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I checked the TTL flash contact at the right side of the X700 hot shoe, but no TTL flash control, instead the flash unit gave a full burst.

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  • MIke May 11, 2010

    If you are shorting the camera out it will not TTL. How are you checking the contact ? Is the flash you are using TTL for minolta x700? are the contact on the flash and hot shoe clean?

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This could be several things. From loose/dirty cable connectors to circuit board issues. It could totally be just the age of the batteries and capacitor in the flash taking a long time to charge, making it look like it took full power. Put in new batteries or take out the old ones, rub the contacts on your jeans, and put them back in.
When you quit laughing, this actually works. It removes that thin patina that develops on the battery terminals over time.
It's also possible that the flash sensor is dead, but that's the least likely item.

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