Camera Hotshoe Cover

by antijon, published

Camera Hotshoe Cover by antijon Apr 23, 2011

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Practically all SLRs (and many lesser cameras) have a mount at the very top to accept a strobe. Generally, the camera will ship with a small slip of plastic to slide into the connector, to protect the pins and prevent the connector from accumulating dirt. However, most people lose it within weeks of taking the camera out of the box.

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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I just noticed that this piece, when inserted in an Canon EOS 350D, will disable the internal flash.

It took a while until I understood why the internal flash didn't work :-(

Oct 10, 2014 - Modified Oct 10, 2014

Great, it fits perfectly on my Nikon D7100!

I had low expectations for something so simple, but I'm pleasantly surprised. This printed and fit perfectly and smoothly. Thanks for making the openscad code available as well.

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.

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.