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Pocket Wizard Plus II and Canon 580EX Flash Problem
Matthew OHaren, Photographer
Harrisburg | PA | USA | Posted: 9:02 PM on 01.27.09
->> I know there is a similar posting out here for use Canon Speedlite 580EX owners who have to use a hotshoe adapter to use pocket wizards. http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=27861 I took the plunge and bought some pocket wizards and purchased two Paramount PW-MHSF1 Miniphone to Hot Shoe Female. I hooked everything up and nothing. Both flashes don't fire! Now, I did grab an old Vivatar flash that I had laying around and hooked that up and instantly it worked! VERY STRANGE!! Any ideas? I have checked everything; made sure they were on the same channel and the transmit mode was set properly in the middle, so one would be the transmitter and the other the receiver. Any help is much appreciated!
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Alan Look, Photographer
Bloomington | IL | United States | Posted: 9:16 PM on 01.27.09
->> Hmmm...

I'll assume you checked the batteries - both for charge and proper polarity in the flash. No need to worry about the wizard, it worked on the vivitar.

Also, the flash unit was operational via the test button.

Did you check the slave settings? I've never tried my 580 on the paramount shoe in slave mode, so I'm not sure if it works there. It does work in master mode.

Other than that, was it inserted completely in the shoe?

I'm not trying to make you think that I think your dumb or anything... just kind of thinking out loud to trouble shoot....

It sounds, from your post, that the shoe/cable and the wizard are working... so start your trouble shooting with the flash settings and connections.

AL
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Bill Vaughn, Photographer
Huntsville | Al | United States | Posted: 9:26 PM on 01.27.09
->> Hey Matthew, I have that same cable, and if I remember correctly the 580 EX is a pretty tight fit leading to what Alan said about it being all the way in the shoe. I bent the ears up a bit to make it a little easier to get on and off. I don't particularly like that setup anymore since I changed out all the feet on my 580's to the Flash Zebra shoe that uses a 3.5mm mono plug. Love that setup. It's referenced in the thread you quoted.
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Matthew OHaren, Photographer
Harrisburg | PA | USA | Posted: 10:00 PM on 01.27.09
->> I made sure the contacts were clean on the hotshoe and made sure they lined up with the Canon Speedlite 580EX flash as well. This is not rocket science!! This should work. I have heard that these cables can be hit or miss. I'm wondering if they sent me the wrong ones in the right packaging.
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Chris Peterson, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbia Falls | MT | USA | Posted: 10:00 PM on 01.27.09
->> Even with Nikon flashes, you sometimes can only mount the flash in that shoe adapter one way. Put it in the other way and it won't work. So I'd try putting your flash in one way and then the other... mebbe that will solve it.
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Neil Turner, Photographer
Bournemouth | UK | United Kingdom | Posted: 4:15 AM on 01.28.09
->> Had exactly the same problem myself and wrote about it here http://www.dg28.com/blog/index.htm unfortunately the solution was to buy a different adapter!
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Matthew OHaren, Photographer
Harrisburg | PA | USA | Posted: 7:58 AM on 01.28.09
->> I apoligize on my recent post...I didn't mean to come across mean or anything towards anyone, I was ranting about how this shouldn't be hard to figure out. I appreciate all the input from everybody. I'm going to call Paramount today to see what can be done.
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Juliann Tallino, Photographer, Photo Editor
Port Townsend/Seattle | WA | USA | Posted: 12:58 PM on 01.28.09
->> A bit more expensive than the paramount cords, but I use a wein safe sync to hook up a PW to my 580ex, always works and they're a bit more robust than the plastic shoe mounts.
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Matthew OHaren, Photographer
Harrisburg | PA | USA | Posted: 5:15 PM on 01.28.09
->> I've been doing some searching and came across the Michael Bass Designs http://tinyurl.com/2p2taf I've read on other posts that people have used these. Any input is much appreciated.
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Juliann Tallino, Photographer, Photo Editor
Port Townsend/Seattle | WA | USA | Posted: 10:40 PM on 01.28.09
->> Michael Bass makes quality stuff, I have several of his cords.
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Matthew OHaren, Photographer
Harrisburg | PA | USA | Posted: 11:08 PM on 03.05.09
->> Alright, so here is an update on my situation. First of all, I want to thank everyone for the emails and post that helped me out with tips and suggestions. Thank you! So I called Paramount Cords and spoke with Gary Rosenkranz, the owner, and explained my situation that I had two cords that were not working with my Canon Speedlite 580EX. So I shipped them back to Paramount Cords where Gary said he would swap me for new cords. Received them and they work great!
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