Camera Hotshoe Cover
by antijon, published
This was just a simple experiment with OpenSCAD and the Thing-O-Matic. Taking a hot-shoe cover I still had, adding a caliper, and seeing how well I could approximate one made by the original manufacture. It fits rather snuggly.
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The point of this hotshoe cover is not really for dust, but rather to protect the integrity of the hotshoe itself. Without a hotshoe protector, if you accidentally hit the camera right at the hotshoe, it'll easily bend/warp. The hotshoe attempts to prevent damage from these accidents.
This is a great addition to any Camera with a pop-up flash. Putting a plate like this in the hot shoe prevents the popup flash from "popping up" if you press the "flash" button.
This is a very useful feature, especially on smaller DSLR bodies (like the Canon EOS100D) where due to the small form factor the "flash" button is easily pressed by mistake.
Getting plates in different colours also helps to quickly spot which camera is yours, usefull in the photography classes I take where there are ten camera's on a table and due to the bright green plate I can quickly spot which one is mine.
Actually this piece of plastic means nothing for hotshoe. I think that other small buttons on camera are more vulnerable to dust than this pins on hotshoe. Even if you are working at eg. bakery or at dust collecting site. At the end you will probably change camera every year or two so this PIOS is useless, you just have one more operation to put flash on camera.
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