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Sony hvl-f32x I turn on the flash with new batteries, it flashes the word "connection" the orange ready light flashes and then it just shows red light and err flashes... I hcan't make it do anything now. Please help!!

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  • Anonymous Jun 24, 2008

    Have the same problem as Angelab76, since early 2008, and have not found a solution yet. I use the flash with a Sony DSC F-828 camera exclusively.

  • ajnayar65 Aug 27, 2008

    On turning the flash on, the orange light stays on but the flash don't work with the camera. Instead the camera still keeps using the inbuilt flash. The Hot shoe is turned off in the camera setup menu.. On pressing any button on the flash, the word connections flashes. No other display on the flash screen.

  • victorR1 Dec 25, 2008

    I also have the same problem with my flash and DSC-R1. Please help!!

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You can download and print the instruction manual in PDF format by clicking this link.

You'll require Adobe PDF Reader installed on your computer to view the manual. If it is not already installed on your computer, download it free from: http://get.adobe.com/reader/

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