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

Although you can't tell from the image, I suspect that there is a springy bit of metal that supplies the ground, between the flange and the knurled knob. If you have a voltmeter, set it to ohms or ...
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May I hold the DSLR in part by the hotshoe flash?

Like previously stated here by others, the shoe on most camera is pretty stable. However, the bottom of the flash is not as strong and you could very easily break it off. There was a co-work of mine ...
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Is it safe to hold DSLR with hot shoe mounted top handle?

Definitely don't try to support the camera by its hotshoe. It's not designed for it. I don't think you should put anything at all on a hotshoe. Everything is so heavy and all the weight is pushing and ...
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May I hold the DSLR in part by the hotshoe flash?

May I hold the DSLR in part by the hotshoe flash? Yes, you may. Your attached photo perfectly demonstrates that you can hold the camera in this way. Will so holding my camera result in any ...
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Is it worth using a hotshoe cover?

In some cases, using a hotshoe cover prevents the internal flash from popping up. Many Canon models had (currently have? I don't know) a microswitch in the hotshoe rails, that sensed the presence of a ...
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Is it worth using a hotshoe cover?

I've never used a hot shoe cover. I've shot outdoors with various cameras (Mostly Canon since the early 1990s) for several decades and never had an issue with a hot shoe that could be remotely related ...
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What's this device that is attached to the hot shoe?

It is a dot sight that is intended for use with a rifle, and has been adapted for use with a camera. They are useful for finding (and tracking) elusive subjects without having to look through a ...
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Canon EOS 4000D Hot Shoe for Sync (with Studio Flashes)

Unfortunately, your canon EOS 4000D is a very stripped down entry level camera. Looking at your photo of the hotshoe, I now realize that Canon has removed or eliminated the center hotshoe contact. ...
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Why isn't my flash gear working with my Canon R50?

TL;DR. You need an AD-E1 adapter to use most flash gear with an R50. The R50's hotshoe is missing all five of the electrical contacts your flash gear needs to communicate with the camera: It's using ...
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May I hold the DSLR in part by the hotshoe flash?

You are not holding the camera by the flash. You're holding in between them. By putting your fingers between camera and flash, you're exerting extra pressure to separate those two, so the force on ...
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What's the bit that slides into the hot shoe called?

It's called the foot — the thing that goes into a shoe. You can find this in [ISO 518:2006], the standard which describes the... standard... hot shoe. It's not, however, defined there — it's just ...
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How can I tag my photos with electric compass info giving direction my camera was facing?

There exists certain cameras which record this information automatically. The Pentax line of DSLR cameras from at least as far back as the K-5 have saved pitch (elevation) and roll (inclination) ...
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Can I use non-Panasonic flashes on the FZ1000's hot shoe?

The FZ1000 tolerates no more than 24V on the trigger contact (with positive on center). Many vintage flashes may deliver 300V or more. For TTL operation use one of the following: - Olympus FL36 or ...
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May I hold the DSLR in part by the hotshoe flash?

Am I at risk of damaging the hotshoe, given that weight of the DSLR and the lens is approximately 50 oz. (1 400 g)? The shoe itself on most cameras seems sturdy enough that it'd probably take more ...
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What is this camera attachment

Based on the description, it is a flash bracket. A flash can be mounted in the cold shoe and connected to the camera using a sync cord. One use is to allow the use of hot shoe mounted flashes on ...
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How could a hot shoe adapter with a single contact possibly work?

Jan Steinman was right. His answer encouraged me to get the product and there was indeed a contact to the camera ground hidden under the flange. Here is a picture of it:
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Is it worth using a hotshoe cover?

The hotshoe cover is to protect the contacts in the hotshoe from any dirt or water exposure or damage that might be caused during use of the camera. I've lost the hotshoe covers for all my cameras ...
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How do Canon DSLRs detect third party flash equipment?

At a very generic level: There's a small microcontroller in the flash. The CPU in the camera talks to the microcontroller in the flash. If the camera gets the responses it's expecting, it treats it ...
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Simple Explanation of the Hot Shoe Pins on Canon Cameras and Flashes?

Canon considers their flash hotshoe pinout to be proprietary information and does not publicly post it anywhere. Companies like Godox make products by spending a lot of time and engineering expertise ...
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Which pin of canon SL3 hot shoe triggers the flash?

The T7/2000D, T100/4000D, and SL3/250D are all missing the big central sync connector on the hotshoe, which is the ISO standard signal for sync. This basically broke compatibility with any single-pin ...
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Pentax K1000 Hotshoe Broken

Is there any way to fix the hotshot? Hard to say if the hot shoe can be fixed, but it could certainly be replaced. You can find broken K1000's on eBay at very little cost (I saw one lot of four ...
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What does the hot shoe do when I press the trigger?

The large center pin is the main thing (along with the ground connections at the edges) on a standard hot shoe. The smaller pins are for proprietary communication between a specific camera brand and ...
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What is the output signal of each pin at hot shoe on a Nikon DSLR?

The main signal that you want to know about is at the big contact in the middle, labeled X-Sync in your second image. To trigger the flash, the camera shorts this ...
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Prolong the lifespan of dslr shoe mount

Although not the primary purpose for which it is designed, something like this Hot Shoe-to-PC adapter will probably do what you want. Get it in whichever version matches your camera's hot shoe pin ...
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The outer body of my Nikon D7200 is damaged, repair?

The question here really is, does it still work well enough to use. It's never a nice thing to have to balance the cost versus the benefit of spending a lot on fixing something knowing that it will ...
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Canon EOS 4000D Hot Shoe for Sync (with Studio Flashes)

There is a solution - Godox XPRO-C. 70 bucks and I'm able to use the sync! Works with 2000D and 4000D!
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Hot shoe pinouts / connections - do any of them provide power?

The two hotshoe designs with power supply contacts for small accessory flashes are the newer-version micro four-thirds (Panasonic/Olympus) and Fuji hotshoes. The power contact on both of these is ...
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Why is my Neewer/Godox TT560 flash not firing on the hotshoe of my 70D?

The real reason has nothing to do with the LCD/LiveView, that'd be stupid, wouldn't it? The reason is Silent Pictures. Turn it off in the Canon menu (change to "Disable") and it will work in ...
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Is it worth using a hotshoe cover?

Yes, it is worth using a hot shoe cover. It protects the electrical contacts and the "side rails" from damage. They can easily get "pinched" by a slight bit of impact. In some fast working ...
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Is it worth using a hotshoe cover?

I'd recommend using some kind of hotshoe cover (even if it's not OEM) whenever possible. On cameras without a hotshoe cover for extended periods of time, I've had external flashes fail to communicate ...
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