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Re: How strong is the hotshoe?
« Reply #15 on: September 01, 2013, 08:53:33 AM »
As stated, the hotshoe is strong but the base of the flash will break off. It's actually designed to do so as a planned failure point...
I've snapped the break-point on 580EXII on two occasions. On both occasions CPS repaired the flashes in 10 minutes while I waited. Once for free.

It's sound design. I severely damaged a Nikon film body and totalled a Nikon SB-26 flash some years ago. Both items were write-offs. If there had been a break-point in the flash, the outcome may have saved the body.

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Re: How strong is the hotshoe?
« Reply #15 on: September 01, 2013, 08:53:33 AM »

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Re: How strong is the hotshoe?
« Reply #16 on: September 01, 2013, 10:18:53 AM »
For all of the "dumb" comments out there, I find it easy to mistakenly grab the camera setup by the attached flash.

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Re: How strong is the hotshoe?
« Reply #17 on: September 01, 2013, 10:26:36 AM »
With the 70-200 defenitiv Not!
 but 7D and 50mm 1.4 sometimes get grabbed by the Flash and I never hat a Problem with that.
The Part that holds the hotshoemount is the desingend breakingpoint, but it is not that fragile.

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Re: How strong is the hotshoe?
« Reply #18 on: September 01, 2013, 11:14:14 AM »
Never ever ad any problems with this since early 90th.
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Re: How strong is the hotshoe?
« Reply #19 on: September 01, 2013, 11:38:05 AM »
I was hoping this was about the Lava photographer

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Re: How strong is the hotshoe?
« Reply #20 on: September 01, 2013, 11:39:47 AM »
just save yourself the worry and pick your rig up by the body handle.  that's a lot of weight to bear for such a small contact point.  Is it really THAT much more work to do that?  or pick it up by the lens. 

I don't think it's a dumb question to ask but it does sound like you should take care of your gear with a little more thought.  Who wants to risk not only breaking the bottom of a $600 flash but also dropping over $3500 worth of gear along with it?  not me...
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Re: How strong is the hotshoe?
« Reply #21 on: September 01, 2013, 09:22:25 PM »
For the record, I don't own any lens that is as heavy as the 70-200 2.8. I asked this question only out of curiosity. I have a pretty reliable shoulder strap so I never had to grab the flash. Now that I hear these real stories I wouldn't want to risk my body and lenses (even though I don't own 70-200 2.8.) Thanks for all the comments.
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Re: How strong is the hotshoe?
« Reply #21 on: September 01, 2013, 09:22:25 PM »

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Re: How strong is the hotshoe?
« Reply #22 on: September 03, 2013, 08:28:29 PM »
Hi Folks.
For the dumb question responses, please don't be like that, if we all start asking ourselves is my question going to be classed as dumb we will all loose out!
I have a question that I was already pondering asking in case it was dumb, now I may not ask for fear of ridicule, I probably will ask it because of the philosophy I have when I am dealing with my specialist field.

There is no such thing as a dumb question, just one you don't know the answer to.  ::)

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Re: How strong is the hotshoe?
« Reply #23 on: September 03, 2013, 10:38:41 PM »
I don't feel offended by that particular comment(being called dumb). What I care about is getting my answers and being able to grow. I believe I have learned a great deal ever since I found this forum. My friends begin to notice a drastic change in the quality of my images. There are plenty of humble individuals on CR who are willing to share their knowledge, and these are the people I want to learn from. I'm just an honest amateur who is trying to get the most out of my gear. I don't need to pretend to be a know-it-all right now.
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Re: How strong is the hotshoe?
« Reply #24 on: September 03, 2013, 11:59:12 PM »
Grab a kit by a flash and your flash will be destroyed...

Depends on the kit.  I grab and carry by the 600EX-RT...when I have one of my flashes mounted on the EOS M + 22mm f/2.   :)

I think the 600EX also qualifies as the heavier or more expensive component.  Glad to see I'm not the only one who does this with the M+22 combo.  I mean really - what else is there to hold it by.
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Re: How strong is the hotshoe?
« Reply #24 on: September 03, 2013, 11:59:12 PM »