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    Thank you for purchasing a Canon product. The Canon Speedlite 580EX 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 ways: As a normal on-camera flash, the master unit for a wireless, multi-Speedlite flash system, or a slave unit.

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    Contents Getting Started and Basic Operation Using Flash Wireless Flash Reference... Conventions Used in this Manual <@> symbol in the text refers to the Select Dial. <@> symbol in the text refers to the Select/Set button. The operation procedures in this instruction manual assume that both the camera and Speedlite's power switches are ON.

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    Nomenclature Flash head/ Wireless transmitter Wireless sensor External power I.---H-- source socket Canon SPEEDLITE S80EX AF-assist beam emitter (pA7) _~~I!t~t~i---- Locking ring (p.9) Mounting foot (p.9) Case Mini stand...

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    LCD panel Bounce angle <PUSH> Bounce lock release button (p.18) .------+-i-7::~- < > ~~~~I High-speed sync (FP flash)/ Shutter curtain synchronization button (p.17/26) <;.~.:/C.Fn> LCD panel illumination/ Custom Function setting button (p.6/27) <PILOT> Pilot lampfTest firing/ Wireless slave auto power off cancel button (p.1 0/35) Flash exposure confirmation lamp (p.11)

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    LCD Panel Manual flash output level Zoom focal length Flash exposure compensation amount FEB compensation amount Aperture FEB status Stroboscopic flash count ~ > Manual zoom Stroboscopic flash frequency < Manual flash 1/3-stop increment indicator '!I> < High-speed sync Custom Function No. (FP flash) Custom Function setting >...

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    Getting Started and Basic Operation Installing Batteries Attaching to the Camera Turn on the Power Switch Fully Automatic Flash Shooting......11 Using E-TTL II and E-TTL Autoflash in the Shooting Modes (» To avoid overheating and deteriorating the flash head, do not fire rapid bursts of more than 20 continuous flashes.

  • Page 8: Installing Batteries

    0.1 - 6 100 - 700 "" Based on new size-AA alkarine batteries and Canon's testing standards. Quick flash enables a flash to be fired before flash-ready (p.1 0). Since the shape of their contacts is not standardized, using non-alkaline size-AA batteries may result in faulty battery connection.

  • Page 9: Attaching To The Camera

    Attaching to the Camera Loosen the locking ring. ~~~~' . • . • • • • • . . • . . I Turn the locking ring as shown by the arrow .ii] to loosen it. Attach it to the camera. Slip the Speedlite's mounting foot all the way into the hot shoe.

  • Page 10: Turn On The Power Switch

    Turn on the Power Switch ttMt liPi @E~~Z6OJ~-~~ <ON>. Set the power switch to The flash will start recycling. l> Check that the flash is ready. The pilot lamp will first turn green (ready for quick flash), then red (fully recycled or flash ready).

  • Page 11: Fully Automatic Flash Shooting

    Fully Automatic Flash Shooting When you set the camera's shooting mode to <P> (Program AE) or <0> (Full Auto), E-TTL II/E-TTL fUlly automatic flash will make it as easy as normal AE shooting. <ETTl>. Set the Speedlite to SOmm Zoom <MODE>...

  • Page 12: Using E-ttl Ii And E-ttl Autoflash In The Shooting Modes

    Using E-TTL II and E·TTL Autoflash in the Shooting Modes <Av> <Tv> Just set the camera's shooting mode to (aperture-priority AE), <M> (shutter-priority AE), or (manual) and you can use E-TTL II/E-TTL autoflash. Select this mode when you want to set the shutter speed manually. The camera will then automatically set the aperture matching the shutter speed to obtain a standard exposure.

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    Using Flash Flash Exposure Compensation....... 14 FEB (Flash Exposure Bracketing)... FE L FE Lock High-Speed Sync (FP Flash) Bounce Flash ZOOM Setting the Flash Coverage and Using the Wide Panel............. 20 Manual Flash..........22 Stroboscopic Flash........24 MULTI Second-Curtain Sync........26 C.Fn Setting Custom Functions Custom Function Settings...

  • Page 14: Flash Exposure Compensation

    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 in ± 1/3-stop increments. (If the camera enables only 1/2-stop increments, then only 1/2-stop increments can be set.) <~>...

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    FEB (Flash Exposure Bracketing) ii&:W You can take three flash shots while automatically changing the flash output for each shot up to ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments (1/2-stop increments if the camera enables only 1/2-stop increments). This is called FEB (Flash Exposure Bracketing). ®...

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    FE L FE Lock FE (flash exposure) lock enables you to lock the correct flash exposure for any part of the picture. <ETTL> With displayed on the LCD panel, you press the camera's <FE L> button. If the camera does not have the <FE L> button, press the <*>...

