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PENTAX Hot Shoe Grip

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PENTAX Hot Shoe Grip

PENTAX Hot Shoe Grip
PENTAX Hot Shoe Grip

Not in production.

Grip for hand-holding or tripod mounting a TTL (or older flash). The hot shoe has 4 contacts (incl. ground), and is thus not suitable for a P-TTL flash which requires 5 contacts. The grip has two connectors for 4P synch cords, one could be connected to the camera, the other to a second flash. The grip has a switch which disables automatic setting of synch speed thus permitting slow synch flash photography.

The grip is compatible with the clamp and brackets from the AF 400T flash.

The grip has room for spare batteries and a synchro cord inside.
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Registered: September, 2017
Location: South Wales
Posts: 388
Review Date: September 12, 2017 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Slow sync switch, socket for 4P Multicord
Cons: None, it is what it is

This oddity is a handle with a hot shoe on top (three contacts, M-series era), two flash lead sockets (for a Pentax 4P Multicord), a slow sync switch on the side, and a tripod screw socket on the bottom. With a flash unit on top it looks like a stick grenade.

Otherwise, it has three purposes that I can think of :

1) To carry an untethered flash unit around the interior of a large dark building "light painting", while the camera is left on a tripod on "B" (long exposure).

2) To hand-hold a flash unit connected to the camera by a flexible lead in order to hold and aim aim the flash wherever you want.

3) To create a hammerhead flash set-up using a flash bar/bracket and a flash unit connected to the camera.

Ideally the connection from the camera to the grip should be made with a Pentax 4P lead. I have also used an unbranded hot-shoe connection lead between the camera hotshoe and a hot foot sandwiched between the grip and the flash unit (as pictured).

When using a 4P Multilead, the grip's "Slow Speed Sync" switch can disconnect the signal that the flash unit would send to the camera to set the latter at its sync speed. This allows the camera to be used at slower speeds with flash - "Slow Sync". This is a feature that the Pentax flash units of the time lacked themselves.

Another reviewer said that he could store batteries and leads inside, and that the tripod socket was weak. I have not found a way to get inside of mine, so I wonder if there are different versions. Mine is not weak at all, although if the bottom cap were removable maybe that would be a weakness.

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Registered: May, 2009
Location: Southern California
Posts: 10

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Review Date: January 21, 2014 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $15.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Versatile- has auto-synch off switch, room for batteries or short cords inside the grip; allows easy off-camera flash, either handheld, attached to a bracket, or attached to a tripod/monopod.
Cons: A little fat for me to grip comfortably- very minor. Tripod socket in the bottom cap could be better reinforced.

I have several of these. They are very useful for macro work-- sometimes I have an AF280T flash on a grip attached to a bracket with the grip tilted forward, and the flash head swiveled and tilted exactly as I want: I can get very close to the subject with a very stable setup.
Sometimes I hand-hold the grip for ease of changing angle, or to supplement one on a bracket. I have also used it on a monopod held forward to illuminate a background or held high to provide overall illumination. With its two cord sockets it's easy to chain together several flashes, all TTL controlled.

I also use it a lot for off-camera flash for people shots, either on a bracket attached to a camera or holding it above my head to provide the angle of light I want (or both together).

I can stash batteries inside the handle, or store 1-meter TTL cords inside it.

My only concern is that the tripod socket on the bottom cap is not strongly reinforced. It's fine so long as it's tightly attached, but if it were loose much at all and subjected to any rocking movement the plastic around it could crack. I wish they had added some more material around it, then made the grip body a little longer so it could still accommodate spare batteries.
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Registered: November, 2010
Location: Johannesburg
Posts: 160
Review Date: December 6, 2012 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Adds off-shoe flash functionality
Cons: Bulky

This is a great accessory for the older manual focus film bodies. It allows you to position a flash anywhere else (with a 4P connectiong cable).
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