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Speedlite 430EX III-RT AF assist beam won't work

Flaherty
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I'm hoping someone can help.

I've just bought a Canon 430EX III-RT and for the most part I'm very impressed with this speedlight.  However, when I try to set up the AF-assist IR beam both on and off my camera (Canon 90D) it won't work.  I've gone into the sub-menu P.Fn 05 and selected "1".  When I back out, however, the icon shown is for the standard flash, not the specific AF-assist IR icon.  The red IR will not function.  I have no problems with the master-slave off-camera flash function which I think is great.

Has anyone else had this issue?  I hope it is just a set-up error on my part.  Every other function of this speedlight appears to function as required.

I don't do much flash photography but I never had this problem with my Canon 380EX which unfortunately gave up (finally) after 25 years of faithful service.

I look forward to any assistance provided.

Thank you.

 

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Anonymous
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The icon on the main flash LCD screen doesn't show if the IR assist is enabled or not. In PF.n-05 does show the IR assist icon. deebatman316 raises a good point, are you using AF servo focus mode on the camera? That mode prevents the IR beam firing as well.

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I understand now what they're talking about now. My 470EX-AI shows flash coverage on the main screen. I believe that the 430EX III-RT also shows the same thing. I used to own a 430EX III-RT and familiar with its operation. I gave that speedlite to a friend who's a beginner. Mine had a problem with the IR AF Assist Beam being visible in pictures. Canon did fix it under warranty. They sent me a 470EX-AI on the last repair. So I had 3 speedlites which was too much for me. That 430EX III-RT never gave my friend or I. Any problems on the last repair.

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-Demetrius

Current Gear: EOS 5D Mark IV, EF F/2.8 Trinity, EF 50mm F/1.8 STM, EF 85mm F/1.8 USM, 470EX-AI & 600EX II-RT

Retired Gear: EOS 40D

Anonymous
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Yes, it shows the coverage icon, I called it the flash firing pattern, but it is the same as yours. It took me awhile to realize that he was referring to the main flash screen.

The way I determined that the OP's camera was set to AI Servo. Was that they weren't getting any AF Assist Beam at all. IR or Intermittent Flash Firing. Older speedlites can only cover certain AF points. Newer speedlites can cover more of them. The camera controls which AF Assist Beam projectors are emitted. To cover that certain AF point array. If you didn't know newer AF Points arrays. Are based off of older AF Point arrays. So most of the time older speedlites can cover a majority of the AF Points. If they can't the IR AF Assist Beam IS NOT emitted at all. Intermittent Flash Firing can cover all AF Points but this method is slower though. Also Intermittent Flash Firing and LED AF Assist Beams. Are not compatible with ANY EOS film body. Or an EOS Digital camera released prior to 2007. 2007 and later cameras brought the in camera flash menu. Intermittent Flash Firing works by the camera rapidly varying the voltage to the speedlite. To control the brightness of the AF Assist Beam. But on early cameras with the in camera flash menu. This would cause the light meter to bounce all over the place and change exposure settings. Later cameras appear to ignore the flash firing for AF Assist.


-Demetrius

Current Gear: EOS 5D Mark IV, EF F/2.8 Trinity, EF 50mm F/1.8 STM, EF 85mm F/1.8 USM, 470EX-AI & 600EX II-RT

Retired Gear: EOS 40D

Anonymous
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With the 470EX-AI is the IR focus assist limited to the center focus point as well, or does it have wider coverage?

No it covers up to 19 AF points. The default AF Assist Beam projection setting is IR. But it can be switched to Intermittent Flash Firing though. The 470EX-AI does have a better IR AF Assist Beam. 

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470EX-AI AF Assist Beam on 5D Mark IV470EX-AI AF Assist Beam on 5D Mark IV

600EX II-RT 9 Point IR AF Assist Beam Projection600EX II-RT 9 Point IR AF Assist Beam Projection


-Demetrius

Current Gear: EOS 5D Mark IV, EF F/2.8 Trinity, EF 50mm F/1.8 STM, EF 85mm F/1.8 USM, 470EX-AI & 600EX II-RT

Retired Gear: EOS 40D
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