Wouldn't your flash just slide out of this PC Adapter?

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  1. gl600

    gl600 TPF Noob!

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    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Adorama-Hot-Shoe-PC-Adapter/dp/B00009R8G3/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1265664499&sr=8-2]Amazon.com: Adorama Hot Shoe to PC Adapter, Single Outlet without Connecting Cord.: Electronics[/ame]

    Maybe I am missing something, it looks like there is nothing from stopping a flash from slipping out.

    This one looks better:
    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Seagull-SC-2-Flash-Adapter-Socket/dp/B00281Y6FO/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1265664499&sr=8-8]Amazon.com: Seagull SC-2 Flash Hot Shoe Adapter with PC Sync Socket: Electronics[/ame]

    Am I missing something?
     
  2. IgsEMT

    IgsEMT No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    when you mount a flash onto the camera, there's a lock that you have to activate to prevent the unit from falling out. same idea is here
     
  3. Big Mike

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

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    It depends on the flash.
    Many hot shoe flashes will have a locking/tightening device that helps to snug up the connection...but it's not a guarantee that your flash won't fall out.
     
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    gl600 TPF Noob!

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    As an example the SB-600 and Sb-800 don't have a clamp or tightening mechanism, they have a tiny bolt that locks it in place... that would be useless for the pc adapter.
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    The first one you linked to has a spring steel bottom that puts upward tension on the speedlight foot.

    The second will let the speedlight fall out in one direction only.

    I use cold shoes that have a screw that is tightened from the side to hold the speedlight in place. I also use some gaffers tape as added insurance.
     

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