380EX Speedlite : How to set and use the Second-Curtain Sync mode.

Article ID: ART151477 | Date published: 05/22/2015 | Date last updated: 02/04/2016


How to set and use the Second-Curtain Sync mode.


If your Type-A camera has a Custom Function for setting second-curtain synchronization, you can fire the flash right before the exposure ends (when the second shutter curtain closes). Normally, first-curtain synchronization is set so that the flash is fired at the start of the exposure (when the first shutter curtain opens). With second-curtain synchronization and a slow shutter speed, you can capture a moving subject sharply and leave a blurred streak behind the subject. This is more natural than when first-curtain synchronization is used.

* To set the camera's Custom Function, refer to the camera's instructions

  • If the camera is set to the Full Auto mode or a Programmed Image Control mode, second-curtain synchronization cannot be used
  • To obtain second-curtain synchronization effects, set the camera to the Tv, Av or M mode and use a slow shutter speed
  • Setting bulb for the sync speed makes second-curtain synchronization shot easier



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