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Flash door DIY repair (AF-540FGZ) using Legos
Posted By: mikeSF, 05-26-2015, 08:44 PM

I have owned 3 of these v.1 AF-540FGZ flashes and figured eventually the flimsy battery door was bound to break. The design includes three tiny plastic nubs molded onto the flash housing side, that eventually wear down or snap off. One of my nubs has worn off, causing the door not to stay closed and i have been using rubber wirst bands, tape, even a bulky C-clamp to keep the door closed, but finally found a working solution that does not block the viewing screen nor any of the buttons.

I used 2-part epoxy to affix three lego pieces strategically on the door and surrounding the door. then simply close the door and lock a single large lego piece or individual crossbar pieces to lock it shut. It is working just fine now and i can even attach little Lego men if i want for some whimsy.

Check it out and good luck if you are having trouble getting replacement parts:


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Didn't realise Lego came in Black bricks... has a quick paint job happened here too.

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Didn't realise Lego came in Black bricks... has a quick paint job happened here too.
they come in all colors. plenty of black ones for the job but my daughter has pink ones, so the next flash repair gets those.
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they come in all colors. plenty of black ones
Changed days... when I was young they only came in mainly red with a few white ones.
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Changed days... when I was young they only came in mainly red with a few white ones.
my childhood recollection was of just a few primary colors. but these days, they have clear, da-glo, military drabs, etc...

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hey have clear, da-glo, military drabs, etc...
The kids of today are just ruined.
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ingenious!
Agreed. I am going to take a hard look at both my AF280T and Sigma AF 610 DG Super, both of which have wimpy doors, to see if Legos might work with them too.


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