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503CW with leaf back

Unwanted drag flash effect appeared while shooting with flash light, camera well fixed on tripod with 1/125 sec. speed, and 16,5 f. In door.

Have any one experienced mechanical movements which create these ghosty images?

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  • Shootilldrop Feb 26, 2008

    Yes, with both lenses I have, 60 & 120 mm. Please look at the images.Thanks.

  • Shootilldrop Feb 27, 2008

    Thank you very much for the advice, Eltroman.

    I'll try your advice when I got a chance to shoot on parquet floor. This drag flash effect disappears when working on cement floors.
    Shootilldrop

  • Kevin Pettit
    Kevin Pettit May 11, 2010

    Does this happen with all lenses or just one?

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Can you shoot rear curtain flash modes?

If not, try this:

Advance the camera.
Open up the shutter(set mirror lock-up). You'll have to remove the Winder CW to do this.
Push black Tap up to open up the shutter. Don't worry, lens is still closed.
You'll not see anything from the viewfinder, just black.
Trip the shutter button.
Now, check the images.
What do you get?
Try shooting under one second in low light.
Battery is new and not over 5 years old?

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