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    Posted: 29 November 2012 at 09:43
I'm looking to get one of these for Christmas but wondered if anyone had one and needed to convert the flash mount from canikon ISO shoe to the Minolta/sony flash shoe (prior to the HVL60 flash anyway).

On a side note, has anyone used the cheaper knock off versions like this? Amazon reviews for the lastolite suggest these are just as good but I'm anticipating even less likely to work with my 42 and 58 flashes.


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So it would seem that yes, I will need an adaptor, so can anyone recommend a cheap coldshoe for putting the flash on the ezybox? I know the flash stand that comes with each flash has a screw thread, but I need something smaller.

It also mustn't let the flash assume it's attached to a body (so think it needs a little indent in it to prevent the little 'I'm on a body' button getting pressed)

Any suggestions/recommendations? I've scoured ebay but searches for 'Sony flash coldshoe typically come back with all the coldshoes for Canikon than include the sentence 'not suitable for Sony/minolta flashes' !!


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Faldrax Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 November 2012 at 13:08
Originally posted by Tricky01 Tricky01 wrote:

On a side note, has anyone used the cheaper knock off versions like this? Amazon reviews for the lastolite suggest these are just as good but I'm anticipating even less likely to work with my 42 and 58 flashes.


I've not tried one, but it's one of the things I am considering for the future.

Looking at the images, the cold shoe sits on a slotted bracket, held in place by what appears to be a screw with a plastic head to make it easy to tighten by hand.

It might be possible to adapt this for Sony by simply removing the cold shoe provided and using the standard flash foot in it's place - if you're lucky the existing screw is a standard tripod thread so can still be used (otherwise you have to find a suitable screw from somewhere.

I can see you say that you need something smaller, but I woudl think the flash foot would be OK - not as neat, but the front projection of the foot is effectively a 'V' shape, so should fit around the stand top, etc.



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Debra Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 November 2012 at 13:41
Is this any good?

I never heard of cold shoe so went to google to find out what it is and amazon came up cold shoe for Sony...

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I've been wanting a softbox for a long time but the price keeps scaring me away. Then I found a diffuser that fits over my umbrellas and it was much cheaper. I already had the umbrellas, stands and all the other parts so it was a very cheap solution and seems to work pretty well.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tricky01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 January 2013 at 23:41
Finally picked up a full exybox kit seocndhand from a guy on another forum for 60gbp. Original receipt still in the bag at 209gbp so quite a good deal /RRP is over priced.

Anyway, still have the issue of mounting a Sony flash on the thing. Yes, I could buy an HVL60 but that's just daft considering I have two perfectly good HVL58s.

Originally posted by Debra Debra wrote:

Is this any good?

I never heard of cold shoe so went to google to find out what it is and amazon came up cold shoe for Sony...

Link here
Thanks Debra, unfortunately no good though. I guess I need the reverse of that. That adaptor lets you put a non-Sony flash onto a Sony camera. I need to put a Sony flash onto (the equivilent of) a non-Sony camera.

So has anyone seen one of these? Alternatively I guess I'll just need to botch a tripod thread bolt and screw the flash foot onto that. Could be much simpler though I'm sure...


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Post Options Post Options   Quote sturatcliffe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 January 2013 at 23:49
I have the Meking versions of the lastolite ezyboxes like this

I mount my 58's using these triggers/receivers.

It's a tight fit, but does fit and works well. I can also plug the receivers into my strobes.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tricky01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 January 2013 at 23:54
Originally posted by sturatcliffe sturatcliffe wrote:

I have the Meking versions of the lastolite ezyboxes like this

I mount my 58's using these triggers/receivers.

It's a tight fit, but does fit and works well. I can also plug the receivers into my strobes.
Thanks stuart. Looks like I didn't search the forum properly when I started the thread though (discussed here). I like the look of that kit (and the price), but I don't see any canikon foot for them to fit onto?


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this is what the bottom looks like:


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Ah, ok - thanks Stuart, missed that!


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Post Options Post Options   Quote GlassEye Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 January 2013 at 01:58
I'm not sure if this will solve the problem but I just bought 2 Minolta OS-1100 flash to 1/4-20 thread adapters. Sony still sells the same thing for nearly $50, but the Minos run less than 1/2 that. The part mounts a Sony flash onto a 1/4-20 tripod thread mount or will mount to a bracket for a light stand. Wireless flash works with this product. Might be helpful.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote groovyone Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 February 2013 at 14:06
I missed this thread until now. I love my EzyBox and use it with my 58 series flashes. Initially I had the Cactus v4s with an ISO to iISO adapter then the 58 on top when using the radio triggers. The stackup was a bit much but still usable with the bracket of the EzyBox at its tallest setting. If I shot without the radio trigger I use a FlashZebra adapter with the cutout for the off camera TTL:

http://flashzebra.com/products/0141/index.shtml
I just don't use the cable

I recently picked up a couple Phottix Strato II triggers with the iISO foot which allows for just that trigger and the flash to be used on the normal EzyBox bracket.

http://www.phottix.com/en/phottix-strato-ii-multi.html
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Post Options Post Options   Quote KoprivaMedia Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 February 2013 at 15:55
Originally posted by sturatcliffe sturatcliffe wrote:

I have the Meking versions of the lastolite ezyboxes like this

I mount my 58's using these triggers/receivers.

It's a tight fit, but does fit and works well. I can also plug the receivers into my strobes.


I use those PT-04 triggers as well, but I've found that if they are even mildly obstructed, they tend to misfire. I had trouble getting them to fire with even just a thick blanket between the receiver and transmitter (I was using the blanket as a background, and the receiver wouldn't get a signal from behind the blanket)
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