Olympus flash shoe question

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Rowan Malin, Oct 7, 2005.

  1. Rowan Malin

    Rowan Malin Guest

    Here's a question for any Olympus OM-series camera lovers out there:
    Do you:
    A) Keep the flash and hot-shoe together, attaching the shoe to the
    camera when required, or
    B) Keep the hot-shoe on the camera and mount/dismount the flash when needed?

    I'm trying to decide whether the wear and tear on the shoe (including
    the almost universal stress-cracks) could be alleviated by leaving it on
    the flash. Of course, this does mean that you need one flash/shoe/camera
    combination for each possible configuration!

    Cheers,
    Rowan
     
    Rowan Malin, Oct 7, 2005
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  2. G'day Rowan,
    I leave the hot-shoes on my OM's and only change when I use the
    "odd" shoe for the T32 and grip cable connection.
    Cheers,
    Julian

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    Julian Mattay, Oct 7, 2005
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  3. Rowan Malin

    Rowan Malin Guest

    Thanks Julian.

    Have you by any chance found a way of strengthening the hot shoes? Even
    though they work, all of mine (from 1 to 4) are cracked or damaged in
    some way, and they're becoming harder to find, and more expensive. I use
    T32 flashes, but don't have the grip - does this work well for you?

    Cheers,
    Rowan

    PS - Last week I managed to break the entire shoe-attachment part of a
    T32 off and left it dangling by the wires! A bit of super-glue and we
    were back in business. Ironically, the shoe wasn't damaged at all.
     
    Rowan Malin, Oct 7, 2005
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  4. G'day Rowan,
    Perhaps I'm a 90kg weakling as I've never broken a shoe but
    I'll check for cracks over the weekend; I suppose now they'll
    fall off in my hands 8-(. I might have a few spare shoes,
    probably #1's. If you're interested, drop me an email at the
    address below. The grips I find indispensable for many
    reasons:
    a) bounce,
    b) moving the flash off the axis of the lens,
    c) much larger batteries for longer life
    (I have them for the 310 and the T32)
    They do add a fair bit of bulk to camera though.
    Cheers,
    Julian

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    Julian Mattay, Oct 7, 2005
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  5. Rowan-

    I recently found that my T32 had come apart after being stored on the
    bounce grip for a few years. I can see where screws that assembled the
    bottom module to the body of the flash had pulled out of their threaded
    holes.

    To my knowledge, the flash had not been exposed to any violence. It
    appears to be a weakness in the T32 design to have used such finely
    threaded screws in plastic. It may or may not not be similar to the
    failure you experienced.

    Fred
     
    Fred McKenzie, Oct 13, 2005
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  6. I leave the shoe on the camera.
     
    Michael Weinstein, Oct 13, 2005
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  7. Rowan Malin

    Rowan Malin Guest

    Thanks Fred. Your description matches exactly what I saw. Those screws
    certainly are tiny, and fine-threaded. Did you repair yours?

    Rowan
     
    Rowan Malin, Oct 14, 2005
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  8. Rowan-

    Not yet. Your Super Glue approach may be the best way to go. Otherwise I
    may look to see if there is any option for some kind of threaded insert to
    screw the original screws into.

    In the mean time, I also have a small T-20 flash to use in its place.

    Fred
     
    Fred McKenzie, Oct 15, 2005
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