Poll: Hot Shoe Cover - Do you have/use one?

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by PhotoXopher, Sep 22, 2009.

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Do you use a hot shoe cover?

  1. Yes

    10 vote(s)
    41.7%
  2. No

    12 vote(s)
    50.0%
  3. I don't know what you're talking about.

    2 vote(s)
    8.3%
  1. PhotoXopher

    PhotoXopher TPF Noob!

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    I noticed my D40, D60, D80 and D90 all came with a hot shoe cover, my D200 did not.

    Is it necessary? Do you use one?

    Here's what I'm talking about:
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  2. Battou

    Battou No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I have a couple and yes I do use them. As for necessary, no, it's just a nice cosmedic peice that makes the hot shoe look nice and smooth

    [​IMG]
     
  3. dizzyg44

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    I don't though I should start using it after I busted my head open the other day when I was taking my camera strap from around my neck.

    I lifted the camera up quickly (d700 w/70-200 2.8) to get the strap off and BAM! corner of the metal hotshoe post got me. My wife cleaned off my camera while I was tending to myself, I think she pulled a tiny little piece of skin off the corner.
     
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    Ouch.

    I have never used one and never had any issues with dirt or debris in the hot shoe... but after hearing that i may start :confused:
     
  5. kundalini

    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    That little piece of plastic will not act as a bumper. You can still take a chunk out of your noggin, especially with that rig dizzyg44 used.... a fair amount of weight.

    I will slap on a flash in a minute and trying to keep up with that cover is a PITA.
     
  6. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Are you sure that is a hot-shoe cover?

    My Canon came with something similar attached to the strap. It's a viewfinder cover, and it's used to cover the viewfinder when you are shooting on a tripod (when your eye is not up against the viewfinder during the exposure) and is to prevent stray light entering through the viewfinder and affecting the exposure.
     
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    Nikon provided both on all of mine.... hot-shoe and viewfinder covers.
     
  8. PhotoXopher

    PhotoXopher TPF Noob!

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    Yeah, I'm sure - all of mine (except the D200) came with both as well.

    Viewfinder cover:
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    Ditto for my D80.
     
  10. dhilberg

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    Same for my D80 and N65 as well. I don't use the covers though.
     
  11. Joves

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    Yes I use one. Fact is I took the one off my D80 and, put it on my D300 before I sold it. I like to keep the dust off of the contacts.
     
  12. PhotoXopher

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    So is it really just for looks? If so, mine is staying in the bag.
     

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