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Old 09-16-2007   #1
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I shoot rapidly. At a "Red Mass" see Cork are in the football All-Ireland today and some people go nuts dressing up in red. There is a special Red Mass any Saturday before a final.

This shot was snapped on P Mode and flash, it is one of a burst, the fifth one where the flash did not recycle in time ~ I generally tend to force this to happen as sometimes we get lucky and get little gems like this one.

The AF on the MK3 has worked spifingly on this shot.

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you want to be careful. To many pops too quick can burn the bulb.

Do you have a cp-e3/e4 battery pack?
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you want to be careful. To many pops too quick can burn the bulb.

Do you have a cp-e3/e4 battery pack?
I had a CP-E3 w/my 580ex, and now have the E4 w/my 580exII, I upgraded the set to 'weather-resistant' , note that using one will allow for 8 to 9 fast consecutive shots @ 5 FPS.. (*my* average on a 20D w/580ex '1', all on 2700NiMH GP rechargeables, YMMV)... but that it does NOT prevent the 580ex(I or II) from overheating/burning.

...and sometimes in-between both indeed miss a shot sometimes, as sometimes it doesn't fire at all... ...so far, but too early to draw conclusions, this happened more often w/580ex than w/580exII...

as far as Canon is concerned, you should 'apply caution' when shooting fast series w/flash, I have searched again and again, but can't find no 'hard data' on how many shots in a series is acceptable and how many simply is too much, heatwise...

Really neat shot BTW, GBee, and good to hear that your 1DIII's 'good -or at least somewhat better - AF' isn't a 'one night stand' , and thanks for sharing this information & the shot!

...€0.02...

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Been there done that ~ yes sir. It takes about 150~200 full power pops to cause damage and within about an hours non-stop shooting ~ fixed charge CPS repair, a new flash.

Damage to my 580EX flash Photo Gallery by Gerard Bonus at pbase.com

STG 70 for CPS London including their postage.


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50 consecutive full power shots is it's limit. I can't remember my case now, but I think I shot 200 RAW files in about an hour. If I had thought I was letting myself in for that much I'd have brought my high speed studio set instead, but I was expecting a "location" shoot.

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as far as Canon is concerned, you shoud 'apply caution' when shooting fast series w/flash, I have searched again and again, but can't find no 'hard data' on how many shots in a series is accepatbel and how many simply is too much, heatwise...

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50 consecutive full power shots is it's limit.
Great info! Thanks a mill!

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