Terms to Know: Hot Shoe

The next term you need to know is hot shoe.

A hot shoe is a mounting point on the top of a camera to attach a flash unit and other compatible accessories. – Wikipedia

This is where you will attach your radio trigger, the device that allows your camera to “talk” to your strobe.

Most 645 medium format and 35mm cameras have a hot shoe mount on them.

See the hot shoe mount on my Contax in the photo on the left.






If your camera has a leaf shutter it will have an attachment spot for a cable sync on the lens or on the camera body instead of a hot shoe mount, as seen in the photo to the right.

You can still use a wireless trigger with these cameras to fire your strobe.  I’ll show you how soon.




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