I found a place that sells replacement parts (inexpensive, too - yah!): http://www.bocaphoto.com/products/new/canon/canonacc.htm. Can the repair be done at home? I tried to get the back off, took out 6 screws, but couldn't get the main piece inside the door to come out in order to get to where the broken latch is. How do you do that? Or should I take it to a professional?
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The most common cause of the flash not popping up is liquid spillage, especially sticky liquids like Coke. If this is the case, you can work a business card on the right side and move back the latch to pop it up manually. Usually the spillage is on the right side where the large silver screw is. If you remove the screw carefully, you may find rust. Scrape it off with a sharp blade and then apply a light coating of lubricant grease to the screw and the hole. Be careful not to disconnect any springs. There are usually three screws on the bottom of the flash holding on the top cover. Be careful not to touch the wires and flash tube. There can be 300 volts which will cause a nasty shock.
Make sure the battery terminals are clean. Use a pencil eraser to scrub them until they and the battery terminals are bright and shiney. Other wise the camera will need a reapir and possible electronic parts replaced.
Usually on this level Nikon it was a plastic "hook", part of the door moulding, that was retained by the latch mechanism in the body. The broken part may still be in there - if it is trip the latch and recover it with a tiny screwdriver or even a needle. If you can't find a replacement back door you can try welding the hook back in place with a low-temperature soldering iron - with the tip perfectly clean and a very steady hand - as long as the door is thermoplastic and not thermosetting. If that doesn't work bend a paperclip or similar to exactly the right shape with the free ends (roughened) long enough to extend into the plastic of the door by 4-5mm., heat the wire and push slowly into the edge of the door. There are many variations of this technique that I've used, all require extremely careful work! Best tip: spend more time thinking than doing. Good luck.
The cameras film door has a very small phillips head screw inside the battery doors hinge. Its a pain to take out & replace if you hands are shakey for this screw is so small. Also installing the replacement hinge would be a little harder to install tha removing the broken one.
I hope this information will help you. A camera shop should be able to do it for free if you maybe purchase some items there. Most shops which are very small and privately owned shops will do this for you
Same advice I made to another post. At some point you got to make a decision. There is a lot of plastic pieces that can break. Canon doesn't support the T series from what I've read. You may consider getting another one. You also have to consider that the fix may not work. Then what do you do?
You should be able to get that part direct from Canon USA. Here is their info: For toll-free technical support, please call 1
(800) 828-4040 during regular business hours (currently Monday-Friday
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 midnight. EST, Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.,