I picked up a couple of Nikon D70 bodies on craigslist this week. I got them home and found out the built-in flash wouldn’t fire. I was pretty frustrated by the situation. The D70 can remotely fire a Nikon flash with CLS, but not if the flash doesn’t work. The seller who sold me the cameras didn’t know that the flashes didn’t work. Really, I have no reason not to believe her.
After surfing the web, I found that there is a group of D70 users who have had their built-in flashes go out. I read over at photo.net about a guy named Tony Evans who fixed his flash. As a result, I don’t take credit for discovering this fix, but I tried to document my fix.
Sold my macro lens. These are the best picts I’ve got.
1: Remove the screws that hold on the cover of the built in flash (pic 1). Note that the screws actually screw in/out at an angle (pic 1 b).
See the rest after the jump.
2: Notice the white tab that is attached to a white cylinder (pic 2). The tab for whatever reason can get pushed into the housing, and needs to be pulled back out.
3: On the opposite side I removed the screw and spring (pic 3) to allow the whole flash to be lifted up (pict 3b). Be careful not to break any wires. But everything seemed pretty well attached.
4: I used a paper clip with a small hook on one end (pic 4) to stick into the white cylinder and pull it out.
. You then need to snap the black flash housing back over the white cylinder (pic 5). There are little tabs that hold the cylinder in place (pic 5). This was the most frustrating and time-consuming part. As I tried to slip the black housing over the end of the cylinder; the cylinder would get shoved back in.
6. The post-fix appropriate connection (pic. 6).
Hope this helps. The D70 is a great camera: autofocus motor built into the body, insane sync speeds due to the electronic shutter, and built in (albeit very simple) CLS control are just a few things that make this a classic camera.