Question about Canon SPEEDLITE 580EX TTL Flash
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
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.
Posted on Dec 14, 2009
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.
Posted on Jun 06, 2009
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