I have a problem with 2 month old *ist digital. Popping up the on camera flash kills the battery, on new batteries of several types. Putting the flash down and turning the camera on and off brings the battery back to its original full charge condition. Anybody have ideas, I have read something about this problem somewhere on the forum before.
Does anyone know anything about the new Tamron XR 3.5-6.3 28/300 LD Lens, is it of high quality and resolution. It seems very light and small for its power
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Re: On Camera Flash Problem and Lens Question
According to Pentax, the pop up flash does greatly reduce battery life.
So, if you want them to last longer, use an external flash. The built-in flash is too low powered an too prone to produce red eyes to be of much use anyway.
Any lens that goes from 28-300 is going to be much less sharp than one with a shorter zoom range, even if the lens designer uses such heroic measures as aspherical elements and LD glass. Consider the Tokina AT-X 24-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens as a very good alternative to the Tamron.
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Make sure you're not shooting on no-flash auto mode. Also, in P, A, and M modes you'll have to press the flash button on the side of the camera by the lens mount in order for the flash to pop up. If it's not popping on regular auto mode, make sure you don't have it disabled in the menu.
HP wont get your money for another camera period- the have dropped cameras from their line up- in the UK any way. The precise reason for the non function of the flash is not immediately fathomable - but it is likely non use ,the capacitor that triggers the flash in a full state and not having been discharged could have 'killed' it. As with pretty well all low end digital camera s'repair' is not an option, only replace. So off you go and buy a new one- if it is flash you need- but perhaps you can live without it. So often you see folk using their camera swith the flash popping off when in fact non was needed.
make sure after popping up the flash, you didn't change the mode into "no flash" mode....an easy way to check is put the flash back down, then proceed to take another photo. If the flash pops up again but did not flash, you have a faulty camera (assuming battery level is at least until the 1/3 mark).
The problem is in the flash pop up switch. It is probably jammed in or there is some kind of substance on it causing it to stick. You can find it by manually popping up your flash. You should then see a little black spring loaded post on the release button side of the flash. Check to see that it is not stuck in in any way. If so that is why you are getting error 5. To repair you can try a qtip an a little rubbing alcohol. Otherwise you will need a technician to do it.