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Unwanted flash fire in nikonD200

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Dear sir,
i am using nikon d200 flash with SB 800 since last 1 year, but now i am facing the problem of unwanted flash fire problems, i have also checked the body with new SB 800 flash but facing same problem.
if anyone have suggetion and inputs pls help me

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  • chabrielle Jun 24, 2008

    I normally have my SB800 flash mounted on an extra bracket, but when I connect it directly to the camera, I am having the same issues.

  • mattion Nov 19, 2008

    My D200 also randomly fires the flash (sb800)
    Any help?


  • paul465 Nov 24, 2008

    I have exactly the same problem - Nikon d200 with SB800 Flash. I called Nikon service...they said they've never heard of this problem before. Sure. My photography partner has the same camera & flash setup with exactly the same problem.

  • Anonymous Nov 26, 2008

    SB800 and the 600 flash mounted on an extra bracket, but when I connect it directly to the camera, I am having the same issues.

  • joshuac Dec 09, 2008

    same problems with my d200 and sb800...anyone ever get an answer?

  • pepsbg Dec 19, 2008

    same with me

  • Anonymous Jan 21, 2009

    Same problem even after repair by Nikon France...

  • Anonymous Jan 30, 2009

    Wow ok same camera and flash..I was thinking I might have a broken connection just above the foot in my sb 800. It was the only thing that I could think would cause the AF to not fire consistently. If I put a small amount of tension on my flash (from the front towards the back) and then depress the shutter half way it seems to fire the red AF beam from the Flash. This is why I would think it was a broken connection in the foot. I also found that it would fire randomly with lens pointed straight upward. It could be a long term design flaw in the foot of the flash in general. IE if you bump it slightly at the wrong angle it breaks a solder contact. This is a scary hypothesis when we spend so much on such items. Can a little more support/strength in that area hurt us?

  • toscanophoto Feb 04, 2009

    My Nikon D200 began having the same problem recently. I tried my SB-800s on my D2x and it does not seem to have the same problem with random firing. So I assume it's the D200 body. Please help with a solution.

  • bobberyl1 May 02, 2009

    d 200 and sb 800 flash flash fries on it's own

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Hi, I had the same sort of problem. It started with erratic small flashes but then evolved to the SB-800 not regonizing the D200 at all. The result of this is that I only get TTL and not TTL+BL+FP functionallity.
To solve this I cleaned the hotshoe on the D200 with all purpose cleaner for electical appliances (CRC 5-56). This gave minor improvment. Then I adjusted the spings to the left and right on the hotshoe on the D200 to press harder against the flash's connection (which I suppose is the grounding). Now everything works again.

Best regards,

Marcus

Posted on Feb 15, 2009

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Nikon knows about this - i sent my d-200 and flash twice to nikon for this problem - 2nd time it has been fixed for a while, but over the weekend, it did this again. last time i got it back from nikon it came with a tech notice of sorts that described how to clean the metal on the hot shoe. i have had to do this myself, following the instructions. basically using very fine emory cloth (and i mean the finest used to polish metal) it is hard to explain where it needs cleaning, but going all over the shoe metal should fix the problem until it corrodes again. you might ask nikon for this tech sheet - actually i have cleaned the metal contact of the flash as well

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Hello,
Yes, I had the same problem too. It was the loose rails on a cameras hotshoe that caused the problem. ( I could feel the flash slightly dangling while attached to the camera when I was moving camera to the sides or downwards ) What I did, I used simple pliers to slightly squeeze the hotshoe from both sides. This made it a little tighter, and the dangling of the flash was gone. So were the random flashings. I think this might happen again, since the metal the hotshoeis made of is too soft for the weight of SB-800, especially if you are moving around a lot while shooting with the flash attached.
Regards,
Arvid

Posted on Jul 25, 2009

  • arvid2000 Jul 29, 2009

    Hello,
    Yes, I had the same problem too. It was the loose rails on a cameras hotshoe that caused the problem. ( I could feel the flash slightly dangling while attached to the camera when I was moving camera to the sides or tilting ) What I did, I used simple pliers to slightly squeeze the hotshoe from both sides. This made it a little tighter, and the dangling of the flash was gone. So were the random flashings. I think this might happen again, since the metal the hotshoe is made of is too soft for the weight of SB-800, especially if you are moving around a lot while shooting with the flash attached.
    Regards,
    Arvid

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