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Canon Rebel XT

My Canon Rebel XT camera just started acting like there is a short in the flash, when i press the shutter button half way down, the flash goes off  2 times, and sounds like it is wiring that is shorting out. Not sure if it is a easy fix, or if it needs to be looked at.  thanks Melanie

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  • doorhorse Dec 08, 2008

    I want to bump this up because I'm having the same problem. Camera will take a couple pictures with built in flash then it sounds like it is crackling and shorting out. I take very good care of my camera, it has not been dropped or anything and I surely don't have that many pictures on it despite it being 3+ years old...HELP if any before I have to send off to repair.

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It is normal. Camera lightens surrounding to get focus point.

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