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09-07-2016, 08:05 AM   #1
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AF 360fgz question

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I have recently got my AF-360fgz serviced. Its recyle time used to be too long. After it came back from service center, I observed that it is taking 10 seconds for recharging at 1/1 manual mode. Is it acceptable ?

Also, I have taken two consecutive shots at 1/1 and 1/32 power modes. Both the pictures appear to be the same. Planning to send them back to the service center. Just want to verify whether am missing anything.

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09-07-2016, 08:25 AM   #2
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I am not too technical... but doesn't that depend much on your battery? I use eneloop and usually charged it up before I use the flash... I don't think I ever wait 10 seconds for the flash to recharge (the red light lit up), at the most perhaps 2 or 3 seconds.
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I tested the AF360FGZ here, with a set of fairly new, charged Ray-O-Vac AA.
Manual 1/1 Recharge time 6.25 second
Manual 1/4 Recharge time almost instant.

Compared with the old AF500 FTZ with same cells
Manual 1/1 Recharge time 12 second
Manual 1/4 Recharge time almost instant.

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What settings are you using? Some of the automatic settings might be compensating for the lower power, so your getting the same look, but faster recycling times. Something to think about

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I would say something is not right. I have three 360fgz and none have taken that long to recycle even at 1/1 power. As far as the exposure in the photos the EXIF data seems to indicate there should be a huge difference in exposure with the flash gun in manual mode.
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Just curious, can you not test the flash refresh time without mounting the flash on the camera? (just push the "test" button and wait for it to come back)...
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thanks guys for the feedback. I am trying with the new set of batteries (duracell alkaline). Will that make a difference ?

the odd part is, in the manual mode, it is still taking 10 secs for the 1/32 power. Guess, it needs to sent back

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yea tried like that also.. pressing the test button
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I am getting confused when you say in "manual mode"... are you referring to the camera setting in M mode or the flash in Manual mode vs PTTL (set on the flash)? I don't see any difference between the two shots you have shown here on this post. If the flash does not show readiness in a relatively short time, it could mean the capacitor (in the flash) is getting shot or the batteries not getting enough juice (voltage low etc.). If you have another flash, try to repeat the same test to determine if this flash is the problem (and not the battery).

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Full power - about 3,5 sec.
1/4 power - almost instant.
Energizer/Kodak NiMH cells.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pentageek Quote
Full power - about 3,5 sec.
1/4 power - almost instant.
Energizer/Kodak NiMH cells.
Thanks

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QuoteOriginally posted by aleonx3 Quote
I am getting confused when you say in "manual mode"... are you referring to the camera setting in M mode or the flash in Manual mode vs PTTL (set on the flash)? I don't see any difference between the two shots you have shown here on this post. If the flash does not show readiness in a relatively short time, it could mean the capacitor (in the flash) is getting shot or the batteries not getting enough juice (voltage low etc.). If you have another flash, try to repeat the same test to determine if this flash is the problem (and not the battery).
well both are in the manual mode. and I have changed the power in the flash for the two shots. 1/1 and 1/32. The batteries are new, alkaline 1.5 v. I used to have another flash of the same model but, I sold that. But, when I compared them the p-ttl was never accurate with this faulty one that's why I have sent it to the service center.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mourya Quote
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well both are in the manual mode. and I have changed the power in the flash for the two shots. 1/1 and 1/32. The batteries are new, alkaline 1.5 v. I used to have another flash of the same model but, I sold that. But, when I compared them the p-ttl was never accurate with this faulty one that's why I have sent it to the service center.
Unfortunately, it is still inconclusive... so I am thinking perhaps your flash does have some problems.
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