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Old 19-03-2009, 19:39   #1 (permalink)
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Canon 450d shutter

Hi
I have just got my first SLR. The canon 450d. The problem I have is that I can't consistently take pictures.
I press the shutter button and sometimes it takes a picture and other times nothing. The flash goes off, but no picture.
Is this caused by my inexperiance or a problem with the camera?

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Re: Canon 450d shutter

when you say sometimes takes a picture and sometimes not do you mean pressing the shutter button it fail to work or picture quality is bad ?
What setting are you using, try it on the green square mode (Auto)
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Re: Canon 450d shutter

Hi John,nice to see you here at Pixalo.

It may be that you think the flash has gone off .This happens when you only half press the shutter button down and the internal flash gives a pre flash if you don't continue to push the shutter down fully then the camera will not fire the flash again and the shutter will not fire.It all depends on the settings that you have the 450D set too. .Start off with the top mode dial set to the "Green Square"

To check this when you think you have taken a picture but nothing gets recorded ,do you hear the "clunking" of the camera mechanism which will be the mirror and shutter moving ?

When you take further pictures gently depress the shutter button and you should hear a peep from the camera indicating that it has correctly focused on the scene and then make sure you fully push down to take the shot.

Lets know how you get on.
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Welcome to Pixalo John

Not familiar with Canon settings, but in addition to the good advice given so far, Nikon cameras have a setting where the shutter will not release unless focus has been obtained. If you are taking shots indoors that need flash, perhaps the camera is not able to get locked on to your subject and is then not releasing the shutter.
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Thanks very much for your help. As a result of your advise, I am getting more pictures. I'm not totally convince yet, as I still don't get all the shots, but it looks increasingly like more of a user issue than the camera it's self.
I'll do a bit more practicing and see how I get on.

Thanks again for your help.

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