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HELP with Nikon SB-600 Speedlight

Bill J Boyd , Mar 11, 2012; 03:17 p.m.

Help! My SB-600 speed light will not flash. It has been sitting in my camera bag unused for the last 3-months.
--I've installed new batteries
--battery terminals appear to be clean and uncorroded
--ready light comes on
--i've double checked to make sure batteries were installed in proper position
--It goes to STBY mode ok.
--It does not fire when I try to do a test flash..not does it work when I put it in my D7000 hot shoe.


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Frank Skomial , Mar 11, 2012; 03:49 p.m.

Perhaps is set in the Remote mode ?
Reset the flash to factory defaults.

Bill J Boyd , Mar 11, 2012; 03:51 p.m.

Frank, I have set the flash to factory defaults and still no joy.

John Hill , Mar 11, 2012; 04:21 p.m.

One of mine stopped working even though the ready light was on. I sent it to Nikon and they told me it had a crack in the glass. I told them that I did not notice any crack before I sent it and had never dropped it. They told me it would cost about $125 or so to repair. I had also sent them one of my D300's that developed electronic problems. The flash was no longer under warranty but the camera was. Lucky for me they fixed the camera, plus sent me another flash @ no charge. At any rate, check the glass on the flash for hairline cracks. It has been a few years, but if I remember correctly, my flash was acting up before it died and I had sent it in, but I did not know if it was the camera or the flash.

Bill J Boyd , Mar 11, 2012; 04:35 p.m.

John, thanks for your input. I've checked the glass for hairline cracks, but unable to see any. I don't use my flash very often. The last time it was used was last Christmas.

Bob Dein , Mar 11, 2012; 04:55 p.m.

When in doubt, clean the contacts on the hot shoe and SB600 with a pencil eraser.

Bill J Boyd , Mar 11, 2012; 04:57 p.m.

Bob, thanks for the info. That was one of the first things I tried and still no joy.

Bruce Brown , Mar 11, 2012; 05:27 p.m.

Bill: The SB700 suggests replacing the batts while the unit is ON if 'it doesn't work properly' ... do tell us how you come out on this ...

Devon McCarroll , Mar 11, 2012; 06:16 p.m.

Have you recently dropped it, even if it seemed as though it wasn't a hard fall (like onto carpet)? One of mine broke that way. Also, the eraser trick doesn't always work. If you haven't tried contact cleaner, I would suggest that. That also happened to me and they started working again.

Bill J Boyd , Mar 11, 2012; 08:55 p.m.

Thanks for everyone's help and suggestions. No further help is needed because I made a real mess of it this afternoon. I took it to my son's house, who acts as my tech support, and totally destroyed it. I took the SB-600 very carefully out of my camera bag and immediately drop it on his concrete floor. Now, I hear all sorts of parts rattling around inside the unit. OUCH! I think it is beyond repair. Fortunately my son has an SB-600 and said I could use his.

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