canon hv30 – accessory shoe removal

Yes, the tethered accessory shoe is really annoying. Especially when you want to put accessories on your HV30 like this:

Me & Joel with Sennheiser MKE 400

Me & Joel with Sennheiser MKE 400

Solution found after a search over at HV20.com. Special thanks to Spider.JM for the post and pics!

Its done and I’m proud to announce we don’t need to worry about parts falling into the camera. When you do remove MAKE SURE YOU ONLY CUT ONE SIDE. Otherwise it will fall in… You just need to pull it out after you’ve cut one side.

accessory shoe top view

accessory shoe top view

accessory show reverse view

accessory show reverse view

no more tether!

no more tether!

Tool list:
-Needle Nose Pliers (not required)
-Either Sharp clean Scissors or Exacto Knife

Basically try to stretch it away from the camera so that you have both strands away from each other, then progress to snipping ONE strand. Then just pull the cover out with the last strand STILL intact! Once its out, sever that other side, and make it so theres about 2mm left on the cover so that it will still fit back into the camera.

Pics of my fully accessorized Canon HV30 incoming.

proactively • going to the toy store for an exacto knife tomorrow • peter

3 Responses to “canon hv30 – accessory shoe removal”

  1. November 15, 2008 at 12:40 am

    I’m tempted to do this to my HV30.. it’s so annoying, but the feeling of cutting my little gem… I don’t know… 🙂 I don’t think I have the nerve!

  2. 2 psalvia
    November 15, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    Hey Joel:

    I was tentative doing this too, but it really is easy. The trick is to cut one end of the shoe tether only. You can then pull the little piece of plastic through the hole and *presto* no more annoying tether!

    proactively • peter

  3. September 10, 2009 at 8:52 am

    I have been trying to but it really annoying. Hope mine will work well after fixed. lol.
    Thanks for sharing the tips anyway.

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