I just got my N65 back out to play with and the flash is not working. It will take pictures in all modes, but as soon as I try to take a picture with the flash up, it will not take. Is there any way to fix that?
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Re: N65 built-in flash not working
Yes, you can. Unfortunately Nikon is so backed up with repairs, your camera will probably take a few months to get it back and cost you more than you want to spend. The labor is what is so much. Just like fixing your car a shop. Your camera probably has a flash sensor that has worn out or needs to be re-callibrated is all. I have a friend who fixes cameras.
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The F-- indicates that the camera isn't communicating with the lens. If you have an old mechanical lens with no electronics, you'll have to set the camera to the Manual exposure mode (turn the mode dial to M) and shoot without any help from the camera's light meter.
If you're using a newer AF lens with electronics, clean the electrical contacts on the back of the lens and in the mount on the camera body.
What I'm thinking is the shutter and or the aperture ring is lazy. Move the aperture ring up and down several time see if the little ring next to the the camera body is responding quickly to the change. Do this without film in the camera. What I'd suggest is setting the camera in "M" mode aperture at F8 manual set the ISO at 100 and the shutter speed at 1/60 shift the camera into manual focus. The shutter can be in AF-S (single frame with each depress of the shutter). Trip the shutter and listen to it work do that a few times (maybe three) then set the speed at 1/125 do the same test listen the shutter should sound faster. Repeat the test at 250 then 500 then 1000. Then start backing down to 1/60th again, listen to the response. In all manual mode the shutter has to fire it it isn't or the speed doesn't increase and then decrease then the shutter needs service.
In the PSAM modes the flash won't pop up on its own. In the AUTO and vari-program modes, you can set the flash mode by turning the command dial while pressing the flash sync mode button (marked with a lightning bolt symbol). Select Flash Cancel (lightning bolt in a circle with a slash through it).
If you need a manual, you can download one at http://butkus.org/chinon/nikon/nikon_n65/nikon_n65.htm
Battery is needed to unlock the catch then the internal flash will pop up. These cameras are programed to automatically pop up in certain modes so there is a little electric switch used not battery no switch. Don't leave the dead battery in the camera or you'll end up with more problems then just replacing the batteries.
The problem is, that you have a lens witch has an aparture ring on it
and some exposure modes needs it to be fixed on the smallest aparture
(e. f22). When its done the camera should not say fEE no longer.
I love that camera. There are several possiblities, If you are using the pop up built-in flash with a telephoto lens or a lens hood you'll get a shadow in your photos ususally at the bottom of landscape oriented shots. If you are using a flash unit attached it may have something interfering with the strobe possibly or it is turned. We have the same camera and have had the shadow issue in the past. The pop up just won't work if something is wrong with the "bulb" the only other thing is that is isn't going all the way up, check that also.
That usually means that the lens you have mounted on the camera is not set to its smallest aperture (ie 22). It needs to be set that way so that the camera can control the full spectrum of aperture positions when shooting in one of the auto program modes.
vickiep24, Since you didn't mention anything about shooting in manual settings I'm going to guess you have been and the camera work there in shutter or aperture mode, so make sure you set your lens's F-stop back to the auto position - check the dot on the lens ring with the f-stop numbers (usually in red) like the f-22 make sure they are aligned when in auto so when the camera needs more light and the lens can fully open to give it the light it is asking for, then it will shoot otherwise it won't. Does that make sense. randy320sgi