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Nikon D40 will not flash

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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  • rodslideswel Nov 13, 2008

    I had the same problem and it drove me nuts. Thankfully, out of some mistake, I figured out what was wrong; better yet, how to fix the problem. To get my Nikon D40x to flash I: Turn off the camera; set it to AUTO; turn on the camera, while still on AUTO, and push the 'take picture' button into the first position. The built-in camera should have popped up. It works for me; see if it works for you. Aloha

  • Alex6649 Nov 23, 2008

    you refered to a flash tube?

    is it something I can replace, or does it need factory tech.




  • tagasorsogon Nov 24, 2008

    i have the same problem,sometimes my brand new nikon d40 just pop up the built in flash but it doest fired the flash in all modes.somtimes it works well after a several trial clicks, the flash went good. I mean, the flash is not consistent, somtimes it works good, somtimes not.. anybody can help me whats wrong with it?

    thank you



    please email me,



    tagasorsogon04@yahoo.co.nz



    its ganna be a big help..



  • Anonymous Dec 17, 2008

    Whenever i press the shutter button all i get is a click sound from the mechanism that holds the build-in flash down when the camera is not in use. The little hook thing moves really fast but there is no flashing although the flash is up.

  • gobdaw Dec 24, 2008

    D40 Pop up flash
    I've encountered the same no-firing problem with my D40 flash. I've ben through all modes of metering and firing and all modes of flash and gone to reset to revert to default settings - all to no avail. The camera does however trigger and meter an accessory flash in the approved way. Conclusion the flash unit itself is faulty or there is a dry join in the wiring between cotrols and flash unit itsel. A reapir job is in order and my much loved D40 is just out of warranty. Oh dear.


  • lexsandymani Feb 05, 2009

    same thing here. pops but no flash. just think its ridiculous that Nikon wants 180 dollars to fix a flash on an already expensive camera.

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The lightning bolt icon in viewfinder blinks when flash is not ready, this can happen if flash doesnt pop up all the way, or if flash strobe tube is bad.

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