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    flash stuck--thus many settings get error 05

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I did some research on this and it looks like this is a common problem. If your camera is still covered under warranty, Cannon will take care of it.

If it isn't check for any dirt objects within the area of the flash. You can gently lift up on it from the front of the camera as well.

Posted on Jul 12, 2008

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The reasons for it may be several ones. Let me go from the one with higher probability to the lower one.

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