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Old January 25th, 2009, 02:11 PM   #1
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Use of hot shoe FX1000

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From my VX2000 I still had a Sony HVL-S3D Video Light. The 7.2V DC seems to fit, but . . .
How does the hot shoe of the FX1000 open up? Just have the camera since yesterday, but I can not move the silvery cover with the arrow. Not like the hot shoe of the VX2000.
Can anyone give me a hint?

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Old January 25th, 2009, 03:09 PM   #2
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The standard cold shoe on the FX1000 is not compatible with the hot IAS (Intelligent Accessory Shoe) on the VX.

Interestingly, there appears to be no mention of how to slide the cover off in the FX1000 manual, but it is there in detail in the Z5 manual (downloadable in this forum) on page 134.
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Old January 25th, 2009, 03:32 PM   #3
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Thanks! I will read the FM.
Uh, sorry. . .
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Old January 26th, 2009, 09:31 AM   #4
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Jo,

I had the same question. I have the same light and looking to use in on FX1000 (Buying in 1-2 weeks). I knew there was a difference between the hot/cold shoe, but I just need to know if the light will work at all.

I never used the auto setting on this light anyway (too unpredictable), so all I really need is for the light to go on when attached to FX1000. Please let us know how it works out.
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Old January 26th, 2009, 10:41 AM   #5
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This light does not work with the 1000. You have to move up to the 10/20 lamp powered by it's own battery.
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Old January 26th, 2009, 12:31 PM   #6
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Bummer. 10/20w lamps are a bit too intrusive for my taste.
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Old January 26th, 2009, 08:18 PM   #7
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Get ones that are dimmable.
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Old January 26th, 2009, 10:13 PM   #8
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Get ones that are dimmable.
This one will be good:
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Old January 27th, 2009, 02:06 AM   #9
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Look at this light, some people swear by them.

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There is also a 10x that is not as bright.
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Old January 27th, 2009, 04:29 AM   #10
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So there is enough to choose from.
With the assistence of the Z5 manual I managed to remove the Stainless Steel coverplate from the base of the Cold Shoe. Funny, what is the opurpose of the coverplate? There are nothing underneath that needs protection . . . Looks like Sony dislikes the look of the 4 countersunk screws . . .
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Old January 27th, 2009, 07:05 AM   #11
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Bummer. 10/20w lamps are a bit too intrusive for my taste.
I ended up velcroing this diffuser to the 10/20.
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Old January 28th, 2009, 03:28 AM   #12
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What is the purpose of the coverplate? There are nothing underneath that needs protection . . . Looks like Sony dislikes the look of the 4 countersunk screws . . .
Any idea? Because suppose I leave the coverplate on until I need to put something on the Cold Shoe, I may lack the possesion of a knife to get the coverplate off . . .
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Old January 29th, 2009, 01:34 PM   #13
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Any idea? Because suppose I leave the coverplate on until I need to put something on the Cold Shoe, I may lack the possesion of a knife to get the coverplate off . . .
I don't understand.... There is never any reason to take the plate off. It is designed to mount any non-hot device just the way it is. Removing it does not give you "hot" capability. Why would you ever want to remove it??????
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Old January 29th, 2009, 04:11 PM   #14
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Because I tried to get something on it and it would not fit until I took the plate out.
And by the way, it was not a hot piece of gear.
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I don't understand.... There is never any reason to take the plate off. It is designed to mount any non-hot device just the way it is. Removing it does not give you "hot" capability. Why would you ever want to remove it??????
Greg I don't know about your metal plate on the FX1000 but on the Z5 is loose and with a sudden movement of the camera especially up and down you get the noise created by the loose plate recorded from the microphones right below it. Try it and see, but you have to wear headphones to hear it.

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