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I have just bought a second hand metz 45-ct-4 which I am attaching to a canon 30d. it only sometimes turns on ( batterys need cleaning ?) and only sometimes synchs with the camera? ie nothing for five shots, then it will go for a couple and then not.. any ideas, cable seems in good nick?

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You've kind of answered your own questions. I would try a new cable and yes, clean the battery contacts.

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