Canon 540EZ and EOS 300D/Digital Rebel

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Charles Kooij, Apr 4, 2005.

  1. I'm about to take delivery of an EOS 300D/Digital rebel, and have an
    older 540EZ speedlite flash, with which I've had great results in the
    past with film EOS bodies.

    Now, from a few things I've read I understand that the 540EZ doesn't
    work with the Rebel. Does this mean that it won't fire at all, or just
    that some of the automatic functions won't work with the 300D?

    If the latter I can live with it, if the former I'll be hitting eBay
    shortly :)


    Charles Kooij, Apr 4, 2005
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    PC Guest

    I had a D30 with 540EZ before. It works but only the flash set to manual
    mode which means you have to set your flash output to match you need ex.
    1/128, 1/64, 1/4...etc. I expected the 300D the same. Also I just bought a
    Canon 300D last week from ebay and going to pick it up tomorrow. If you can
    wait few more days then I can tell you what happen with them.

    CK LUK
    PC, Apr 4, 2005
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  3. Thanks for that. Yes, please let me know how you get on!

    Charles Kooij, Apr 4, 2005

  4. I have a 300D and a 540EZ. The flash does fire, but you have to set
    everything manually. The 540EZ is a very good unit, but i ended up buying a
    420EX as my everyday do-what-i-mean-flash. I use the 540EZ only when i have
    the time to do flash exposure series or when i need the 540's strobe.
    Ernst-Udo Wallenborn, Apr 4, 2005
  5. Hmmm. I don't think that the wife is going to let me have two flash
    units. Looks like I'll be making my trip to eBay sooner rather than

    Thanks for the information Ernst.


    Charles Kooij, Apr 5, 2005
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    PC Guest


    The 540EZ works with my 300D OK only set to manual mode,
    the bonus is the flash can auto zooming as well but not with my D30 before!

    PC, Apr 5, 2005
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    Dirty Harry Guest

    I use a 420ex on my rebel and love it. If you don't mind flashing your
    firmware you will also get FEC with the 420ex, (among other things like
    mirror lockup and raw in sports mode) otherwize you will want to get the new
    580ex speedlite.
    Dirty Harry, Apr 8, 2005
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    Dirty Harry Guest

    And FEC is EXTREMELY useful, if you do not want to flash I would spend the
    extra money and get the 580.
    Dirty Harry, Apr 8, 2005

  9. I am definitely intending to flash the firmware. You're talking about
    the Russian firmware from Satinfo, yes?

    Have there been any problems reported with it? I'd hate to knacker my
    new camera!

    Also, are you saying that my 540EZ will work better with the camera once
    I've got the hacked firmware installed?


    Charles Kooij, Apr 8, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Just hope that you never need a warranty repair with the hacked firmware
    installed. Some failures may prevent you from reloading factory firmware.

    -- r.p.e.35mm user resource:
    -- r.p.d.slr-systems:
    -- slr-systems FAQ project:
    -- [SI] gallery & rulz:
    -- e-meil: Remove FreeLunch.
    Alan Browne, Apr 8, 2005
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    Todd H. Guest

    Hi Chrles,

    Me too. My 540EZ and my Elan were gorgeous and consistent.

    Alas, the EZ series of speedlights doesn't work full dedicated with
    any current Canon's, which use the EX series of flashes. I leaned
    this disappointment first when I tried my 540EZ on my Canon G2.
    I was buying a 550 EX in no time. :-\

    However, it does still kinda work--the EZ flash atop your new digital
    rebel will just dump the full flash out by default, which in general
    will leave you quite overexposed. As others have stated, manual mode
    on the flash can get you where you want to go. Some would say "what's
    the point really... why have a camera capable of wonderful through the
    lens flash metering off the sensor and then use it with a flash that
    requires manual setting?" :-\ However, if your use is limited enough,
    you can make it work if manual mode is acceptable to ya.

