We all know how fragile the Pentax hot shoes on the AF360FGZ & AF540FGZ are. I received this email from Peter Zack, and since he had to change the hot shoe on his AF540FGZ, he wanted to share this with all Pentaxians. So here it is:
This is so simple that it's almost not worth posting but I just thought it was worth showing everyone the replacement fix of a broken shoe. It's something anyone could do and save the shop charge for the repair. I got the part through Pentax in about 3 days. All you need is a clean spot to work so you don't loose the small screws and a jewelers screwdriver in Philips head. Some slide show pictures are on the bottom of the post.
Just remove the batteries when if the flash shoe breaks and allow the capacitors to drain for a few days (just to be safe).
1) Then remove 4 screws from the bottom of the broken shoe.
2) Unplug the broken one. At this point you can see the locking pin that some people have reported will cause the flash to lock on the camera body if it fails. You might want to remove that pin which is very easy. Try doing it on the broken part first. You just loosen the 4 screws inside the shoe and remove the pin quite easily.
3) The white connection plug only fits in one way. Just check the orientation of the guide tabs and plug it in.
4) Replace the screws and you're done. 60 seconds.I only posted this in case someone wants to remove the locking pin and wanted to see what it looks like before opening the flash.
Picasa Web Albums - Peter - Flash shoe
Thank you Peter.
I'm sure this will help some of our readers.