Canon 580EX - Speedlite II - Hot-shoe clip-on Flash Instruction Manual

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  • Page 3 SPEEDLITE 0 EX...
  • Page 4 Thank you far purchasing a Canon product. The Canon Speedlite 58QfX is an EOS-dedicated, high-output flash unit automatically compatible with E-TTL II, E-TTL, and TTL autoflash . It can be used in three different wags : As a normal on-camera flash, the master unit for a wireless, multi-Speedlite flash system, or a slave unit.
  • Page 5 Contents Getting Started and Basic operation ....... . . 7 2 Usi ng Flash .
  • Page 6 Nomenclature -Catchlight panel [retractedy (p-79) Built-in wide pare (retraCled) (P.20] Flash hea_dl Wiraless tranerniffer emu : -S wireless sensor II`~ ~ E=terna3 power source socket C .ano71 Bracket fining AF-assist beam emitter P'47) Contact cover _Locking ring [p .8] Mounting fool {p .9} Lacking pin [p .9] Contacts Case...
  • Page 7 LC bpanel Bounce angle ,PUSH, f3oimrc lock release 6ufton [p.18] I I ~.~' ~SH~sn7 ~ r' High-Speed Sync (FPflash). + Shutter curtain syncnroniial3on button (p t7"'26) a$:IC Fn : ~ .CD panel illumination..' Battery conrparl mem co+~ :r custom Furctiol setling I I ~ (p .8) h~itton [p .&~27]...
  • Page 8 LCD Panel Manual ilashnufput level Zoom focal length Flash BxpDSUfeCampensation amounl FEB Compensation amounl Aperture FEB status Stroboscopic (12513 Grunt m a n u a l zoom ~19, Stroboscopic flaslt frequency Manual flash 113-stop irGmmen[ indica'vr ~IM~ ~ High-speedsync_ Custom Function Na . [FPflesh] Custom Function salting ~~~ FE6...
  • Page 9: Getting Started And Basic Operation

    Getting Started and Basic Operation Installing Batteries ..........Attaching to the Camera .
  • Page 10 0 .1 -6 100 -70o ~ Based pn new sire-AA alkarine batteries and Canon's testing standards . Quick flash enables a flash to be fired before flash-ready [p.79] . N Sine the shape of their contacts is not standardized, using non-alkaline size-AA balterios may result in foully battery connection .
  • Page 11 Attaching to the Camera Loosen the locking ring . Turn the lacking ring as shown 6y the arrow -- - ~~ to loosen it . Attach it to the camera . Slip the Speedlite's mounting foot all the way into the hot shoe . /~'- "...
  • Page 12 Turn on the Power Switch Set the power switch td <ONa . o- The flash will start recycling . Check that the flash is ready. The pilot tamp will first turn green [ready for quick flash], then red (fully recycled or flash ready) .
  • Page 13 Fully Automatic Flash Shooting When you set the camera's shooting mode to < P> [Program AE] or cps (Full Auto), E-TTL IIIE-TTL fUl1y autflmatic Tlash will make it as easy as normal AE shooting . , °`Set the SpEBdlite to [ETTL> . Zoom 5U'mm Press the <MODE>...
  • Page 14 Using E-TTL II and E-TTL Autoffash in the Shooting Modes m Just set the camera's shooting mode to c Av> (aperture-priority AE), a1'rr> [shutter-priority AE], flr <M> (manual) and you can use E-7TL IIIE-TTL autaflash . Srk :rt this mode when you want to set the shutter speed manually The camera will Then automatically set [he apertura matching the shutter speed to obtain :i standard exposure .
  • Page 15: Table Of Contents

    Using Flash Flash Exposure Compensation ..... . . 14 14fi FHB (Flash Exposure Bracketing) ....15 FE L FE Lock .
  • Page 16: Flash Exposure Compensation

