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Canon 580 EXII turns off slowly

The unit slowly turns off just like it has losing it power, even though my batteries are fresh and when I turn it on again after a few seconds it will be the same again

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  • tedtanedo Feb 21, 2012

    still the problem of my flash exist, I think it has an internal problem

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If you restart it immediately, and the unit seems like it is just starting, it may be the charge capacitor is shorting out, or there is excessive gate leakage of the thyristor

Posted on Feb 19, 2012

  • John McPherson Feb 21, 2012

    Both of these are internal parts.

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