Hi, I had my D40 for about a year and my flash stopped working. It stopped working when I nearly dropped it, but caught it before it fell. Soon after the flash doesnt work. The flash would pop up, but no flash occurs. Does anyone know what could be wrong and how much it would cost to repair?
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Re: Flash not working
Hey influenza, Nearly dropping the camera should not affect the operation of the flash unless the flash was extended and you caught the camera by the flash and it is somehow physically damaged. What is more likely is the camera is either set to a mode that doesn't allow the flash to operate, or the flash is set to auto off. Directions on how to turn the flash on or off start on page 34 of your camera manual. I have included a link to a PDF download of your camera manual in case you need it. I hope this helps! http://www.nikonusa.com/pdf/manuals/noprint/D40_noprint.pdf Sincerely, Allan Go Ahead. Use Us.
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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.
There's a common problem in the flash arm. I found this link that shows a simple repair. If you use this and make the repair yourself, understand that you will void your warranty if you have one. Also, do not touch the bulb as you'll get oil on it, and don't touch the solder points on the wiring, you'll get zapped.
There is no top LCD on the D40. Put the camera in AUTO mode (green icon on the dial) and take a picture in the shade. if the flash does not go o, then you have a fault. Send back to authorized repair centre.
My standard response: Contact Nikon USA (if you're in the US) and ship them the camera and lens.This will cost, which they will estimate up-front, but it
is the absolutely best solution to the problem. Anything else is a hack
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