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Old Dec 6, 2006, 9:29 AM   #1
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Hi,
I just opened my brand new 30d. I have 2 days to report a problem to return it. when I rotate the camera with or without a lense I heard a lite clicking noise. This made me very uncomfortable, I was thinking mirror? Then after popping up the flash and moving it around the sound virtually disappeared. I think it was the slide arms on the flash when its closed there is no tension on them and they click in that .5mm distance.


Does this sound ok or should I be worried?
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Old Dec 6, 2006, 12:11 PM   #2
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If you are convinced it is not your own joints...then I would be concerned.
Mine doesn't make any clicking in the manner you describe (3 months old) and the fact it all but ceases when the flash is popped would suggest something loose !

Obviously it shouldn't make any difference to the performance of the camera, but the 'problem' may escalate to one of needing repair/replacement of the flash.
Frustrating I know, but best get it seen to now.


EDIT : Hang fire on sending it back !!!!

I have never noticed it before, but checked in as quiet a situation as I could and I do detect a faint click.
Seems to click when turning the camera through 90 degrees and when turning back again.
I don't know the intricacies of a camera's innards, but thought it may be to do with the Auto Rotate setting.
Thinking if this is on, then the click may be caused by the orientation of something or other ???
Not so sure of that though, it still seems to click ever so faintly.

Mine appears to only click when rotating the camera to the left and back (from behind the camera).

Unless we are the only two in the world with this, then I wouldn't be too concerned.
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Old Dec 6, 2006, 2:18 PM   #3
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Your are rotating the camera the same way I am. At first I thought it was the gyro scope for the auto rotate function. However I must have rolled the camera over for 30 minutes and the sound is originating from the flash area. Having worked on eletro-mechanisms for a few years it seems most logical that the slide guide has play in it due to A: when the flash is open there is almost no rattle B: when the flash is closed those guides have no tension on them and the axis is at nearly 10% the length of the guide.

I was thinking, instead of sending the camera back and subjecting it to 2 more rough trips in the mail, if it gets worse I'll take it to a local camera shop. I'm sure its not the mirror so that doesn't leave much.

Thanks for checking yours out too.
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Old Dec 6, 2006, 2:33 PM   #4
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I'm sure you are right that it is nothing significant.
I'd never noticed it on mine until you said :roll:

But I will bow to your superior knowledge of electro-mechanisms and rest easy
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Old Dec 6, 2006, 4:40 PM   #5
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I Just checked my new 30d (got it a couple of days ago) and mine seems to have a faint click as I rotate it to the left and back also. I guess it is normal:?

Seems like lots of 30d's are arriving just in time for Chrismas

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Old Dec 6, 2006, 5:20 PM   #6
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It's no defect. I've checked my 30D and my old 10D and both do it

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Old Dec 6, 2006, 5:41 PM   #7
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We're all agreed then.......nothing about to drop out the camera
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Old Dec 6, 2006, 8:31 PM   #8
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Just checked mine. Like the rest, it does make a very slight clicking sound.
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Old Dec 6, 2006, 10:24 PM   #9
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Thanks guys.

I feel much better now!!!
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Old Dec 7, 2006, 3:06 AM   #10
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Isn't it the orientation sensor? The one that tells the camera whether it's in vertical or horizontal orientation?

I thought it was a little ball inside that chamber moving around.
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