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03-10-2020, 12:44 PM   #16
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Read somewhere a ways back that Pentax considers the hot shoe cover (on their DSLRs) an important part of their weather resistant sealing.
That is strange, because one may readily see daylight through the gaps at the rear.


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Maybe it also keeps the shoulders of the hotshoe from getting dented inwards.
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even if I could find one, I wouldn't buy this one

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How did I miss this one! Very cool, but it's likely that I wouldn't go for one either!

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That is strange, because one may readily see daylight through the gaps at the rear.


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Yeah, yah gotta wonder about that too.

03-10-2020, 01:50 PM   #20
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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Steve* Ironically, the hot shoe is never hot unless a hot foot is inserted.
Thanks, Steve. Let me clarify that to "power to OR THROUGH the shoe". In all cases the contacts should be isolated until the shutter is active.


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Other than helping to keep the contacts clear of dust, dirt and other contaminants to function of the cover is probably more cosmetic than any thing else. The proliferation of "designer" covers with logos or artwork on them would seem to reinforce this idea. Also the asymmetric layout of contacts and locking pin openings may not seem all that aesthetic to some people.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pepperberry farm Quote
I keep a spirit level in my hot shoe, rather than the actual cover...
That is what I have on my K3, although it doesn't need it. It was on my K10D, and got transferred when I upgraded.

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QuoteOriginally posted by blackcloudbrew Quote
Read somewhere a ways back that Pentax considers the hot shoe cover (on their DSLRs) an important part of their weather resistant sealing. I also vaguely recall that somebody here was rejected a warranty repair due to water damage - they said - was caused by the lack of a covered hot shoe. So...before that and since then, I have always made sure to 1) keep my hot shoes covered, and 2) buy them in bulk keeping a extra one around. Furthermore, also having lost my fair share of them, I get quite insane about where I put them when I take them off.
Looking at the K-7 parts list and service manual it can be seen that there is weather sealing around the hot shoe as well as the screws and electrical connections going into the hot shoe. There are no gaskets, grommets or o-rings externally that would seal the cover.

Put the notion that the cover plays a part in weather sealing as misinformation or false assumptions.

In the parts diagram below for the K-7 SX-W in indicates where the sealing is applied:


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Get some rubber bubble level ones on eBay and and put one in each of your bags...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Not a Number Quote
Looking at the K-7 parts list and service manual it can be seen that there is weather sealing around the hot shoe as well as the screws and electrical connections going into the hot shoe. There are no gaskets, grommets or o-rings externally that would seal the cover.

Put the notion that the cover plays a part in weather sealing as misinformation or false assumptions.

In the parts diagram below for the K-7 SX-W in indicates where the sealing is applied:
Not sure if I see that, but I will bow to your wisdom here. Interesting.
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@aslyfox There’s an MZ-S era Pentax camera strap that has small snap pockets about 12” above the two ends. They are perfectly sized to hold the Flash shoe cover, an extra SD Card or a remote. I grab one whenever they

show up on eBay.
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
Pentax camera strap that has small snap pockets
yep...these are pretty nice....have a couple from ZX-50s which were for the shoe cover and the VF cover which I have in use on K-r & K-50.....sadly I only have 1 eye piece cover
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I have lost so many flash shoe covers over the years I swear there is a elfin sprite living under my house that resides in a subterranean abode made of them.

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I swear there is a elfin sprite living under my house that lives in a subterranean abode made of them.
Well, coming from somebody whose scientific rationalism I'vealways respected,Ihave to take that hypothesis seriously ...
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When I get a new camera I take the hot shoe cover off immediately and stick it in the box for safe keeping. They aren't sealed and just are a tiny part to get lost. If you get dirt or water on the hot shoe cover, just wipe it off as soon as you notice it (and obviously before using an external flash).
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