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Archive 2012 · Canon 550ex Worth Repairing?
  
 
Gyrine
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p.1 #1 · Canon 550ex Worth Repairing?


I've had a 550ex flash for a long time and never really overused it but today I put in a set of fresh batteries and it did not turn on. I double checked to make sure I oriented the batteries correctly (I did) but it was completely nonresponsive. I wonder if it's worth fixing it or not and if so, where to send it? Thanks,



Nov 15, 2012 at 03:35 PM
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p.1 #2 · Canon 550ex Worth Repairing?


I have 2 550Ex's as well as lots of 430EX's, I have never had one fail like that just through lack of use.

Over time the capacitor can get deeply discharged, I wouldn't necessarily give up, try some different batteries.

Also use a q-tip and some solvent to clean the battery contacts at both ends, they often get corroded and prevent the gun firing up.

I also have five Vivitar 283's that are very sluggish to start taking a charge after a long time off, but they have always come back in the end.



Nov 15, 2012 at 04:01 PM
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p.1 #3 · Canon 550ex Worth Repairing?


Is the unit not getting any power or is the flash just not firing. I had a bulb go out in 1 of mine years back, replaced the bulb myself... $15 part, about 30 minutes labor with a soldering iron. In this case, the unit would get power but would never fire.


Nov 15, 2012 at 10:25 PM
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p.1 #4 · Canon 550ex Worth Repairing?


In my case, the unit is not getting any power at all.


Nov 16, 2012 at 08:24 PM





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