When the onboard flash is down, if I rotate my D800e I get a rattle from that area, almost as if a weight is moving up and down. With the flash up, the camera doesn't do this. It sounds a bit like the aperture lever on a TC 17II moving, noticeable but quieter. All appear to be working correctly. Does anybody elses do this bearing in mind the camera is three weeks old? What's your thoughts on this?
There is a "normal" level of noise, and then there is an abnormal level. I have had both, and can assure you the two are very different. The normal level is hardly noticeable, but can be heard if you listen for it. If you don't shoot video, the noise does not create any functional problems. With video however, since the flash is located right next to built in mic, and the noise was easily picked up in the recording and a very real problem.
Okay, decided to take matters into my own hands after the store I bought it from wouldn't entertain replacing it for the "rattle" that was there. Despite spending over £4000 on body, grip and lens. But they did pull another one from stock and it exhibited exactly the same noise. Okay, back to square one. From all the reports on various forums and you guys, pointing me in the right direction, I removed the screw holding the sliding arm from one side of the flash,and examined the arm. Then I figured that a little bit of delicate bending of the arm may take up the play, which appeared to be the back end of the arm on a mushroom piece of metal fixed to the flash arm. After the tiniest of bending with very small watch makers pliers, i reassembled it. Hey presto, not a sound, I didn't even need to bend the other sliding arm. So one arm had far more tolerance than the other it seems. Now I'm happy, shouldn't have had to do it on a £2500 electronic item, but well worth it.
No problem. We now have proof that you can fix it yourself and that's great. You paved the way for others who may want to give it a shot.
Perhaps this post should, at some point, be added to the "D800 Recourses, etc." list of pinned topics. Given the design of the hinge isn't going to change, I'm sure we won't be the last to get a loud one.
>No problem. We now have proof that you can fix it yourself >and that's great. You paved the way for others who may want to >give it a shot. > >Perhaps this post should, at some point, be added to the >"D800 Recourses, etc." list of pinned topics. Given >the design of the hinge isn't going to change, I'm sure we >won't be the last to get a loud one.
Not for people of a nervous disposition though! The bend induced was minimalistic, but just enough to solve the rattle. Have taken 28 flashes to see if it would bind, but all appears good.