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Rattle from D800e

When the onboard flash is down, if I rotate my 800e I get a rattle from that area, almost as if a weight is moving up and down. With the flash up, the camera doesn't do this.
It sounds a bit like the aperture lever on a TC 17II moving, noticeable but quieter.
Does anybody elses do this bearing in mind the camera is three weeks old?
What's your thoughts on this?
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Re: Rattle from D800e

Orientation sensor?? Just a thought.
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Re: Rattle from D800e

Have some of the pixels worked loose?

Sorry, just my sense of humour!

Actually, all is explained here The rattle is a feature of all D800 cameras and is due to the flash extender arms being loose when the flash is down. Apparantly some cameras rattle more than others but it is not a fault.
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Rattle from D800e. Fixed

Okay, decided to take matters into my own hands after the store I bought it from wouldn't entertain replacing it for the "rattle" that was there.
Despite spending over 4000 on body, grip and lens.
But they did pull another one from stock and it exhibited exactly the same noise.
Okay, back to square one.
From all the reports on various forums and you guys, pointing me in the right direction, I removed the screw holding the sliding arm from one side of the flash,and examined the arm.
Then I figured that a little bit of delicate bending of the arm may take up the play, which appeared to be the back end of the arm on a mushroom piece of metal fixed to the flash arm.
After the tiniest of bending with very small watch makers pliers, i reassembled it.
Hey presto, not a sound, I didn't even need to bend the other sliding arm.
So one arm had far more tolerance than the other it seems.
Now I'm happy, shouldn't have had to do it on a 2500 electronic item, but well worth it.
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Re: Rattle from D800e

Well done, although I think you are more brave than me!

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Well done, although I think you are more brave than me!

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I had a head start in this sort of thing with my career in the army, electronics, but still a little bit of mad scientist helps!
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Re: Rattle from D800e. Fixed

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Okay, decided to take matters into my own hands after the store I bought it from wouldn't entertain replacing it for the "rattle" that was there.
Despite spending over 4000 on body, grip and lens.
But they did pull another one from stock and it exhibited exactly the same noise.
Okay, back to square one.
From all the reports on various forums and you guys, pointing me in the right direction, I removed the screw holding the sliding arm from one side of the flash,and examined the arm.
Then I figured that a little bit of delicate bending of the arm may take up the play, which appeared to be the back end of the arm on a mushroom piece of metal fixed to the flash arm.
After the tiniest of bending with very small watch makers pliers, i reassembled it.
Hey presto, not a sound, I didn't even need to bend the other sliding arm.
So one arm had far more tolerance than the other it seems.
Now I'm happy, shouldn't have had to do it on a 2500 electronic item, but well worth it.
I'm glad it worked out OK, if my camera ever develops a rattle I'll send it to you for fixing!
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Re: Rattle from D800e

Mine has the same noise if I shake it. No problem at all.
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Re: Re: Rattle from D800e

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Mine has the same noise if I shake it. No problem at all.
Didn't need to shake mine, that's not advisable, all I needed to do was change orientation and you could hear a loud clinking sound.
Don't shake delicate electronics!
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Re: Rattle from D800e

This is because of the orientation sensor as andym has already pointed out.
I found the same arugument at a Japanese site that was uploaded in Aug. last year. A guy says his D800 makes a mechanical noise from the built-in flash area when he tilts the camera forwards or backwards. The answer to this question was that it was the noise the sensor makes.

I have a film camera F4 that also has this type of orientation sensor. It also makes noise. Old Nikon users know it.
I do not know why Nikon still uses a "mechanical" sensor for judging camera position, horizontal landscape shot or vertical position. They used mercury for F4 sensor. No more though.

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Re: Rattle from D800e

I'm trying to think why a film camera like a Nikon F4 would need an orientation sensor

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Re: Rattle from D800e

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I'm trying to think why a film camera like a Nikon F4 would need an orientation sensor

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I think it was because Nikon preferred to use different AE programs for vertical & horizontal position. Landscape and Breast (?) shots. There might be other reasons but I forgot.
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Re: Rattle from D800e

Or maybe different metering patterns.
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Or maybe different metering patterns.
oh, yes, that's the sophisticated words I should have used.
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