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Camera Flash Pentax MZ7

Hi, when I press the shutter button the camera flash makes a "ZZZzzzz.." sound and there is like a flash of light but not a normal flash . I have tried new batteries and it still does it. Batteries are cr2. If someone knows what's going on please let me know I am supposed to take photograpghs at a wedding tomorrow! :o)

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  • michu34 Apr 12, 2008

    i have the same problem

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    I have the same problem

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If there is enough ambient light then the flash doesn't need to be at full power. The noise could be the lens focussing.

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