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MarkG
16th February 2014, 01:12 PM
I've lost the little black slidy hot shoe protector for the OMD-EM5. Is this just a generic accessory, or is it specific size to Micro 4/3? Also do i need a weather sealed version? Can't see it on the olympus UK accessories site.
Thank you

Zuiko
16th February 2014, 01:32 PM
You can probably get a replacement from Luton Cameras, but I don't know where mine is and I don't much care either. It's not weather proof and in my opinion is likely to prolong the drying period by trapping moisture on the hot shoe. I choose not to use them as a matter of course. It becomes important if you want to sell the camera because for some reason most buyers expect to receive one.

stuartpm3
16th February 2014, 04:08 PM
Try contacting Olympus uk. I have found they send out small items free of charge. They recently sent me a full printed manual for the em1 for free. They were really helpful. They sent me a lost flash cover for the om 4ti many years ago.

Im like john I took mine off.

Stuart

Ulfric M Douglas
16th February 2014, 05:41 PM
Its just a gubbins, it doesn't protect the hotshoe, it makes the camera look neat in the shop and in the box when you open it.
(I still have one on my G3 but that's cos I never stick anything on the hotshoe of that.)
All others lost.

Gwyver
16th February 2014, 05:48 PM
Check out Luton Cameras website, see http://www.lutoncameras.co.uk/
Go to the 'Spare Parts' page, and then navigate to the Accessories, Spare caps and covers section.
If you're buying several hot shoe covers, the web purchase process will charge you P&P for each item (which seems costly); however when they process your order Luton Camera will only debit your card for 1x P&P.

sapper
16th February 2014, 06:06 PM
Try contacting Olympus uk. I have found they send out small items free of charge. They recently sent me a full printed manual for the em1 for free. They were really helpful. They sent me a lost flash cover for the om 4ti many years ago.

Im like john I took mine off.

Stuart

Do you think they would send out a flash FOC? Lost mine ages ago:(

stuartpm3
16th February 2014, 06:43 PM
Dont think they will that generous :-)

Stuart

MarkG
16th February 2014, 09:49 PM
thank you, so it doesn't actually count as part of the waterproofing?
BTW I found it in the bottom of an overnight bag.

blu-by-u
17th February 2014, 08:56 AM
Oops, I started a thread on the same thing here..
http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=31594

I first lost the hotshoe cover when I had that E-PL1. I was already careful but I still lost it then I used that EVF.

I recently lost that accessories cover of my E-m1. Without that cover I understand the weathersealing will be compromised. (Pls correct me if I am wrong).

bilbo
17th February 2014, 09:36 AM
I've lost the little black slidy hot shoe protector for the OMD-EM5. Is this just a generic accessory, or is it specific size to Micro 4/3? Also do i need a weather sealed version? Can't see it on the olympus UK accessories site.
Thank youLuton Cameras stock them:

http://www.lutoncameras.co.uk/ShopPage/Accessories/E-1_X_Cover/spec.html

and the Accessory Port cover too:
http://www.lutoncameras.co.uk/ShopPage/Accessories/OM-D_Port-Cover/OM-D_Port-Cover.html

OM USer
17th February 2014, 12:14 PM
Try contacting Olympus uk..... They recently sent me a full printed manual for the em1 for free.

Cheeky bugger - but good on you. I used the Olympus website and paid for a printed manual for my E-M5.

ian p
17th February 2014, 12:26 PM
I leave the hotshoe insert at home unused. I guess water drops can flow around the cover to reach the contacts, But the camera probably won't "short out". Fzzzzt!

If you are good with a Stanley knife and nail file you could craft your own from a piece of unwanted plastic. Say, from an old cassette case or something. Bonus points for creativity in making the fanciest one!

Greytop
17th February 2014, 12:41 PM
As John, Chris and Brian have said Luton cameras usually have these in stock.

MarkG
17th February 2014, 02:10 PM
Thanks all,
I'll try and be more careful, but it's good to have a source for those little bits on the camera which seem quite keen to slip off unnoticed (like the rubber eye piece too).

After a year I've started worrying less about my camera getting bumps, and tend to just stuff it into a wooly beany hat inside my everyday bag. So no wonder these bits are getting knocked.

ian p
17th February 2014, 02:55 PM
A cool alternative is, for a paltry 2 quids, to fit one of theseBestOfferBuy Universal Hot Shoe Cover Cap Bubble Spirit: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41vijPB2b2L.@@AMEPARAM@@41vijPB2b2L

MarkG
17th February 2014, 03:08 PM
I saw that before, but have set up my camera to always show the green horizontal and vertical 'spirit level'. I guess if that isn't on a particular camera model, the bubble level would be good too.

