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    D5000 flash stopped flashing, ideas?

    I have a friend who uses a d5000 and built-in flash, it stopped flashing the other day, though it will still pop up.
    is this common with the d5000 series? I (sort of) knew it was common on the old d40 line.

    Is the bulb likely bad, or is it something else that goes instead?
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    Re: D5000 flash stopped flashing, ideas?

    As someone who isn't a fan of built-in flash guns I would call that a blessing.

    Sensibly, I haven't heard anything about D5000 flash problems but I am sure there is a fix for it.

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    Re: D5000 flash stopped flashing, ideas?

    I've never heard of any problems with and Nikon pop-up flashes. Tell him/her to check the manual and look for a way to completely RESET the camera back to factory setting/specs.
    Does the picture turn out differently than what you see in the viewfinder?

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    Re: D5000 flash stopped flashing, ideas?

    ... and if that doesn't work, call Nikon's repair centre in Kingston-upon-Thames for assistance and an idea of repair price
    Chris M (NRIPN) says: "Too many cameras, too many lenses......."

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    Re: D5000 flash stopped flashing, ideas?

    Quote Originally Posted by IvorETower View Post
    ... and if that doesn't work, call Nikon's repair centre in Kingston-upon-Thames for assistance and an idea of repair price
    From previous posts on other topics, I think our OP is from the US, so would need Nikon USA?

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    Re: D5000 flash stopped flashing, ideas?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveM399 View Post
    From previous posts on other topics, I think our OP is from the US, so would need Nikon USA?
    Indeed, Nikon USA are in Melville NY

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    Re: D5000 flash stopped flashing, ideas?

    With any 'pop up' flash, there is a switch that turns it on as it pops up. This is a potential weak link. The mechanical link between the flash head and the camera body where hte switch is located as well as the switch contacts are vulnerable. It shouldn't cost too much to replace. However, with such switches, it is sometimes possible to get it working again simply by operating it repeatedly i.e. by raising and lowering the flash, checking regularly that if it is working.

    Another possibility, admittedly a remote possibility, is that the battery is low. The flash draws a high current initially. It is just about possible that the battery is able to operate the camera but can't cope with the flash. Try recharging the battery or even borrow one: costs nothing and might just work!

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    Re: D5000 flash stopped flashing, ideas?

    Thanks for the info gang, she has sent it in to Nikon for repair. The cost is equal to a good SB-600 which she should have (IMO) gotten instead, but so it goes.
    So rise up, o ye lost ones
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    Rise up, the forsaken and dethroned
    A legion wronged, to claw the clouds

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