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430EX Hi- The text on my 430EX's LCD won't stop blinking.  In any flash mode, the text just constantly blinks.  It reads "ETTL M Zoom 14mm" and I don't seem to be able to make adjustments except to the flash mode.  Am I stuck on something, or should I take it to be repaired? Thanks, Derik derikbrendanmoore@gmail.com

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Your flash has a diffusion panel in front, make sure its in all the way

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Posted on Oct 29, 2008

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    Thanks Yitzy! That helped me too! :)

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Wow...! That is sooo the fix... I didn't realize it because I use 3rd party diffusers on all my flashes which covered the internal diffusion panel...! Turns out it was sticking out just a hair but enough where I had that same blinking "ETTL M Zoom 14mm" issue. Thanks Yitzy..!

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