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580ex not flashing at all

After have used it very strongly (many flashes at 1/1 power) the strobe doesn't work anymore. Everything seems to be OK looking all over the LCD, but the strobe doesn't charge anymore, it is not even audible the normal noise it makes when the capacitor charges any further. the "ready light" never turns on at all...

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  • johnnydeb May 06, 2008

    Same symtoms as canonist's reported. Everything else seems to work except it just won't flash anymore after 2 years of great service.

  • Anonymous Jun 08, 2008

    I have the same problem after only 16 months minimal use.  it will not charge nor will it light up.

  • PDpics Jun 14, 2008

    in the middle of shooting a graduation. No more power and it will not power up again. Two years old min. use My batteries were very very hot

  • bec8614 Jun 16, 2008

    i just had the same problem...what's the solution?

  • survic2 Jul 23, 2008

    Same exact problem x6 or so at this point. Have a 580EX that is 2 years old, has been repaired three times and is down again. Have a 430 that is less than a year. Just had it repaired by Canon less than a month ago and guess what, the lights come on, but it won't flash. My little Sunpak is much more reliable. My big Canons are only good for a few months. Next purchase will be another brand.

  • chrisjo888 Aug 22, 2008

    I purchased a Canon SPEEDLITE 580EX TTL Flash and with minimal use it does not work any longer. It does not flash, the led panel does not work and when i was working with the settings right before the panel went out it made a loud pop the flash went off and now nothing. Piece of junk and at 350.00 is not a good buy. Really sucks......Was using it with a canon eos20D. Do not buy a Canon Speedlite 580ex in my humble opinion.

  • Shawade Dec 26, 2008

    My 580EX is 3 years old and has worked perfectly until this last week, I can get a red (adequate flash charge) light but cannot get a green light for even a single shot. Tried new alkalines and new/old rechargables. Cameras (G9 and EOS40D) do not show flash ready symbol either.

  • bahogg Jan 21, 2009

    My 580 was working fine on my 20d then when I put it on my 30d it would come on but will not flash. I thought maybe I did something crazy to it but it sounds like this is something that is happening to other also.

  • tmsridar Mar 16, 2009

    my canon 580 eos flashlight is not working

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After using it many flashes at 1/1 power the strobe doesn't work anymore

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