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    Question Dedicated or ......

    Hi, what does it mean by Dedicated hot shoe flash connector and Non-dedicated hot shoe flash connector?? What's the diff??

    Hope someone can help this newbie here... Thank you!

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    Dedicated flashguns are designed to work with a specific late model family of cameras. They have additional connectors to carry information back and forth between the camera's brain (CPU or Central Processing Unit) and the flash. Dedicated flash adjusts the strength of the flash when the camera aperture is changed.

    Non dedicated guns generally have an Auto setting which means you set the aperture on the flash gun and have to match this with the aperture on the lens.
    Last edited by NashVillian; 29th May 2004 at 11:16 PM. Reason: additional info

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    Oh ... I see. Thanks for your reply!

    So, having a dedicated hotshoe is actually more convenient but they may cost more as they are proprietry brands right? Gotta give and take...

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    A Standard hotshoe has only 1 triggering point in the center.

    A dedicated hotshoe like those canon/nikon/minolta ones have 4-5 contact points to accomadate all the extra functions like automated zooming and TTL flash support.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zerstorer
    A Standard hotshoe has only 1 triggering point in the center.

    A dedicated hotshoe like those canon/nikon/minolta ones have 4-5 contact points to accomadate all the extra functions like automated zooming and TTL flash support.
    oh so u mean canon flash can be use on nikon bodies and vice-versa but w/o the added functions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by satan_18349
    oh so u mean canon flash can be use on nikon bodies and vice-versa but w/o the added functions?
    don't think it will TTL (ie you only get an auto flash), and of course, since the triggering voltage for the flash might be different for different manufacturers, you might either fry the flash, fry the camera, fry both, or it works beautifully.

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