Questions tagged [hotshoe]

The electrically-active mounting point on the top of a camera where a flash might be attached. This tag should be used only for questions specifically about the mounting point and connection, not hotshoe-mounted flash in general.

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How could a hot shoe adapter with a single contact possibly work?

I need a flash extender or flash adapter with the option of connecting a cable to trigger a flash at a distance from the camera. I'm considering the JJC Standard Hot Shoe Adapter. However, when ...
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What is this camera attachment

See image above, it is a right angled bracket of some sort. It has a tripod screw on the bottom, that is adjustable left or right. It is foldable, and on the top part it has a screw-in for a tripod, ...
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Why is my Canon 155A Speedlite not firing from the hotshoe of my Canon AE-1?

The AE-1's hotshoe won't fire the flash from some reason. I have the shutter speed set to 1/60s and my aperture is set to A (auto). The test button on the 155A fires the flash as does shorting two of ...
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Hot shoe pinouts / connections - do any of them provide power?

I've got an idea for a little project that uses the hot-shoe on top of the camera - I'm aware that the standard centre pin / foot connection is a universal thing but it would be useful if I could take ...
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Broken hot shoe for Canon 5D Mk III

I dropped my Canon 5D MkIII camera on the ground while it was attached to my speedlite transmitter (Godox X Pro). Luckily, the camera and lens was okay EXCEPT that the transmitter ripped the hot shoe ...
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Is it safe to hold DSLR with hot shoe mounted top handle?

This is similar to May I hold the DSLR in part by the hotshoe flash? but I'm asking about top handle. Is it safe to hold a camera that may weight more then 2kg with this? I have two lenses one is ~1....
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Simple Explanation of the Hot Shoe Pins on Canon Cameras and Flashes?

I haven't found any thorough documentation about exactly what each pin does and the signalling between a camera (say a T6i) and a flash (say speedlite 600ex-rt ii) looks like. What voltage levels, ...
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Canon EOS 4000D Hot Shoe for Sync (with Studio Flashes)

The external Flash is not showing up in the configuration Menu when using Pixel TF-321 hot shoe. Is this the wrong adapter for that camera, as there is no X connection? I want to trigger a studio ...
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The outer body of my Nikon D7200 is damaged, repair?

I recently dropped my Nikon D7200 off a counter on to concrete due to my carelessness and not checking my tripod before turning around. My question for anyone is that if it is worth it to get the body ...
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Why doesn't the SB 800 fit securily on a Nikon d610 mount shoe?

SB800 speed light doesn't fit securely on my Nikon d610 mount shoe. Is there an adapter available or do I need to purchase a new flash?
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Prolong the lifespan of dslr shoe mount

We are planning to use an external microphone that mounts via shoe mount. The concern is that due continuous mount / dismount procedures we may spoil the shoe mount on the camera one day. In order to ...
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What's the bit that slides into the hot shoe called?

If the metal "U"-bracket on top of an SLR (and similar) camera is called a (hot/cold) shoe, what is the name of it's counterpart (the bit at the base of the flash/accessory)? I just referred to it as ...
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How do Canon DSLRs detect third party flash equipment?

I have a genuine Canon MR-14EX Macro Lite, and also a much cheaper generic-brand copy. They both work very nicely with my Canon EOS 650D, but the camera knows the difference; and somehow prevents the ...
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Can I use a Speedlight 430EX II on my Canon 5D Mark IV?

Can I use a Speedlight 430EX II on my Canon 5D Mark IV (on the camera)? I'm not looking to have it fire other flashes — just want to use it on the camera.
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Pentax K1000 Hotshoe Broken

I have a Pentax K1000 that I've been using for a while with a Neewer TT560 Flash Speedlite via the hotshoe. However, for whatever reason the flash has now stopped firing when the shutter closes. I'...
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PC Sync cable and hot shoe extension cable

Is it possible to use a PC Sync cable and hot shoe extension cable simultaneously? Camera is a Nikon D800e with an SB-700 speedlight. I would use the hot shoe cable for this. I want to add an Impact ...
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What's this device that is attached to the hot shoe?

In this youtube video (High-Tech Photography of Nature in Japan), at this point, what is that device attached to that photographer's camera?
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May I hold the DSLR in part by the hotshoe flash?

When shooting with flash attached, I sometimes hold the DSLR with my left hand like this: Am I at risk of damaging the hotshoe, given that weight of the DSLR and the lens is approximately 50 oz. (1 ...
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Stacking Cactus + PocketWizard?

I'm interested in picking up a Sekonic L-758, and while PocketWizard triggering sounds interesting, I don't want to have to buy the light meter AND two PocketWizards to try it out. It occurred to me ...
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Is it worth using a hotshoe cover?

I notice some models of cameras include a hotshoe cover as standard. But many other brands don't. And they are available to buy as accessories, from about $1 on Ebay for a basic plastic cover. Or up ...
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Which flashes will fit an Olympus Trip 35?

I am looking for an as compact as possible flash that fits my Olympus Trip 35. There is an official one, but it costs several times what the camera is worth. I read up on Hot Shoes on Wikipedia, but ...
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What is the output signal of each pin at hot shoe on a Nikon DSLR?

