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Nikon SB - 800 LCD Defect

Using a D200 and a new SB800, I accidentally popped up the built in flash with the SB 800 mounted on the hot shoe. The SB800 LCD went totall black, showing all black, and it can be read only from way far left or right, a little.

The flash continues to operate normally, but the LCD is black and dead.

Any ideas ? Is this a camera problem, or thks. new flash was defective ?


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Re: Nikon SB - 800 LCD Defect

Impact has damaged the LCD assembly .

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