Digital SLR Cameras Forum

Digital SLRs Forum Discuss digital SLRs, lenses, RAW conversion, or anything else related to digital SLRs. You may also want to see the Nikon, Canon, and Sony camera forums.
Digital Camera Pro Reviews >>
Read and Write Digital SLR Reviews >>
Digital SLR Buyer's Guide >>
Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    News & Rum-or-ator opus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Southeast Wisconsin
    Posts
    2,505

    DRebel decides not to flash. Why?

    Hi, this has happened to me at least twice, once during the reception of a wedding I was doing! Fortunately I had a backup. The flash just decided not to pop up, and there's nothing I can do to get it to activate. Tonight I needed to take a group shot of people, indoors in rather dim light, and I just wanted to use the point-and-shoot features of my DRebel. But none of the auto settings would get the flash to pop up, neither would pushing the manual flash button. I had a full battery installed.


    Is this a known bug? Or am I not doing something right?
    Drink Coffee. Do stupid things faster with more energy.


  2. #2
    Sitting in a Leaky Dingy Michael Fanelli's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Perryville, MD
    Posts
    926

    Re: DRebel decides not to flash. Why?

    Quote Originally Posted by kellybean
    Hi, this has happened to me at least twice, once during the reception of a wedding I was doing! Fortunately I had a backup. The flash just decided not to pop up, and there's nothing I can do to get it to activate. Tonight I needed to take a group shot of people, indoors in rather dim light, and I just wanted to use the point-and-shoot features of my DRebel. But none of the auto settings would get the flash to pop up, neither would pushing the manual flash button. I had a full battery installed.


    Is this a known bug? Or am I not doing something right?
    Are you using automatic mode? If so, the camera decides when to flash. If this is the case, switch to a user-controlled mode such as Av, Tv, or manual. In these modes, you make the choice for flash.
    "Every great decision creates ripples--like a huge boulder dropped in a lake. The ripples merge and rebound off the banks in unforseeable ways.

  3. #3
    Ghost
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    Crystal Lake, IL
    Posts
    1,029

    Re: DRebel decides not to flash. Why?

    I bet Michael is right about that.

    I can share a tip with you that I use when I want to shoot "full auto". If you set the camera in "P" mode then YOU decide when the flash should be used simply by popping up the flash or not. If it's "up", it'll be used and if it's down it won't.

    "P" mode also lets you dial in some exposure compensation (at least on my 10D it does). One wheel compensates by changing aperture and the other wheel compensates by changing shutter.

    I find "P" mode to be pretty darn useful for the kind of situation you described. I'm not too sure what other differences there are from the "green" mode.

    Regarding your problem, you said it was in "dim light" so I suppose something else could have gone wrong but user error seems likely. Let's hope it's user error because I sure hate sending cameras in for repair!

    Let us know what you find out please.

  4. #4
    News & Rum-or-ator opus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Southeast Wisconsin
    Posts
    2,505

    Re: DRebel decides not to flash. Why?

    Mike and Trevor,

    I switched to several modes on both sides of the dial.

    Almost without fail, it tries to flash in portrait mode, even outside. But last night, nothing. I switched to the ever reliable "green square" mode (which I rarely use) because flash always goes off in that mode. Nothing.

    So then I switched over to manual mode, and pushed the button that makes the flash pop up. Nothing. I pushed and pushed while turning the dial to each mode, and the flash absolutely refused to respond.

    It did the same thing almost exactly one year ago. Between these times I have not had a problem with it at all.

    I hope it's user error, but it's nothing so basic as not trying the right settings. I simply asked the camera to go into full auto point-and-shoot mode (so I could hand the camera to someone else to take the group shot), but it failed me.
    Drink Coffee. Do stupid things faster with more energy.


  5. #5
    News & Rum-or-ator opus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Southeast Wisconsin
    Posts
    2,505

    Re: DRebel decides not to flash. Why?

    mini-update:

    After I just posted that, I pulled the camera out, set it to manual mode, and pushed the flash button. The flash popped up. Then I pushed the flash back down and pushed the flash button again. Nothing. And it had *just* worked, one second ago.

    This makes me think I should perhaps check the main camera battery, the "button battery" that powers the memory and stuff. Ya think?
    Drink Coffee. Do stupid things faster with more energy.


  6. #6
    Ghost
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    Crystal Lake, IL
    Posts
    1,029

    Re: DRebel decides not to flash. Why?

    Sounds like a real problem kelly (not user related). I don't know if the battery wil help but it's worth a shot if you can get a hold of one at the camera store. Putting the camera in manual and pressing the flash button should pop the flash up if it's not already.

    Which mode do you have the camera in? The O.N. mode or the O.F.F mode? I've heard of problems in the O.F.F. mode before.
    ...
    ...
    ...

    That was a joke

  7. #7
    Learning more with every "click" mjs1973's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Mineral Point, WI, USA
    Posts
    7,562

    Re: DRebel decides not to flash. Why?

    Quote Originally Posted by kellybean
    mini-update:

    After I just posted that, I pulled the camera out, set it to manual mode, and pushed the flash button. The flash popped up. Then I pushed the flash back down and pushed the flash button again. Nothing. And it had *just* worked, one second ago.

    This makes me think I should perhaps check the main camera battery, the "button battery" that powers the memory and stuff. Ya think?

    Kelly,

    Did you ever get this problem resolved or are you still having problems with it? As a fellow DRebel owner, I'm curious to find out what's going on with your flash...

    Michael
    Mike

    My website
    Twitter
    Blog


    "I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters' paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view."
    Aldo Leopold

  8. #8
    News & Rum-or-ator opus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Southeast Wisconsin
    Posts
    2,505

    Re: DRebel decides not to flash. Why?

    Michael, no, I haven't wanted to use my camera the past few days and I've been too busy to remember to buy a new battery.

    Sorry... I'll post if I figure it out.
    Drink Coffee. Do stupid things faster with more energy.


Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. How to use flash fill - 10D & 550ex
    By Sean Dempsey in forum ViewFinder
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 02-07-2009, 06:38 AM
  2. Flash in Sports Photography
    By Jonnyboy in forum Sports Photography
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 08-06-2007, 11:14 AM
  3. Olympus D-450 flash quit working
    By Fragmentum in forum Help Files
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-06-2004, 04:13 PM
  4. New Canon Flash - Speedlight 580EX - Press Release
    By Photo-John in forum Camera News & Rumors
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 08-20-2004, 02:25 PM
  5. Some help again! Fill Flash
    By mbeth16 in forum Help Files
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 06-11-2004, 11:47 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •