af540gz flash stuck to k-20 : How can I remove it?

Started Sep 7, 2009 | Discussions thread
Lucky Sky Senior Member • Posts: 1,795
Re: af540gz flash stuck to k-20 : How can I remove it?

james laubscher wrote:

This is useful information about a problem design. I'm surprised that no-one else has reported this.

What is the point of the locking pin? I've used flashes for years without such pins and they've never fallen off.


This was reported extensively here about 2 years ago. I was quite grateful for that previous thread as it showed me the only way to mount a Pentax flash on my K20D.

1) I feel that use of the locking pin is unnecessary because the flash fits so tightly into the flash shoe.

2) If I care to lock the flash using the pin, I ensure that the flash itself is firmly pushed as far as it will go into the shoe, and then visually check that it's mounted correctly, and then I can use the locking pin without fear.

The trick is the visual check before using the locking is so easy to give the flash a firm push onto the shoe, only to see when checking that it has a slight distance yet to travel before the flash is fully mounted as designed. And that's where people run into trouble.
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