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HVL f58am no longer locks onto camera
« on: December 01, 2014, 03:43:57 PM »
One of my flashes no longer locks in place on my Sony A77, and as a result, it has tried to commit suicide three times (i.e., it fell off and crashed to the ground).  Granted, I'm super impressed that it still works, since it fell on concrete two of the three times, and a tile floor the third time.  BUT!  What the heck?  Has anyone else had this problem with any Sony flash?
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Re: HVL f58am no longer locks onto camera
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2014, 04:47:15 PM »
Under the flash where are the contact pins there will be also a plastic locking pin.This locking pin lift up when you depress the release button on the flash. Check if that pin is missing. If it does then this is the main reason the flash can not lock on the camera and you can replace the bottom of the flash by removing the 4 screw.

If you try to open it by your self take care of the capacitor because is very dangerous  high voltage
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Re: HVL f58am no longer locks onto camera
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2014, 12:12:56 AM »
That's it!  The plastic pin is broken off.  After Googling, I found the part number is X23187101; unfortunately, it doesn't appear to be available anymore.  This site https://www.servicesplus.sel.sony.com/sony-part-number-X25489891.aspx# wants to substitute X25489891 for it (not sure if that's the website's best guess or a true recommendation) and it's $98!  I may rummage through my camera bag and pray I find that tiny plastic piece and try to glue it back on.  For $98, I'm willing to try it.
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Re: HVL f58am no longer locks onto camera
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2014, 03:24:21 AM »
You might be able to find an old flash and exchange connectors.  I had a look at my old 3200is but the moulding appears to be more in one piece...john
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