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Canon 580EX II – Waiting for the crash and burn?

February 24, 2011

I have two 580EX II Canon flash units (as well as a 580 EX and a 550 EX) that I have recently started to use with the new PocketWizard FlexTT5, MiniTT1 and the amazing useful AC3 ZoneController (which finally provides Nikon-like flash control from camera position for us poor Canon users). I was planning a future blog post on the virtues of this combination and the wonders of High Speed Sync (HSS).

However, all my enthusiasm has been shattered by LPA Designs’ (the makers of PocketWizard) latest revelation that the Canon 580EX II units seem to be a design disaster and failure is just around the corner.  You can read the full report here. $9000 Cameras that won’t focus and now flash units that are ticking time bombs. Ugh!

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