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HELP! (flash issue)
Old 02-28-2004, 12:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My flash fires but the images are way underexposed, dark to the point of barely visible. It's like the flash (canon 420ex and 550ex) isn't even working. But it fires a nice big flash... which makes it seem like exposure compensation or the shutter and flash are out of synch with each other (?)... This is driving me nuts, I've read the manuals for camera (a very used Canon D60) and the flash units, nothing seems to apply... any ideas? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]

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Re: HELP! (flash issue)
Old 02-28-2004, 01:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You might be shooting with too fast of a shutter speed. Most cameras will not synch with a shutterspeed faster that 1/250.


Another possibility is that you have your camera set to manual or aperture priority and may be stopped down all the way to F22.

I hope that helps you.

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Re: HELP! (flash issue)
Old 02-28-2004, 01:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks but... I was shooting manual at 60, f4and after playing with it for the past couple hrs I've concluded something is messed up inside the camera. I've tried every setting, exposure compensation, etc... nothing is changing the dark image I get with flash (the non-flash images are okay). Very bummed right now, this had to happen right in the middle of a paid shoot on a deadline, now I've got to shoot film tomorrow for a client that wanted digital, unless I can locate another digital body by 7:00 am tomorrow. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]

Thanks anyways though.
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Re: HELP! (flash issue)
Old 02-28-2004, 01:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I was having the same problem with my Nikon D100 to the point of throwing it in the box and going back to my film camera. I am not familiar with the D60 so can only suggest that this might help.

I tried almost everything as you have. I even tried using the on board flash and a photo slave to fire the externals. Auto, aperture, shutter priority and nothing worked. I finally hit on full manual using a hot shoe adapter with a pc connection. I had to set the aperture ring to the auto setting to get the flash to fire. I use the internal software settings for aperture and shutter. 1/60 or 1/125 at f8.0 works pretty well with my studio lights. You can play with the settings a bit to see what works with your external flash. I shoot a bracket set and use the built in LCD monitor to get a final reading.

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Did you try full automatic
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Did you try putting the camera on full automatic (the green setting)? That might work. If not, you may indeed have a camera or flash problem. I assume you have not set the sync setting on the flash incorrectly and you have all the custom flash sync setting of the camera set to defaults.
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Re: HELP! (flash issue)
Old 02-29-2004, 02:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks... I've tried everything also -- manual, auto, slaves, etc.. Slaves fire but still no light on the subject. I'm thinking the shutter and flash are out of synch somehow. I used a friend's softbox a while back and it seems the problems may have started around that time, although I'm not sure of anything at this point. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]
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Re: HELP! (flash issue)
Old 03-02-2004, 08:54 AM   #7 (permalink)
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G'day Mate.......

I am not sure about the Canon, but when I first started using the D100 with flash, all my images were way over exposed. Hand held meter read F8 and I had to stop down to 22. I thought something may have been wrong with the meter. Turns out, there was a nifty little feature turned on called Auto Exposure (pg 148 of manual). After turning that feature off, have never had the problem again! Btw....I too was ready to toss the D100....LOL
 
 
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I think there is a way to reset the 550ex to factory defaults. Try that as well.
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Re: HELP! (flash issue)
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Had to go re-read my manual.. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] Page 148 gives the settings for ISO, either auto or off. Off is the default so not sure how yours got turned to auto. Oh well, stuff occurs...... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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