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Searching for 'Hot Shoe 4' for OM-2N

George Downing , Mar 10, 2006; 03:25 p.m.

Hi everyone,

I've recently been given my grandfather's OM-2N with various pieces of equipment but the hot shoe for the flash is missing.

I have searched the net extensively for a new/second hand 'Hot Shoe 4' but have not found anything in the UK.

Does anyone have a Hot Shoe 4 that they would be willing to sell or do you know of someone or some company that may be able to help?

Any thoughts or help would be greatly appreciated. (Contact me at the email address below - take out the 'ANTISPAM' part)

Many Thanks, George Downing



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Lex Jenkins , Mar 10, 2006; 05:02 p.m.

I have one ... sort of. The old OM shoes were junk. After several years the plastic has become brittle and crumbles. My shoe is equal parts metal, plastic and superglue. After repairing it three or four times I finally gave up. It won't maintain electrical continuity. Ditto the shoe for my OM-1. If you locate one be sure it works.

James Lai , Mar 10, 2006; 06:50 p.m.

Lex is right, they were junk, but if you want to mount the flash on top of the camera or use TTL flash control you don't have much choice. They do come up on the big auction site fairly regularly but be warned that for such a shoddily made piece of plastic they can get quite expensive. You might be better off buying another OM-2n or an OM-1n with the shoe included and then resell the body. Make sure you get an "n" model, the earlier ones used different shoes.

Another option (if you don't need the TTL flash control) is to buy a flash bracket and use the PC socket instead.

Neil D. , Mar 10, 2006; 08:37 p.m.

I wonder if any enterprising soul has made (or can make) more robust versions of these hot-shoes? If they fit snuggly and didn't damage the camera then I'm sure more than a couple of OM-1/OM-2 users would be interested - and they can't be that hard to make if you have the right tools (which I don't)...

Lex Jenkins , Mar 11, 2006; 02:48 a.m.

Yeh, I've thought of gutting one of my dysfunctional shoes to make an all metal homebrew. The critical part is the post that's inserted into the prism housing. The rest of the shoe can be cobbled together from other parts.

Pentax had an ugly solution for its earlier SLRs, a doodad that clamped onto the prism. But it seemed sturdily made.

Skip Williams , Mar 11, 2006; 08:16 p.m.

You could also use a TTL-Autoconnector Type 4, which screws into an OM-2n and has a TTL cable socket for plugging in an off-camera flash. You'd need to also get a T-Series TTL cable and use a T-32 or T-20 with a T20 TTL Autoconnector.

I haven't had the horrible problems that Lex mentions with my OM's after 30 years, but I've seen many Shoe 1's that were cracked. The Shoe 4's that I've had seemed to hold up better....maybe I was lucky?


Todd Phillips , Mar 12, 2006; 11:15 a.m.

What is the shoe 4 going for these days? I have one in great condition that I probably wont use.

Igor D. , Mar 13, 2006; 03:34 a.m.

You can get OM2 spot program body, it has fixed metal shoe.


Richard Borovoy , Mar 13, 2006; 11:06 a.m.


A good source of such items here in the US is www.keh.com but shipping to the UK may cost more than the hot shoe.

Just how badly do you need TTL flash? For most applications, plain vanilla "auto" flash seems to work just as well.


George Downing , Mar 13, 2006; 02:18 p.m.

Firstly, Thanks for all the replies so far.

I only have a T-20 flash to go with the camera and (I believe) the only way to fix it on to the body of the camera is to have this particular flash shoe.

"How badly do I need it?" - I'd VERY much like to get hold of one but it obviously won't be the end of the world if I can't. That said I'm sure someone somewhere has one they'd be willing to sell. Just a case of hunting around.

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