Imageryone
17th February 2014, 03:11 PM
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5x-Universal-Hot-Shoe-Mount-Protector-Cover-Cap-BS-1-fr-Nikon-Canon-Camera-/190985465473?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item2c779eee81, and these fit :)

ian p
17th February 2014, 03:36 PM
I saw that before, but have set up my camera to always show the green horizontal and vertical 'spirit level'. I guess if that isn't on a particular camera model, the bubble level would be good too.
But even with the electronic level it is still useful to see it with the camera swiched off. And when you are tinkering with tripods and stuff. Plus it protects the hot shoe cheaply. And looks cool to. (Most important!)

David M
17th February 2014, 03:41 PM
I've yet to find a hot shoe mounted bubble (spirit) level accurate enough for landscape work. They're okay for wildlife where it's not a critical.

ian p
17th February 2014, 03:45 PM
Yes. For fine tuning use the electronic one.

Ian
17th February 2014, 04:07 PM
Its just a gubbins, it doesn't protect the hotshoe, it makes the camera look neat in the shop and in the box when you open it.
(I still have one on my G3 but that's cos I never stick anything on the hotshoe of that.)
All others lost.

Completely agree :)

Ian

Wee man
17th February 2014, 04:13 PM
Completely agree :)

Ian

Have used these and they do stay in place better BUT the plastic spirit in the center can fall out! Have lost two centres am now trying one super glued in place ( in the cover).

paullus
17th February 2014, 07:40 PM
Hot shoe covers a pretty standard OM-D EM-1 aside.
I hate losing things so when I lost the one off my E5 I bought 10 spares from Ebay for pennies and guess what I haven't lost one since! But I have fitted them to other bits of kit, wireless triggers and other hot-shoe mounts. Some examples are below of available cheap options are below.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10-Universal-Hot-Shoe-Mount-Protector-Cover-Cap-f-Olympus-Canon-Nikon-Camera-NEW-/121244488915?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item1c3abc14d3 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10-Universal-Hot-Shoe-Mount-Protector-Cover-Cap-f-Olympus-Canon-Nikon-Camera-NEW-/121244488915?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item1c3abc14d3)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5-x-Flash-Hot-Shoe-Cover-Cap-Bubble-Spirit-Level-For-Canon-Nikon-Olympus-Camera-/390512908256?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item5aec6217e0 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5-x-Flash-Hot-Shoe-Cover-Cap-Bubble-Spirit-Level-For-Canon-Nikon-Olympus-Camera-/390512908256?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item5aec6217e0)

Having said that I did post an article back in 2012 about the pitfalls of using a weatherproof camera with a hotshoe cover fitted.

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=22532

Cheers,
Steve

blu-by-u
18th February 2014, 03:01 AM
Luton Cameras stock them:

http://www.lutoncameras.co.uk/ShopPage/Accessories/E-1_X_Cover/spec.html

and the Accessory Port cover too:
http://www.lutoncameras.co.uk/ShopPage/Accessories/OM-D_Port-Cover/OM-D_Port-Cover.html

Do you know how how much they cost!!!!:eek:

bilbo
18th February 2014, 09:30 AM
Do you know how how much they cost!!!!:eek:Yes. They have to make a margin you know. They are the only place that stocks them in the UK as far as I know, and the law of supply and demand applies.

That said, I must say that Luton Cameras is a great little shop.

*chr

paullus
18th February 2014, 01:02 PM
Is the hot-shoe cover the same as on the EM1?
If it is just a generic cover as fitted to most cameras then my post above (which may have been overlooked) has a couple of links to suppliers of covers which are very cheap and excellent quality. Also my experience of what the cover can hide.

Steve

blu-by-u
20th February 2014, 01:07 AM
Generic hot shoe cover is not that expensive. It's that accessories port cover.:o

RogerMac
20th February 2014, 05:03 AM
I lost the covers on my E-P1 and also my E5 within days of getting the cameras. If it is any consolation the one on my Canon ended up in the camera bag on its first trip. All three cameras now have a rubber spirit level version that I bought from Amazon for 99p each. These look just as good as the originals, are useful and being rubber seal closely and do not come out by accident

Roger

MarkG
20th February 2014, 11:10 AM
Perhaps I should buy a job lot and then sell them on here at cost plus a second class stamp.

Olybirder
20th February 2014, 11:21 AM
The hotshoe cover on the E-M1 is extended down and covers the accessory port cover. I assume this is to hold the accessory port cover in place and maintain the splashproof integrity of the camera. Is this correct or is there another explanation?

