Question about Nikon Speedlight SB-600 TTL Flash

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Dropped my SB600

Hi - it's been sent to the service center, so I'll find out what is wrong soon enough, but if anyone would like to have an educated guess....

All "life signs" are good but flash won't fire. Charge light is on, screen display good, navigation buttons working, but only a slight 'click' when the manual 'flash' button is pressed on the body. And no fire in any mode when the flash is mounted on the camera.

Thanks.......Jon

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  • nathanoj Dec 01, 2007

    Update...Xenon tube busted. Quoted cost to replace it is 75% of the price of a new flash! Is it all possible this is a job i could do myself??

  • nathanoj Jan 28, 2008

    Thanks nsfbr - I actually found step-by-step instructions posted on another board, and that was enough to convince me it was beyond my capabilities. However a friend (elec engineer) is doing it for me. $20 for a tube from Nikon.

  • Anonymous Jul 15, 2008

    The flash fell down and the tube was broken!
    Can't figure out a way to fix it on my own. No real useful online documentation on it.


  • texture44 Aug 26, 2008

    My SB600 took a hard fall to concrete and completely flat-lined. It won't turn on. Trued fresh batteries. It was a very hard fall, so I'm thinking the bulb must be done as well as the electrical. Just curious if anyone thinks it's even worth it to send in to repair for a look, or will it most likely cost too much to fix? Thnx!


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I purchased the sb600 replacement tube from nikon and tried to replace it myself. I have worked with electronics and some soldering and figured i could handle it. It is very VERY finnickey to get the old tube out and even harder to get the new tube in without touching it with your fingers... once you finally get it in.. the wires are very short and hard to hold in place to solder. I resoldered it about 3 times and each time it still wouldnt work... and i only got shocked once..quite the scare..havent touched the thing in months...probably going to get a new sb600 since its 75% the price to get it repaired professionally..


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It is possible, but highly unlikely considering that there is no real way to purchase the correct Xenon tube outside of Nikon's supply chain. Also, it would depend on your skill level in dealing with high voltage flash tubes - the electronic flash has a little high voltage power supply that charges up some capacitors (the high pitched sound you hear while it is recycling). When you fire the flash you discharge the capacitors across the Xenon tube which generates a plasma and gives of a pulse light. So, the truth is, if you are asking the question, it is probably not within your capabilities - though if you want to give it a shot, please make sure you discharge everything before attempting to do so. Even after several days, there will still be an appreciable voltage present unless Nikon has done something to protect you (doubtful). Also, you would need to pay extreme attention to contamination from skin oils, etc., so that you don't wind up ruining the high voltage part or blackening the bulb that you put in.

If you have a homeowners or renters insurance policy and the deductible is low enough, I believe that this would fall under one of those.

Good luck.

Posted on Jan 28, 2008

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