My Nikon SB60 flash is too tight in the vintage Stitz hotshoe. It is almost impossible to remove despite the locking pin being held clear using the flash locking lever.

I would like to use a coldshoe adapter to coldshoe adapter but there are so many on offer that I just do not understand the permutations. It needs to fit smoothly (in and out) of the vintage Stitz hotshoe and accept the Nikon SB60 without jamming on the data pins. I will use the remote triggering for the flash.

Recommendations for the adaptor, please.


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You might be better off "tuning" the Stitz.

I looked for pictures of these, and the ones I found are the classic U-bent metal construction.

You may be able to find something that is a little thicker than the space in the "U" — a small screwdriver, perhaps — and force it in there, to spread the "U" a small amount. This would make your Nikon fit in better.

I've used this technique successfully on "vintage" hot shoes. Spread a little bit at a time, trying the fit of your Nikon each time. If you go a bit too far, making the Nikon flash "wobbly," you can tap the top of the "U" with a small hammer to make it tighter.

If this all seems a bit scary, or if you are not very confident with such tools, then the next thing I'd do is try to find a used photo gear store, or attend a swap meet. Then, you can actually try the various adapters before buying.

I'm guessing such a thing might cost a dollar or two at a swap-meet, but perhaps $10-$20 if bought new.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thank you, it is the nikon pins fouling on the flat bottom rails, the flashgun goes in but is very difficult to remove. \$\endgroup\$
    – gumdrop
    Commented Jun 16, 2022 at 9:46
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    \$\begingroup\$ Jan Steinman, your answer made me think, and I remembered I had three Stitz Bounce head hot shoes. I located them and removed the stop pins. I tried all three and one of them accepted the Nikon SB60 shoe with no problem and is a good firm fit, easy to remove as well! Thank you for the memory jog. \$\endgroup\$
    – gumdrop
    Commented Jun 16, 2022 at 10:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ Glad I could help! \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 17, 2022 at 18:25

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