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NEX-Proshop creates 'Shadow' ISO hotshoe adapter for NEX

By dpreview staff on May 23, 2012 at 18:48 GMT

Accessory maker NEX-Proshop has launched its "Shadow' ISO hotshoe adapter for Sony's NEX series of mirrorless cameras. The adapter screws into the NEX accessory port and adds a standard hotshoe and PC-Sync socket. It is designed for use with radio flash triggers (as the NEX accessory port is not designed to support a full-size flashgun), allowing much more flexible flash use with the NEX cameras. The adapter is available now for a cost of $79.99.

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Total comments: 25
ponsoteneo
By ponsoteneo (Jul 20, 2012)

the product I got from the Asia shop had built it completely wrong! The flash contact points were worlds apart! (well, figuratively speaking) And the screw mount is loose!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29427508@N04/7437493676/

But I was able to fix it manually with solder and tape as shown here.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29427508@N04/7607450052/

Buy at your own risk! It works fine now though... But when you buy, don't expect too much from build quality!!

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rich889
By rich889 (Jun 12, 2012)

Received it yesterday and tested it today. The unit itself is not flimsy , actually quite a solid piece. Works great triggering my old Minolta 320 flash with the Sony NEX5n via a PC cord (set to Aperture Priority or Manual). The only problem is the screw that tightens the unit to the camera is a bit too short and not slotted, merely a knurled edge. So getting it securely on is not easy or quick. And forget about balancing a flash unit on the Shadow NEX hot-shoe (unless it's small). A large speedlight will loosen the connection to the camera by its weight, again because getting the screw securely tighten remains tenuous. But via a PC cord connection it works great. For me it means being able to use my old flashes with the NEX5n.

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slagan
By slagan (Jun 1, 2012)

Delicate. Everything looks too lightly

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lovemydogs
By lovemydogs (May 28, 2012)

is there any way to make this work with the Nex C-3?

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Heather Protz
By Heather Protz (May 28, 2012)

Truly, a shooter's delight.

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photogeezer99
By photogeezer99 (May 26, 2012)

It will not fit on the new nex 7. The nex 7 takes the standard sony hot show that slides on to the camera. There is no place that green thing to fit in. B&H has one for $20 .

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Deleted pending purge
By Deleted pending purge (May 25, 2012)

This contact looks rather flimsy, anyway. IMO, it should have been created more along the lines of USB instead of having its most sensitive part exposed like his. Whichever accessory is meant to be repeatedly used and removed should be as sturdy as possible.

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electronbee
By electronbee (May 26, 2012)

The contact is pretty solid. It's PCB about 1mm thick which is enough to keep it in place. But, yes, Sony should have put more thought into this interface but it - the port - carries both digital and analog information which is why it is what it is.

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Rodolfo R
By Rodolfo R (May 25, 2012)

Could somebody explain the differencies between this $80 adapter and all chiness adapters for $ 16 you can find in ebay? for me ther's no difference at all.

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olyflyer
By olyflyer (May 24, 2012)

I want one for the Nikon V1... pleeeeaaaassssssse, start making it.......

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ebosch
By ebosch (May 24, 2012)

it's marvelous that sony didn't make this themselves.

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Tom Caldwell
By Tom Caldwell (May 24, 2012)

I guess dpreview just report product available here, not endorse them.

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dtmoody
By dtmoody (May 23, 2012)

What would you do for a Klondike Bar?

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Nikonworks
By Nikonworks (May 23, 2012)

Remember, as in 'Don't Forget', what Sony did to the flashes on the F828 and R1.

This is the main reason I did not got Nex.

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fabianbono
By fabianbono (May 23, 2012)

We are analyzing this shoe on:
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1042&message=41300051

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Neodp
By Neodp (May 23, 2012)

That is why I would not consider that Sony camera line.

This is why I would not consider Sony, altogether, anyway. Just Google "Sony rootkit". We will never forget what Sony did.

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El Matadurr
By El Matadurr (May 23, 2012)

Yes, because we all know that their imaging department and music CD department are one and the same. Your logic is sound indeed.

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Stephen123
By Stephen123 (May 24, 2012)

Sony Electronics has actually been in court on the opposite side from Sony Music on issues of fair use and overzealous copyright actions.

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Juraj Lacko
By Juraj Lacko (May 23, 2012)

ok lets wait for chinese version for tenner

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richg101
By richg101 (May 24, 2012)

this is chinese. cheapskate

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John Bean (UK)
By John Bean (UK) (May 23, 2012)

Judging by the photographs the quality of materials and finish is disappointing for an expensive adapter like this, it reminds me of the Sonia programmable optical flash trigger I currently use with my NEX, best described as "agricultural" - functional, quite tough but very, very crudely finished.

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electronbee
By electronbee (May 26, 2012)

It's well made. Comes in a foam padded box, injection molded plastic, CNC'd PCBs and the build quality of the inside PCBs is done well. It's not at all like what you would see inside a Seagull or other $10-$20 adapter.

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RussellInCincinnati
By RussellInCincinnati (May 23, 2012)

Perhaps DPreview should note that this adapter does not cause the current Sony Nex cameras to enter their always-bright-viewfinder mode. This is in contrast to the behavior of a Nex with a Sony Nex flash attached. I.e. when a Nex flash is mounted and activated, the camera can automatically enter a mode where the viewfinder brightness is always reasonable, no matter what manual exposure settings have been made.

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PG Thomas
By PG Thomas (May 24, 2012)

One would have thought that their experience with Betamax / VHS would have made Sony realise the error of their ways. They do the same with Batteries and it just convinces me never to by Sony products. Anyway the Fuji XPro-1 is a better camera and fitted with a standard hot shoe.

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Rodolfo R
By Rodolfo R (May 25, 2012)

Yea, but without dioptries correction on viewfinder. I can't buy a camera without that!.

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