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PENTAX Hot Shoe Adapter F

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PENTAX Hot Shoe Adapter F

PENTAX Hot Shoe Adapter F
PENTAX Hot Shoe Adapter F

This adapter slides into the hot shoe. A flash can then be attached to the top, and a F5P flash cable can be attached to the side allowing for wired multi-flash operation.

The adaptor has five pins (incl. ground) and can thus be used in connection any PENTAX flash.

This adaptor blocks the pop-up flash. A Hot Shoe Adapter FG is available for attaching a cable while retaining the use of the pop-up flash.
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Registered: December, 2012
Location: Spring Branch, Tx
Posts: 351
Review Date: April 16, 2018 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $19.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Works with my AF400T and my K-3II
Cons: agree with everything else Steve said'

Not only does the AF400T [4P] sync with this 5P pass thru [on auto or manual, no TTL] but I also can use my AF360FGZ and the AF400T together, both set on manual modes. This is the tricky part, had to play around with AF360 settings to get both flashes to fire in sync,
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Registered: March, 2007
Location: Vancouver (USA)
Posts: 31,245
Review Date: February 27, 2018 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $29.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Works, relatively low profile
Cons: Build, fit, no shoe lock, list price


This accessory works as a pass-through hot shoe adapter with 5P cable fitting to allow attachment of a 5P cable (three sizes: short (1m), medium (2m), long (3m)) for remote wired device operation while retaining support for on-camera devices. Construction is plastic body with plastic foot, metal hot shoe and metal 5P fitting. A plastic cap is supplied for the 5P fitting. Supports all Pentax flash types supported by the host hot shoe.

27mm x 32mm x 28mm (L x W x H, w/cable cap fitted)

  • Works
  • Relative compact
  • Universal Pentax flash/hot shoe support

  • Plastic build, including foot
  • No locking provision for foot
  • High list price ($64.95 USD, 26 Feb '18)

  • Interferes with built in flash on most Pentax bodies
  • Works as a true pass-through. As a result it does not provide isolation from high-trigger voltage. There may also be a hazard to other attached devices if mounted to a conductive metal cold shoe.
  • Not compatible with 4P Sync Cord models

In Use

When mounted to some cameras with some users, the rear "bump" may make it hard to put one's eye to the viewfinder. That is a small matter, but may be important if being used with some vintage cameras where the hot shoe may be located further to the rear.

Pass-through connectivity works as expected as does the 5P cable connection. I tested on my Pentax KX (std hot shoe), Super Program (analog TTL), and K-3 (digital P-TTL), and dedication/feature support was the same as with a direct mount to the hot shoe on all three cameras. That being said, fit of the plastic foot is such that several degrees of twist movement is possible as is a fair amount of forward-back "rocking" play on all three bodies. Proper alignment of the contacts could be compromised if the adapter is askew.

Build is typical for hot shoe accessories meaning construction and materials similar to a generic hot shoe/pc port adapter at a price point below $15. By comparison, Vello makes a dedicated pass-through i-TTL (Nikon) adapter with PC for less than half the list price of the Hot Shoe Adapter F and provides a metal foot with locking mechanism on their unit. Sadly, the Pentax adapter has no tightening wheel or foot lock provision despite such being the norm for most accessory hot shoe adapters even at the lowest price point. A prominent exception is the Wein Safe-Sync. Despite an intentionally tight fit, reviews of that device also note the lack of a lock and subsequent wobble.

Due to the loose fit on-camera and lack of a lock, I would have serious reservations about using the Hot Shoe Adapter F with the Sync Cord F 5P (L) (three meters (9') of heavy cable) or in situations where the adapter or attached flash or cable might be subjected to stress. My take is that it is not robust enough for professional use and that care should be taken before using the hotshoe with other than a lightweight flash.

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Registered: August, 2011
Location: Brisbane
Posts: 4

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Review Date: December 5, 2011 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $29.95 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Made in Japan, good craftmanship

I recently purchased this hot shoe adapter off ebay and although have not yet had a chance to use it, it looks sturdy and made with good workmanship. I intend to hook it up with the Off camera hot shoe and sync cord F .
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