    CR Flash Exposure Compensation You can adjust the flash output as easily as normal exposure compensation . Flash exposure compensation can be set up to ± 3 stops fn 113-stop increments, {If the camera enables anly 112-stop increments, then only 112-stop increments can be set.} =- 7 Press the ¢0 .
  • Page 17: 14Fi Fhb (Flash Exposure Bracketing)

    W,!3 FEB Flash Exposure Bracketing) You can take three flash shots while automatically changing the flash output far each shat up to *3 stops in i13-stop increments {112-slap increments if the camera enables only 112-stop increments}. This is called FED (Flash Exposure Bracketing). Press the <~~>...
  • Page 18: Fe L Fe Lock

    FE L FE Lock FE (flash exposure) lock enables you to lock the correct flash exposure for any part of the picture. With < ETTL~ dispEayed on the LCD panel. you press the camera's <FE L> button . If tie camera does not have the - .FE L> button, press the cg(-a button .
  • Page 19: High-Speed Sync (Fp Flash)

    m High-Seed Sync (FP Flash) With high-speed sync, you can use flash with all shutter speeds . This is convenient when you want to use aperture priority for fill-flash portraits Press the C~HICC1i a Button so that -er7 ~ zoom 5~mm -~ <m>...
  • Page 20: Bounce Flash

    Bounce Flash By painting the flash head toward a wall or ceiling, the flash will trounce off the surface before illuminating the subject. This can soften shadows behind the subject for a more natural-looking shot . This is called bounce flash. Set the Bounce Direction Hold down the <PllS}i>...
  • Page 21 Creating a Catchlight With the catchlight panel, you can create a catchlighF in the subject's eyes to add life to the facial expression . Point the flash head upward by 90° . Pull out the wide panel . 0, The catchlight panel will came out at the same time .
  • Page 22: The Wide Panel

    ZOOM Setting the Flash Coverage and being the Wide panel m The flash coverage can be set to match the lens focal length from 24mm to 105mm . The flash coverage can tae set automatically or manually. Also, with the built-in wide panel, the flash coverage can be expanded to 14mm wide-angle lenses .
  • Page 23 Automatic Setting of Rash Cove rage for the Camera's Image Sire EMS digital cameras have one of three image sizes. The lens' effective focal length will differ depending on the camera's image size . The 5peedlite automatically recognizes the EMS digital camera's image size and automatically sets the flash coverage for lens focal lengths from 24mm to 105mm.
  • Page 24: M Manual C=Lash

    M Manual Flash You can set the flash output from 11928 power to 111 fu l[ power in 113-stop increments . Use a hand-held flash meter to determine the required flash output to obtain a correct flash exposure . Press the ¢MODE> button so that zoom 5"m~ !1 i <M>...
  • Page 25 Displayed Flash Output Figures When you change the flash output during shooting, the table below makes it easier to see how the stop changes such as 112 -4 .3 -~ 112 -* 112 X0 .3 . You can see how the slap changes when you increase or decrease the flash output .
  • Page 26: Multi Stroboscopic Flash

    MULTI Stroboscopic Flash With stroboscopic flash, a rapid series of flashes is fired . It can be used to capture multiple images of a moping subject in a single photograph for later study. You can set the firing frequency {number of flashes per sec. expressed as Hz}, the number of flashes, and the flash output .
  • Page 27 To avoid o\~~erheating and deteriorating the flash head, do not fire mare than 10 stroboscopic bursts. Then allow thQ Spaedlite to rest for at least 10 min. L1 - Stroboscopic Flash is mast effective wish a highly reflective subject against a dark background .
  • Page 28: Cwsecond-Curtain Sync

    M/Second-Curtain Sync With a slow shutter speed, you can create a light trail following the subject . The flash fires right before the shutter closes. Press the sfNI cef> button so that ETTL <fx" > is displayed . 4 Stroboscopic flash cannot be set . 9s 0a , 1s 2 3 4 6 9 13 is m J Lyl ^..
  • Page 29: C .Fct Setting Custom Functions

