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Nikon D5000 flash issue

I have been using my Nikon D5000 for about a year now and just recently the pop up flash has been acting up. It pops up just like it should, however the bulb is very inconsistent. The flash will work for two shots, but after these the bulb will only flicker dimly to the point where you can only see the flicker in a dark room. Then after not using the flash for a few days it will work again for exactly two pictures. I bought the camera used from a friend and am unsure about the warranty options I have or if the pop up flash is even covered.

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Sounds like the flash tube is bad. Another possibility would be a bad flash capacitor or circuit. Has the camera been impacted - especially around the flash?
Another possibility is that the light tube that goes from the frame around the tube to the sensor further back in the flash base has come loose or impact has broken the frame.
Pop up the flash. Underneath there are two screws; remove the screws, push the flash back down and using a slim piece of metal pop off the flash cover. You can then see the tube and the light pipe (looks like a thick black wire) and the sensor located at the back on the right.
Be very careful. There can be over 300 volts across the flash tube - do not touch!!!

Posted on May 01, 2013

Testimonial: "I tried this and everything looks as thought it is still connected. The weird thing is, the flash will work twice and stop working but if I turn the camera off and then right back on the flash all of a sudden works for another two pictures"

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SOURCE: D5000 our flash pops up

If it doesn't then it means there is a problem with the flash circuit in the camera. If it does work then the flash tube is probably dead or loose. For repair you will have to return the camera to Nikon.

Hope this helps.

Posted on Sep 06, 2011

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