May I use a Soligor 24D Flash on my new Nikon D40X Digital Camera
I really would like to use an external flash for some of my shots, but I also do not care to pay a lot of money for a Nikon external flash when I already own a Soligor 24 D and a Vivitar Auto Thyristor 3900. Would either or both of these work with the Nikon D40X without harming the camera? Please Help.
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If you mean you got an external flash for the camera, it must be compatible with your D40x in order for it to work. You didn't say what kind of flash you got so there's no way we can tell if you got the correct one.
If the camera is very new, take it back to where you bought it for a refund or exchange. If its still under warranty, send it to nikon directly or via a camera shop. It sounds like a failure of the flash to TTL and to fire. You can reset the camera and try using it in program mode with the flash set to fire everytime and not at all shooting some photos in each flash setting to see what happens.
With many lenses and lens hoods and shooting situations, the pop-up flash is of limited use. If the camera is out of warranty or you don't wanna wait for repair, buy an external flash unit and if it works, just pair it up with that flash for your shooting. That is one of the great thing about an SLR camera is that you can add things such as an external flash to enhance the cameras abilities.
In my experience, Nikon service takes an extremely long time to fix things - whether they are understaffed or what I am not sure, but it can be frustrating waiting for something like a camera to come back, which is why I recommend first trying to return or exchange if within 30 days of purchase. I haven't had a chance to look for any recalls or any other issues, but often look through the service and support area of the nikonusa.com site. If you get a chance, check it out, and you can send a question to them telling them about your camera and its problems.... they are truly the ones to ask and should be able to tell you how to proceed.
If it's withing 30 days, get it exchanged. I have a D70s and it's been working fine for me, maybe something with the D40x with other customers? Take it back to the store and let an "instructor" try it out to make sure it's not a setting.
It's great for the manufacturer to know about any problems so they can get a good sample of problems to help many people. Good luck.