My only flash YN560 hotshoe plastic broke


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yesterday,i mount my flash on a lightstand with a brolly. i hold it down
with 2 bottles full of water inside my bag.
i didnt know there could be such a strong wind that could fall off my lights.
i thought it was okay at 1st, but when i look at the hotshoe of the flash,
the plastic that mount on the lightstand was broken! :cry:

Any way to get it fix or should i just dump it away? i couldnt afford
such canon speedlites ..:(
 

Kiwira

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why not get another yn560, i am sure there are people selling it as low as 80 for a used one >_>

im actually more happy in its performance as compared to canon speedlites except 580ii haha
 

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use it as a wireless slave?? or just glue back the plactic piece together with a superglue or something

why not get another yn560, i am sure there are people selling it as low as 80 for a used one >_>

im actually more happy in its performance as compared to canon speedlites except 580ii haha
agreed, though i won't use it as my main flash on events though :D
 

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why not get another yn560, i am sure there are people selling it as low as 80 for a used one >_>

im actually more happy in its performance as compared to canon speedlites except 580ii haha
HAHAHA! yeah! i also love the performance! its super good,besides,its features are easy to use. but i cant mount them anymore on my camera.:(



use it as a wireless slave?? or just glue back the plactic piece together with a superglue or something



agreed, though i won't use it as my main flash on events though :D

I had YN560 and YN460II. i use the one YN460II as slave. bad luck strikes! wind came very hard! hahaha. i tried glueing it back.but guess what? i think the YN560 is very heavy and the glue isnt strong enough. lol. do you think
the hotshoe base of the canon 580EX could simply be replaced with my YN560?
they look similar just that the canon 580EX has more pins at the bottom.:dunno: Suggstions?
 

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HAHAHA! yeah! i also love the performance! its super good,besides,its features are easy to use. but i cant mount them anymore on my camera.:(





I had YN560 and YN460II. i use the one YN460II as slave. bad luck strikes! wind came very hard! hahaha. i tried glueing it back.but guess what? i think the YN560 is very heavy and the glue isnt strong enough. lol. do you think
the hotshoe base of the canon 580EX could simply be replaced with my YN560?
they look similar just that the canon 580EX has more pins at the bottom.:dunno: Suggstions?
Got photo of the damaged area?
If it's the threaded plastic ring, might be possible to replace...
How's your DIY skills? ;)
 

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Got photo of the damaged area?
If it's the threaded plastic ring, might be possible to replace...
How's your DIY skills? ;)
you know the part where we slot in to the hotshoe? thats the part that is broken.
the ring that tightens the flashgun is alright. :) my DIY skills are bad! hahaha.
i was confident at first to glue,when few minutes later while shooting, the flashgun
became slunted...and more slunted, and before it drops, i took it off! hahaha.
any way to solve this? i didnt want to waste buying a new one just because of that small plastic broke.:cry:
 

fatigue

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There are some guys with defective (can not fire) Yongnou flash.
Just buy these kind of flash and replace the hot shoe.
Easy to DIY, no soldering needed, just remove the 4 screws then unplug/plug the connector
 

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There are some guys with defective (can not fire) Yongnou flash.
Just buy these kind of flash and replace the hot shoe.
Easy to DIY, no soldering needed, just remove the 4 screws then unplug/plug the connector
Really? that sounds cool. but im scared to DIY myself. ahaha! afraid that after i did it,my flash is the one cannt be triggered. LOL!!:bsmilie: but where can i find those faulty ones? :dunno: ima noob.
 

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Really? that sounds cool. but im scared to DIY myself. ahaha! afraid that after i did it,my flash is the one cannt be triggered. LOL!!:bsmilie: but where can i find those faulty ones? :dunno: ima noob.
if you're afraid to do it yourself, you can approach the kind gentleman who you replied to ;)
But of course you need to compensate him :angel:
Frankly-speaking, it's not a terribly-expensive flash, so it's worth it to try out your DIY skills.
Maybe place a WTB post for a faulty Yongnuo flash.
Or email Yongnuo if they sell components.
Or look around Sungei Road...


ok out of ideas liao.
 

fatigue

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if you're afraid to do it yourself, you can approach the kind gentleman who you replied to ;)
But of course you need to compensate him :angel:
Frankly-speaking, it's not a terribly-expensive flash, so it's worth it to try out your DIY skills.
Maybe place a WTB post for a faulty Yongnuo flash.
Or email Yongnuo if they sell components.
Or look around Sungei Road...


ok out of ideas liao.

:bsmilie:

Replacing the hot shoe is straight forward. I'm sure anybody can do it.
If you want me to fix it for you, I might even buy what's left with the defective unit.
All you have to worry is where to get the defective unit
 

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:bsmilie:

Replacing the hot shoe is straight forward. I'm sure anybody can do it.
If you want me to fix it for you, I might even buy what's left with the defective unit.
All you have to worry is where to get the defective unit
if you're afraid to do it yourself, you can approach the kind gentleman who you replied to ;)
But of course you need to compensate him :angel:
Frankly-speaking, it's not a terribly-expensive flash, so it's worth it to try out your DIY skills.
Maybe place a WTB post for a faulty Yongnuo flash.
Or email Yongnuo if they sell components.
Or look around Sungei Road...


ok out of ideas liao.


