The bulb in the pop-up flash is clearly broken. I called Sony and they said the part is $43.00. I have unscrewed and opened the housing around the pop-up flash, but have not attempted to extract the bulb as of yet for fear that I may damage something. The camera is no longer under warranty. Is it feasible for me to change this bulb on my own?
Yes that is true just beware of the capacitor terminals.it can give you a shock ,you may not want to hold it again when that happens.be sure you have your tweezers insulated with rubber.and a soldering iron,should be at least 20watts.and be sure the flash bulb you are trying to put matches
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Re: Broken flash bulb
Yeah, but look out, that capacitor can almost kill you! If you can find the flash bulb, it is very important that you do not touch the bulb with your fingers. Use rubber gloves. You may have to solder the bulb leads in.
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Sounds like the flash tube is bad. Another possibility would be a bad flash capacitor or circuit. Has the camera been impacted - especially around the flash? Another possibility is that the light tube that goes from the frame around the tube to the sensor further back in the flash base has come loose or impact has broken the frame. Pop up the flash. Underneath there are two screws; remove the screws, push the flash back down and using a slim piece of metal pop off the flash cover. You can then see the tube and the light pipe (looks like a thick black wire) and the sensor located at the back on the right. Be very careful. There can be over 300 volts across the flash tube - do not touch!!!
Flash pops up shows that flash release mechanism is working as camera wants to flash. There are 3 thick wires connecting between flash bulb and flash charging circuit in camera, one of thick wire seems internally broken and causing problem. Camera will be apart to check wires. Let me know, if you are willing to apart camera, for further help. Thanks.
Unless you are a camera guru my strongest advice is to have a professional take it apart to look at it. You could have very well have only broken the flash bulb or caused a connection to lose its seat on the circuit.
Shake the camera gently and listen to the flash for the "jingle" of broken glass. If you hear nothing, and are comfortable with taking the camera apart, unscrew the flash housing and check to see that the wires are all still well connected.
Hey, Matt here. You could try getting a cheap broken one off ebay or something. It is unusual for the flash to be the first thing to go so if you got a broken one from ebay the chances are the flash bulb would be good to use. Hope this helps. Matt. Please rate me
If it clicks when the flash is already open, it seems there would be a problem with the flash open sensor. The camera thinks the flash is closed, so it tries to open it again and it refuses to fire, because firing in the closed position would blow the bulb.
Here's a <a href='http://photo.net/bboard/uploaded-file?bboard_upload_id=42254384'>photo of the sensor in a D70</a>. The D40 flash is a bit different, but if you open it (just unscrew the two little screws in front) you'll recognize the sensor clips. Open and close the flash and see if the make contact when open.
(And DON'T fire the flash when open, or at the very least don't touch anything in there when firing or you'll get zapped.
Try the scotch tape or masking tape technique: get around two to three inches long sticky tape, stick about an inch above the flash housing, turn on the camera, hold the remaining tape upward , shoot the camera and pull the tape upward with a force enough to pull-up the flash bulb housing.
the flash housing unit is stucked!! Try to do this: use around 3 inches sticky tapes like scotch tape or masking tape, stick the 1/3 part on the flash housing unit , now set the release button while pulling the tape upward, do not apply too much force, you are trying to help the housing to go upward not to detached it, ha ha..( the sticky tape is safe to use, dont worry). It always work but in case it does not work from your unit try this dangerous one, using small metal and pressing the release button try to open the door ( yes, like opening the stucked door!), its dangerous that yo might detached the housing from the unit, so be carefull. [:0)
Atempt to open this camera if you are not specialized for this job is not a good idea. Part number for the flash unit 147904011. Price around 50 Euro (for my account).
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