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Old Aug 20, 2003, 10:54 PM   #1
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Default Speedlite 533G & Digital EOS support?

Do Canon EOS cameras generally, but digital EOS
cameras in particular, work with the old 533G
potato masher flash unit?

I'm selling off all my 35mm gear on eBay, but decided
to hang on to the 533G, since I assume it can be
made to work in at least a rudimentary way with any
cam having a flash shoe. True?

I didn't think I'd be moving to a Canon DLSR, but news
today now calls that assumption into question.
So now ...

Can I get any 533G flash AE on an EOS digi?

Or do the extra pins on the G20 and G100 sensor
actually cause a problem on dEOS?
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Old Aug 21, 2003, 4:50 AM   #2
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Do Canon EOS cameras generally, but digital EOS cameras in particular, work with the old 533G potato masher flash unit?
It won't work in the camera auto mode, with the camera on manual it should be fine ("at least a rudimentary way")

Even the newer 480EG potato masher won't support the digital EOS, except on external flash auto (ie non-TTL). The handle-mounted flashes are of the older TTL type, Canon has three types: E-TTL, A-TTL, and TTL only.

All the digital EOS cameras are of the E-TTL type that requires an invisible pre-flash burst for the automatic mode to work...
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> ... digital EOS cameras are of the E-TTL type that
> requires an invisible pre-flash burst ...


That's what I came here for. Thanks.

> ... with the camera on manual it should be fine ...

Which tells me that I need to insist on manual on
any digicam or dSLR I buy, Canon or not (but I'd
probably insist on that anyway).

> Even the newer 480EG potato masher won't
> support the digital EOS, except on ...


So Canon has no dEOS-equivalent large external flash?

Is this an oversight, or does it not make sense to offer
one? I can see where it might not, if the emerging cams
have such high ISOs, plus burst & movie modes a flash
just can't keep up with. There just might not be enough
demand for such a flash.
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So Canon has no dEOS-equivalent large external flash?

Is this an oversight, or does it not make sense to offer
one? I can see where it might not, if the emerging cams
have such high ISOs, plus burst & movie modes a flash
just can't keep up with. There just might not be enough
demand for such a flash.
Not really... in the old days you might want to have a super powerful beam to light up everything but coming from a small point source the result will be harsh as crazy! Metz might have something in this department, but I'm no expert here.

What you have in the new EX series is the wireless mode and through E-TTL you can place multiple(s) 550/420EX'es at different locations or in group with different ratio and the camera will meter the scene properly Through-The-Lens with much better light/shadow control than just one powerful head! Also with more units, each individual flash does have to put out as much energy and can recycle very quickly and keep up pretty well with the 'Flash Exposure Bracketing' FEB mode!

Beside it's lighter on the camera as well, and no-cords to trip over or yank on... :lol: :lol: :lol:
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> ... E-TTL ... with much better light/shadow control than
> just one powerful head!


The 533G is so powerful, I often used it in ceiling-
bounce mode, which diffused the light greatly. If
I keep using it, I may invest in an umbrella for it.

> Beside it's lighter on the camera as well,

Since the vintage flash AE mode was 1/60th sec.,
I actually appreciated the extra heft of the 533G
for hand-held with longer lenses. And if I use it on
a dSLR in 1/60 manual, I'll still have that benefit/hazard.
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PC connector you can use it off camera with the 10D in manual mode with no problem...my 285HV works fine (no TTL though).
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