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Where to repair Nikon flashes with broken feet?
Neal Vaughan, Photographer
St. Joseph | MI | USA | Posted: 10:08 PM on 12.15.03
->> We have a closet full of SB-24's, 25's, 26's, and 28's with broken feet that need to be replaced. Where is a good place to send them? Most still turn on and would function if feet/contacts were in place.
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Paul Stephen, Photographer
Morgantown | WV | USA | Posted: 11:52 PM on 12.15.03
->> Contact Nikon and buy a bunch of feet for the specific units. They are very easy to change yourself and it will save a huge bundle of money.
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Steven E. Frischling, Photographer
Amherst | MA | USA | Posted: 11:55 PM on 12.15.03
->> Neal:

E-mail Gerald Ling
http://www.sportsshooter.com/gling

He is NOT an authorized repair facility....but he is full of answers (and has been known to fix shoes in arenaa basements in 15 minutes....not that I may have broken a few shoes to know that).


He's gonna be pissed I posted this, but hey he needs the money , he has a D2H to support :0)
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Damon Moritz, Photographer
Springfield | va | USA | Posted: 8:11 AM on 12.16.03
->> All you need is a small phillips head screw driver and a steady hand. Remove eight screws and put on a new hot shoe. So simple. I taught myself and have never had a problem. You can also remove that pesky locking bolt on the bottom of the hotshoe. You know, the one that never wants to release when you need it too.
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Robert Caplin, Photographer, Student/Intern
Athens | OH | USA | Posted: 8:32 AM on 12.16.03
->> I've had a strobe's foot changed twice...once after some jack@$$ broke it during the OSU riots last year... luckily the paper i was interning for fixed it...but anyway, we had it done at camtronics in columbus , ohio. They charged $90!!!!! then the next time i brought it to a place called detz and they only charged $30. i'd agree with what was said above, call and get the piece...it's just a few $. It looks like it can be easily replaced...

Robert
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Walter Calahan, Photographer
Silver Spring | MD | USA | Posted: 9:40 AM on 12.16.03
->> I wish my SB flash hot shoe broke. Instead the whole top of my Nikon 8008 broke right off with the strobe attached some year back. That was a surprise.

Damon's right, fix it yourself. Not hard.
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Gerald H. Ling, Student/Intern, Photo Editor
Amherst | MA | USA | Posted: 10:28 AM on 12.16.03
->> Steve,

Why... you..... *shaking fists* =D

Neal,

The hotshoes of the flash units you described are easily replaceable as others have pointed out, and as Steve has had the luxury of getting done for free =D Call Nikon Torrance (Parts Dept.) at 310.516.7124 and get transferred to the parts dept. There is a nice lady that handles most of the sales; request the parts desired. They run for under $5 each I believe (want to say $2 and some change each) and will be mailed to you in a nice brown box. All the flash units except the SB-28 are fairly easy to repair. A word of caution on the SB-28 though, Nikon decided to use a this wafer connection cable (not sure if that is the right term) that is extremely fragile and tears easily as I have found out. Tear that and Nikon will want $140 to fix it - I have a dead SB-28 to show for that. Well, the SB-28 is still usable with a pc sync cord in manual and A/AA mode. The older flash units should have regular wires that may be detached at the ends as they are fitted with male and female couplings. Also watch out for the tiny spring that sits on top of the locking pin when you open the flash unit up. They tend to act like apes out of a cage; you may have to go over your carpet/floor with a magnet should you lose it. When you are confident enough, follow Damon's instructions to repair them yourself. Feel free to drop me an email if you need any further assistance.

Cheers.

P/s: For those of you Canon folks, the 550's are just as simple but take quite a bit longer in my experience. More stuff to get around.
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Gerald H. Ling, Student/Intern, Photo Editor
Amherst | MA | USA | Posted: 10:32 AM on 12.16.03
->> "...Nikon decided to use a this wafer..."

Correction:

"...Nikon decided to use a thin wafer..."
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Gary Brittain, Photographer
Roanoke | VA | USA | Posted: 11:11 AM on 12.16.03
->> does anybody have a number for canon flash parts??
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Neal Vaughan, Photographer
St. Joseph | MI | USA | Posted: 5:50 PM on 01.11.04
->> I wanted to say thank you for the advice to order the parts from Nikon. They arrived thursday (5.10 for three shoes) and I've successfully replaced all of them. Part number for the shoe (worked on 2 SB-25's and one SB-26) was FSA02501-122. The description was "Mounting Foot". I'd be happy to help anyone if they try it on their own but it was really pretty simple.
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Gerald H. Ling, Photographer, Student/Intern
Amherst | MA | USA | Posted: 7:19 PM on 01.11.04
->> Neal,

Glad that I could be part of the help. I'm sure you are a happy camper to be able to repair your speedlights at a fraction of the cost.

