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Flash I am having a problem with the flash on my camera. When I got to take a shot it will flash like 5 times before taking the picture. By this time it has blinded my subject. Help Please

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    when trying to take a picture it sometimes flashes 5-10 times and has trouble focusing.

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This is the AF Assist feature. If you don't have a hot-shoe flash mounted, but you do have the pop-up flash raised, the camera will strobe the pop-up flash in low-light situations to provide illumination for the auto-focus to work. You can disable it by turning off the AF ILLUMINATOR option in the "Wrench 1" settings menu.

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Did you turn on the so-called "anti-red-eye" function which for some camera models will fire a sequence of flashes before a photo is taken?

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