RX1 dead hotshoe

Started Jan 18, 2013 | Discussions thread
Roger65
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Re: RX1 dead hotshoe
In reply to barjohn, Jan 19, 2013

barjohn wrote:

Thanks for the info. I ran into the same problem. I just assumed that the flash was not inserting far enough to make proper contact but did not check very closely. I'll have another look.

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That's what I thought at first too. I got my multimeter out and found the problem. Upon closer inspection I see my Vivitar 283 will never work with the RX1 unless I scrape off some paint from the underside of the hot shoe groove. Not sure I want to alter a $3k camera to accomodate a $50 flash. I got the ebay cheapie flash to work just by bending it's grounding spring out enough to contact the hot shoe. It grounds on the inside surface of the hotshoe, the 283 on the underside. Hard to explain but easy to see. Look for the silver part of the black hotshoe clamp. If your flash doesn't have metal contacting that area, it won't fire. Now I am on the hunt for a cheap flash with bounce capability that will work

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