Using the 220EX flash unit with canon powershot G2.I am not getting the output to the viewfinder which the manual indicates.For example the manual asks you to check that the flash icon(crooked arrow)plus "H" is displayed when using FP Flash.This doesn't happen .
The 220EX manual distinguishes two types of camera -- "A" and "B" but G2 is not in either list.The manual for the G2 is a bit vague on this.
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In this price range you may find used Canon Speedlites like the 220EX or similar. I have found these to work on most EOS E-TTL cameras. As for new strobes you should consider the Bolt VS-260 for Canon. Also you may be able to get a Sunpak PZ42XC for just a little more than 100 or a Speedlite 90EX for under 70 (I use one on my EOS M).
The SX10 has a standard flash mount, which will fit just about any flash unit. The manual recommends the Canon Speedlite 220EX, 430EX II, or 580EX II units. Other manufacturers' flash units will also work, though perhaps not as automatically.
The big thing to watch for is that older (film-era) flash units may have higher trigger voltages that can fry newer digital cameras. Before buying such a unit, check this list.
Check the flash sync speed on the cameras. With most film cameras, the flash sync speed is 1/60 of a second.
With digital cameras, you must use a flash rated for the digital camera and use their recommended flash speed.
If the camera to flash sync speed is correct it is possible that the flash output is weak. This would be due to the battery not being able to properly supply, or some defective components in the flash circuits.
You will require a flash sync detector, a flash intensity meter, and a battery load tester to perform the the first level of basic tests if you wish to analyse the fault yourself.
This is not a problem you could service yourself, unless you are experienced and knowledgeable for servicing flashes.
These flash units use very high voltage at a very high current when operating. The current is built up and stored in a very efficient high voltage capacitor. A flash can be dangerous to service yourself.
I also own a Vivitar 285 that i used with my Canon F1 manual 35mm camera. Most older cameras before the advent of digital, had a hot shoe on top of the camera, or like in my case, the hot shoe went over the rewind knob. I also had to plug in a power cord from the 285 flash foot and the cameras PC connection in order for the flash to work on some other cameras. The Canon Rebel XTi has a TTL (through the lens) hot shoe usable with Canon's own EX flash units. You can buy a "hot shoe to PC connector" if the TTL camera hot shoe doesn't work, but be extremely careful, the only problem that exists with the older manual flash units was the trigger voltage is as high as 200+volts which would fry digital camera hot shoes. I tried my unit with a Wein flash trigger device on the PC cord of the flash and my Canon D60 with it's own flash. All shots were overexposed and washed out highlights. Here's a copy of the hot-shoe review:h The EOS 400D's hot-shoe can be used with Canon and third party flashes (although sync only on most third party units). The hot-shoe is E-TTL II compatible. Compatible flashes include Speedlite 220EX, 380EX, 420EX, 430EX, 550EX, 580EX, Macro-Ring Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2. The Canon Rebel XTi doesn't have a PC socket to plug in a manual flash trigger cord which common sense tells me there is no provision to step up the voltage to trigger manual flashes - so my answer is this combination is not a good idea on a Canon Rebel XTi. Hope this helps.
Does the unit not flash? What type and size of batteries are in use? Are there ant odors, smoke or popping sounds coming from the unit? Are the batteries rechargeable and if so dies the charger or batteries heat up during the charging cycle. WARNING! dO NOT USE IT IN THE CAMERA- A SHORT CIRCUIT IN THE FLASH CAN DAMAGE THE CAMERA. uNLESS YOU ARE AN EXPERIENCED ELECTRONIC TECHNICIAN- DO BIT OPEN THE UNIT AND POKE AROUND IN IT- EVEN SMALLPORTABLE FLASHES MAY CONTAINLETHAL VOLTAGES AND CAUSE INJURY OR DEATH.!