olympus 3040z flash lag is increasing

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Rig R. Mortis, Dec 28, 2005.

  1. I have a Olympus c-3040z that is now about 4 or 5 years old. I have found
    in the last few weeks the time necessary to get the flash to fire has
    increased, to the point where it often takes 15 to 20 seconds of holding the
    shutter button down for the flash to go off. I use rechargable batteries,
    but have also gotten the same behaviour with brand new name brand alkaline
    batteries. Is there something that with age (capacitor which drives the
    flash, etc.) that will become weaker requiring longer times to get the
    flash to fire. This is basically making the camera useless in flash
    situations. It works fine in situations when I don't use the flash.

    Thanks for any input...

    Rig R. Mortis, Dec 28, 2005
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  2. Rig R. Mortis

    SL Guest

    Hi Rig,

    First query would be is how old are the batteries? They should last around
    1000 charges but if old as the camera it may be time to invest in new ones?

    As to testing with alkalines, I would'nt expect tem to be good enough as a
    test, they just don't provide the power, try single use lithium, enegizer do
    them in singles & Olympus and Panasonic do them in twin cell packs known as
    CV-3 (or somethin like that).

    If after testing with lithium the flash is fine then I sugggest you get hold
    of the rechargable CR-V3, which I got for the girlfriend Minolta F100 and it
    works a treat, with excellent power and probably charges it a 3/4 less when
    compared to NiMH. I bought it of ebay in UK for around £14 and came with
    battery, mains charger (worldwide voltage) and car charger. Great buy.

    Hope this helps,
    SL, Dec 29, 2005
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  3. Rig-

    I haven't experienced this with my C-3040Z, but that may be because I
    usually use the separate FL-40 for flash pictures.

    As Stephen suggested, one or more of your batteries may have developed a
    high internal resistance. When the flash is NOT charging, voltage might
    be high enough that the battery symbol would show full capacity.

    The storage capacitor that holds the flash energy could be defective. The
    delay might also be caused by a level detector that depends on the ratio
    of a pair of resistors, taking longer to reach the critical level due to a
    resistor that has drifted in value. There might be a leaky DC-Blocking
    capacitor between the trigger circuit and the primary winding of the
    trigger coil. There may be other scenarios that could explain the

    I'm sure you are aware that the cost of a similar used or "reconditioned"
    camera would be less than the cost of getting yours repaired. I see
    current bids on eBay ranging up to $76 for used 3040s.

    Are you thinking about fixing this yourself? Unless you can obtain a
    repair manual, you are on your own. The first thing to check is the

    Fred McKenzie, Dec 30, 2005
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