I have the Olympus E-510, and for some reason the flash doesn't work anymore. The button to take the picture won't depress unless I manually turn the flash off, and then, of course the picture is dark or blurry or both. In addition, the auto focus doesn't work when the flash is on for most of the settings, but oddly it will auto-focus for a few - but again, the pictures are dark and/or blurry. Has anybody else had this problems? And, is sending the camera back to the manufacturer (for a hefty fix-it fee) the only way to get it repaired? Thanks in advance for any help you can provide!!
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Re: Olympus E-510 Flash & Auto-Focus Problems
Sounds like the main circuit board has got problems. If its under warranty use the manufacturer. But if not a camear store should be able to provide a quote. I admit that the repair will be about 150-180 because of the time involved in replacing the board and possibly the flash unit. But quotes before bankruptcy.. Please rate my help++++Thanks for using FIXYA
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I'm not certain what you mean by "multi flash". I'll give you two answers. 1.) If you are attempting to take a picture under low light levels, the rapid flashing is the camera adding light to the scene for the autofocus to work. You may have to manually focus in these situations if you don't want the rapid flashing. 2.) The autoflash can be disabled with the flash button on top of the camera. Pressing it once will open the pop up flash. Pressing it a second time will bring up a menu on the screen. Highlight the lightening bolt with the line through it and press 'OK". Auto flash can also be disabled by using one of the scene modes such as low light, candlelight, night scene or fireworks.
This flash (was designed for digital) should be ok with E-510 alough it is not a TTL flash. If u look on top of the flash mount on the E-510 u will see some extra pins these are for TTL communication the camera talks to the flash to let it know it has recieved enough light and extinguish the tube. If u put the wrong flash on the camera u could damage these connections in the camera. I suspect the flash u are suing is not TTL and should be only one pin on the bottom of the flash unit if this is the case u will be ok.Olympus is good stuff I have an Evolt e-300 if u look on e-bay u can find a new TTL flash compatable with the E-510 at a very good price.
Have you tried to reset the camera to the factory defaults? To do this: have the camera in shooting mode - go to Menu - left arrow to reset - press ok - Highlight Yes and press ok. This will reset the camera to factory settings. See if flash works now.
I have the same problem, I have looked every where even on the Olympus site and have no luck finding anything, I paid £280 pounds for this unit and have hardly used it.
Took it to a few repair center's & they reckon £200 pounds to repair it (how can that be) I only want it repaired and am sure it is the bulb I don't want to buy a new one this could happen again at great cost to me.
I have to say I am not very happy with Olympus at all, bad service, & lack of help with this problem.
If you are in a low lit area with the camera dial set to Auto the flash will do a strobing type of flash trying to help allow more light into the scene. This is called the AF illuminator function. To just go ahead and take the image, put the camera dial to P (program Auto) go to Menu - go to Wrench 1 tab - then right arrow over and then down arrow to AF Illum - right arrow and turn this function from On to Off and then take the image in the P mode setting. No flash flicker should occur.
There is a "quick" button located on the back of the camera just for flashes. It is the first button to the right of the power button and it looks like a crooked lightning bolt arrow that points down. If you are in any picture taking mode, push this button and it will toggle you through each flash option, auto, red eye (eyeball symbol), flash (same symbol as the button, this mode will make the flash work everytime you take a picture), red eye and flash, and no flash (careful, in this mode you have to allow for the camera to focus, the lens will stay open a long time in a dark atmosphere -- if you don't hold the camera still you will get a blurry picture).
I purchased a olympus evolt 510 - having problems taking picture in the dark. The camera will take 30 second to focus and sometimes will not take a picture at all. Also I find when I am in doors the camera will take a substantial amount of time to focus on an object this is specifically when the flash is in use. The flash seems to be adjusting flickering constantly. Seriously Annoying.
If you can be some assistance I would deeply appreciate it.
I have the Olympus e-410 and I cant get the pictures to upload to my PC. I have connected it and have gone into easy print and normally that works. I have even had to turn the camera off and on a few times and then it will kick in but it wont do any of that this time. I cant find the manual and it was my husbands camera before we got married and he only upload once before that. HELP!