I'm still learning may way around this camera - I'm a slow learner. Suddenly I took a picture of the grass. What!? I pressed the shutter release a second ago! I tried to take the photo again and paid attention, the camera had suddenly become horribly slow. Every photo I took missed. Felt like 10 seconds shutter lag (though in reality it was probably more like a second) After a minute or so I discovered that the problem went away when the flash was not used. I confirmed it and for about a week struggled whenever I wanted to use the flash. Just a minute ago I decided to just go through the menus one last time to see if some option was affecting it. Everything looked normal. I noticed though that red-eye reduction was active and changed it to normal flash mode. Voila, the problem is gone. Confirmed it by turning red-eye reduction on again and the problem came right back. I googled t to see if this is a known problem and the only hits I get seems to be related to increased shutter lag when using Live view. Is there a problem with my camera? Is this normal? I don't care much about red eye reduction - I'm sure I must have turned it on by accident ... so I'm just asking to know. Thank you _hartz P.S. Oh yes, and another thing. I don't know if it is my imagination, but it seems that I have to wait longer between taking photos when using the flash than what I had to. This is despite using a lower flash power "compensation" than what I used earlier!