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Red plastic broken

The red plastic piece that covers the flash sensors is broken and I need a new one.

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You can call Canon Parts and they can get you the correct part

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As with any project, make sure to get a good workspace with plenty of light where you won't drop any screws and lose them...

1) There are 4 screws on the bottom of the flash unit that you'll want to unscrew first. Carefully tilt back the bottom section away from the red filter which covers the "eye".

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