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Battery dies right away

Hello, My Canon Speedlite 580 dies right away even after i put in new batteries. It does fire a few shots but then doesn't even turn on. Does it eat up that much energy, or something wrong with it? How many shots should you be able get with newly charged rechargeable batteries? Thanks

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Thank you for your post! Yes, I later heard that rechargeable batteries aren't always good becuase the contacts are not as good...? What are "digitally" rated alkalines??

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Re: Battery dies right away

You might want to try NON rechargeable batteries, particularly "digitally" rated alkalines. If this won't do it, I'd take it to get looked at.

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My canon 580 EX II stops firing even with new batteries

You must disable the 580EX II form using the 4AA.

4AA must be needed when using hv power pack.

Just let the 4AA use & display the LCD panel.

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I have recently shot some pictures with my canon 580 EX flash. pictures seemed to be a bit underexposed. My camera is a 50D pictures shot at ISO 200. The lens was a canon 17-40 F4 L. Is is possible that...

It all depends on the environment you're shooting in. When shooting a wedding reception for instance inside in the evening I will generally use ISO 800 and I quite often use FE Lock which is very handy. FE Lock will pre-flash the speedlite and meter the result based on the center focus point in your viewfinder (it doesn't matter if you have set another focus point it will always meter to the center one so make sure that is over your subject when you use it). To use FE Lock press the button near your thumb that has the * symbol with the center focus point over the subject. You can then re-frame the shot if required and take the picture. The camera will take the picture based on that flash setting and you should find that the shot is better exposed.

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I have a canon 40D and a speedlite 580 second sync not working

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Jan 31, 2010 | Canon SPEEDLITE 580EX TTL Flash

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I purchased a new Canon 580 EX II in July and have used it for 9 weddings, it has been in the Canon shop once, they stated no problems, but the Flash HAS NEVER WORKED RIGHT! It drains the batteries in...

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 they are amazing and NO SALES TAX for online

Keep us posted!

Barbara Yasuhara

Oct 20, 2009 | Canon Speedlite 580EX II TTL Flash

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It wont power up at all. I have tried batteries,

1 - Check the battery contact and make sure the batteries in the flash are good.
2 - check the plug for the turbo, make sure it is not damaged, as well as, the high voltage plug on the 580 flash. If those contacts look dirty or mushroom shaped, you will nee the flash repaired.
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