Hot Shoe Question

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    I have a Panasonic DMC-FZ8, and it doesn't have a shoe mount (hot or cold). I have one question.

    Is it possible to build/make/buy a hot shoe?

    I really want to use flashes on cam, but I don't have a hot shoe and I was wondering if there was any way to make one.

    I've searched the internet all night with no avail.

    HELP!
     
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    You'll have to buy a flash bracket unless you want to epoxy a cold shoe to the body.
     
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    I'm talking about a HOT SHOE, sorry for any inconvenience.
     
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    Anyone?
     
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    According to the Panasonic website, and a few other sites I found, external flash is not an option. Period.
     
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    That's what I thought, but I was checking anyway.

    It's not impossible, only I guess hot shoe is impossible.

    My digital slave flash works.
     
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    I would recommend the slide-film trick in order to prevent your on-board flash from flattening your shots. Secure a piece of unexposed but developed slide film (should be opaque) over your on-board flash. The slide film will allow IR to pass but hardly any visible light. This way, you can trigger only the external slave.
     
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    Ok, sounds good.

    Do you recommend taping it, and will I be able to close my on board flash with the slide film on it?
     
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    Depends on how often you use the external. If you're using it all the time, it may be easiest just to leave the on-board up with the film taped on there all the time. Otherwise you could tape it on as necessary (though that's a little bit of a pain).
     

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