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Cannot get wireless flash mode to work on my 7D

I have two 5400HS flashes for my 7D. I can get neither to work in wireless mode. I have them synced. I have tried using a single flash remotely with the on-camera flash. I tried attaching one flash as a controller. In short I've tried everything. I can press the AE button to test and everything lights up OK but the flash simply won't fire when I take the shot. I have to believe that this is operator error but I cannot figure out what to do.

Thank you in advance, Steve

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  • GarrickBrown Mar 05, 2008

    Thanks Matt,

    I had pretty much come to this conclusion but it's good to have confirmation. I have ordered a cable though so at least I can rig a remote setup if I find it absolutely necessary. I didn't spend much on the flashes so this is more a nuisance than a real problem. If I start doing a lot of portraiture, I will invest in a 5600.

    Thanks for the help.

    Steve

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It is not operator error. I had a similar experience and spent days pulling my hair out trying to figure out the problem.

Unfortunately, the 5400HS is NOT compatible with the 7D. Only to 3600HS(D) and 5600HS(D) are.

The problem stems from the fact that the digital cameras cannot to TTL (real-time) flash metering and have to rely on pre-flash instead.

Because of this, Minolta updated the control protocol to include a signal to tell the flash to pre-flash. Unfortunately, only the two newer flashes recognise and respond to this new signal.

I spent weeks trying various things to get around this, but with no joy. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but your 5400HS just will not work properly with the 7D either wirelessly or when attached to the camera.

Matt.

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