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Hot shoe loose

Camera hot shoe metal plate has come loose, causing intermittent problems firing flashgun.

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  • akp169 Feb 23, 2008

    Thanks, you've just saved me two sixty mile round trips and £40 at the camera repair shop and I wont have to hire a body to get some work done in between.

  • Anonymous Apr 05, 2009

    Thanks for the tip.  I used your advise to fix my 1ds mk II with the same problem.  It took 5 minutes and two small screwdrivers.  I think it saved me a hundred bucks and loss of use for a week and a half.  Thanks again.


    From California, USA.
    Devin

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Canon typically hides the screws under the metal plate on the shoe itself. You have to free it at the front and slide it back to get access to the screws holding the shoe

Posted on Feb 23, 2008

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    Kevin Pettit Feb 23, 2008

    Excellent, be pleased with the fact you have a Canon. Nikon puts their retaining screws for the hot shoe on the inside. Cheers

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Brilliant Saved me £120 fee at fixation in london.

As a little more clarity:- the cover over screws is quite thin and there is a small hole (2mm diameter) in it: centre towards the front of the camera. If you insert the sharp object in that hole and gently lift and slide the cover off to reveal screws.... you will need mini phillips screw drivers as they are small screws....... took about 3 mins to fix.

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I had the same problem and fixed it within a few minutes' time. I'd like to clarify the process a bit, however. To "free it at the front," it's best to insert small sharp object and LIFT a small amount. Then slide the thin metal plate backwards to reveal the four tiny screws. My 580 EX II now fires properly. Thanks very much!

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