430 EX behaving badly

Discussion in 'Canon EOS' started by eos 10 fan, Feb 14, 2008.

  1. I have not used my 430 EX in a very long time and I did not remove the batteries
    from it before storing ('abandoned' in the bag actually).

    Tonight I have to use the 430 EX so I pulled it out of the bag to check the
    batteries and refamiliarize myself with its operation.

    With the Speedlite off of the body: I turned the power on the 430 EX started
    trying to zoom in-&-out rapidly and the LCD was flashing on-&-off... this went
    on for several seconds before stopping.

    Any ideas on why this happened?

    tia
     
  2. Behaving badly? Have you tried spanking? :)

    Just kidding. Did it behave better afterwards? Did you try other batteries? Was there any corrosion in the battery chamber?

    Happy shooting,
    Yakim.
     
  3. Alkaline AA batteries are notorious for leaking a invisible film of chemical residue if left for a
    number of months. I've had to clean the contacts in my Speedlites many a time due to this
    problem. I've found AA lithiums are far better to leave for long periods unattended than
    alkalines.
     
  4. Thanks Yakim & Puppy.

    In the future I will try to remember to remove the batteries from my gear if I am not going to be using it for a while.

    The shoot was pushed back one week until tonight. During the extra time I had a close look inside the battery compartment and it was clean... Although I did have a new Dixon HB pencil, with its fresh eraser, on standby if the new batteries did not inspire the 430 EX to perform properly.

    As I rarely use flash I skipped the $$ lithiums and picked up some Duracell Ultra Digital batteries: they made the 430 EX behave - No spanking needed!

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