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SB600 Works Erratically...

My SB600 works off and on. Some shots come out ok...some are dark as if the flash did not fire. I know it sounds strange, but when the flash fires it has a different sound (it maybe the camera) when it does not work properly. The red light on the back of the flash will blink when it does not work properly on the shot. Can anybody please help me? Thanks alot...

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  • andrashnik Nov 18, 2008

    Same problem here, one of 4 shots comes OK all the rest is dark.

    It seems that the flash dose work but somehow it's lighting is very weak and that of course causing the dark pictures.

    And yes the batteries are brand new and fully charged.

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If red light on flash is blinking, flash is charging. In shooting rapidly, sometimes flash will go off even though it isnt fully charged. This can give dark shots. Flash eats batteries like crazy, best to always use fresh batteries for each shoot.

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