Question about Nikon D50 Digital Camera
The pop up flash has stopped firing on my 18 month old D50. The flash metering is still reading ok but the bulb is not going off. I suspected the bulb had gone but Nikon's service department stated the flash PCB needed replacing - at some expense. I had the camera returned un-fixed and the D50 is still controlling an external mounted flash gun. I'm not sure how Nikon did its diagnostics but, in lieu of investigating a mis-diagnosed repair job, does anyone know whether I can replace the pop-up flash bulb at home / DIY?
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. :)
Posted on Oct 07, 2008
I just read a few forums about this, and apparently it is a common problem on D50s. The flash pops up with such force that eventually the wiring and/or bracket that pops it up comes loose or breaks, and the camera needs to go in for repair. It probably isn't the bulb.
I'm looking into getting a D80 or better anyway once I have some money saved up, but until then I am using my SB-600. I'd suggest taking it to a repair center if it's still under warranty. If not it will run you around $150-160 to get it fixed, and takes about a month, according to what I read.
Hope this helps!
Posted on Oct 14, 2007
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