Hey all. I am wondering if anyone has had this problem. I have been shooting with my XTI for a few years now. Recently the last few times I have used my camera with flash I have noticed a lot of dark shots (too often for it to be a flash recycle time issue) Today at a shoot all of the photos that I took with it were dark. I tried to switch lenses and flash settings and also put it in automatic mode and it worked sporadically. Some of the photos were exposed properly and others shot seconds later at the same subject were totally dark. Does anyone have an idea what could be going on with the camera. I am planning on getting a new one but wouldn't mind keeping this one as a back up if it is fixable. Thanks.
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
It could be your camera or flash. Try taking some shots with your built in flash. If you get dark ones there it is definitely the camera at fault. If not the fault could be in the flash, so borrow another and try it. If it is OK it's the flash at fault, if not, it's the camera.
Lot of good advice in these posts, shooting with just the popup flash is a great starting point. I am assuming you are shooting below sync speed. Could very easily be that the contact points in the hot shoe are dirty or on the flash.
My first step would be to borrow a Canon flash from friend or a store and fire a couple of shots. If shooting in ETTL it does tend to underexpose the images, but no significantly so, that its not an easy fix in LR
Thanks for the help guys. The pop up flash works and I have had the problem using different flashes so I think that it must be something with the hot shoe. At least I have narrowed down the problem (and thank god it isn't my L Glass 24-70!) Thanks for the help.
Coincidentally, I was having a similar problem with my Canon yesterday.
I observed it mostly with portrait orientation. It wasn't a connection problem between the shoe and radio, it wasn't a battery issue, it wasn't a cycle time issue.
Never figured out exactly what it was. I did observe this at the END of the day, so maybe the camera was undergoing some sort of internal software memory leak, or firmware problem. Realizing the camera might need to be turned off and on and left to rest is a good excuse to buy another camera to use while the other one is resting. LOL