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Russell A.
Russell A., Camera and Video Technician
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Experience:  30 years of experience as a TV station technician gives me a unique understanding of technical equipment issues.
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My Nikon D5000 flash isn't working.

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My Nikon D5000 flash isn't working.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Rick replied 1 year ago.

Hi. My name is*****'m a camera repair technician with over 20 years in the business and I'll be glad to help you with your question today.

This is most likely the infamous Nikon flash switch in the hinge mechanism of the flash head. This usually requires removing th top cover, which means you need to disassemble the rest of it first. Not a job you want to try at home. For me, it's a simple repair. Every Nikon that uses this kind of switch will need to be repaired at one time or another. Leave it to the great mind of Nikon to build cameras with built-in flaws. Unfortunately, this is going to take a technician to repair. Trust me, I've done hundreds of them and there's soldering involved. I'll be glad to recommend a good shop for you if you'll tell me where you're located.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Are you referring to the little switch under the flash that detects whether the flash is up? It seems to be OK and moving smoothly. Or is the flash switch something else?The problem was caused by dropping the camera, in case that helps you diagnose the problem.
Expert:  Rick replied 1 year ago.

When the flash head goes up, does the top LCD display switch to the sync speed?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Can you please clarify your question -- which is the top LCD display, and what is the sync speed?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I think I understand your question -- when the flash head goes up, the camera does not appear to switch to the sync speed. The shutter speed is very long, as if the camera knows the flash isn't going to fire. So the question is, why would the flash pop up, but the camera still thinks the flash isn't needed?
Expert:  Rick replied 1 year ago.

This further indicates the flash switch is in need of repair. As I stated earlier, this switch is located in the flash head hinge mechanism and will need to be repair by a technician familiar with the camera design. There is 300 volts running through the flash circuit which, if shorted out, can destroy the camera or at the vry least, give you a nasty shock.

Expert:  Rick replied 1 year ago.

Just a note to see if I can be of any further assistance?