My 580EX II Exploded (Literally)!

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Jon Stern
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My 580EX II Exploded (Literally)!
Feb 6, 2011

I was shooting some publicity shots by the Golden Gate Bridge for a DJ friend of mine yesterday, when suddenly there was a loud bang (causing everyone to look) as my flash exploded.

I was holding the flash in my left hand and got a substantial whack to my little finger while my friend got hit on the chest (leaving a red mark) by the red plastic bit on the front. For a moment he honestly thought he'd been shot!

My guess would be that a capacitor exploded. I wasn't shooting that fast. Looking at the timestamps from the shots, I was shooting at up to about 1 shot every 3 seconds, although there's 30 secs between the last shot and the previous one.

I was using a Gary Fong diffuser outdoors (I was using the flash to provide some fill as the sun was setting, so I guess I was doing a full dump each shot.

I've only had the flash since Sept, so I hope Canon will repair it under warranty.

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