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Frozen on one setting

Hello, My 580EX clicks when I turn it on... the Wide Angle shield is totally in. Plus it is set on ETTL but the Zoom - - mm and the rectangle box is flashing... it will not respond to any buttons pushed or the dial turned. Thanks for your help! Judy

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  • zpetschek Nov 22, 2008

    I have the same issue. It tries to zoom out but get stuck somehow in the process. After a few seconds it stops trying and then the screen blinks. It will still fire but I can't change any settings. Does anyone have a quick fix solution before I take it to a repair shop or ghetto rig it myself?

  • aleunge Jan 15, 2009

    Same here! For me, the flash works completely fine at all tilt/swivel angles except regular direct flash position... manual and auto zoom won't work and I get the same blinking --zoom thing. So annoying. Help please!

  • cuisance Feb 22, 2009

    same problem
    My 580EX clicks when I turn it on... the Wide Angle shield is totally in. Plus it is set on ETTL but the Zoom - - mm and the rectangle box is flashing... it will not respond to any buttons pushed or the dial turned. Thanks for your help!


  • zpetschek Feb 22, 2009

    So do you have any information in english perhaps because I don't want to be missing a caution about what not to do somewhere in the writing. My romanian is a little rusty

  • aleunge Feb 23, 2009

    Hi, the second solution below is only for people with the clicking problem, where the zoom doesn't work at any tilt angle and you hear a clicking sound when the flash tries to zoom. In that case, the flash bulb is off the zooming track and popping it back it will fix it.

    Google the link below and hit "translate" this page to get a rough looking English version.

    Anyways, the problem that I'm running into is different. The manual zoom works at all tilt angles except the 0 degree one, where it won't zoom (and it won't click either), and then simply locks up. I've looked around the net, found others in the same situations, but no solutions. Any help will be appreciated... especially the ones that brought the flash into Canon for looking at. Thanks!

  • ronbeeguy Apr 25, 2009

    "In that case, the flash bulb is off the zooming track and popping it back it will fix it."

    When I turn my 580ex on, I get the same clicking sound regardless of the tilt/swivel. Popping the bulb back in the track sounds like the perfect fix, but I can't get the link below to work, and can't figure out how to get into the flash head to pop the bulb back."



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Hi everyone. My flash is finally fixed!!!! Like I posted earlier, the problem with the slipped zoom gear head has already been solved and mentioned numerous times... for me though, I ran into another completely different problem.

My problem was that everything works fine (including manual/auto zoom) EXCEPT when the flash is at the direct bounce position (i.e. directly forward or zero degree bounce). When pointed forward or near 0 degree, the manual and auto zoom both won't work. And after trying to either manually zoom the flash from the flash body controls or indirectly/automatically zoom the flash by zooming the lens for a while (with no reaction from the flash zoom head), the flash locks up and I get the blinking "-- mm zoom" thing. In other words, the flash locks up until I restart it.

So having taken the flash opened to try to fine a fix and failing before, I couldn't take it anymore and took it open again. This time, I found that the fault was with one of the wires that went from the bottom half of the flash (the batteries half), through the bounce/swivel joint (where the button is), and then to the top half (the flash output end). The wire was broken inside the insulation from me bending the flash head going from bounce to direct flash. My broken wire was the thin black wire that comes out from the joint hole (not the side with the bounce/swivel button on the joint) to the zoom circuit board. This wire is part of a series of 6 or so colored wires on the board.

I imagine through use, others might break other colored wires than my black one. I had to wiggle and pull each wire that passes through the joint while manually zooming to figure out which wire was the bad one (there's a lot of wires). But I found the b@stard and replaced the wire and I'm good to go now!!! Problem solved!

Hope this helps someone else... and be careful of touching one of those wires that can shock you.

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I had to take the flash apart and check inside. The zoom mechanism was broken (cut into two halves) so the spinning part didn´t move the flash bulb back and forth.


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Try this site and follow the photos.
It worked for me.

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  • Maple Dec 07, 2012

    OH MY GOSH!... I went to the link... I had it translated from Romanian to English... and followed the photos and I fixed my flash! Wa-hoooo! Thank you for the link!


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I've posted an illustrated step by step in English here hope this helps

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Hi Judy,

Is it fixed?

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