    C .Fn Setting Custom Functions You can customize Speedlite features to suit your preferences. Do it with Custom Functions. Press the ¢=B:IC .Fn7 button for z sec . so that <30> is displayed . Select the Custom Function No . ~~ Turn the <['~)>...
  • Page 30: Custom Function Settings

    Custom Function Settings Setting !unction 1 Setting Description Item No . i Eriablad Automatic cancellation of Disabled Standard exposure a decreased exposure -P increased exposure C .Fn-02 FEB seyuencc : DeCreaSBd expo3urp i Standard exposure ~ Increased exposure I E-TFL fllE-TTL autoflash C .Fn-03 Flash metering mode TTL aUtO11a5h...
  • Page 31 C.Fn-06 : Convenient when you want to check the depth of field. (p-41) C .Fn-07 : If bash the external power source and the Speedlite's internal batteries are used to recharge the flash, both power sources will be used together. FioweVer, if the internal batteries become exhausted, shooting may be disabled .
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  • Page 33: Wireless Flash

    ..Wireless Flash About Wireless Flash ....- .----- ......32 Fully Automatic Wireless Flash .
  • Page 34: About Wireless Flash

    About Wireless Flash With multiple Canon Speedlites having the wireless flash feature, you can create various lighting effects with the same ease as using normal E-7TL II autoflash. The settings you input with the 580E?C master unit) attached to the camera are also transmitted to the slave units which are controlled 6y the master unit via wireless .
  • Page 35 Multi-5peed[ite, Wireless Lighting Configurations You can crate t%yo or three slave groups and set the flash ratio fn r E-TTL II autafiiash shooting (p.38 - 42). Wireless flash with two slave groups [p.38] 1sm (49-21 t.) Outdoors Sm [26.2ft.] 12m (39 .4ft .) Wireless flash with three slave groups (p.40) 15m [49 .2ft.] Indoors...
  • Page 36: Fully Automatic Wireless Flash

    Fully Automatic Wireless Fish This method has all the Speedlites fire at the same clash output with E-TTL Il autaflash controlling the total flash output. Set the camera-attached 580E7( as the master unit . I OFF SLAVE, MASTER Set the wireless selector to <MASTER> . IM Zoom 24 , Set the sl a v e 580 EX Speed lites(s)
  • Page 37 Check the flash operation . e Press the master units test firing button. ~ The slave .unit will fire . If the flash does not 1i re, adjust the slave unit's angle toward master unit and distance from the rnasler unit- Set the camera and shoot .
  • Page 38 ~ The Speedlife's zoom set[ing will 6e set automatically to 2hmm . ]t is possible to change the ma8t(:r unit's zoom setting . Wov:EVer, npte that the master unit transmits v+ireless signals to [die slave unit(s) with :he preflash . Therefore, the flash coverage must cover the slave units position .
  • Page 39 5etiing Communication Channel If there is another Canon wireless flash system nearby, you can change the channel No . to prevent signal confusion . Bath the master and slave units must be set to the same channel No.
  • Page 40: Flash Ratio With E-Ttl Ii

    Flash Ratio with-E-TTL 11 With one master unit and one or two slave units off-carnera, you can adjust the flash ratio far E-TTL I[ autoflash shooting . The example below has two slave units and the master unit disabled from firing .
  • Page 41 Set the slave In . Turn [he dial to select rA>, then press the c I button . * Repeat siepsl to 3 to set c ga for [he other slave unit . Set the Master Unit Set the wireless selector to ` <MA5TER>...
  • Page 42 a The flash ratio range of 8 :1 - i :1 - 1 :8 is equivalent to 3:1 - 1 :1 - i :3 in stops [112-slap increments] . a The flash rr31i0 at the 0 is shown in parentheses below the scale. 8 :7 .
  • Page 43 Set the master unit and shoot . o See "Set the Master Unit' on page 39 . In step 4. select <A : B C H a If < 181 : B ~ is set, the Speedlite in slave gfoup a[7 will not fire . m Ii you point the slave group c [ >...
  • Page 44: Wireless Manual Flash With Varied Flash Output

