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Flash won't work

I have a Pentax IST DL 2. I've put fresh, high-capacity batteries in it. However, when I pop the flash up, it doesn't work - and the battery meter suddenly says the batteries are empty. It's always previously worked with these batteries. Any advice? Thanks Greg

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Re: Flash won't work

Try in custom menu I think. Switch shutter release whilst charging firmware switch whilst flash charging a couple of times. Had sinilar thing with ist DS after firmware update.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007

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