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is my flash dying?

NaftoliNaftoli Member
edited June 2013 in home
i have been using an sb910 for 1 to 2 years now with no problems, however on my most recent gig, out of the 500 plus photos i took, the on camera speedlight randomly misfired about 15 times has anyone had similar issues with there speedlights? is it time to buy a new one?

PS, i shoot with a d800 and am a bft user meaning im often using the flash at or close to its max, i was shooting in full manual and it was not an issue of recycle time or standby mode


  • Neil vNNeil vN Administrator
    edited October 2013
    It could be the hot-shoe of the camera giving problems too.
  • hmm, thanx Neil! it doesnt seem shaky in the hot shoe but ill do some tests
  • TrevTrev Moderator

    I had the same thing with my Canon the other day [wife using it, I shoot Nikon] and flash misfired several times and only when I 'wriggled' it a bit. Suspected not good connection and since I was out in the field, I used some of my lens cleaner and just rubbed vigorously on the camera hotshoe as I suspected it may be dirty, and yep, never missed a blink after that.

    Clean the contacts on both the camera hotshoe and the bottom of the flash hotshoe. Don't use the lens cleaner though, [that was in an emergency] use Isopropyl which will dry very cleanly and almost instantly.

  • MikeZMikeZ Member
    Had the same issue with one of my sb800s. It was the shoe of the flash. Replaced it myself for the cost of the part. I think a lot of whipping the camera into portrait wiggles them around lol...
  • I heard something about using an eraser to wipe your contacts, gets you back up and running. Never did it myself.
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