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Failure of flash sync in F828?

Hello everyone. My flash sync on my 828 failed this summer while shooting a wedding. Has anyone else had any experience with/of this? How has Sony been in servicing things like this? Many thanks, Chuck Garrettson

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I've read of this happening occasionally, so I keep my HVL32 permanently mounted on-camera with no probs. Makes the whole unit a tad heavier, but you get used to it pretty quickly and you avoid the chance of the hot shoe/contacts becoming loose.

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I experience similar failure sometimes. I un-mount the flash (or adapter) from the hot shoe and put it back, and am back in business. The reason is, at least in my case. loose contact, resulting from movement of the flash/adapter in the shoe.

Posted on Sep 12, 2005

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