Loose flash hotshoe / DP-20 repair for F4s
I have a simple problem: My hotshoe is working loose (DP-20 finder).
Flash still works but the wobbliness concerns me. I note that the hotshoe is secured from below.
Can someone let me know how to get into the finder or have a scanned repair manual that they would be able to send me?
#1. "RE: Loose flash hotshoe / DP-20 repair for F4s" | In response to Reply # 0reygay Registered since 29th Feb 2004Wed 16-Jan-08 11:50 AM
It's easy to open the head:
a. First, detach the head from the body.
b. While the head is on hand, rotate it until you see the prism side.
c. There are 4 main screws that holds the prism and the plastic head and they are easily located on the sample photo I have provided(with the light blue circles) and you can spot the same screws on the other side as well.
d. After the screws are removed, you can see that there are several wires connected from the prism circuitry to the hotshoe - disconnect this wires with the use of a soldering iron and DO NOT forget to take note of the wiring colour arrangements.
e. Remove the prism circuitry and place it somewhere that is not made of wool or completely anti-static - be sure not to damage or disturb the "mercury" switch inside the prism circuitry or any set of screws that sit on top of the prism - never get tempted to play with any of those...including the prism diopter lens.
f. You can apply a very strong formulation of an epoxy(that won't melt the Nikon plastic) on top of that weak link of that hotshoe and let it dry for days. Remember, before applying epoxy on the surface, sandpaper the surface that needs to be applied on.
g. Then reassemble the unit.
Check out the sample image to where the screws are and have fun.
If ever doubtful about my methods, consult you local authorized Nikon repair shop.
my images: https://images.nikonians.org/galleries/showgallery.php?ppuser=16285&cat=500
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