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Saturday 29 September 2018

Canon DSLR hot-shoe cover

I attempted to make a cover for the hot-shoe of my Canon camera. I'm not sure there's a good reason for having a cover on the flash hot-shoe. I've had cameras for years without any form of cover and they always work when I attach a flash.

There's just something about the exposed contacts, getting dirty, that makes me want to cover them.
Perhaps they just look tidier.

I have modified a cover so that it does not stop the built in flash working, however, I've been using it for less than a week and unfortunately I keep knocking it out. Being held on only one side, the slightest brush past is enough to dislodge it.

I'm going to put this down as a fail and leave this note to help other who may have the same idea.

Small plastic covers are available in multi-packs on e-bay for next to nothing. The trouble is that my Canon 750D has a micro-switch that stops the internal flash popping up, if something is in the hot-shoe slot.

The micro-switch is only on one side so my simple solution was to remove enough of the plastic on that side to prevent the switch being depressed.

Sadly it is not secure enough, so this idea has been abandoned.


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