Canon suddenly prepared an unpleasant surprise for potential owners of their last two entry-level DSLR cameras: Canon EOS Rebel SL3 (or 200D Mark II) (announced in April, 2019) and Canon EOS Rebel T7 (or 2000D, or KissX90) (announced in February, 2018). This “pioneering” decision was to remove the central pin from the hotshoe mount. Probably, the very first such case in the history of photography.
So, it you are planning to buy a new Canon entry-level camera or willing to upgrade from your current older version, you need to know that those models are incompatible with third-party flashes and triggers (usually a more affordable options, especially for a low-budget shooters).
This change was discovered by a YouTuber Michael the Maven who made a short video warning the potential buyers.
The central hotshoe pin is already existing for many years, allowing flash synchronization in manual mode for different flashes and/or flash triggers, including those made by many 3rd party manufacturers. All other pins are proprietary and are designed for flash-camera communication, exchanging data about settings and other details, including TTL.
Starting from now, Canon had decided to limit other brands from the use on their basic cameras. What’s the result? Only Canon flashes will work effortlessly with new Rebels. And those flash units are usually much more expensive that their “competitors”.
Let’s see how Chinese flash manufacturers will react to such changes. As usual, they will find some solution )))