The first rule of dust shoe club is “the best dust shoe is the next one”
What I already regret doing is placing the camera right above the suction hole, which means I’ll have a chip storm in front of the camera during all shots. I knew this would happen, but I could not find any other position (the back of the shoe would have been ideal, but not enough Z clearance there, and the sides are a no-no because I don’t want to impact Z travel)
I’m tempted to do yet another iteration, with suction intakes in the back (opposite of the camera) and finding they way inside the shoe walls, to the hose in front. Oh my this would look even weirder.
Where I’m sold for good is the “cylinder around the spindle” approach (and Z-independence, obviously), in terms of efficiency it has worked perfectly for me.