    Now, here's what really blows--even if you bought an EX flash, you'd
    not enjoy nearly as consistent flash exposures as we're used to from
    the 540EZ and your film EOS if your experience mimicks mine. I remain
    VERY disappointed with the flash results from my Rebel and the 550EX--
    inconsistent to say the least (see the thread I just started inquiring
    about that).

    With as much money as I've spent on the 550EX, the 300D, and the
    75-300 IS lens, I'd love to self-justify and claim I'm a brilliant
    smart guy and my pictures look just fabulous in all conditions.
    Sadly, I have to confess that the combo so far has been crappy in the
    flash exposure consistency department.

    Hopefully I can find out what's causing the issues.

    Best Regards,
    Todd H., Apr 8, 2005
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    Larry Guest

    Canon USA simply reverted the firmware to the factory standard on my brother-
    in-laws DRebel when he sent it in for waranty work (rattling noise in
    Larry, Apr 8, 2005
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    Dirty Harry Guest

    I have the Russian firmware but I'm going to install the Dutch one right
    away so I can get RAW in sports mode. The hacked firmware has a lot of
    great features, the main ones I like are:
    Setting the embeded jpeg size (I set mine to minimum and can get 99 RAW
    images on a 512 card)
    Mirror Lockup
    you can find out more here I have a
    friend that has the Undutchables and it works great for him. I've had the
    russian stuff on for about 4000 pictures or a few months....
    Dirty Harry, Apr 8, 2005
  14. Yes, this is one of the things that worries me. Hmmm. I'm weighing up
    the risks versus missing out on some of the rather attractive features,
    such as RAW in sports mode.

    Damn. Choices choices :)

    Charles Kooij, Apr 9, 2005
  15. Thanks for that. The dutch firmware sounds good - I'd *love* to be able
    to shoot RAW in in sports mode. And the mirror lockup would be just as

    Have you had any problems with the altered firmware?

    Charles Kooij, Apr 9, 2005
  16. Weren't they just! I loved the combination. Like you said - the
    consistency was extremely impressive, and it was always fun mucking
    around with the manual settings. In fact, if it weren't for the
    convenience and flexibility of digital SLRs, and the rather dubious
    quality of many commercial processing labs I'd probably still be using
    the setup for at least half the photographs I take.
    Yeah, I guess it will be OK in a studio setting. Yay! An excuse to set
    up a studio! :)
    Hmmm. Now, what you're saying is *exactly* what my local camera dealer
    told me. That is a bit of a worry, because over here the 55EX is hardly
    cheap, especially if it doesn't perform to the level that I'm hoping

    I'll keep an eye on your thread. Thanks for the post Todd, much


    Charles Kooij, Apr 9, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Kudos for Canon then. I would have expected them to use it as
    an excuse to avoid the repair on the excuse that hacked firmware may
    have caused the damage. (Could also be they simply loaded the latest
    firmware w/o even checking the in camera load).

    -- r.p.e.35mm user resource:
    -- r.p.d.slr-systems:
    -- slr-systems FAQ project:
    -- [SI] gallery & rulz:
    -- e-meil: Remove FreeLunch.
    Alan Browne, Apr 9, 2005
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    Dirty Harry Guest

    Not a one :)
    Dirty Harry, Apr 9, 2005
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    jfitz Guest

    Another urban legend.

    Do you have any first hand knowledge of anyone being denied a warranty claim
    by Canon because the firmware was hacked? I have read a number of posts by
    people who have had their warranties honored in spite of hacked firmware. I
    have yet to read a post from someone who had their claim denied. Human
    nature being what it is, I would think that if, in fact, Canon had denied
    claims because of the hack there would be plenty of ongoing discussion about
    Indeed they will.

    Please don't bottom post.
    Please don't perpetuate urban legends.
    jfitz, Apr 12, 2005
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    Iain Laskey Guest

    Installed fine on my 300D - very happy with the new functionality and
    nothing existing seems to have broken. I still can't take decent photos
    though - must be the camera ;-)

    Iain Laskey, Apr 12, 2005
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