Nikon D40 Flash latch Broken. Fixable?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Branson.Davis, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. Branson.Davis macrumors newbie

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    Hey all,

    I just recently received this D40. The little hook / latch for the flash is broken. I was unaware of this until I received it. I am a little bummed out now that I spent $250 on the thing.

    I was wondering if this could be a part that I could find easily? I am sure I could replace it my self I repair electronics quite often. IF not does anyone know how much it'd cost to get the part fixed? Or do you think I could makeshift a hook and epoxy it onto the post? If so, could I see a picture of your hook?

    Here's what it looks like.

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  2. jampat macrumors 6502a

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    It would be really hard to actually repair that hook and have it stay, it is just too small. My vote is a piece of electrical tape across the top of the body. It keeps the flash down and if you want it up, it is easily removable.

    Alternatively you could replace the hook, but I have never taken a Nikon DSLR apart to see how much of a PITA that would be. I suspect a visit to an authorized service centre for that would not be cost effective on a D40.
     
  3. mattyb240 macrumors 6502a

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    Don't use the crappy built in flash, glue it shut buy an external:)
     
  4. spice weasel macrumors 65816

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    How about a thin pieces of velcro tape? You'd have to manually flip it up whenever you wanted to use the flash, but at least it would keep it out of the way when you're carrying it or put it in a case. Velcro tape might be a bit too thick, but it's an idea.
     
  5. jampat macrumors 6502a

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    Haha, that was my first thought too, but I thought I'd give them an alternative. I haved used the pop-up flash on my camera in years. It just seems to be the fastest way to make pics from a DSLR look like they came from a PnS.
     
  6. Branson.Davis thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I found a repair manual, but I don't know where to find the part. I have been looking online but there doesn't seem to be much in the way of this specific part.

    I may just tape it up, right now I cannot afford a flash. I can't get the flash to fire either, i might just get my money back on this POS. Look how dirty it is in that picture. I cleaned it up a bit a go, but that's how it came when I got it.

    I'm kind of PO'd about this. lens is good, sensor is clean, mirrors are clean. No battery door because the idiot lost it when putting on a battery grip. Once cleaned everything else looks good on it.
     
  7. jampat macrumors 6502a

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    I'd send it back with that many problems (and apparently treated like a POS). Just be careful, the seller may try to keep your money and the camera. D40's are up for sale all the time, almost any other copy you find will be much better.
     
  8. idledragon macrumors newbie

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    I realize this is an older post, but I've got the same problem except I have the latch (broken camera).

    I'm curious, where did you find the repair manual?
     
  9. RexCars macrumors newbie

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    More on Manual?

    The part is available on e-bay for $22 (includes new solinoid).

    I too would be interested in knowing from the manual what is involved in pulling the prism cover on a D40.

    There are lots of posts out there on how to pull the bottom or the back, but none on pulling the top.

    Thanks
     

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