GF1 Hotshoe Seems a Little Tight

steve

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Alright, it seems alot tight. When I first got my GF1, I tried putting my Canon 430ex flash unit on it, and the flash did not fit on the GF1's hotshoe. I didn't think much of it because I don't expect to use flash on this camera. But yesterday, I tried putting a wireless flash trigger on the GF1 and had to fight to slide it in the hotshoe and fight even more to get it out. Has anyone else had trouble with the size of the GF1 hotshoe?
 

AlanT

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Interestingly enough, I also have a Canon 430EX, and tried putting it on my newly purchased GF1. It's very tight but I did get it attached (and detached, eventually!) - maybe it'll loosen up a bit over time?
 

kskumar

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My GF1 hotshoe is very tight as well. I did some search on the net and this seems to be quite commonplace. Just slide the flash/trigger in and out VERY carefully a couple of times. It will loosen (or the plastic of the flash/trigger gets compacted) and it will be better.
 

steve

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I carefully used pliers to stretch the hotshoe wings a little bit and now it works alot better. Not perfect, but better.
 

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Steve,
The Pen 1 was the same. After I used the VF many times, it became easier. Using a flash, now is not a problem.......takes time to work in....
 

cstevens

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Same here, attaching a Pocket Wizard is very tight. I wish camera manufactures built these things to spec.
 
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ccmsosse

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I did not have this issue with my GF1 but with my M9
On the Leica forum they recommended to use a soft lead pencil as a "lubricant" - just food for thought
 

jhob

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Yes, I found the same with my SB-600, SB-800 and SB-28. I found that the SB-28 was the tightest, just needs a bit of a wiggle to get them on and off.
 

scon4061

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I have the same problem. It's not a bit tight but very tight, ridiculously tight. I've broken my Oly VF1 trying to get of off the GF1 hotshoe. It only went half way in but that was enough, it stuck fast.

Not happy, but its my own stupid fault.
 

speenth

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I am new here - so hello
I did not have this issue with my GF1 but with my M9
On the Leica forum they recommended to use a soft lead pencil as a "lubricant" - just food for thought
Hi' all, my first post in this interesting forum too.

Pencil 'lead' is electrically-conductive graphite and a natural abrasive. I'd worry about finely powdered graphite finding it's way inside my camera or lenses!

That said, I have the same shoe problem. The GF1 hot shoe appears to be made fractionally too narrow. Once I'd fitted my new EVF it couldn't be removed by hand. I resorted to using a chopstick and hammer to literally bash the EVF back out of the shoe!

Like Steve (see above) I've since cautiously opened the hotshoe rails. All seems well now.
 

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