Help with a flashgun

Amadeus

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I got a new flashgun and thought it will be easy to use, but it's not. As the flashgun is Conon's speedlite 580 II, it doesn't work completely automatically on my OlympusE-400. Could someone help me? Where could I find the basics of how to use it? (I have the manual, but I still don't get it...) I was planning to volunteer as a photographer for my son's school, but I would definetly need the flash for indoor pictures... Thanks for help!
 

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I'm not a flash expert but I would switch it to manual and point it onto walls/ceilings etc to bounce the light onto your subject. Remember the colour of the walls you bounch off can tint the image you get though.
 

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That flash was meant to be used with a Canon camera...not an Olympus. You might be able to get away with using it by setting the power manually...but certainly not in auto (TTL) mode.

I might suggest that you return the Canon flash any look for an Olympus FL50 flash.
 

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I got a new flashgun and thought it will be easy to use, but it's not. As the flashgun is Conon's speedlite 580 II, it doesn't work completely automatically on my OlympusE-400.

I'm sorry if I sound like a jerk, but wasn't this glaringly obvious before you bought it?

Return it and buy an olympus flash, if you want to use a canon one, than use a canon camera.
 

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Honestly if the flash is a Canon-dedicated flash and has more than one pin on the bottom you should stop using it immediately lest you damage the camera or the flash.
 

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