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Olympus E-500 - Flash not working at all

Hi, my built-in flash has stopped working all together. Why is this? Do i need to replace it? Can i replace it? or is there something else i can do?

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  • Anonymous Oct 14, 2008

    I have the same problem. Resetting did not work. I did discover that I can "manually" release the flash by sticking a fingernail in the crack in the front where the flash meets the body and exert slight pressure towards the back of the camera. The flash then works properly.

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You will need to try to reset the camera first through the camera menu by placing the camera mode to P, press menu, right arrow to card, down one to custom reset, right arrow, ok, yes to reset. else you will need to send to repair center

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