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Erratic SB-600 operation

Caledonia Bob

Caledonia ON, CA
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Caledonia Bob Registered since 10th Dec 2011
Mon 03-Dec-12 07:25 PM

My SB-600 that I bought a couple of years ago really let me down the other week and I just want to know if there is an actual problem or if I'm missing something in it's operation.

First, I don't use it a whole lot because most of my shots are scenery but I was tasked with taking some quality pictures of my daughter receiving an award from her college and wanted to make them as good as possible.

Although I'm not overly familiar with the unit (see above) I had lots of time to sit and take endless test shots of the proscenium before hand and finally had it exactly where I wanted it. I let the camera sit for maybe ten minutes and then something told me to try a few more ...just in case. Suddenly my shot was totally washed out and when I tried it in other shooting modes the in-camera flash would pop up instead.

I also noticed that when I scrolled through the zoom settings and it hit 85mm, instead of doing (discerning from the manuals looping diagrammatics anyway) what it should and starting over at 24mm, it made a number of unhealthy sounding crunching noises and then the display showed "--" and I had to shut the unit off to clear it.Still does this BTW.

I also lost the exposure compensation window when all of this was happening.

None of this sounds like something that can be any good ( or normal, surely)but I'm wondering if others have had similar occurrences.

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