Hello, I have a heavily modified D3200 that doesn't turn off

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Hello, I have a heavily modified D3200 that doesn't turn off

Postby Leslie Dean Brown » Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:25 pm

I do mostly street photography with this camera.
I'm a big lightweight camera fan. Probably should have bought a canon LOL.
Anyway, I have been litterally hacking out a lot of the features such as the af assist light, the entire flash & it's popup unit, the capacitors. As well as other bits and bobs.

The thing now weighs a rather respectable 374 grams without battery or memory card. Takes photos just fine.

Only problem is that it doesn't seem to turn off (now). Any ideas? There's a brass plate above the battery. Would removing that have anything to do with it?
Or it could be the two wires (black/red) that go from one [power] circuit board body into the upper flash module.
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Re: Hello, I have a heavily modified D3200 that doesn't turn

Postby Simeon » Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:47 pm

if the flash is not there to talk to, the camera may not have "finished getting setup" thus is spinning serach for a sub-system. WAG (wild ass guess)
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Re: Hello, I have a heavily modified D3200 that doesn't turn

Postby Leslie Dean Brown » Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:46 pm

Hmmm.

I think it's too late for me to go back and solve the problem now.
Might have to install my own damn on/off switch somewhere.
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Re: Hello, I have a heavily modified D3200 that doesn't turn

Postby Leslie Dean Brown » Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:48 pm

This has been a trial and error experiment. Hack something off. Check camera still works. Ok. Repeat.
I have 'wrecked' about old olympus bodies so far.

I'll have to post a photo of this thing.
I call it the "LIKON" :lol:
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Re: Hello, I have a heavily modified D3200 that doesn't turn

Postby 4cc3ss » Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:30 pm

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Re: Hello, I have a heavily modified D3200 that doesn't turn

Postby coderat » Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:35 pm

Modern cams are full of electronic, so modding doesn't work in this way anymore. You have to make electronic happy, simulating flash-capacity full-charged or something like this. Or alter firmware, but that is pretty complex, so more likely you brick cam.

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Re: Hello, I have a heavily modified D3200 that doesn't turn

Postby Leslie Dean Brown » Sun Feb 16, 2014 3:50 am

Actually you'd be amazed at the amount of crap that you can hack off a camera.

For instance, I have managed to remove the speaker, microphone, mick jack, aux light, numerous heatsink plates, the entire flash unit, flash capacitor, base plate, hot shoe, the little cover on the transformer, the video record button, the ae button, the flash popup button, both infrared/remote sensors. :shock:

I do know that the camera didn't like it when I hacked off the entire flexi-pcb-watchmacallit that goes up to the flash. That was too bold/stupid. :angry-banghead: That stopped it from working although a new upper control panel might have got it working again.
I could be wrong but it looks to me like there are some redundant earth connections.

Camera weighs about ~340grams sans battery or memory card. From an initial weight of I think it was 447g, that ain't bad.

Another name I put forward is "Hakon", but that has probably been thought of already.
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Re: Hello, I have a heavily modified D3200 that doesn't turn

Postby coderat » Sun Feb 16, 2014 5:51 am

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