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Old Oct 20, 2009, 10:55 AM   #1
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Hi - I'm new here so I hope I'm posting correctly.

The popup flash on my Canon Rebel XTi stopped firing about a yr ago - it pops up but doesn't fire. Locals would "look" @ for $120 so I finally decided just to get external.

I have a Canon 430ex II ordered and on the way but I just saw this on an older review: "The only downside you’re likely to find is that the EX430 II cannot be used as a master flash, but it can be used as a slave."

So now I'm worried - should the external work without the popup actually firing?

Thanks in advance for your input.
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Old Oct 20, 2009, 12:06 PM   #2
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Master / slave has nothing to do with normal hot-shoe flash operations. If the hot-shoe and associated circuitry are working properly then the 430 will work just fine. The master/slave thing deals with using multiple flashes. You could have one flash on the shoe and 2 off-shoe flashes. The shoe-mounted flash works as a 'master' and sends signals to the other 2 flashes to fire. What this is saying is the 430 is not capable of SENDING those signals to other flashes, it is only capable of receiving them.
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Old Oct 20, 2009, 12:12 PM   #3
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OOOOhhhh! That makes sense now. Thanks so much for explaining that!! Should the flash still make a noise (charging, whirring) after it pops up even if it is only something as simple as a burned out bulb? Because it doesn't
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Newer flash charges at a higher frequency which is now inaudible to the ear... Like you I prefer to hear what the flash is doing though but manufacturers advertise this 'quietness' as a feature now

You should still hear the flash zooming though as you change focal lenght (unless they USM this too sooner or later)
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Old Oct 21, 2009, 8:36 PM   #5
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Thanks for your reply! I was actually talking about the charging noise of the internal flash on the camera - I do remember hearing that back when it fired. I don't have the 430ex II yet, it's on the way.

I was wondering if there is a way to tell if there are electrical problems with my camera's internal flash without actually opening the 430 and trying it when it gets here. Or paying the $$$ to local shop to ''look'' at it...

Thanks again!
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