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Clicking Noise Using Zoom on 580EX

Hi my 580EX makes a clicking noise when I try to use my Zoom higher than 24mm. It did get tipped over one time while on a stand, and I am just starting to experiment with using the Zoom. I just read this article about the same problem and this was someone's reply..."It's possible that the source is mechanical - e.g. the worm gear has become dislocated in the drive train and needs to be put back in place. It's also possible that something may be causing a capacitor to short out as the flash zooms, and the clicks are high voltage sparks." What is your opinion on this? Thanks!

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SOURCE: SPEEDLITE 580EX TTL Flash: flash is making a constant beating/clicking noise ...

Loosen the two small screws under the flash on the swivel head. Turn flash on. You may need to twist the head just slightly. Flash bulb moves back and forth in the swivel head when zooming. If you dropped the flash, this may have jarred it from the track. I had the same problem with mine, and the above solution fixed it. Zoom works again and no clicking noise. Let me know.

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