I have 2 canon 20Ds w/ the 18-55mm lens. I use the canon 580 EX II flash.
I am a wedding photographer and the majority of the photos do not look sharp. The photos look fine threw the viewfinder and when I review the photo but, when I put the images on the computer several shots are out of focus or not sharp. Also the color is dull.
I usually shoot in manual at 400 iso, 60 shutter, 4.5 aperture, AWB, one shot, large fine, auto focus.
I would look beyond the camara and suspect that the computer is tired or overloaded. This would be a more logical point of defining the trouble and cheaper than suspecting your fine camara and expertise. If you still think it is the camara take it off the auto focus for a few weeks and see if you still get problem shots. If So take the puppy in for an overhaul of the timing shutter mechanism. It may just have a fuzz ball or rather hairball problem that only momentarilly and intermitintly snags. If it is not the auto focus then how about a different computer program choice?? Photo files eat up a lot of space and unless you have one computer that is totally dedicated to just the storage fixing and printing of the pictures you may simply have a RAM vs PIXEL problem. Try off loading some onto disc for storage instead of keeping them all on the machine. If they print out better in quality than you see on your screen then it may be your monitor that needs to be reset to handle fine detail in the contrast settings. You may have to upgrade this equipment, which I would for the TAX BREAK.
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I have a Metz and a 50d and it does support E-ttl. The Metz is a bit less and it is more versatile than the Cannon and it does support slaves as well. I hope this helps you a bit. I got my Metz from Calumet Photographic. I am sure if you call them, they can tell you the answer.
Trust me I have this flash and I LOVE IT, I wouldn't trade it for the world.
Sounds like you have a short somewhere, where did you buy it? Remember Canon gives you a full one year warranty BUT it must be the Canon USA and not Japan model....THAT is where it hurts! Read the fine print, it may be cheaper but that does not mean it will be better.
Even if you have lost your receipt Canon will have you on file, because you registered your Canon product, right??
If you need it fixed, I have the guy for you, but I am located in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am sure you can call him on the phone and he can see if it's worth you having it shipped.
But FIRST CALL CANON they are awesome, and want you happy! And only buy B&H Photo.com they are amazing and NO SALES TAX for online
The rating in milliamps is a matter of battery capacity and charging rates.The higher the better as you will get more flashes per charge as long as you have the correct charger to match the batteries’ capacity and use the correct charging times.Aside from this issue of duty cycle between charges- this has no effect on the power of the flash unit as to output.This cant burn out or damage the circuitry.
The issue here is VOLTAGE.Most AA alkaline batteries provide 1.5 volts.Most rechargeable AAs provide 1.2 volts.We are looking at a voltage differential of 1.2 volts (a 20% deficit) if 4 batteries are required.This MAY cause slower recycling times in order to attain a full charge for each shot.In SOME units that can cause a bit if overheating due to strain on the step up circuitry.
It so best to check with the manufacture or distributor of you flash unit before purchasing you rechargeable batteries and charger. If you units have a built in charging circuit this can definitely be problems if there is a mismatch in charging rates and voltage. If this is the case be sire to check your manual or with the manufacturer or distributor- there must be a list of compatible batteries.
I do medical/photo equipment repairs & IR conversion, but I'm in the USA. Over 20 years and Canon knew about that problem including many photographers. Most of Canon flashes can not do manual or aperture mode because they have to flash sensor. Now they have it on the 580EXII. I guess Canon has no photographer working in the flash department.
Canon screwed photographers, buy a Metz, Vivitar, Sigma, Sunpak, or NIkon.