  • Page 17: High-speed Sync (fp Flash)

    High-Speed 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 <~H/~> button so that 50mm Zoom <~> is displayed. <~H> Check that the icon is lit in the viewfinder.

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    Bounce Flash By pointing the flash head toward a wall or ceiling, the flash will bounce 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 <PUSH>...

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    Creating a Catchlight With the catchlight panel, you can create a catchlight in the subject's eyes to add life to the facial expression. Point the flash head upward by 90°. Pull out the wide panel. The catchlight panel will come out at the same time.

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    ZOOM Setting the Flash Coverage and Using the Wide Panel The flash coverage can be set to match the lens focal length from 24mm to 105mm. The flash coverage can be set automatically or manually. Also, with the built-in wide panel, the flash coverage can be expanded to 14mm wide-angle lenses.

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    Automatic Setting of Flash Coverage for the Camera's Image Size EOS digital cameras have one of three image sizes. The lens' effective focal length will differ depending on the camera's image size. The Speedlite automatically recognizes the EOS digital camera's image size and automatically sets the flash coverage for lens focal lengths from 24mm to 105mm.

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    Manual Flash You can set the flash output from 1/128 power to 1/1 full power in 1/3-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 SDmm Zoom <M>...

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    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 1/2 -0.3 1/2 +0.3. You can see how the stop changes when you increase or decrease the flash output.

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    MULTI Stroboscopic Flash With stroboscopic flash, a rapid series of flashes is fired. It can be used to capture multiple images of a moving 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 flas"hes, and the flash output.

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    To avoid overheating and deteriorating the flash head, do not fire more than 10 stroboscopic bursts. Then allow the Speedlite to rest for at least 10 min. [i] (, Stroboscopic flash is most effective with a highly reflective subject against a dark background.

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    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 <~H/~> button so that 5Dmm ETTl Zoom <~> is displayed. ~I}t Stroboscopic flash cannot be set. 0.5 0.7 1 1.5 2 9 13 18 Setting the shooting mode to...

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    C.Fn Setting Custom Functions You can customize Speedlite features to suit your preferences. Do it with Custom Functions. <;,(~OC.Fn> Press the button for 2 sec. so that <am> is displayed. Select the Custom Function No. Turn the <@> dial to set the Custom iJjftJ Function No.

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    Custom Function Settings ......<3 ..Custom .", .._I_c Setting ~~;- ...._c._ ..FU(I(:ti()n Item ..•••···.i(·..•.·• • N.o........... •••••••• • •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• • • ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Enabled Automatic cancellation of C.Fn-01 Disabled Standard exposure Decreased exposure Increased exposure...

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    C.Fn-06: Convenient when you want to check the depth of field. (p.41) C. Fn-07: If both the external power source and the Speedlite's internal batteries are used to recharge the flash, both power sources will be used together. However, if the internal batteries become exhausted, shooting may be disabled.

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    Wireless Flash About Wireless Flash Fully Automatic Wireless Flash Flash Ratio with E-TTL 11. Wireless Manual Flash with Varied Flash Output Setting Manual Flash and Stroboscopic Flash with the Slave Unit...

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    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-TTL II autoflash. The settings you input with the 580EX (master unit) attached to the camera are also transmitted to the slave units which are controlled by the master unit via wireless.

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    Multi-Speedlite, Wireless Lighting Configurations You can create two or three slave groups and set the flash ratio for E-TTL II autoflash shooting (p.38 - 42). Wireless flash with two slave groups (p.38) Outdoors 10m (32.8ft.) 8m (26.2ft.) 12m (39.4ft.) Wireless flash with three slave groups (pAO) 10m (32.8ft.) 8m (26.2ft.) 12m (39.4ft.)

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    Fully Automatic Wireless Flash This method has all the Speedlites fire at the same flash output with E-TTL II autoflash controlling the total flash output. Set the camera-attached 580EX as the master unit. <MASTER>. Set the wireless selector to Set the slave 580EX Speedlites(s) as the slave unit(s).

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    Check the flash operation. Press the master unit's test firing button. The slave unit will fire. If the flash does not fire, adjust the slave unit's angle toward the master unit and distance from the master unit. Set the camera and shoot. Set the camera in the same way as with ' i lW normal flash shooting.

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    The Speedlite's zoom setting will be set automatically to 24mm. It is possible to change the master unit's zoom setting. However, note that the master unit transmits wireless signals to the slave unit(s) with the preflash. Therefore, the flash coverage must cover the slave unit's position.