Thanks for the idea. maybe i could try out myself to open this four screws,and if i needed help,i ask from you guys? ;p hahaha.
usually people who has faulty yongnuo has a warranty. i dont think they will sell it here.:dunno: ooohhhh dear YN560...pity u had a broken foot. hahaha
 

acman

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i had the same problem too :p

the plastic hotshoe is broken, and the ring is slanted. however the metal part is still intact, thus when i put into wireless trigger, it still able to fire

so what i did was just to tape the flash into the trigger using gaffer tape :p

i can't put it into the camera though, but since the flash is for strobist purpose, and it will stay in the trigger, i decide to tape it together.

at least it still works now :)
 

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i had the same problem too :p

the plastic hotshoe is broken, and the ring is slanted. however the metal part is still intact, thus when i put into wireless trigger, it still able to fire

so what i did was just to tape the flash into the trigger using gaffer tape :p

i can't put it into the camera though, but since the flash is for strobist purpose, and it will stay in the trigger, i decide to tape it together.

at least it still works now :)

HAHAHA! great idea there! i ude it for strobe too. but wouldnt be your receiver be sticky afterwards? haha. well, thanks for sharing you technique! hahaha:thumbsup:
 

acman

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HAHAHA! great idea there! i ude it for strobe too. but wouldnt be your receiver be sticky afterwards? haha. well, thanks for sharing you technique! hahaha:thumbsup:
i'm using the cheap PT-04 receiver, so it doesn't matter :)
 

deadsea

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I'm assuming you used the "elephant" brand super glue? Might want to try removing that (sandpaper and what-not)and redoing the glue job with epoxy cement. Much stronger.

Downside is that you might glue the hotshoe mount to the wiring inside and the next time something breaks, it might be that much harder to repair.
 

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i'm using the cheap PT-04 receiver, so it doesn't matter :)
HAHAHA! same !! im using that too! hahaha. so i should just gafftape it?

I'm assuming you used the "elephant" brand super glue? Might want to try removing that (sandpaper and what-not)and redoing the glue job with epoxy cement. Much stronger.

Downside is that you might glue the hotshoe mount to the wiring inside and the next time something breaks, it might be that much harder to repair.
yeah. its with the 'elephant' glue. lols. epoxy cement? really? ouh ya. what if the glue hits on the inside wiring pin? :dunno::eek: this is a tough one...
 

deadsea

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The epoxy resin shouldn't harm the electronics. The issue is that if it sticks to the wiring, it'll be very hard to remove in the future for repairs if it breaks again. The material is non conductive, no worries about short-circuits caused by the epoxy.

And in-case you're not sure what it is.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Araldite-AB-Epoxy-Adhesive-glue-5-minutes-rapid-NEW_W0QQitemZ270685123987QQcategoryZ12518QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp3286.m7QQ_trkparmsZalgo%3DLVI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D3%26po%3DLVI%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D6188733365254022251
 

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The epoxy resin shouldn't harm the electronics. The issue is that if it sticks to the wiring, it'll be very hard to remove in the future for repairs if it breaks again. The material is non conductive, no worries about short-circuits caused by the epoxy.

And in-case you're not sure what it is.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Araldite-AB-Epoxy-Adhesive-glue-5-minutes-rapid-NEW_W0QQitemZ270685123987QQcategoryZ12518QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp3286.m7QQ_trkparmsZalgo%3DLVI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D3%26po%3DLVI%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D6188733365254022251

Thanks for sharing! but do you think its strong enough to hold? cause YN560 is very heavy, 350g. because im using it as strobe, i usually mount it on a light stand, the height is there,and furthermore i tilt my flashgun downwards. afraid it might somehow SNAP.LOLS! anw, worth the try isnt it? rather than me getting a new one.:)
 

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Thanks for sharing! but do you think its strong enough to hold? cause YN560 is very heavy, 350g. because im using it as strobe, i usually mount it on a light stand, the height is there,and furthermore i tilt my flashgun downwards. afraid it might somehow SNAP.LOLS! anw, worth the try isnt it? rather than me getting a new one.:)
you'll need sufficient contact area to get the strength in the epoxy bond. That's something to consider.

I like bro fatigue's idea (in another thread) of employing construction techniques, by reinforcing the plastic with metal (eg. from paper clips, etc) by using heat and pushing the metal in... kinda like reinforced concrete with metal re-bars...
 

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you'll need sufficient contact area to get the strength in the epoxy bond. That's something to consider.

I like bro fatigue's idea (in another thread) of employing construction techniques, by reinforcing the plastic with metal (eg. from paper clips, etc) by using heat and pushing the metal in... kinda like reinforced concrete with metal re-bars...
:eek: can i see the threat please? kinda cool and its better than plastic! :thumbsup:but think again, if its metal, once it fall, it may broke MORE things? hahaha. :dunno:
 

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