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Old Sep 2, 2010, 3:55 PM   #1
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The Pentax flash shoe cover has the flange on the left side cut out, so that inserting it does not press down the spring on that side that depresses a pin. Does anyone know what that pin does? It does not prevent the built-in flash head from being raised. The reason I ask, is that inserting a non-standard cover or an accessory such as a bubble level with a "universal" flash shoe design (with a full length flange) will depress that pin; without a flash mounted, what - if anything - will happen? Should people be careful what they put in the shoe?
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Old Sep 2, 2010, 7:11 PM   #2
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I have used a bubble level in the hot shoe of my K200D. Haven't noticed any difference in the operation of the camera, however, I don't use a flash unit other than the one that is built in.

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Old Sep 2, 2010, 10:23 PM   #3
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No idea - I hadn't even noticed there was a pin there. I wonder what the purpose of that pin is?
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Hmmm, no idea but it would sure be nice to know.
Pen, I didn't have any trouble sleeping before you brought this up. but, now...
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Old Sep 3, 2010, 6:14 PM   #5
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Hmmm, no idea but it would sure be nice to know.
Pen, I didn't have any trouble sleeping before you brought this up. but, now...
Just a born troublemaker, I guess.
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Like the others, I never noticed it, and I have no idea what it does. But now that you've pointed it out, I'm very curious.
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My guess is the pin is the hot shoe's method of commincating to the body that there is an external flash attached and to fire it.

GW, I hope this possible explanation will put to rest your sleeping troubles for awhile!
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That's kinda what I was thinking.
Maybe for high speed sync compatible flash?
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Old Sep 5, 2010, 7:54 PM   #9
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Now I am really confused. I observed this white plastic pin on my K100, and assumed, given the same cut down cover on all the hot shoes, that they all had the same pin, but it seems to be absent on the other bodies! So why the cut-out on the hot shoes for all the bodies? Economics? It is even on the *istD, which also lacks the pin, but came before the K100????? Or did I switch covers? Confoozin' but amoozin' and certainly not earth-shaking, so just what is going on in Pentax land?.
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The cut-out is on all of my dSLR hot shoe covers. I always thought it made it easier to get the cover on and off as the hot shoe is designed to be tight.
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