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Olympus E-500 flash smelling like burnt plastic

I've recently purchased a gently used E-500 Olympus from a close friend. I've had the camera for about two months. This evening when I went to use the camera there was a loud pop with the flash triggered and it began to smell like burnt plastic. Is my flash going? Can it be replaced? I am a photographer and rely heavily on this particular camera. The camera is only about 2 years old.

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Check all battery contact points! Make sure contact points are clean and are not touching each other.
Wrongly inserted batteries can cause camera or flash to overheat and catch fire!

Do not dismantle or interfere with flash!

The flash unit can give off a lethal shock if tampered with!

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You should contact Olympus about this.

Olympus have had a recall on some older 35mm film cameras for problems with the flash circuit.

Please see -

Olympus Recall

http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/cpg_recall.asp

Hope this helps,

Vincent

Posted on Oct 09, 2008

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