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Sb800 doesn't flash

No matter if I push the flash button or take a picture all that happens is the ready lights flashes on the sb800 and no flash.  Help if you want me to reset the flash or camera please explain what and where the buttons are. THANK YOU.

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  • Anonymous Apr 22, 2008

    sb-800 does not flash when ready light is on have checked the on/off mode
    I did hear a cracking sound maybe new flash tube?

  • allistewart May 16, 2008

    I've never used my flash. We tested it a few times when we first got it and now I've got a job next week and I took it out to try it out and get comfy with it and it won't fire at all. I've checked and triple cked the settings and nothing. As much money as we've put into it it would work more than 3 times.

  • Anonymous Oct 02, 2008

    I have 3 SB800's at this time. None of them work.

  • Kevin Pettit
    Kevin Pettit May 11, 2010

    Have you contacted Nikon or a repair person in your area about this problem? This may be a common problem and require parts rather than resetting anything (of which there are none that I know of)

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Let's force the flash to fire:


nstalls four fresh batteries.

Turn on flash, do not connect to camera

Wait until flash is ready

Get a small wire with insulation and strip both ends about 1/8".

With one end of the bare wire lead, touch/hold CENTER TIP

Contact(silver pin from flash).

Make sure flash head is not pointing at your face.

With other end touch bare wire to OUTSIDE Contact (silver on
outside of hot shoe that rides into camera hot shoe rails-this is ground).

Flash should fires, gets a flash out of the flash tube.

If not, you have flash problems.
You most likely hurt the flash by using the dome filter on top of flash.
Over 80% photographers are doing this way when shooting flash photography. And 95% for wedding photographers.

This will shorten the life of the flash.
Even more with that adapter parked onto the flash.

Hope they are helpful to all photographers.

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Posted on Jan 15, 2008

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I have been through multiple upon multiple main circuit boards
same thing happens and i do use the dome filter

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Hopefully that will do the trick. if not you cant contact me for further help!

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