There can be more than one causes. If intermittent work mean that in, at least, some cases the strobe fires normally and the internal sensor controls the power as it should, then the most probable cause is a diry contact at the either end of the PC cord or a broken wire in the cord. Clean with any gentle method or disconnect-reconnect a dozen times in order to rub off the oxidization, or replace in the latter case. If it doesn't help then the culprit can be a cold solder joint inside the flash, the repair of which asks for a technician with skills. If the intermittent work means that the flash always fires, but sometimes with the correct power and sometimes with full power, then the case is more sophisticated, and surely needs a repair of internal circuitry. See the description of such issue for a Sunpak 522 elsewhere in Fixya Good luck, Laszlo
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The flash, build in the camera, gets its power from the main battery. If the settings are correct, it should work. Try setting the camera to the green auto logo on the main dial. Then in a dark place the flash should work. As soon as your mail dial is on a scene or on manual, he camera won't flash unless you chose it to do.
It is not possible to use the Nikon SB-50DX directly on a Canon EOS Rebel camera. The Nikon flash gun hot shoe contacts do not match the Canon hot shoe contacts. You can use the Nikon as a slave flash gun with a PC flash cord that matches the Nikon's flash contacts then connect the end of this flash cord to a flash trigger. The Canon's flash can then trigger the Nikon flash gun via the flash trigger.
Are you saying it will not communicate when the flash is in the hot shoe? If so then clean the connector on the flash and camera. Make sure you have pushed the flash all the way on to the hot shoe then turn the lock. Does the flash work on other cameras? If so it is not the flash. Will other flash work on the camera if so it is the flash. The other question is are you talking about not communicating using CLS? If so that is another issue most often solved by reading the manual making sure all the settings are correct and matching.
Try to keep the Flash setting on ISO-setting of 100 constant and adjust your aperture setting on the flash..Do not try to sync with the camera settings..it will normally work...for example.if your camera setting is as this: ISO-400, shutter speed is 125 and aperture is F8, then keep the flash setting as i mentioned above.this setting in an evening environment in a hotel or party event. this may help...
The dial on the top does nothing to the flash. It's just a guide, like a simple ruler.
Example: You just set your ASA/ISO (Yellow Line) to Orange DIN/ASA Number to match your camera's ASA/ISO. Then just read those Scale of F Stops to outside to get FT/M (Feet or Meter).
The true meter from flash is on Handle of flash: Set Orange Horizontal Line to ASA/ISO Number to match camera. Set Left Slider, push up & down, to the F Stop that you wanted to shoot. You have 6 Auto Sensor F Stops 1 for M (Motordrive) 1 for W (Winder)
Hope they are helpful on all photographers using Metz 60CT-1 Flash.