Gary,

Sorry but I don't have the appropriate Canon number for you to call.

Cheers.
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Amy Katherine Dragoo, Photographer
Coatesville | PA | USA | Posted: 3:44 PM on 01.12.04
->> Any thoughts on repairing one on a 28DX? Should I try try it myself or ship it to the shop?
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Gerald H. Ling, Photographer, Student/Intern
Amherst | MA | USA | Posted: 4:41 PM on 01.12.04
->> Amy,

The SB-28DX is similar to the SB-28. It is easy and you don't need to send it in. Read my above post for a few warnings and tips on how to go about fixing it.
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Amy Katherine Dragoo, Photographer
Coatesville | PA | USA | Posted: 4:50 PM on 01.12.04
->> Gerald- It was your warning that concerned me. Thanks for the tips.
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Gerald H. Ling, Photographer, Student/Intern
Amherst | MA | USA | Posted: 5:15 PM on 01.12.04
->> No problem Amy, feel free to call or drop me an email if you need help when you open up your speedlilght.

Cheers.
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Bob Ford, Photographer
Lehighton | Pa | USA | Posted: 10:10 AM on 08.09.04
->> I just had to replace another hotshoe over the weekend. I made a hidden gallery with pictures and directions if anyone's interested.

http://www.sportsshooter.com/bobford/hotshoe/
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Damon Moritz, Photographer
Woodbridge | Va. | USA | Posted: 1:54 PM on 08.09.04
->> Take caution that newer Nikon flashes do not use the easy to remove wiring harness. Instead they use the easy to tear ribbon cable. This, of course, is an upgrade from the easy to repair model.

Damon Moritz
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Pamela Riemenschneider, Photographer
Austin | TX | USA | Posted: 3:18 PM on 08.09.04
->> I had my SB-28DX foot replaced (by a local camera shop) in December, and now my flash will go psycho and strobe a lot when I don't want it to.

Do you guys think this is wiring, or should I try and replace the foot again?
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Ed J. Szalajeski, Photographer
Portland | ME | USA | Posted: 3:27 PM on 08.09.04
->> For us canon users, does anyone know the part number?

Canon Parts Phone is 732-521-7888

Canon Factory Service, 100 Jamesburg Road, Jamesburg, NJ 08831. (732) 521-7000 or (732) 521-7888
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Bob Ford, Photographer
Lehighton | Pa | USA | Posted: 4:03 PM on 04.15.06
->> Does anyone know a supplier for Nikon hot shoes besides Nikon? I have two SB24s that need replacing, and Nikon no longer stocks them.
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Kyle Nosal, Photographer
Enid | OK | USA | Posted: 4:24 PM on 04.15.06
->> How about the hot shoe connection on a D2H? I had my sb800 ripped from my D2 and it took the metal hot shoe connector right off the camera. Is that something I need to send back to Nikon to fix?
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Bob Ford, Photographer
Lehighton | Pa | USA | Posted: 8:50 PM on 03.13.08
->> Someone just emailed me with a supplier for hotshoes for old Nikon flashes. If anyone's interested the website is...

http://www.sdcamerasolution.com/

Thanks Marc, I appreciate the tip!
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James Madelin, Photographer
AKL | Auckland | New Zealand | Posted: 9:32 AM on 03.14.08
->> i bought some hotshoes from ebay to fix an sb28. it took about five minutes and cost about US$2 per foot (i bought a couple of spares).
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Joseph Brymer, Photographer
Lincolnton | NC | usa | Posted: 11:08 AM on 03.14.08
->> I don't mean to hijack your post but has anybody had a problem
with the battery door on a Nikon SB-600. My flash acts like it's got a short in it. You can press the battery door and the flash will turn off and on. The door acts like it's loose. There's two screws in the door but I cant tell they do anything except let the door ride on rail. I can't figure out how two really tighten anything. You would think it would be a simple fix. I hate to send a 200.00 flash to NPS and wind up paying 150.00 to get it fixed.
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Mark Peters, Photographer
Highland | IL | USA | Posted: 4:54 PM on 03.14.08
->> Ed and Gary,

Part Lists for a wide variety of Canon gear (not including the 580ex or 580exII)
http://f20c.com/stuff/canon/partslist/

Another source for parts (got this one from Alan Look)

http://www.uscamera.com/1canon.htm
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Mark Peters, Photographer
Highland | IL | USA | Posted: 4:56 PM on 03.14.08
->> Damn, just noticed I responded to a 3 1/2 year old post....DOH
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