"Two hot shoe devices and alas, only one hot shoe... what to do"
Fort Collins, US
Hopefully this is a no brainer for someone... I know I've seen it but just can't find it on line now. I need a solution for connecting a second hot-shoe mounted device when shooting my rigs. A scenario might be something like running the SU-800 in the actual F6/D3s hot shoe, but wanting to control the rig remotely with the ML-3 IR receiver. I've dangled it down, but it's too unelagent and uncontrolable for me and I know there's a better way. So to be clear, the second hot shoe mount is expected to be a cold shoe; no electronic functionality. That would come from the 10-pin connector in the above scenario.
#2. "RE: Two hot shoe devices and alas, only one hot shoe... what to do" In response to Reply # 1
Fort Collins, US
Close, but not quite. It looks like that solution covers the electronic contacts of the hot shoe itself, rendering them inoperable.
I just got off the phone with Kevin at Kirk Enterprises and he's invented something clever for me. It's a gadget that will slide onto the "unused" portion of my L-bracket and tighten with a set screw. On it there's a plastic cold shoe that will accomodate the ML-3 transceiver head. Other solutions I've seen have been comparatively bulky and cumbersome, requiring arms attaching somehow to the tripod. This is 2 oz. and about the size of a mounting plate for the camera, and can be easily moved from one angle of the L-bracket to the other, depending on what orientation you're shooting - and from one camera to another (that has the Kirk L-bracket). I'm psyched. It's going to work great on both the D3s and the F6.
Many thanks for your link. If you ever need something like this, give Kevin at Kirk Enterprises a call.
It's inexpensive, but based on the reviews it appears to not work well with a L-bracket attached - which is how I use all of my cameras. I can't tell enough from the image they show, but I wonder how well it would accomodate other cold-shoe accessories, like a spirit level - or something of weight/substance like another flash...? I'm going with my Kirk solution.
#5. "RE: Two hot shoe devices and alas, only one hot shoe... what to do" In response to Reply # 0
One of my buddies hauled off and bent up some metal to form a cold shoe that was attached to his Gitzo (which I'd guess is a 1325 or a 3531LS).
I don't use the ML-3 any more, having switched to an RF remote. If I need to use a flash I just let it dangle, but being radio it can easily just attach to anything handy, like Jeff's home-made bracket.
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