    Wireless Manual Flash with Varied Flash Output m With manual flash and multiple Speedlites, you can set a different flash output for each slave unit {group} . All settings are done with the master unit . Press the ¢MQQEa Button so that D room 24mm <M>...
  • Page 45: Setting Manual Flash And Stroboscopic Flash With

    Setting Manual Flash and Stroboscopic Flash with the Slave Unit m Manual flash or stro4oscopic flash can be set manually with the slave unit- Do this in the following eases: (7) When you want to set the flash output with the slave units individually for wireless or manual flash, as with studio clash units.
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  • Page 47: Reference

    : . : Reference 580E?C System ............46 Troubleshooting .
  • Page 48 580EX System L7 Speedlite ssoEx (On-camera ./Master unit) L) 5peed lite Transmitter ST E2 Dedicated transmitter for wireless control of 58pE}C142pEX set as slave units . () Compact Battery Pack CP-E3 Compact and lightweight external power source . Accommodates eight size-AA alkaline or Ni-MH batteries.
  • Page 49 About Color Temperature Information Transmission When the flash fires, the color temperature information is transmitted to certain specific EOS digital camera . This feature optimizes the flash picture's white balance. When the camera's color balance is set to aM> or <y >, it wilt work automatically.
  • Page 50 Troubleshooting Hare a prahlem? See the table below. The Speedli#e does not detach from the camera . c: The mounting foots locking pin has not been retracted . Loosen the locking ring all the way before detaching the Speedlite . (p.9) The Speedliie does not fire, ~~ The batteries are installed in the wrong orientation.
  • Page 51 The flash range scale bars blink. The flash head has been tilted down by 7° . Change the bounce position . {p.19} The periphery or bottom of the picture looks dark. When you set the flash coverage manually, the setting was a higher number than the lens focal length, resulting in a dark periphery.
  • Page 52 Major Specifications " Type Type : On -camera, E-TTL IvE~7TL,TTL au toflash SpredIiFe Compatible cameras : Type-A E05 cameras [E-TTL iI1E~TTL autoffash], Type- B EDS camaras [77L autoflash) Guide No . : 581190 (at 105mm focal length, 1$0 100 in meter-Meet) Flash cQverage : 24 - 105 mm (14 mm with wide panel) "...
  • Page 53 76x134x11Amm13 .0 x5 .3x4 .5in (WxH x17) : " Weight : 375 g : 13.2 oz (Speedlite only, excluding batteries) a AEI specifications are based on Canon's testing criteria . s Product specifications and external appearance are subject to change without notice .
  • Page 54 Guide No . (G No .) (ISO 100, in meters/feet) Normal Flash (Full Output) and Quick Flash {GNo.} Flash Coverage (mm) Normal Flash 30.~ 36 . 42+' {Full output] 119 .2 91 .3 98 .4 118 .1 137 .8 173 .9 10 .3 Quick Flash Same as 1!2 to T16 manual flash output...
  • Page 55 Using a Type-B Camera If you use the 580EX with a Type-S camera (TTL autoilash camera), note the available features and restrictions below. When a Type-B camera is used with the 580EX set to autoflash, <TTL.> will be displayed on the Speedlite's LCa panel . {With a Type-A camera, <ETTL>...
  • Page 56 This device complies with Part 35 of the FCC Rules . Operation is subject to the Tnllowing two conditions : (1 ) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including inferference that may cause undesired operation . Do not make any changes or modifications to the equipment unless o t h e r w i s e specified in the instructions.
  • Page 57 The apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping or splashing . Batteries shall not be exposed to excessive heat such as sunshine, fire or the like . Dry galleries shall not be subjected to charging . This mark indicates that the product complies with Australia's EMC regulations .
  • Page 58 This Instructions booklet is dated July 2004 . For information on the camera's compatibility with system accessories marketed after this date, contact your nearest Canon Service Center.

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