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Canon 430ex ii seems to flicker rapidly sometimes before taking pictures

My new Canon 430 works fine except sometimes before I talk a picture the flash shoots several times in a rapid sequence before it takes a picture. Is this normal?

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Yes it is. The system is simply measuring the flash to meter the exposure.

Posted on Dec 29, 2013

Testimonial: "Thank you for your reply! But this does not happen all the time and when it happens it sounds like it goes crazy and it flickers 5 or 6 times with intense lighting sand makes high buzzing noise. I have owned other non Canon flashes but never seen this."

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

SOURCE: canon speedlite 430EX

Make sure it is not set to manual 'M' on the display. To get it to shoot in ETTL (Through the lens) press the mode button and it should read ETTL in the top left corner. This then means that the light is metered thorugh the lens and you are not relying on the manual settings.

Hope that helps. I had the same problem when i first got my.
By the way a brilliant all round bit of kit. I have traveled the world to some fairly extreme temps and got it wet (Rain, humidity, sea spray to deserts and serious dust) All good.

Good luck

Posted on Jul 13, 2008

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SOURCE: Flash is acting weird...

The problem with troubleshooting is that you have to try different things to see what changes when you do something different. Try new batteries, then try another set, then connect the flash to another camera and see if you have the same results. In my opinion, I'd have to say that it's probably the flash but like anything else, you have to try different things. Try using a different flash unit to determine if it's a flash issue or a camera hot-shoe issue. Once you find the culprit, then either replace the flash (hopefully this is the issue because it's cheaper) or it may unfortunately be the body. Hope this helps... just try a few things and cancel out what's working vs. what's not working.

Posted on Mar 26, 2009

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SOURCE: canon 430EX flash will not flash in slave mode.

This site worked foe me http://flashzebra.com/wizardcables/index.shtml

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Posted on Apr 15, 2009

SOURCE: Canon speedlight 430EX II won't fire

The conceting piece of the Flash has cracked when i dropped it, is there any thing i can do to repair or exchange it?

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SOURCE: Trigger a Speedlite 430EX II with a studio flash

  1. Make sure the trigger you are using is compatible with digital flashes.
  2. isolate the smaller contact so they do not "short out" on the trigger.
  3. make sure the trigger is working and will fire other flashes

Posted on Nov 21, 2009

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