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EX-series Speedlite

An EX-series Speedlite (optional) makes flash photography as easy as normal shooting without flash. You can easily do the flash operations below. For detailed instructions, see the EX-series Speedlite's instruction manual.

E-TTL II is an autoflash exposure system incorporating improved flash exposure control and lens focusing distance information, making it more precise than the previous E-TTL system (evaluative flash metering with preflash). The camera can execute E-TTL II autoflash with any EX-series Speedlite.

With high-speed sync, you can set a flash sync speed faster than 1/ 300 sec.

Press the camera's <FEL> button to lock the flash exposure at the desired part of the subject.

• Flash Exposure Compensation

In the same way as normal exposure compensation, you can set exposure compensation for flash. You can set the flash exposure compensation up to ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments. With the camera, set it with the > button and <©> dial.

• FEB (Flash Exposure Bracketing)

The flash output is changed automatically for three successive shots (only with FEB-compatible Speedlites). Set flash exposure bracketing up to ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments. During FEB shooting, the <j*> icon will blink in the viewfinder.

• E-TTL II Wireless Autoflash with Multiple Speedlites

As with wired, multiple Speedlites, wireless E-TTL II autoflash with multiple Speedlites (those compatible with wireless flash) provides all the above features. Sophisticated lighting effects can be obtained since connection cables are unnecessary.

Flash Function Settings and Flash Custom Functions

When an EX-series Speedlite (such as the 580EX II) controllable by the camera is attached, you can use the camera's menu screen to set the Speedlite's flash function settings such as the flash mode, FEB, and 1st or 2nd curtain sync, and the flash Custom Functions. Turn on the Speedlite before setting its functions. For details on which Speedlite settings the camera can set, see the EXseries Speedlite's instruction manual.

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Select [External Speedlite control].

• Under the [6] tab, select [External Speedlite control], then press <©>.

Select either [Flash function settings] or [Flash C.Fn settings].

• Turn the <©> dial to select the menu item, then press <©>.

Set the flash function settings.

• Select a flash function and set it as desired. The procedure is the same as setting a menu function.

• On the flash function settings screen, the settable items, current settings, flash mode setting, and flash Custom Function settings might look different on your camera.

0 Metered Manual Flash Exposure

This is for close-up flash photography when you want to set the flash level manually. Use an 18% gray card and an EX-series Speedlite which has manual flash mode. Follow the instructions below:

1. Set the camera and Speedlite settings.

• Set the camera's shooting mode <M> or < A >.

• Set the Speedlite to manual flash mode.

2. Focus the subject.

• Place the gray card at the subject's position.

• In the viewfinder, the entire spot metering circle at the center should cover the gray card.

5. Set the flash exposure level.

• Adjust the Speedlite's manual flash level and the camera aperture so that the flash exposure level aligns with the standard exposure index.

6. Take the picture.

• Remove the gray card and take the picture.

51 • If flash exposure compensation has already been set with the Speedlite, you cannot use the camera's button or Flash function settings menu to set flash exposure compensation. If it is set with both the camera and Speedlite, the Speedlite's setting overides the camera's.

• If autofocus cannot be achieved, the external, EOS-dedicated Speedlite's AF-assist beam (if the Speedlite has it) will be emitted automatically.

• If focus cannot be achieved with the external Speedlite's AF-assist beam, select the center AF point. With some external Speedlites, autofocus with AF-assist beam works only with the center AF point.

• This camera is a Type-A camera that can use all the features of EXseries Speedlites.

Canon Speedlites other than the EX-series

• With an EZ/E/EG/ML/TL-series Speedlite set in the TTL or A-TTL autoflash mode, the flash can be fired at full output only. Set the camera's shooting mode to manual or aperture-priority AE and shoot.

• When using a Speedlite which has manual flash mode, shoot with the manual flash mode.

• With an EX-series Speedlite set to TTL autoflash with the flash's Custom Function, the flash will fire at full output only.

Using Non-Canon Flash Units Sync Speed

The camera can synchronize with compact, non-Canon flash units at 1/300 sec. (or 1/250 sec.) or slower shutter speeds. With large studio flash, the sync speed is 1/60 sec. or slower. Be sure to test the flash unit beforehand to make sure it synchronizes properly with the camera.

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• If the camera is used with a flash unit or flash accessory dedicated to another camera brand, the camera may not operate properly and malfunction may result.

• Also, do not connect to the camera's PC terminal any flash unit requiring 250 V or more.

• Do not attach a high-voltage flash unit on the camera's hot shoe. It might not work.

A flash unit attached to the camera's hot shoe and a flash unit connected to the PC terminal can both be used at the same time.

• The camera's PC terminal is provided for flash units having a sync cord. The PC terminal is threaded to prevent inadvertent disconnection.

• The camera's PC terminal has no polarity. You can connect any sync cord regardless of its polarity.

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