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08-31-2011, 01:19 PM   #1

Hotshoe on a K-5


This is a question for owners of a Pentax K-5 or people very familiar with it. I recently purchased a K-5, but when I removed the hotshoe cover, I noticed what seems like a missing contact button. There are several silver 'buttons' or contacts, and one round hole with no 'button' in there. Is it supposed to be this way? If not, is it easy to fix? I don't have an external flash as yet, so am unable to try out this hotshoe.
Thanks for taking the time to reply, if you happen to know the answer to my question.

08-31-2011, 01:30 PM   #2
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This is normal- the contact in the upper-right corner isn't used, maybe because the K-5 doesn't support TTL flash.

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I believe the hole is what the locking pin of the flash extends into when you mount it.
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Yeah. It's the hole for the locking pin.

09-02-2011, 12:56 PM   #5

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Thank you all for your responses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by SOldBear Quote
Yeah. It's the hole for the locking pin.
Let me add that unless your flash fits loose and needs to be locked in, you might not want to use that feature since some folks on this site have reported the pin mechanism breaking, thus causing the flash to become 'permanently' attached.
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Good point, Tom.

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