I had just bought a new canon rebel xti (less than a week old) and when I tried the
flash, it does not fire off. The flash will pop up when in auto mode or
if you push the flash button, but it just won't 'flash'. The busy flash
symbol also comes up before taking a picture , and I noticed that the
pictures I take (with the flash popped up) are dark, so the camera is
assuming the flash is going off, but it's not. Also, I havent used any
external on the camera as of yet.
DO NOT MESS with a new camera (or any other new equipment). Take/send it back to the vendor, The purchaser has rights also. Number one it must work. I don't know your location but in UK (& Europe) we have very strict consumer legislation.
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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.)
I assume that flash is turned on. 430ex flash will fire automatically only in AUTO mode. On manual modes you mus manually force the flash to fire. If flash doesn't fire at all, consider to claim the vendor or let the vendor to check the flash mounted on your camera.
Sounds like you have shot so many photos you have worn out the shutter box. The box is usually good for about 10,000 actuations... so... sounds like you have gotten far more than that out of it.
I have one XTi with a buddy right now who is a certified Canon, Nikon and Fuji tech and he's putting in a new shutter box for one of my customers. It's the first one he's done so I will see if he wants to keep doing them or not and how much he would want if he decides he will continue to do them for me.
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Not really a solution, and about 3 years late :) my EOS400D also developed the same problem (however it was also coincidence that I had just updated to Firmware 1.1.1 (from 1.0.4), but basically the flash would pop up, but wouldn't fire (so not the standard problem with the microswitches), I found with a bit of forum searching that if you hold the flash down to almost clicking it in and then shoot it does actually fire. I am going to see how much it costs to get this fixed and will post what the actual fault is if I can understand the repairman.
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