Thanks Stone for your response. I too was surprised how well film that expired 9 years ago worked but again...my Dad put it in the fridge so it was cold stored. It's the top part with the flash. When I tried to simply hold it by the sides and push it down (as the manual specifies) it seemed to want more pressure than I was comfortable with. It seemed to work better by the method I described above (pushing the sides very slightly out so it released) but I don't think that was the intended method.