speedlite cant fire !! help !

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  1. MH_91

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    Heey every one

    well i just got a speedlite its an OLD model its Canon 380 EX

    friend of mine gave it to me ,

    well it was working prefectly for 10 mins and when i get home and i plug it in again to my camera ( canon 20D ) it didnt work at all , i change the batteries into new ones , the PILOT sign was working but when i press the shutter bottom to take pic the flash didnt work ...

    and then i Unplugged the Speedlite ,, and randomly i pressed PILOT it worked few times , and it stop working at all !


    could you guys tell me what is wrong with it

    please
    am soo greatfull !

    thank you !
     
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    Before anyone else mentions this, his Canon 380EX IS listed as safe to use on a DSLR (trigger voltages) so there is no concern there as that being any part of his problem....
     
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    What you Mean ????????
     
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    Older film flashes sometimes can have higher trigger voltages than are safe for use on a DSLR, and can potentially damage the circuits in a DSLR if used on one. All it takes is one time, mounted to the hotshoe and fired... Or, it might not ever cause damage, but who wants to take that chance? Not with my expensive DSLR.

    All your DSLR is, essentially, is a computer with a lens, and excessive voltages can do harm to the electronics inside the camera.

    There is a list on the internet that lists many flash heads (by Mfg and Model #) and tells if they are deemed safe, or not safe, for use on a DSLR.

    Your flash is on that list, listed as being safe to use on a DSLR.

    I wouldn't put any flash on a DSLR until I was SURE that the trigger voltage is within limits.

    Have heard others say to not worry about this, but I know a camera repair place that has had more than just a few DSLR's with fried circuits when an incompatible flash was used on a DSLR body.
     
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    well thanks for your new Information i didnt know that , but .. i have Canon 20D ( which is old ) so i dont think its going to effect my camera , because the person told me that i was using the flash for long time with my camera ( he had 20D as well ) soo i dont know what happen suddenly here ... it made me confused ...
     
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    Can't help much more. I know very little about Canon gear, other than how to spell it.
     
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    well thanks for your help , but am going to dislike ur last sentence :)
     
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    it would be great , if someone helped me out here ..
     
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    Will the flash still fire on its own by pressing the pilot light?

    If yes: check the contacts on the bottom of the flash and the top of the camera. Make sure they are clean and undamaged/loose.

    If no: Buy new batteries and try using them instead.
    Reset the flash unit to factory defaults (which is as easy as leaving the batteries out of the flash for a few minutes).

    If the flash still won't fire, something is likely broken internally and needs repair.
     
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    well ,

    when i press the PILOT sign sometimes it fire and sometimes it not

    i just bought new batteries and i put them inside , but didnt work yet

    i will try the thing u just said to Restore it to factory defaults , ( i just have to Remove the batteries for few Mintues ?

    thats all ?
     
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    i did what you told me ..

    but it didnt work ..

    is there another way to Rest the flash ?
     
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    How quickly are you trying to fire the flash? It needs time to recycle before it can fire again. If you are using alkaline batteries instead of NiMH rechargables, it will take a long, long (epically long) time to recycle the flash.
     

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