The flash refuses to open. you hear it going click click click trying to open when I press the force flash button on the side but it won't or can't. It also tries to open in low light settings, but can't then either. Then the error message appears in lcd screen and I have to turn the camera off and on again to start it up. Otherwise camera is working perfectly.
No recent knocks or bangs, no dust damage to my knowledge.
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Re: flash won't open
It's an adjustment under the top cover. It'll have to be done correctly by a repair shop ( sometimes you can encourage it by putting light upward pressure, but you risk breaking the latch and it'll stick again anyway ).
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Press the OPEN (flash) button.
This button is on the side of the camera just below the flash.
The flash mode button (lightning icon) is at the lower left on the rear of the camera.
This only changes settings when the flash is up.
This cycles through Auto, red-eye reduction, forced flash and no flash.
The mode shows in the finder or the LCD screen.
AUTO mode does not show.
If it clicks when the flash is already open, it seems there would be a
problem with the flash open sensor. The camera thinks the flash is
closed, so it tries to open it again and it refuses to fire, because
firing in the closed position would blow the bulb.
The D40 flash is a bit different, but
if you open it (just unscrew the two little screws in front) you'll
recognize the sensor clips. Open and close the flash and see if the
make contact when open.
(And DON'T fire the flash when open, or at the very least don't touch anything in there when firing or you'll get zapped.
The flash getting stuch is a common problem with the Canon Rebel ( or Kiss) series. Set the camera in Auto mode in a dim place. Hold the flash unit gently from both sides and try to help it open while pressing the photo button. Do not use force if this does not work the first time - try it again.
Once open, clean the sides of the flash unit in case some dust is causing this problem.
Listen to the flash when you press the button. If you hear a click help the flash up and search here for how to clean the switches or the hinge.
If you hear nothing the release is stuck and I don't know how you can open the flash.
The flash up button is located on the left hand side of the camera right near the top. You should use this button to pop up the flash. Prying it up could/has broken this button.
Also, depending on what setting you are using, the flash doesn't always pop up automatically. Check to see what mode you are in, on the round dial on the left -- ie Auto, Portrait, Manual, etc. I can move sometimes without your knowledge, and this may be the problem.
the flash housing unit is stucked!! Try to do this: use around 3 inches sticky tapes like scotch tape or masking tape, stick the 1/3 part on the flash housing unit , now set the release button while pulling the tape upward, do not apply too much force, you are trying to help the housing to go upward not to detached it, ha ha..( the sticky tape is safe to use, dont worry). It always work but in case it does not work from your unit try this dangerous one, using small metal and pressing the release button try to open the door ( yes, like opening the stucked door!), its dangerous that yo might detached the housing from the unit, so be carefull. [:0)
First deconnect all batteries, usb cable anything from the camera. Leave it for about 1 hour and then without connecting batteries press and keep the the power button pressed for about 1min. Then press twice on every other button including the shuter, zoom or stuff like that. This should reset a microcontroller that remembers the last operation done. This doesn't reset the camera. After this, connect the batteries and try to power it again.
IF this doesn't work.
Try to push the lens back in using your fingers. Don't force them to much if they doesn't appear to go back. Use 2 fingers to press on the lens one on each side aplying equal pressure. You may hear a click noise when the lents start to go back. Again, don't force them to much.
Try these at first and then if they doesn't work, please post back and specify what does the camera do. No led's no nothing or ..?