Ron

ian p
20th February 2014, 11:27 AM
I always knew there was a reason to get one of them there 3D printers.

blu-by-u
21st February 2014, 02:19 AM
I always knew there was a reason to get one of them there 3D printers.

Wonder what's the cost to have one "printed" :confused:

paullus
21st February 2014, 10:10 AM
Guess what; I've now lost the blasted flash sync port port cover on my M1!!:mad:

The cover is threaded and I don't know how it came undone but in future I will routinely check its security.

Just done a quick hunt for a replacement cover; part no. VE254700.

Some guy on Ebay selling two for 18 delivered!!

For two from Luton Cameras: 7.50 delivered*chr

Guess who got my order!

I've borrowed the one off my E5 in the meantime as I'm off to North Wales and I don't want damp salty air inside my camera.

Steve

brianvickers
21st February 2014, 01:18 PM
I bet you'll find the originals when the replacements arrive!
My E-PL5 cover was missing for a month before it revealed itself in a fold inside my camera bag.

blu-by-u
22nd February 2014, 06:28 AM
Should I super Glue it all down?

mike_j
22nd February 2014, 09:35 AM
When I sold my OM-D E-M5 (give or take the odd hyphen here and there) I spent ages looking for the wretched hot shoe cover so that the camera would look at its best. I knew that I had put it somewhere safe when I bought the camera, just so I'd have it when I came to sell.

I turned the office upsidedown, eventually found it, in a little plastic bag clipped to the instruction book in a box file labelled "cameras". Last place you'd look!

I fitted it and later took the EM5 out to do a few final shots, when I came back in the hot shoe cover was missing.

jamespetts
22nd February 2014, 12:01 PM
Guess what; I've now lost the blasted flash sync port port cover on my M1!!:mad:

The cover is threaded and I don't know how it came undone but in future I will routinely check its security.

Just done a quick hunt for a replacement cover; part no. VE254700.

Some guy on Ebay selling two for 18 delivered!!

For two from Luton Cameras: 7.50 delivered*chr

Guess who got my order!

I've borrowed the one off my E5 in the meantime as I'm off to North Wales and I don't want damp salty air inside my camera.

Steve

Ahh, thank you for the Luton Cameras tip. I lost mine from my E-M1 yesterday whilst taking photographs on Waterloo Bridge: I am not quite sure what happened to it, but I noticed it missing when I got on the 'bus afterwards. Perhaps I had not replaced it securely when I took it off earlier in the day to mount a flash. Very odd.

paullus
22nd February 2014, 06:36 PM
Ahh, thank you for the Luton Cameras tip. I lost mine from my E-M1 yesterday whilst taking photographs on Waterloo Bridge: I am not quite sure what happened to it, but I noticed it missing when I got on the 'bus afterwards. Perhaps I had not replaced it securely when I took it off earlier in the day to mount a flash. Very odd.


I lost this round cap from the flash sync port on the front of the EM-1 which I've ordered from Luton Cameras


http://www.lutoncameras.co.uk/ShopPage/Accessories/E-Sync_Cap/spec.html


From what you describe you need one of these which is the hotshoe cover.:

http://www.lutoncameras.co.uk/ShopPage/Accessories/PEN_E-P2_AccCover/spec.html

but I can't see the one for the E-M1 specifically listed so it would be worth giving them a ring on 01582 458 323.
Postage for small items is £3.50 per item but on the phone I was told that after ordering only one postage charge is made. This keep things simple.

Cheers,

Steve

jamespetts
22nd February 2014, 07:01 PM
I do not think that the caps for the E-M1 are different to those for any others, not least because all the hotshoes accept the same flashes and accessories and are therefore of identical dimensions.

CRANSTALL
22nd February 2014, 08:01 PM
Try ebay i got a bag of ten for a couple off quid when i lost my E-M5 one and these seem a tighter fit not lost another in two years in fact the only two i lost were the original one,s that came with both bodies:(

paullus
23rd February 2014, 09:36 AM
A generic one will fit of course but they don't have the extra bit that comes down and covers the accessory port cover to prevent it from inadvertently coming adrift.

Greytop
23rd February 2014, 09:53 AM
A generic one will fit of course but they don't have the extra bit that comes down and covers the accessory port cover to prevent it from inadvertently coming adrift.

I guess that is part of the problem in that both the flash hot shoe cover and the accessory port covers are separate items on the E-M5.
They are also separate items on the E-M1 but the E-M1 hot shoe cover does have an additional 'tail' that drops down over the back of the accessory port cover which perhaps make it a little more difficult to mislay.

lanceric124
5th March 2014, 02:50 AM
To be honest, it's useless. You might even be better off without it now that you don't have to take it out to plug in the flash. ;)