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Canon 20d flash

G'day all, The built in flash on my three year old 20d refuse's to pop up, It tries to open with a few rattles then I get Error 05, ie. "Something obstructing the built-in flash's automatic pop-up" The camera has not had a knock and I can't see anything stopping it from operating! Any idea's folks.

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Re: Canon 20d flash

Push the flash into its resting place with a little pressure, turn unit over, take an image requiring flash while pushing on the flash and then quickly release the flash.
something is likely broken and may clear out when camera in alternate position.
otherwise, off to service. don't force it.
good luck

Posted on Dec 24, 2007

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