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Re: Flash on Nikon D50 will not latch down
If you have a fine screwdriver, remove the two screws underneath the pop up flash housing and remove the upper housing. BE VERY CAREFUL OF THE 300V at wires under the cover. You can see where the latch catches on a disk with steps - rotate the disk to a lower step and it will catch. Otherwise, an independent repair shop can probably do it while you wait for less than $40 USD.
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Try pushing the flash forward just a tiny bit. this model of Nikon has a built in problem with the flash popping up too hard. You can also try to "soften" the pop-up action with your finger instead of just letting it snap up into position.
Your flash head pivot has come unclipped and has slid back into its hole too far. The problem can be repaired by using an L-shaped paperclip to pull the flash pivot back out to its proper position. First, remove the battery from the camera and bend a 1/8" section of the paperclip to make an L on the end and gently insert it into the hole and pull outward while moving the flash head up and down. It should pop back out and the pin will then be long enough to make the flash switch work. Be very careful you do not push the paperclip too far inside the camera so you don't damage anything inside the top.
If you do not feel comfortable doing this, we can do this repair for $68.50. We do quite a few D series Nikons with this same problem.
it seems that your built-in flash is busted. you can go to your nearest
nikon service center and have it replaced. or you can purchase an
external flash that you can attach to your unit. when looking an
external flash better use a nikon flash, however if you are looking for
other brands/manufacturers, just check if it is compatible with your
I had the same issue. The flash is set to go off, the camera assumes it went off, (as the record metadata shows) but it doen't go off at all, and the piture is underexposed.
I bought the 100 page repair manual, which is ONLY a dissassemble/reassemble manual with NO diagnostics. (Got it on ebay) So I was atleast able to get to the capacitor and flash bulb. I saw 300V across the capacitor leads, and the same 300Volts across the flash bulb leads. SO I am assuming that there is a transistor or relay that drops to ground to fire the flash that isn't working, or the electronic signal to drive that isn't working.
It seems most people replace the entire flash circuit board(which is near the capacitor under the left hand side). But it seems Nikon only sells parts to it certified repair facilities.
Ugh.... Looks like I'm buying a SB-600, as this is the cheepest solution. Too bad, because the on-board flash is more than decent. I hope the SB-600 thrills me enough to change my mood. :)
I just had mine fixed by nikon and it seems as though the problem would come back every now and then. my current solution is to switch over to Manual mode and turn AF assist, AF illumination, and ISO control to "ON" and then then shoot a few shots. Then switch metering to centerweight. take a few shots, it should work correctly, then switch back to AUTO. after that, the flash should fire as normal. I just received my body back about 2 weeks ago, so i hope my "bad batch" flash unit was replaced with a known good one. if not, i don't know what to do.