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My speedlite keeps flashing the zoom control and freezes

My speedlite freezes 5 seconds after i turn it on and the indicators just keep blinking

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  • the bucks Jun 06, 2008

    my 580ex speed lite also keeps blinking the zoom also. Any ideas???

  • Andrew Stain Jan 20, 2013

    Possibly the zoom motor is jammed, can you hear it make a funny noise when turned on? Here is a step by step of how to fix it if that is the issue:http://wp.me/p2HrbR-2e

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Make sure the built-in diffuser is pushed in all the way... that diffuser is only designed to work when in "14-mm" mode so whenever that diffuser is down, even just a little bit, the entire display will flash and 14 mm will be shown as the focal length of the flash.

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