Just open the box of my FD95. But even in a very dark
environment, the flash won't pop up! What's wrong?
It's in Auto mode and all setting is from factory. I didn't
change anything. Please help! Thanks in advance.
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Press the OPEN (flash) button.
This button is on the side of the camera just below the flash.
The flash mode button (lightning icon) is at the lower left on the rear of the camera.
This only changes settings when the flash is up.
This cycles through Auto, red-eye reduction, forced flash and no flash.
The mode shows in the finder or the LCD screen.
AUTO mode does not show.
If you have set the main dial to the green camera logo, with automatic in bad light, and the flash still does not pop up, you could start worrying. The mail mode dial is very easy to turn, even without knowing. It happens to me more often than I would like. My next camera must have a special button to lock this dial.
When you chaco the manual, you will see there are settings the flash won't pop up and even when it is up it won't flash, because that menu excludes the flash.
You have 2 options to try before you consider a service tech to look @ the camera.
Prelim : Ensure the batteries are charged & your using standard batteries.
Option 1 : Put the dial in Auto mode and see if that helps with the flash, also ensure you are trying to click the picture in a dim or dark environment, else the Auto flash won't fire if the environment is bright enough
Option 2 : Backup your pictures and reset your camera by using the menu. This should take care of any settings that might have been accidentally turned ON or OFF, then try to get back to the option 1 to see if the flash fires... (you will have to set the date & time post this action)
Check the flash setting in the shooting mode (on Auto). Press the "?" button twice. You should see the flash mode window. Small box on the lower left for flash settings (hi-lighted in yellow, or navigate to it). Press OK to see and change flash settings to your preference.
You will need to send the camera for servicing. There's a lever mechanism inside the flash unit which is responsible for popping up the flash. Since it is a mechanical device, it is sometimes prone to failure. I suggest not to put manual pressure to force the flash to come out, as it may cause permanent damage. Instead, send the camera for service.
The flash on D series doesn't always open by itself or when you push the button, as part of the design. If you are in manual mode the flash should open when you push the button, but when in Auto, if there is enough light present for the flash to stay closed, even if you push the flash button, I don't think it will open.
In Auto mode, try pointing the camera at something dark or holding your hand up in front of it and push the shutter button halfway down to see if the flash opens. If not, you will probably have to take it in to be repaired.