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| p.1 #8 · 5d shutter speed sync stuck at 1/200 with 430 ex??? |
It's not just you; my 20D/580EX combo locks at 1/250 (max sync) when the camera is in Av and the flash is in Manual. ...(I don't have my 7D or 430EX II with me at the moment, so I can't check that, but if I recall it works the same way.)
Okay, I've got the 7D and the 430EX II in hand now, and there's a twist:
The 7D has three options for this in the Custom Function: 1) Auto, 2) 1/60 - 1/250, and 3) 1/250 Fixed. When I put my 430EX II in Manual power mode, with the C.Fn. set for 1 all speeds were available, just as in ETTL mode. With the C.Fn. set for 2 the display shows 1/60 in my current dark conditions. With the C.Fn. set for 3 the display shows 1/250.
Next, I tried it with my old 580EX on the 7D. Again, everything worked as the menus said they should, regardless of ETTL or Manual.
So, this doesn't seem to be a flash Mark I versus flash Mark II thing, but an older body versus newer body thing. It's not a problem for me, because when my flash is in Manual I'm almost always also shooting with the camera in Manual; but it is an odd quirk that on the older bodies, Manual flash essentially ignores C.Fn. 3 and locks the shutter at max sync.