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A hot shoe is a mounting point on the top of your camera to attach a flash unit and other compatible accessories. It takes the form of an angled metal bracket surrounding a metal contact point which completes an electrical connection between camera and accessory for standard, brand-independent flash synchronization.

The hot shoe is shaped somewhat like an inverted, squared-off "U" of metal. The matching adapter on the bottom of the flash unit slides in from the back of the camera and is sometimes secured by a clamping screw on the flash. In the center of the "U" is a metal contact point. This is used for standard, brand-independent flash synchronization.For the protection of the hot-shoe, there comes an important accessory called as hot-shoe cover. There are many websites such as from where you can order these covers.

The generic hot shoe cover is made of flexible rubber and fits most standard hot shoes, offering dust and debris protection. A bubble level on top provides an easy reference to check your camera’s balance when it’s on a tripod or when you’re shooting handheld.

You need to keep in mind that these covers are not a one-size-fits-all affair. Even if you can use one flash unit across cameras of several manufacturers, this does not mean that their hot-shoe covers will fit one another. 

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