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Flash slow to get started.

When I first turn my camera on, I have to take 6 or 8 pictures that will not flash before my flash will work. It then works fine until I turn it off. This happens even in flash fill mode.

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The capacitor that runs the flash is going bad.

I'm no electrical engineer, but as it was explained to me...These things are filled with a semi conductive gel that dries out as they go bad, when this happens they don't conduct electricity. But when your starting the flash, the resistance causes the capacitor to heat up until it liquefies and starts to conduct electricity again. As a result, each time it takes more to get it going, eventually however it will burn out and stop working altogether.

That said, I'm not sure how you would go about replacing it without a trip to radio shop, a soldering gun, and some experience with electronics repair.

Posted on May 05, 2010

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