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Canon SpeedLite 220EX

Using the 220EX flash unit with canon powershot G2.I am not getting the output to the viewfinder which the manual indicates.For example the manual asks you to check that the flash icon(crooked arrow)plus "H" is displayed when using FP Flash.This doesn't happen . The 220EX manual distinguishes two types of camera -- "A" and "B" but G2 is not in either list.The manual for the G2 is a bit vague on this. Anyone able to help here ? Thaks V

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  • Veblen Nov 21, 2007

    Sorry for slow response -- been having problems !



    Yes I think you are right.



    Still not made much headway with using Speedlite 220EX

  • Veblen Nov 21, 2007

    This is a test message . Please ignore it !

  • Veblen Nov 21, 2007

    Yes photonotes is an excellent source BUT as far as I can see devoted mainly to canon EOS cameras. But there is some very good general information there.

    Thanks again

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The two types of Camera refer to the SLR's. I doubt the G2 will support FP flash as it probobly does not have a focal plane shutter like a SLR.

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