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New SB-800 died

My new SB-800 is under a month old. After a big shoot today, it died. I tried several new sets of batteries, with no luck. Did I perhaps fry something after 700+ pops? I'm DESPARATE - I'm shooting a wedding in two days!\ Help!

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CHECK THE BATTERY CONTACTS AND MAKE SURE THEY ARE TOUCHING. iF THIS IS NOT THE PROBLEM THEN
YOU HAVE TO SNED IT BACK TO THE FACTORY WITH RECIEPT FOR WARRANTY REPAIR .

'THE MAIN BOARD IS DEFECTIVE

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