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Flash not working

Can I get my flash repaired or get a replacement bulb? Thank you.

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  • Dennis Smoot
    Dennis Smoot Mar 07, 2009

    Arua,



    Thank you for the response. Since my post I bought a damaged camera of the same type on eBay. I swapped out the flash board and flash. It now works perfect.



    You must be very careful handling the board. The flash capacitor carries quite a punch and will give you a good shock! Thank you again.

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Yes it can be repaired. I it is quite easy of a repair. I have done it before. What I have done is swapped the flash board with one from another camera with a different ailment. I can give you instructions on how to do it.

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