I have a new (May7,2008) Nikon D40. The flash worked initially but it will no longer flash. It pops up on Auto but does not flash. While it is up when I press to focus I get a cliking noise but no flash when I take the picture. In P mode the viewfinder flash is flashing?
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Make sure you're not shooting on no-flash auto mode. Also, in P, A, and M modes you'll have to press the flash button on the side of the camera by the lens mount in order for the flash to pop up. If it's not popping on regular auto mode, make sure you don't have it disabled in the menu.
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.
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.
Check if something is preventing the flash to pop up 'fully'. Check for some dust or other particles trapped between the flash and the body. Does the screen say 'Subject is too dark'? If so, the flash has not popped up fully.
I assume the lens had the impact.
The 18-55 lens has the built-in motors for auto-focus.
Try switching to manual focus (on the lens). If this works, the lens may not auto-focus anymore.
Try it and let me know.
With the command dial set to "auto", try to take a shot in low light. The flash should pop up automatically. You can't manually pop it up with the flash button in the auto mode. If it won't pop automatically in low light, then it certainly sounds defective.
If the flash doesnt work in Auto mode when its needed and when you switch it to manual, then you need to send the unit back to Nikon to be repaired. Its a known issue with the d40 that the internal flash breaks.
I have also had the problem of flash not working on my Nikon D40. I
found out the problem and I made a quick video to help those who
are having this problem. Here's the link to the video: Hope this helps