450d + 430ex II - Flash firing inconsistently

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450d + 430ex II - Flash firing inconsistently
Nov 12, 2012

Recently my 430EX II has given me some issues with not firing... I'll turn on the flash, put it in manual mode, take a few shots and the flash will fire, then after a while it's like the camera forgets the flash is attached... focusing doesn't use the focus assist from the flash, and the flash doesn't fire when taking the picture, resulting in a dark pic.

The red light on the flash remains on when this happens, so it's not like the batteries are dying because the flash cycle time is still quite small.

Pushing the flash button on the camera doesn't make the built in flash pop up, so it's not like it completely forgets that the external is attached...

Any tips on what I can try?

Canon EOS 450D (EOS Rebel XSi / EOS Kiss X2)
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