Gear Check: FA-HSA Hot Shoe Adapter From Really Right Stuff

Last month I came across this awesome little accessory that I think many people might find different uses for. It’s called the FA-HSA Hot Shoe Adapter and it’s made by Really Right Stuff, makers of the best camera support gear on the planet in my opinion (just check my gear list!). Note that at the moment, the FA-HSA is not listed amongst all the other RRS gear on the B&H Photo website for some reason. I suspect this is because it’s a relatively new addition to their lineup. You can buy it direct from RRS though, and I’ll make sure to update this article one it appears on the B&H website too for those that like to shop there.

The FA-HSA is a tiny little device that can do two things:

  • Add a threaded 1/4 20 female socket to your camera’s hot shoe
  • Add a 1/4 20 male stud to your camera’s hot shoe.

The amazing thing about this little device is how small it is. I suspect that many folks will be familiar with the typical multi-piece hot shoe adapters (like this one) that are on the market which require you to dismantle a small stack of threaded pieces to achieve similar results to the FA-HSA. Yes, these other solutions are undoubtedly cheaper, but they are also a royal pain in the butt, and are MUCH larger and heavier to carry around. You certainly can’t leave them attached to the camera all the time as you could do with the much lower profile RRS solution.

The design is simple. Use the included hex wrench to remove the 1/4 20 stud if you want a female socket, or leave it in if a stud is what’s needed. A separate locking ring takes care of securing the adapter into the hot shoe.

The FA-HSA is on the left, with a more traditional adapter on the right. Both of these things do essentially the same thing. I know which one I’d rather have in my bag…

So what exactly can you do with the FA-HSA adapter?

Adding a BC-18 Microball to the FA-HSA makes it possible to mount any item, such as another camera, that has an Arca Swiss standard dovetail bracket/plate on it.

Here’s a few things that immediately came to my mind:

  • Mount a GoPro to your hot shoe to record your most exciting photography sessions using the FS-HSA with this GoPro adapter.
  • Add the amazing RRS BC-18 Microball to your hot shoe, enabling you to mount a second full sized or mirrorless camera. Potentially useful for maximizing your shooting opportunities during those brief golden hour moments.
  • Mount an articulating arm to hold an external LCD monitor or video recorder for filmmaking.
  • Mount an audio mixer for more professional audio setups during filmmaking.
  • Use the something like the RRS phone clamp to mount a cell phone to your camera and livestream your photo shoots to platforms like Facebook and Instagram.

I’m sure there’s many more things you could do, but you get the picture, this thing is pretty versatile for something so tiny! I’ve now added this to my photography EDC kit and carry it everywhere with me.

RRS FA-HSA + GoPro Tripod Adapter

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Dan Carr

Founder of Shutter Muse, full time photographer and creative educator. Dan lives in the Canadian Yukon, but his wanderlust often sends him in search of images all around the world to meet the needs of clients and readers alike.

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