I want to build my own external flash/ledlight/softbox just for practice and knowledge. What pin gives signal to external flash before a photo is taken? I messured the voltage with DC multimeter A=4....
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What does the hot shoe do when I press the trigger?

I want to know what happens when I press the trigger. What signals are sent to the mount? I'm asking because I want my camera to trigger a flash that I'm building myself.
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Can I use non-Panasonic flashes on the FZ1000's hot shoe?

FZ1000's hot shoe; can I use any flashes? Or can I only use Panasonic flashes? Give me some details about the hot shoe...
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Is the Canon EOS hot shoe the same across camera bodies?

Is the Canon EOS 60D hot shoe the same as the Canon EOS T3i's hot shoe? I want to know if I can use any Canon EOS camera to fire a strobe. The strobe works with EOS 60D.
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How can I trigger two different flash groups in consecutive shots using Yongnuo YN560-IVs?

I have two groups of Yongnuo flashes, the YN-560 IV, a YN-560-TX controller, a RF-605C wireless flash trigger transceiver, and a Sony A7R. Group A contains the main light (two or three YN-560 IVs), ...
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How can I use an on-camera TTL flash with a Yongnuo 605N to trigger my off-camera manual speedlights?

I am using a Nikon D7000. I want to use an SB700 on camera in TTL as well as have my Yongnuo RF-605N trigger my off-camera speedlights in manual. The RF-605N does NOT perform TTL pass-through. I see ...
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Benefit of having a point and shoot on the hot shoe of a DSLR

I have seen several instances of pro photographers who carry around a heavy-duty DSLR with a simple P&S mounted on the hot shoe of the DSLR. Any ideas why they are doing this? My first thought ...
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Why is my Neewer/Godox TT560 flash not firing on the hotshoe of my 70D?

This is my first external flash and I'm not sure if I'm missing anything simple. The flash works in slave mode outside of the camera. But when I mount it in the hotshoe mount I can't get it to fire. ...
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What can I do when a flash is stuck on my Nikon DSLR?

I have been using a Sunpak DigiFlash 3000 mounted on my D3100. Mounting and removing it has not been a problem until today. I mounted and screwed it on the way I usually do, but today it stuck and ...
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Are there any accessories that can protect my camera from high voltage flash guns?

I use some older flashes that have a lot higher trigger voltages and may damage my newer cameras if used in the hot shoe mount. Therefore as a precaution I use the PC sync with them instead and mount ...
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How can I tag my photos with electric compass info giving direction my camera was facing?

I have a survey project where I need to record not only the location, but the direction (bearing and angle of elevation/depression) that the camera was pointing at the time the picture was taken. I ...
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What are the differences and adventages of using a PC Terminal vs Hot Shoe?

It says on Camerapedia that PC Terminal and Hot Shoe are both types of flash sync connections. If that's so, then what are their differences and primary uses? I'm confused about it because I ...
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Can I trigger my own device from a Canon DSLR hotshoe?

I'd like to connect my own device (a device that can record the trace of the camera within the exposure time) with my SLR camera (a Canon EOS 5D markII) through the hot shoe. I need a signal to tell ...
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What are the functions of the extra contact points on a Canon hotshoe?

I am wondering about the 5 contact points on the top of the Canon camera for the flash. The flash I am putting on this camera has only the center contact. What are the functions of all these other ...
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What external flash trigger voltage is safe for the Sony NEX?

I have an NEX-6 and I wanted to use an external flash connected to the hot shoe. I have a canon speed light 580EX I was told I may need to watch out for the different voltages, as the flash may ...
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Do I need a light stand mount specific for Sony shoe?

I'm a hobbyist looking to get into off-camera lighting on a budget. I have a Sony a57. I already have a manual flash that works when attached to the camera. Based on this guide, I'm looking at ...
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What Hot Shoe Accessories are Available for a Canon T3 / EOS 1100D?

Specifically, what hot shoe accessories are available for the T3 / 1100D that use the hot shoe electronics to communicate with the camera (besides flashes)?
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Reliable shutter feedback - Prontor contur (PC) or hotshoe

I use gigapan to take panorama photos. I prefer using autofocus even for panoramas. Sometimes (sky or other homogenous area) the camera fails to find the focus and does not take the photo. Gigapan ...
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Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2 placement on Canon 7D

My understanding is that the GP-E2 will work on the Canon 7D as long as it has the new firmware and connects via USB. Does this mean that it does not need to be on the hotshoe and I can use a flash ...
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How to use in-camera AF light, instead of speedlight AF light?

I have a Nikon D3100 and a Yongnuo YN467 speedlight. What I need is to use thee AF light from the camera body, since I realize it is really better than the speedlight one. Is there any way to achieve ...
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Why does ETTL occasionally fail with my Canon Speedlite 580 EXII?

I have the Canon Speedlite 580EXII for 3-4 years now, and I have used it with a 450D and more recently with a 60D. With both bodies, there was a very weird behavior where ETTL or even TTL will ...
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