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FLASH UNIT WON'T FIRE

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I have a Nikon D50 (just out of warranty) The flash unit pops up when needed showing fully charged but won't fire. Tried all the settinings to no avail. Anybody have any ideas, maybe bulb has gone?

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  • dpierson Mar 21, 2008

    I have the same issue. My D50 will fire and external SB800 flash; however, the internal flash will not fire.

  • zephyrrc Apr 12, 2008

    Same problem : flash seems to be ready but does not fire...
    Seems to be a design issue with D50

  • Anu3 May 23, 2008

    I have the same problem with my Nikon D 50 Camera. Flash unit pops out but does not fire. Not a problem with the bulb though, one technician told must be a PROB WITH THE CIRCUIT BOARD. how can i get it fixed?

  • babyshoes Jul 06, 2008

    I have the same problem...has anyone sent it back to Nikon? how much does it cost to fix it? thanks!

  • YF88 Jul 08, 2008

    D50 Flash unit pops up but does not flash. I am currently in communications with Nikon to find problem. Have reset camera to defaults, but still no flash.

  • Anonymous Oct 20, 2008

    I have the same problem with a D50- flash unit pops up but doesn't fire. Any estimate on how much a replacement board will cost?

  • cgrey555 Oct 30, 2008

    I have same problem that occurred less than a year after I bought it. The flash just stopped firing after about 1,000 flashes. I sent mine back to Nikon, and they want to charge me $155 to fix...what a rip off. In order for to get warranty, you must sent it back before the 1 yr. warranty period expires. They won't tell me exactly what failed, and only guarantee it will continue to work for 90 days...that's generous -- that is what every consumer wants....a $600 camera that works for 90 days. Its a design flaw, hundreds of owners have reported this same problem, and Nikon takes no responsibility. I think the problem may be widespread enough to warrant a class action lawsuit. In the meantime, I'm scrapping it and moving on to Sony.

  • jmarcasa Nov 01, 2008

    mine too pops up no flash. just started. Camera is usually used with a ring flash but as of last month the pop up worked.Unit is two years old and am guessing not more than 100 flashes with the pop up .

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I had the same issue. The flash is set to go off, the camera assumes it went off, (as the record metadata shows) but it doen't go off at all, and the piture is underexposed.

I bought the 100 page repair manual, which is ONLY a dissassemble/reassemble manual with NO diagnostics. (Got it on ebay) So I was atleast able to get to the capacitor and flash bulb. I saw 300V across the capacitor leads, and the same 300Volts across the flash bulb leads. SO I am assuming that there is a transistor or relay that drops to ground to fire the flash that isn't working, or the electronic signal to drive that isn't working.

It seems most people replace the entire flash circuit board(which is near the capacitor under the left hand side). But it seems Nikon only sells parts to it certified repair facilities.

Ugh.... Looks like I'm buying a SB-600, as this is the cheepest solution. Too bad, because the on-board flash is more than decent. I hope the SB-600 thrills me enough to change my mood. :)

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Those Xenon flash tubes last for a long time. You likely need a new flash PCB (printed circuit board). Typically, the trigger coil is at fault when you get the ready light but no flash

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