Canon has removed the universal pin on the new SL3 (200D Mk II) flash hotshoe

May 3, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Canon has removed the universal pin on the new SL3 (200D Mk II) flash hotshoe

May 3, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Not too long ago, Canon announced the new EOS Rebel SL3 DSLR, otherwise known as the EOS 200D Mark II and Kiss X10 in other parts of the world. It’s a basic entry-level DSLR aimed at beginners and people who just want a basic DSLR for shooting family snaps. Maybe one day buy a little hotshoe flash to blast at their subjects.

But in a very odd move, Canon has removed the universal pin from the hotshoe that would allow the camera to work with any 3rd party hotshoe flash. Like, the Godox and Yongnuo manual speedlights. You know, those most commonly bought by beginners? It was spotted by Michael the Maven who posted the above video.

This means you’re essentially limited to Canon’s own proprietary speedlights, for the most part. The Canon EOS Rebel SL3 costs $549. Canon’s 600EX II-RT speedlight costs $479. The Amazon Basics dumb speedlight costs $29. Can you see the issue? Nobody’s going to spend almost as much as the camera cost to buy a flash when there are cheaper alternatives available.

It seems that Canon has also done the same with the EOS Rebel T7 (2000D) released last year, another entry-level model aimed at complete beginners who aren’t going to spend more than the camera $500 on a speedlight.

Anybody with more than 2 brain cells will soon figure out they can buy a Canon EOS 7D Mark II and an Amazon Basics speedlight for about the same price as the SL3 and the expensive Canon speedlight. Arguably a much better deal unless you really need 4K video.

In theory, eTTL compatible speedlights like the Godox V860II and the upcoming Godox V1 should work (as well as the TTL/HSS triggers), but until we hear from somebody who’s tested one of those lights on either the SL2 or T7, nobody can say for sure whether or not it will.

So, as the video title says, buyer beware. If you already have a need for flash, or you think you might eventually pick up a flash, you might want to consider a different camera. This one might as well not even bother having a hotshoe at all.

Update May 6th: Good news for Godox fans. New firmware is here to support the new universal-pinless Canon hotshoe.

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26 responses to “Canon has removed the universal pin on the new SL3 (200D Mk II) flash hotshoe”

  1. Dennis Anastassiou Avatar
    Dennis Anastassiou

    long live the adapters…

  2. Stewart Norton Avatar
    Stewart Norton

    Yep yongnuo or godox will save the day.

    1. Jam005 Avatar
      Jam005

      Simply modify their existing firmware to receive the flash input from another pin. Voila!

  3. stewart norton Avatar
    stewart norton

    Give it a couple of days Yongnuo or Godox will have a cheap solution in place.

  4. Mhammad Nabeel Avatar
    Mhammad Nabeel

    Canon thinks it’s become Apple

    1. Vladimir Krzalic Avatar
      Vladimir Krzalic

      Canon became Apple years ago…

  5. Jia Chen Lu Avatar
    Jia Chen Lu

    What about the “canon foot” godox triggers… The ones that end in “c”…

    1. Jam005 Avatar
      Jam005

      they work

  6. Jam005 Avatar
    Jam005

    Mere non issue. If one is a manufacture of flashes, how difficult is it to figure out receiving the flash sync from whichever pin it’s on? So what. It’s on one of those pins. Duh. Update the flash firmware. Mere siliness over nothing. No reason to have the center pin when it’s not needed. What pin does Canon use? Lazy firmware programmers maybe?

  7. Artosch Zimtik Avatar
    Artosch Zimtik

    “Canon has removed itself from the market”

    1. Don Wrenn Avatar
      Don Wrenn

      Artosch Zimtik they already announced they will be exiting the camera market soon so jump ship now

    2. Artosch Zimtik Avatar
      Artosch Zimtik

      Don Wrenn I’ve changed to sony half a year ago ^^

  8. Kenth Hagström Avatar
    Kenth Hagström

    Good thing I switched to another brand a few months back, no regrets.

    1. Jam005 Avatar
      Jam005

      Is it important for us to know?

  9. Paul Ford Avatar
    Paul Ford

    Give the independent manufacturers a couple of weeks, Adapters/ guns that fit will appear,

  10. Adam Kopf Avatar
    Adam Kopf

    It’s like they’ve had productivity meetings with Adobe this week.

  11. Daniel Hammerberg Avatar
    Daniel Hammerberg

    Let them. Nikon will be happy to take their money.

  12. MH Photography Avatar
    MH Photography

    So you only can sync Studio strobes with the internal flash. Probably only a few will use that one for studio work. Still awkward….

  13. Jessica Mizzi Avatar
    Jessica Mizzi

    Good thing I switched to another brand a few months back,

  14. Brian Fergusson Avatar
    Brian Fergusson

    Arrogance, just pure arrogance, by Canon.

  15. Markus Hofstätter Avatar
    Markus Hofstätter

    So you only can sync Studio strobes with the internal flash. Probably only a few will use that one for studio work. Still awkward….

  16. Jam005 Avatar
    Jam005

    Its obvious that another pin can be used. Useless article.

  17. Yehoshua Derovan Avatar
    Yehoshua Derovan

    As mentioned, this already exists in the 2000D and 4000D. It’s Canon’s way of playing dirty. I should also mention that Godox have released (on April 26th) a firmware update for the V860IIc and the X-Pro-C that solves this issue. It’s been tested and it works.

  18. MAN Avatar
    MAN

    can give me an example of cheap flash alternative thank you !

  19. MAN Avatar
    MAN

    can give me an example of cheap flash for canon 250D please

  20. gurpreet singh Avatar
    gurpreet singh

    did anyone know how to use eye tracking more fast and accurately. this port is there on top of this dslr. you can check it’s canon eos 200d II price on this link