How to clean the hot shoe?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by -MB-, Oct 20, 2003.

  1. -MB-

    -MB- Guest

    I've got a Nikon N60, and it appears I need to clean the contacts on my hot
    shoe. I'm not sure how to go about this, and would appreciate suggestions.
    I searched the web and couldn't find anything I felt was helpful enough; the
    suggestion of taking fine sandpaper to it doesn't sound right.

    -MB-
     
    -MB-, Oct 20, 2003
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    PSsquare Guest

    I just rub it with a pencil eraser, same as any battery contacts. Be sure
    to blow off the rubbings.

    PSsquare
     
    PSsquare, Oct 20, 2003
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    BG250 Guest

    Same here. It revived a non functioning SB18 on an FG. be sure to clean the
    contacts on the flash itself as well. Use an eraser with the grit in it such
    as the pink ones.
    bg
     
    BG250, Oct 20, 2003
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    Alan Browne Guest

    With the camera off, just dab some rubbing alcohol in sparing amounts
    with a q-tip, rub. Use tissue to absorb all the excess afterwards.

    The 'fine sandpaper' might be needed if there is corrosion.
    (discoloration, pitting of the metal).

    If you need to clean the contacts on the shoe, examine also the contacts
    on the flash(es). Discharge the flash and remove batteries before
    cleaning those contacts, as above.

    Alan.
     
    Alan Browne, Oct 20, 2003
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  5. How about a pencil eraser?
     
    Pieter Litchfield, Oct 20, 2003
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  6. I was recommended to use a rubber- although on a group populated largely by
    people speaking U.S. English I would imagine that would cause some
    confusion; lets just say "eraser" and leave it at that.
     
    Martin Francis, Oct 20, 2003
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