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01-26-2018, 04:13 PM   #1
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Flash stuck

I attached my AF540 to My K-3, took some snaps, and now I am unable to remove the flash from the body.

Is there anything I should be doing other than simply persisting? Is there some pin that could be holding the two units together?

Edit: just found this one: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/6-pentax-dslr-discussion/6874-flash-tota...k-hotshoe.html, so subject has been covered previously.


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01-26-2018, 04:18 PM   #2
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Make double, double sure that the pin is completely retracted. Use the wheel to retract it and make sure it is all the way up. I had a similar issue and after a lot of work discovered that though the wheel seemed to be all the way retracted it was not.
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Hi Bill, if the lever pin is not retracting completely, you may have a problem. Good luck.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bxf Quote
Is there some pin that could be holding the two units together?
To be clear. Yes there is a pin that locks them together. It is retracted by turning the locking wheel on the flash. It must be completely retracted or the flash will not come off.

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The plastic piece that retracts the locking pin is broken, unscrew the 4 #0 JIS crews from the flash base and go from there.
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Found some old pictures.
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After getting the flash head off.
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The broken part responsible for all the anxiety!
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Perkele an excellent, informative and I am sure helpful post. Just what forums should be all about
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Got it off, thanks guys. Ex Finn's photos made things very easy. Having a long thin screwdriver makes it less likely to scratch the camera body.

I wanted to see the smaller component of "The broken 3 cent part" in the last photo, but it is nowhere to be found, For that matter, where do I get a new one for 3 cents?

Cheers,

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QuoteOriginally posted by bxf Quote
where do I get a new one
I discarded the locking pin, just have been using the lever by itself with no problems.
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Is this pin issue just for the AF540 or do later Pentax flash models have it? I have never run into it. Maybe later models dropped it.
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The lock pin is on my AF-360FGZ also...Ex-Finns post is great info if you have issues with the flash releasing from the hot shoe.
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