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Flash will not close

I have a Canon EOS 20D. While taking a photo indoors, the flash popped up and the locking mechanism started clicking/opening and closing repeatedly. The only way I could get it to stop was to remove the battery. After removal I reinserted it and turned the camera back on. Ever since then, the automatic flash will not lock shut; thus I have a flash stuck open. I have tried removing the battery for an extended period of time--no help. Any suggestions?

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could be that you have dust / dirt on the sensor even when mine was brand new it had dirt on it.

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Can you pull it up manually, Be careful when doing this but try opening it manually, it is possible that the catch for the flash is just stuck temporarily.

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Hello - I figured it out. I had the exact same problem. The shutter failed and it had to be fixed by Canon. Apparently that happens after the shutter fires so many times (like a click-count on a printer). I just got my camera back and it's doing awesome now.

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I have had the same problem with my 450D. I have been living without flash on my cam for a month. Until I realized that maybe something liquid and sticky by chance got where the flash is...so i just trid to hold uo the flash my insrting my nail into the small space between the flash and the camera and tried to press the flash button. IT WORKED!!!

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Hi S. take it to a camera shop as it probably needs a bulb. Joe

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