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Broken flash my new holga accidentally fallen down and i think that now the flash is broken cause it doesn t work and batteries are new. how can i see if it is broken? i can open it? it is repairable? it is a holga gcfn and i wanted try the color flash :( thnx in advance for the answer

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Re: broken flash

Okay my holga flash was broken too....the batteries were working just fine cus when i turned it on, the little back light came on and the whining sound happened, but then flash! so i took the back off and made a small repair and it worked!

so this is how to fix it (if its the same problem...i.e. everything electrical is working but the actual flash):

use a small screwdriver to remove the two small screws inside the camera (take out the frame and they are on the bottom and top). the front will pop off and you should be able to see the wiring.


where i circled in red was the problem. that curved metal piece at the bottom was too straight and was not making contact with the shutter (the top little metal prod sticking outta the circle) when i clicked it. so just bend it forward to how it looks in the picture...then do a practice click to make sure it makes contact. you can even try it with the batteries in, but be careful!! its electricity!

hope this helps!!

Posted on Jun 16, 2009

Re: broken flash

Same problem with mine. i think maybe a soldering iron and the flash setup from a disposible camera should work, but havent tried it yet. :-I

Posted on Aug 05, 2008

Re: broken flash

Same problem with me. i took mines apart and it looks like everythings fine. im guessing i blew the capasitor or something. seems like an easy fix with some parts from radio shack though.

Posted on Jan 18, 2008

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