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  1. #11
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    Re: D5100 Built In Flash Won't Rise

    i just paid 1200 for a D500 with xqd card


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  2. #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    By the way, the prices on Nikon's web site are MSRP. Quite often the selling prices are a little lower.
    Ah, that explains it. I'll look at the Adorama and B&H websites as Needa suggests. I hadn't ever thought about a refurbished camera Brent, but I'll look into it. I once looked at a refurbished Nikon on Amazon, but it had a surprisingly poor warranty. Upon studying the details, I found that it wasn't sold by Nikon.
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  3. #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by Needa View Post
    Have you tried all the easy things remove battery and a reset? SB24 small but no TTL?
    Yay -- I finally got the flash popped up using a technique in a YouTube video where a thin plastic strip is inserted in the gap around the flash housing and worked around until it trips the hook that holds the flash down. It's not as easy as in the video, but after a dozen tries I finally got it.

    I find that my flash still works. I need to find out why the hook won't activate as it should. The hook is mechanically linked to the flash housing I think and if I nearly close the housing and press the button, the hook's solenoid activates and moves the hook back. I need to find a way to mess with it and not have the hood lock while I'm doing so. I kind of enjoy monkeying around with this sort of thing.
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  4. #14
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    Re: D5100 Built In Flash Won't Rise

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandpatch View Post
    Yay -- I finally got the flash popped up using a technique in a YouTube video where a thin plastic strip is inserted in the gap around the flash housing and worked around until it trips the hook that holds the flash down. It's not as easy as in the video, but after a dozen tries I finally got it.

    I find that my flash still works. I need to find out why the hook won't activate as it should. The hook is mechanically linked to the flash housing I think and if I nearly close the housing and press the button, the hook's solenoid activates and moves the hook back. I need to find a way to mess with it and not have the hood lock while I'm doing so. I kind of enjoy monkeying around with this sort of thing.
    Glad you had the tenacity to keep working on it!
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  5. #15
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    Re: D5100 Built In Flash Won't Rise

    Progress! Maybe place a piece floss across the hook and tape ends down. Then if accidentally closed the floss could be moved to open it. Tested on mine and it worked. So the spring in Cindy's video is in place?
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    Yes, the spring is in place and all seems like it should be well. I like the dental floss idea -- a good tip! Here's my D5100 and its flash housing hook, as captured using my wife's cell phone camera. I stupidly closed it up after she took the photo and when I used the button to reopen it, it popped right up. Weird. It seems sluggish however; battery is fully charged. I'll use floss as insurance and mess with it some more. For now, I don't want to introduce a lubricant of any kind, wet or dry. Thanks for everyone's continuing help with this phenomenon.

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  7. #17
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    Glad to hear you got it going. ��
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  8. #18
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    Re: D5100 Built In Flash Won't Rise

    Looks like the latch goes the opposite direction of the 7100. Is the latch slow or the flash raising? I was thinking rocket blower but might push something out on sensor. On the equipment I used to work on they often put a piece of plastic or rubber at the bottom of the solenoid plunger for noise reduction. These pieces would disintegrate or come off jamming or slowing plunger. Might try holding at different angles and actuating to see if it lossens.
    Have fun and good luck!
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  9. #19
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    Quote Originally Posted by Needa View Post
    Maybe place a piece floss across the hook and tape ends down. Then if accidentally closed the floss could be moved to open it. Tested on mine and it worked.
    That's a good suggestion to keep in mind if anyone else has this issue.
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  10. #20
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    Re: D5100 Built In Flash Won't Rise

    Update: I tied dental floss around the hook (so as to have an easy way to pop the flash housing open if it fails) and commenced to test it. Happily, it has worked dozens of times throughout the day with a 100% success rate. Not a single failure to open. Thinking of Needa's concern over blowing dust into the camera and sensor, I held the camera upside down and used a soft brush to clean around the springs, hinge and hook, thus letting any dust or debris fall away.

    I may be dreaming, but the flash seems to pop up more strongly now.

    I'm very happy with the result. Again, I really appreciate everyone's guidance with my "repair". We'll hope all continues to be well with it.
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