure with only a quick press. The only thing I might suspect in lieu of a faulty button is maybe the batteries. I run eeneloops myself in mine so I don't know how regular batteries would respond.

I'll double check mine, thanks!




  
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Sep 13, 2012 04:26 |  #6

xeodragon wrote in post #14964247 (external link)
I'll double check mine, thanks!

I think I did read a critisism somewhere of the 430EXII that you have to press the red illuminated button quite firmly to get the test flash. Mine is OK but I wouldn't say it was perfectly easy. Try pressing it very 'definitely' and see if it fires.
Personally I wasnn't too bothered as I test fire it off the camera test button.


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Sep 13, 2012 07:32 as a reply to  @ Submariner's post |  #7

The flash' test fire button doesn't work until enough time has passed since you half-pressed the trigger button last time. Normally six seconds later it will be OK, which probably is when you have pressed the pilot light/test switch three times.


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