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    Open the aperture more or move the slave unit closer to the subject. Setting Communication Channel If there is another Canon wireless flash system nearby, you can change the channel No. to prevent signal confusion. Both the master and slave units must be set to the same channel No.

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    Flash Ratio with E-TTL II With one master unit and one or two slave units off-camera, you can adjust the flash ratio for E-TIL " autoflash shooting. The example below has two slave units and the master unit disabled from firing.

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    Set the slave ID. Turn the <@> dial to select <A>, then 1j)j press the <@> button. Repeat steps1 to 3 to set < for the other > slave unit. Set the Master Unit Set the wireless selector to <MASTER>. (p.34) Disable the master unit's flash firing.

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    The flash ratio range of 8:1 - 1:1 - 1:8 is equivalent to 3:1 - 1:1 - 1:3 in stops (1/2-stop increments). The flash ratio at the - is shown in parentheses below the scale. _---------_.- 8:1 - 4:1 - 2:1 - 1:1 - 1:2 - 1:4 - 1:8 ..

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    Set the master unit and shoot. Unit" on See "Set the Master page 39. A: Be>. step 4, select < A: B> C> - - e If is set, the Speedlite in slave group will not fire. < < will If you point the slave group <...

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    Wireless Manual Flash with Varied Flash Output 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 <MODE> button so that C''-:mm Zoom <...

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    Setting Manual Flash and Stroboscopic Flash with the Slave Unit Manual flash or stroboscopic flash can be set manually with the slave unit. Do this in the following cases: (1) When you want to set the flash output with the slave units individually for wireless or manual flash, as with studio flash units.

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    Reference 580EX System Troubleshooting '" Major Specifications Using a Type-B Camera...

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    580EX System -------------------1 ®8 § § Et-'1I111111111/~ § § ® ® (On-camera/Master unit) Speedlite 580EX ® Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2 Dedicated transmitter for wireless control of 580EX/420EX set as slave units. ® Compact Battery Pack CP-E3 Compact and lightweight external power source. Accommodates eight size-AA alkaline or Ni-MH batteries.

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    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 <mw3> <~>, white balance. When the camera's color balance is set to will work automatically. To see if this feature works with your camera, see the white balance specification in the "Major Specifications"...

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    Troubleshooting Have a problem? See the table below. The Speedlite does not detach from the camera. The mounting foot's locking pin has not been retracted. Loosen the locking ring all the way before detaching the Speedlite. (p.9) J> The Speedlite does not fire. The batteries are installed in the wrong orientation.

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    The flash range scale bars blink. The flash head has been tilted down by 7°. Change the bounce position. (p.i9) 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.

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    i..,Si.~._ Major Specifications ..-Type Type: On-camera, E-TTL II/E-TTUTTL autoflash Speedlite Compatible cameras: Type-A EOS cameras (E-TTL II/E-TTL autoflash), Type-B EOS cameras (TTL autoflash) 58/190 (at 105mm focal length, ISO 100 in meters/feet) Guide No.: 24 - 105mm (14mm with wide panel) Flash coverage: •...

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    76 x 134 x 114 mm / 3.0 x 5.3 x 4.5 in • Weight: 375 g / 13.2 oz (Speedlite only, excluding batteries) All specifications are based on Canon's testing criteria. ;}} Product specifications and external appearance are subject to change without notice.

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    Guide No. (GNo.) (ISO 100, in meters/feet) Normal Flash (Full Output) and Quick Flash (GNo.) Flash Coverage (mm) ,........ Normal Flash 137.8 (FLIlloutput) 49.2 91.9 98.4 118.1 173.9 190.3 Quick Flash Same as 1/2 to 1/6 manual flash output Manual Flash (GNo.) ....

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    "-~'Jt~d1lllll1llL. Using a Type-B Camera If you use the 580EX with a Type-B camera (TTL autoflash camera), note the available features and restrictions below. <TTL> When a Type-B camera is used with the 580EX set to autoflash, will be displayed on the Speedlite's LCD panel. (With a Type-A camera, <ETTl>...

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    This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Do not make any changes or modifications to the equipment unless otherwise specified in the instructions.

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    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 batteries shall not be subjected to charging. This mark indicates that the product complies with Australia's EMC "...

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    Canon 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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    This Limited International Warranty is only effective upon presentation 01 the warranty card and proof of purchase. This Canon equipment is warranted against defective materials or workmanship for one (1) year from the date of original purchase and is limited to repair, adjustment and/or replacement of defective parts.

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    Canon Photographic Product International Service Network Service of your Canon product will be provided at any of the listed authorized service facilities. Warranty service of products with international Warranty certificate (with the symbol Ell for Canon International Warranty System indicated above) will be provided at the listed service facilities marked in areas other than the country or region where the product was purchased.

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