Would it be worth the expense in investing in the MR-14 for my newly aquired Canon 1000D or would you recommend another flash Unit for this camera - i am new to photography and eager to learn.
Main areas of photography are, communions, confirmations, parties, portraits etc.
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Re: Canon 1000D & Canon MR-14EX Ringflash
Holy smokes some of these post are old I mean really old. I'd hope you have solved your problem way before this. My answer to your question here is the flash you have listed is a "Macro" flash and for portraits will produce very unflattering light. Not to mention it will not have the reach of say a "normal' external flash unit and the amount of red eye will be staggering from this flash used for people pictures.
Hello friends, I have a problem with my Canon MR 14EX, it connects but does not load. with maintenance work in photographic equipment, the more I am not able get it. if someone can help me, I thank you very much!
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If the unit will flash at all then you may be able to "re-condition" the capacitors or condensers. If so, then make sure you have a fresh set of batteries and trigger the flash in manual mode full light. As the capacitors heal and are able to hold more energy the light output will increase. If you are able to recover them then the voltage level will increase to where the light comes on. Otherwise they likely need replacing and this is work best left to a technician. This work is also expensive so you need to decide if it is worth it or simply replace the unit. Good luck.
You should be able to use your SB-22 with your D5000, however you can only use it in the manual mode since it is not a TTL speed light. That means you will need to manually set both the camera and the flash unit. I have done that successfully with an SB-25 on both my D800 and D90 in a pinch, but you should consider investing in either an SB-700 or SB-910. They are allot more versatile.
Not sure about the repair costs but why not invest in a Phottix Odin wireless system? I use them in my work and they perform flawlessly. Small and lightweight plus they are wireless which means that the camera can communicate through windows and walls etc.
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Does the 420EX power up at all? As soon and I turn mine on while in the bounce flash position it immediately searches for focal length and the red light flashes I can also hear it powering up. If you hear this then the problem is most likely the flash tube which can be a bit pricey but a heck of a lot less then replacement new or used. IF there is no sound then it could be battery orientation (I've got the batteries in wrong so many times it's embarrassing) If the batteries are in correctly then the connections down inside the chamber may be corroded and require cleaning. Also the contacts on the some what flimsy battery door should be cleaned. If all this fails to produce a working unit it still could be repaired but ask for a quote first, most of the time it's just a dirty connection or the one wire at the bottom of the battery chamber it broken away still not an expensive repair when looking at replacement. Check things out before giving up hope. I've sent flash units to Canon Canada (as a business) had them back in 14 days and it cost me $80.00 Canadian including the shipping. Hope this was some what of a help
replacement and usually expensive some are ribbon cable with a plug some are soldered to a pc board....can u do it ? i doubt it most are tiny float solder connections that require a good eye and steady hands and a lot of patients probably cheaper to replace call a canon repair center or Mack Camera in Springfield NJ theyre in the book and may be able to repair it as theyre a National service center for many brands.
Around the back the flash has an on/off button that glows green to
show power on, a ready light that glows orange when the ringflash is
charged this doubles up as a test button. There’s also a 2.5mm sync
socket for the flash sync cable and an exposure scale.
On the front is an auto manual switch. If you set to auto the sensor
on the front of the flash cuts the power so it’s correct for the auto
aperture that’s been selected. You determine which aperture to use via
the scale on the back.
I also own a Vivitar 285 that i used with my Canon F1 manual 35mm camera. Most older cameras before the advent of digital, had a hot shoe on top of the camera, or like in my case, the hot shoe went over the rewind knob. I also had to plug in a power cord from the 285 flash foot and the cameras PC connection in order for the flash to work on some other cameras. The Canon Rebel XTi has a TTL (through the lens) hot shoe usable with Canon's own EX flash units. You can buy a "hot shoe to PC connector" if the TTL camera hot shoe doesn't work, but be extremely careful, the only problem that exists with the older manual flash units was the trigger voltage is as high as 200+volts which would fry digital camera hot shoes. I tried my unit with a Wein flash trigger device on the PC cord of the flash and my Canon D60 with it's own flash. All shots were overexposed and washed out highlights. Here's a copy of the hot-shoe review:h The EOS 400D's hot-shoe can be used with Canon and third party flashes (although sync only on most third party units). The hot-shoe is E-TTL II compatible. Compatible flashes include Speedlite 220EX, 380EX, 420EX, 430EX, 550EX, 580EX, Macro-Ring Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2. The Canon Rebel XTi doesn't have a PC socket to plug in a manual flash trigger cord which common sense tells me there is no provision to step up the voltage to trigger manual flashes - so my answer is this combination is not a good idea on a Canon Rebel XTi. Hope this helps.