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D40 - Tried to fix flash, now it won't pop up

downwithjaysus

US
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downwithjaysus Registered since 23rd May 2011
Mon 23-May-11 02:26 PM | edited Mon 23-May-11 02:26 PM by downwithjaysus

I recently bought a D40. The owner told me the flash didn't work. Looked it up and it's a very easy fix: http://vimeo.com/3141400

Sure enough, my switch looks like the one in the video. I looped the metal back over the post as shown and put the cover back on. Now, my flash is stuck down and will not come up. Before the fix, the flash would come up but not fire. I have an external flash but would like to fix the built-in unit if possible. Any ideas? I'm sure someone has had this issue before, the D40 flash issue seems to be very common.

Jim031

DeLand, US
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#1. "RE: D40 - Tried to fix flash, now it won't pop up" | In response to Reply # 0

Jim031 Registered since 10th Apr 2011
Wed 25-May-11 01:39 AM

In all honesty, you are better off it doesn't work. Spend your money on a SB-900 or 800 if you want to use flash and want your photos to come out right.

Jim

downwithjaysus

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#2. "RE: D40 - Tried to fix flash, now it won't pop up" | In response to Reply # 1

downwithjaysus Registered since 23rd May 2011
Wed 25-May-11 05:15 AM

Update: I got the flash to pop back up by applying a slight amount of pressure. The switch I thought I had reset was not properly setup. I fixed it and put the flash back down. Pushed the button to pop it back up and somehow the flash bulb itself breaks... I removed the bulb and covered the end of the hv leads with heat shrink. Camera now recognizes when flash is up or down. Now I can put it down and go above 1/500! Before, the camera thought the flash was up and would try to fire it when down.

I am using a bower external flash for when necessary, it is working fine so far.

G