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Dead hotshoe?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Lurch, May 2, 2014.

  1. Lurch

    Lurch Hi, I'm a gear addict

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    Apr 21, 2014
    Canberra, Australia
    Jason
    So tonight I finally had some time to play with flashes + the new E-M5.
    Not so great :(
    The little accessory flash works fine, but anything thats hot-shoe only; nada.
    Tried a Yongnuo 568EX in manual mode
    CowboyStudio triggers

    But nothing will fire.
    Both will do an imprumptu flash when putting on the camera if the camera and flash are on; but other than that - nada.

    I think I have a dead hotshoe.
    THoughts?

    (PS; both work fine on my EP3)
     
  2. Reflector

    Reflector Mu-43 Veteran

    406
    Aug 31, 2013
    I've heard that the paint on the E-M5's hotshoe will prevent a proper circuit on some flashes, so you may need to mount and unmount the flash a few times to let the contact points scrape off a little of the paint.
     
  3. Lurch

    Lurch Hi, I'm a gear addict

    118
    Apr 21, 2014
    Canberra, Australia
    Jason
    Tried that. Even hit it with the tiniest bit of 1200 sand paper. Nada.
    What is odd is that withe trigger off the camera it will fire the receiver. Put it on the camera and nothing.


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  4. Reflector

    Reflector Mu-43 Veteran

    406
    Aug 31, 2013
    Sounds like you'll have to send it in for warranty work. I know my Nikon SB-800 left marks on the first few mountings before it reliably fired on my E-M5 and I have heard reports that the paint does indeed come off on some parts that make contact with the shoe for a ground and that sometimes that causes some flashes not to fire until it comes off, so if that isn't the case then the hotshoe probably does have something wrong with it...
     
  5. Lurch

    Lurch Hi, I'm a gear addict

    118
    Apr 21, 2014
    Canberra, Australia
    Jason
    I just did a comparison test with the E-P3 and a multimeter.
    Between the main pin and the side connector:
    EP-3 = open circuit
    E-M5 = closed circuit.

    I think its fooked :(