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reedman Silver Member Nikonian since 19th May 2006Thu 22-Sep-11 03:52 AM
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"Another SB-800 Problem"


Boston, US
          

I had shelved my SB-800 (sans batteries) a year or so ago thinking I was going in a different direction. But today, when I needed it for some pictures of my kids, it would not work at all. Zip. Zilch. Nada.

Multiple sets of fresh batteries. On camera. Off camera. I even (GASP!) got out the manual to see if I had pressed some secret button combination that had disabled it. Still nothing.

So my question is: Has anyone had this happen? Has anyone solved this problem?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Reedman

  

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Hotswimmer Silver Member Nikonian since 01st Apr 2008Thu 22-Sep-11 06:18 AM
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#1. "RE: Another SB-800 Problem"
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Annapolis, US
          

Long shot, but oxidation or corrosion on one or more of the battery terminals?

  

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Thu 22-Sep-11 01:55 PM
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#2. "RE: Another SB-800 Problem"
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Hi Reed,

Sorry to hear of your problem.
What happens when you turn it On: Nothing, or does the Speedlight power up?
If nothing happens, try cleaning the electrical contacts on both the Speedlight and the batteries. It would also be a good idea to check each AA cell.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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reedman Silver Member Nikonian since 19th May 2006Thu 22-Sep-11 02:47 PM
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#3. "RE: Another SB-800 Problem"
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Boston, US
          

Well don't I feel like a doofus!

Corrosion it was. When I finally found the 5th battery accessory/cover and tried it, the problem was corrected. Then I looked more closely at the standard battery cover and saw the black crud that was causing the problem.

Thanks for the help.

Regards,

Reedman

  

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Ned_L Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, especially Travel Photography Charter MemberFri 23-Sep-11 11:00 AM
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#4. "RE: Another SB-800 Problem"
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Philadelphia, US
          

Reed, I know this is stating the obvious, but never store flashes or other other electronics, long term, which use removable batteries, with batteries in them. Moreover, always store them in a cool, dry place, preferably with a desiccant such as silica gel, to reduce the moisture in the air in which they are stored.

I store my batteries separately from my SB-800 and SB-900 speedlights and have silica gel packets in the case in which they are stored at all times.

Ned
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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Sat 24-Sep-11 01:10 AM
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#5. "RE: Another SB-800 Problem"
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Hi Reed,

Glad you found the problem.
Ned's excellent advise will prevent the problem from happening again.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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