Does the Canon 5D has Rear Sync Flash?

Discussion in 'Canon' started by eacosta, Nov 21, 2006.

  1. eacosta

    eacosta Guest

    I just got a 5D and, so far, I love the camera, but I can't get the
    flash to fire before the shutter closes. I did set the Custom function
    #15 to "2nd Curtain sync", but it doesn't do the trick. Thinking it
    could be a problem with the flash, I asked my friend to try it on his
    Nikon D200 and it works fine. What am I doing wrong?
     
    eacosta, Nov 21, 2006
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  2. eacosta

    George K Guest

    For the Nikon cameras that can perform rear curtain sync, one needs to
    be using the shooting mode of P (Auto Multi Program), S (Shutter
    Priority Auto), A (Aperture Priority Auto, or M (Manual).

    A quick check of the 5D manual discloses you need to use the <P> mode
    and not the full auto mode.
     
    George K, Nov 21, 2006
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  3. eacosta

    Mark² Guest

    What flash are you using?
    On my 580EX, you can easily put it into second curtain synch by pressing a
    dedicated button on the flash unit...which toggles through high-speed
    synch/second curtain/normal.

    NOTE: If you set custom function 14 to second curtain, but leave the flash
    unit itself on normal (1st curtain), the flash will OVER-RIDE the custom
    function.

    The other possibility is that you're being fooled by the E-TTL
    pre-flash...which will still fire slightly BEFORE exposure...even during
    second curtain synch...followed by the exposure, and actual flash before the
    shutter closes.

    -Mark²
     
    Mark², Nov 22, 2006
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  4. eacosta

    eacosta Guest

    I was hoping you wouldn't ask :) Its a Minolta 200X. I bought it in
    1982. I didn't expect it to work today, but it does. I wanted to take a
    goofy shot of me driving in my car at night and I didn't want to buy a
    flash for that, so I gave it a try.
    My shutter speed was set to 2" and I can tell for sure the flash fired
    at the beginning, but not at the end. It might have been the E-TTL, but
    it was not followed by a second one. I'm also sure the flash recharged
    immediately and it could have fired before the shutter closed.

    I tried on M, P & Av. No luck. Any other ideas?
     
    eacosta, Nov 22, 2006
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  5. eacosta

    Mark² Guest

    Good grief.
    No...it isn't going to work...no matter what you set it to.
    Yes.
    Next time you decide to spend $3K on a camera body, spend a couple hundred
    on a same-brand flash that isn't 24 years old.
    Sheesh...
    ;)
     
    Mark², Nov 22, 2006
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