Has anyone noticed a rattle or something loose in the built in flash of the D800. I just got my D800 and everything works perfectly except today I heard something rattling around coming from the built in flash. When the flash is in the popped up position it seems to go away. Anyone else had this experience? Thanks
The rattle from the built in flash when closed is common to all Nikon DSLRs with built-in flash. There have been several threads regarding the rattle. As I recall, it comes from the support mechanism for the flash and some have physically adusted it. The rattle in My D700 is not enough to bother me. Then I do not believe in shaking a fine instrument. You may also have discovered that VR lenses have a noise from their VR. I wouldn't shake those either.
Thu 30-May-13 08:30 AM | edited Thu 30-May-13 08:30 AM by Cowleystjames
Like you I had a rattle from my pop up flash, the store I bought it from pulled another D800e from stock, and this rattled even more. When I used video on the camera you could here the rattle, so it bothered me. So I investigated. 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. Tried the flash over 28 shots and there's no bind, best of all, no rattle! Now I'm happy, shouldn't have had to do it on a £2500 electronic item, but well worth it. Just be wary if you plan to do it yourself, I've spent many years delving into and repairing electronics with the Army, so this didn't phase me, but it's not for the feint hearted.