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Hi there, I have a nikon D50 camera and the inbuilt flash unit does not work any more.... it pops up in dark conditions bu tthen fails to fire. The camera will adjust the shutter speed as if the flash was turned off, and the flash doesn't work in any flash mode or any function mode. Could it be the bulb perhaps? I have reset the camera as well to no avail. please help! thanks :)

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Hello, and welcome to Fixya..

This is a very common and known issue with the D50 camera by Nikon.

Some buyers flash only works once and then quits.
Its due to the speed of which the flash pops up, it literally breaks the connections on the inside of the camera for the flash itself.

As far as fixing it, there isnt anything you can do personally..

However, Nikon is fully aware of this issue, and they fix the issue for free.

To request a free repair, please go here

http://form.nikonimagesvcapprove.com/

Fill out the form and then return the camera to be fixed. Or, you could purchase and external flash like the SB 600

They sell them here

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0002EMY9Y/kenrockwellcom

My recommendation is to turn the camera in to NIkon first.. But keep in mind, the flash issue is due to a faulty design, so even after its fixed, the amount of time the "fix" will last is debatable.

Ultimately, your going to have to either purchase a different camera, or a reliable external flash.

Thank you for using fixya, and if you have any further questions, feel free to ask!

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