My built in flash on the EOS 400D (sometimes) fires (10 - 15 times in quick succession) while I hold the shutter release half down to focus then when I depress the shutter release fully it's locked out as the flash recycles - Help Thanks John
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There is no tme lapse function on the 400d however a search on ebay can come up with some 3rd party electronic shutter releases which have time lapse function fitted.Most are from Hong Kong but dont be put off I have bought lots of theses 3rd party accessories (battery grips, off camera flash cords,remote shutter releases etc) and all work faultlessly. Here is one of many.I do not own this one personally but I have several items by the "Yongnuo" company and they are great.
Be aware that the built in flash does not pop up automatically in all picture modes. Try it when in the different modes (on the mode dial) and see what I mean. Does it popo up when manually opened ?, (small button on front left hand side of the viewing pentaprism/flash housing.)
The reasons for it may be several ones. Let me go from the one with higher probability to the lower one.
1. Flash is stuck. It is the most comon reason, and more easiest to confirm. When pressed the shutter (or pressed the flash side button in P mode) you hears a repetetive click noise, and the flash won't pop up. If this happens, the flash is stuck.
Sometimes is solved when at the same time you press the shutter button, with the finger (or nail) you gently pull it up. Once is up, check for dirty, or any residues (such as tape glue, sand or something like that) that stucks the flash.
Some persons apply a thin layer of lubricant on the side hinges. Don't put so much lubricant or oil because will get inside the camera, and cause other problems.
2. If not click sound is heard, the either the flash actuator relay or the DC/DC board (that provides power to the flash board) or the flash board are defective. This can be confirmed only in a camera repair shop.
Automatic settings are not useful in all conditions. The built in flash is not good over 20 ft. Under low light conditions, an external flash is better option, but it costs additional too. Remember that shooting under low light conditions is always a difficult task. By the way, I don't know about such common problem in Canon XTi
Could be the metering mode you are in. Could be the subject is too far away. Could be ISO is set wrong. Could be the lens aperture can't open up enough. Could be the exposure compensation isn't set correctly. Could be FE Lock is still on and the composition has changed. Does the <flash> icon continue to blink? Then you are too far away.
Hi, sounds like a shutter problem, try taking a picture in manual mode with an exposure of around 1 second and the aperturestopped right down (small appiture)in daylight.
when you say its not pretty i guess you mean blurred?
If your still getting a black image, take the lens off and put it in bulb and press and hold the shutter release if the shutter dose'nt open and stay open while you hold it then its certainly the shutter.
Its not your fault, all the eos cameras are prone to shutter failure
some are fine for 50,000+ shots others die within a thousand
My fingers are crossed for you that its under warranty.If not a repair in the uk can be done for around 140ukp or $200 in the US, the shutter isn't expensive (about $60) but its several hours work to replace it
I found the answer and fixed my flash. Look on http://photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=00ODWf
will describe how, if you have been using a speedlite alot, than the
little tab under the shutter release side of the hot shoe can get bent
down thus constantly pressing down (toward the bottom of the camera)
the small button which deactivates the pop-up
flash even when the speedlite is not attached. Just bend the tab up a
little with a jewler's screwdriver, turn the camera off and on and
voila!! Fixed!!! Dan describes pushing the tab down, but on the xti,
the tab needs to be bent up to release the flash deactivation switch
and fix the problem. Thanks to Dan D on photonet for saving me a