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Question for those unfortunate few who have snapped your hotshoe thingy...
Old 08-23-2004, 04:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just dropped the Canon at a shoot today and the 550 was on the hotshoe and the piece on the flash which slides into the hotshoe mount snapped on both sides.

Have any of you ever tried to have that repaired? If so, what did it cost?
Thanks for any responses, need to know whether I need to bite the bullet and just buy a new one.

ugh! what a f-ing bummer....
 
 
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Ouch!

While I've been fortunate not to experience that with my 550, I've gone through my fair share of Vivitar 283 hotshoe do-jobbies in my day. In those cases I called Vivitar and ordered the part and reinstalled it myself -- basically soldering 2 wires. Hopefully that will be as easy for you with Canon.

I'd also make sure that the thing still fires before going to the effort. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

Good luck with it,
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Haven't had anything like that happen but these Zing straps will save your life..

http://www.tiffen.com/Zing_straps_boing.htm


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Re: Question for those unfortunate few who have snapped your hotshoe thingy...
Old 08-23-2004, 11:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I haven't changed a Canon hot shoe but I've chaged a couple Nikon hot shoes. The shoes for the Nikon 24-28 series flashes are about $20 each and there are a bunch of screws and 6 pins and springs that you MUST get back in the right order. But it's simple enough, I don't think the Canon would be much different.
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If your talking about the 550's hotshoe mount and not the cameras then the parts are about $15.00. You can do it yourself or have a camera shop do it they'll tack on another $25-35 for their effort.

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Re: Question for those unfortunate few who have snapped your hotshoe thingy
Old 08-24-2004, 08:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Well, youy should look into the cost of what a used one costs now...because of the announcement of the 580EX...which will run for $480.00 (rip off IMO)

The cost of repairing your flash might be worth it..over buying a new one all together..

I had a similar problem at a sporting event a few years ago but in my situation, the head...where it swivels on my 540EZ broke loose after some idiot insisted running out of the bleachers to catch a pop-fly ball which was coming down over where my camera bag was laying...and stuck his fat assed foot right into my camera bag! [censored]! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] .....it was a good flash... oh well...what are you going to do.. I had to replace that one...the cost of repairing that was more that it was worth..

P.S. he didn't even catch it..

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First, thanks to ALL who responded. I found very few places in NYC who would repair the flash on premises. Even the Flash Clinic wouldn't do it. I finally found a place called Photo Tech who did it while I waited, and for only $45.

Their number is 212-673-8400

 
 
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