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I have an 350d canon--recently I PURCHASED AN OFF SHOE FLASH WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS TO GIVE ME BETTER CONTROL OF LIGHTING. HOWEVER--THE CAMERA FAILS TO RECOGNIZE THE ADDITIONAL FLASH SYSTEM---AND ALL THE SHOTS ARE ON THE BLACK SIDE!! LUCKILY--I HAVE A PROGRAM TO CORRECT THESE PROBLEMS. MY PROBLEM--SHOULD I BE SHOOTING IN THE "A" PROGRAM OR THE FULL AUTOMATIC MODE??

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  • ANDREYPROPHO Aug 28, 2008

    no where in any of the booklets for digital camera--does it mention which auto mode to use with an-off-camera flash!! What if any---are the differences betwee the "P" mode and the square box that akso indicates any auto mode?? Most photographers using digital cameras--have not come up with any understanding between the two auto modes!! NOW--that's the problem trying to convince an old pro that one is better than the other. Your comments please .

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Use the Full Automatic mode that will be better..

Hope that helps.......

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Go with fully automatic mode ........

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Use the auto shot

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  • dewan nafees ahmed Aug 28, 2008

    i mean the fully automatic mode.

    that is the good mode.

    but if you are really a skilled photographer and know the settings very well i would suggest you to use the A program mode.


  • dewan nafees ahmed Aug 28, 2008

    auto gives the best out of any shot.

    that would help you a lot.

    thank you

    please dont forget to accept the solution if you are OK wiit it.

    have a great day


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My flash isn't popping up automatically or manually, someone said something about a shoe problem, but I don't know what that is. Help?


The "shoe thing" people were referring to is the camera's hot-show. This is where powered attachments (usually a flash) is mounted on the camera. The metal plate on top of the camera is the hot-shoe. It should look something like this: http://a.img-dpreview.com/reviews/CanonEOS450D/images/hotshoe.jpg
However, it is likely not an issue with the actual hot-shoe. It is most likely an issue of your camera's mechanical mechanism for releasing the flash being out of alignment. Try wiggling the "manual release" button for the flash to the left and right and see if it will catch on the mechanism. Then try pushing the button to see if the flash pops up.
You can try gently opening the flash manually with your finger, sometimes it is simply a buildup of dirt and grim blocking the mechanism and once this is cleared, it should work normally.
If you get the flash to pop up but it still will not fire, try the below method: Sometimes the camera can be confused into thinking that an external flash is attached to the body, thus making it ignore the internal flash. This can be resolved by moving the microswitch under the rails of your hot-shoe into the up position (it should be down when you see it) using a toothpick. You can access this after opening the flash up manual, as described in the previous paragraph. Here is an image showing where to find the switch: http://www.business-improvement.org/fixes/canon_350d_rebelXT_flash.htm
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Hello, I have a Canon 350D, Digital Rebel XT. For some reason my flash will not pop up, and when I manually push it up and try to take a picture, it won't flash. Does anyone know how to fix this type...


Okay there is a fix for this but it requires slightly removing the hot shoe. The camera thinks there is an accessory in the hot shoe therefor will not pop up. The fix for a qualified repair person is simple and it's fairly inexpensive however, that said if you don't know what you are doing then you could burn out the flash circuitry. Yes an external flash will work and give you much better performance then the internal flash, when getting a flash make sure it's an EX type to properly sync with the new TTL and I-TTL flash.

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I looked at the date on this and thought you know I just can't get to them all. Anyway Error 5 is to do with the pop up flash you are right. What the camera "thinks" is that there is something in the hot shoe above it and won't "pop up". New cameras come with a crazy plastic piece stuffed in the hot shoe, might be nice but it's going to get lost so take it out and try it. If the piece is already gone then it's back to Canon. Here is why. There are two tiny little hols under the hot shoe where a sensor pin is installed to "feel" if something is installed on the hots shoe. The alignment tolerance is so critical that changes in temperature or traces of dirt can block these pins from working. It's a warranty thing I would think and if not an authorized service facility should only take a few minutes to realign and clean the area solving the problem. In the mean time any Canon EX type external flash will work.

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Hi... I have Canon 500D DSLR...While shotting in video mode 640+480 i got flash automatically. Is it possible to get flash while shooting in video mode.Please help


No camera flash can operate in video mode. It would have to flash 15 or 30 times a second. It takes longer than a second for the flash circuitry to charge up each time.

You can get a separate lighting unit for video which provides constant illumination. This does not require any connection to the camera, it just provides light, and the camera will adjust exposure automatically as usual.

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How do i stop the flash popping up on a canon eos 350d even when taking a photo outside in bright light...I am using the auto setting


Try using the "no flash" setting. It is still completely auto, it just won't fire a flash. It is the setting that looks like boxy "no sign" over a lighting blot on the settings dial, it is also the last setting.

Hope this helps!

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I think people were talking about cleaning the flash shoe, in case you use an external flash. However, there is a microswitch under the rails of the hotshoe on top of the camera that could be stuck in the down position.
If that's the case, some people use a toothpick to release it to the "up" position. If this switch is stuck, the camera thinks you have an external flash attached and ignores the popup flash.
The little pin people are talking about is the switch beneath the rails of the hotshoe. You might try to use the qtip and alcohol if it looks dirty. Take the camera in to a repair shop and just ask them where it is if you're still having a problem identifying it.
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Wanting to use add on flash


The "error 99" is a general error on Canon cameras meaning "something's gone wrong and I don't know what to do about it". If you get them all the time, the camera is effectively dead and must go back to Canon for a service repair (circa £175 if I remember correctly).

If the error 99 only happens when you try to pop up the flash, but otherwise the camera can take good pictures, then yes, an external flash unit could well solve your problem. With an external flash on the hot-shoe, the internal flash is completely bypassed and the camera will never try to pop it up.

I recommend taking your camera to a shop such as Jessops and ask to try out a flash gun to be sure.

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