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11-15-2011, 08:54 PM   #16
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Pictures of the pop-up flash repair

Okay, this isn't complete, but it is a start.

I just concentrated on how to get the spring onto the shaft, which did indeed take some puzzling out. Violini, is this how you put the spring on, or did you go at it a different way?

There are no pictures of the tear-down yet, but I have a couple more cameras to do with the same broken part, and will add those pictures later. Anyway it's much simpler than fixing the mirror motor!

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Great thread! My ZX5 has same issue, was going to send for repair but may give it a go myself on a spare day
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Sluggo, I did the same: install the shaft and then the spring. The problem I had was because the tweezers was not strong enough to torsion the spring. I had to go to the hardware store to get a small long-nose pliers with bend tip to do the job. In fact, I have a locking forceps, next time I'll try to use it. Since the shaft I made is brass, I crimp the slot shut so the spring would not slide out.

The plastic shaft is very much weakened by the wide slot at the end. The failure also always occurs at the weakest spot on the mirror motor gear: notch of imitation snap ring and between two gear teeth.
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Sluggo & Violini,

Where did you guys buy the parts (motor, spring, etc) for the repairs? Thanks.

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I bought the mirror motor with brass gear from uscamera.com in Colorado and procamerarepair.com in San Diego (and recently from local shop). I have not found a cheap source for the brass gear, therefore I only replace the motor and brass gear as a unit.

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Gears are available from "mikro antriebe" (details here). The popup flash shaft came from Pentax - I contacted them through their website.

I haven't had to buy a spring. You can re-use the original spring with the replacement shaft. If your pop-up is broken, the parts should fall out when you take off the camera's top plate. You'll find the spring intact, and the shaft in 2 or 3 pieces.

What you REALLY want is to talk Violini into making more parts from his brass shaft design.
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I got another repair done yesterday, and added a few more pictures and more explanation to the flash repair instructions set. It assumes you already have the top cover off though.
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