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Canon A-TTL Speedlight EZ540

SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
18 Apr 2013 2:23PM
I've just found this very nice Canon A-TTL Speedlight 540EZ flashgun amongst my boxed up old camera stuff which I used on my old pre-digi EOS5, but I read that it won't be useable on a digital camera.
Has anyone found a way round this at all? It's a shame to waste it and I know I'll not get much for it if I sell. I've got the 400D and 60D.

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nobby1 Plus
13 16 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2013 4:32PM
I believe it will fire but only in manual mode.
Jat_Riski 9 89 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2013 5:39PM
My 22 years old (mint++) canon 430 ez works on manual mode with Nikon D80 as well but attached with Slave unit or wireless trigger it could be very useful off camera lighting kit.Smile
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
18 Apr 2013 5:52PM
Oh, manual mode only. Sad Well, I can't see me using it in that case as I don't understand flash at all and if it's not auto them I'm stumped. Thanks for the info.
arhb Plus
10 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2013 7:41PM
It might be worth using it via redio triggers Chris.
One issue I was made aware of about speedlites was that the voltages can differ between old and new.
I dont however know where your old speedlite fits in with that equation...
Manual flash is worth an hour of experimenting with...
All you need to consider is that 1/1 is full power(very bright) and 1/8 or 1/16 low power, or dimmer.
Worth a try, you might enjoy it Smile
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
18 Apr 2013 9:12PM
Thanks Andrew, but you're dealing with a complete flash moron here. I'm frightened even to try it unless it messes up the electrics in the camera so in reality I think I'll just ditch it.
But I much appreciate your input. I thought it might be a bit easier. Blush
arhb Plus
10 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2013 1:02PM
If you use a radio trigger/receiver, it cuts out the possibility of messing up camera electronics.
Paul Morgan seems very knowledgeable about old flash usage with dslr camera, it may be worth sending him a pm.
Alternatively, the new Yongnuo flash guns available are very cheap and a safe alternative to using an old flash.
A lot of the far eastern ebay sellers sell the flash guns and also sell the RF-602/3 trigger receiver sets.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
19 Apr 2013 4:37PM
What is this "radio trigger/receiver" thingy???? I'm sure it's not something I'd ever have a need for, but thank you for the info. Grin
arhb Plus
10 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2013 4:47PM
Well, the trigger fits onto the hotshoe of your camera body, and the receiver attaches to the base, or somewhere on your flash/speedlite,
ultimately allowing you to use your flash off camera Smile They generally have a range of between 50m and 100m, and being a radio frequency,
do not need to'see' each other like infra red remote does, so you trigger the flash to fire in another room if you want to.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
19 Apr 2013 4:51PM
Oh, I get it. Used to have something similar in the old days but never used. it. Smile

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