I lost the cover for the battery compartment on my old Promaster FA 1000 flash attachment very recently, making it inoperable. I need some kind of flash attachment replacement for my SLR that predates a hot shoe, ie, it has a shoe attachment but also requires a cable hook-in to the camera itself.
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Re: Flash attachment for Minolta SRT 101
You just need to look for flash units which state that they have a "sync lead" included.
I've often found that if the unpowered accessory shoe is metallic, then it's essential to stick a bit of electrician's insulation tape down on the flat part of the shoe to enable correct operation of flash guns which have a powered foot. Most don't appear to turn off the foot when the sync lead is plugged in and will either instantly fire when charged due to the short circuit between the foot contacts.
Older automatic/manual flashguns with sync leads are plentiful and the manual ones especially are often free on FreeCycle. If you're in the UK then send me a message at rambobrob<insert "at" symbol here>yahoo.co.uk and I'll send you a used but boxed and working Jessops 100M for just the postage costs.
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FLASHLIGHT BATTERY INSTALLATION FOR TORCH: Open the Torch Battery Door located on the bottom of the Torch. Insert 4 “A A” (1 .5V UM-3) (not included) batteries (alkaline batteries are recommended) into the torch compartment. Be sure the polarity (+ and -) matches, as marked inside the battery compartment. FLASHLIGHT: Slide the Torch Function Switch to the “FLASH” position, the Torch will light. To turn off, slide the Torch Function Switch to the “OFF’ position. FLASH/BLINK FUNCTION: Slide the Torch Function Switch to “FLASH/BLINK” position, tha Torch will light and thc bulbs on both sides of Torch will blink. BULB REPLACEMENT: Rotate the Torch Cover anticlockwise to hear “click” then pull out the cover, remove the old bulb. Then pull out the torch cup, remove the blinker’s old bulbs and reinstall new bulbs. Replace the torch cup, then reinstall a new bulb. Replace the Torch Cover.
The flash model for Canon is 7308 it might be the correct flash but programed for the wrong brand/manufacture. The way I see this flash is that Promaster produces this 7400edf to work on all the major camera brands but it's programed for a specific camera. The flash firmware updatability is done by a dealer. Another thing I ran into with one of my students cameras (a Canon) was you needed to go into the menu to select external flash over internal. I believe Canon is doing this due to the video capabilities of the camera.
There were years ago, but you did not have auto-focus or metering as I remember. Also there adapter had an optic that was not too good so the lens lost a lot of quality when used. Get an SRT-101 for use with the Celtic lens.
I would not recommend you fix it yourself since several of the inside componentes are high voltage and dangerous. But, why wont the flash turn on? if the batteries are good, could it be the battery contacts on the battery door and inside the flash? If the batteries have ever corroded (even a little) then that would be the problem. Use a pencil eraser to shine up the contacts until they are bright and shiney clean. Do not use sand paper or anthing vabbrasive as that will cause the contacts to corrod more and the problem will be worse.
You should try it only if you have the capable skill. Too much heat on the contact for too long may damage the plastic around them making the connection or mounting of the flash worse. If you have the ability you could do it, but make double sure that you are connecting the correct wire to the proper contact, since each contact has a specific job. If you are not sure send it back to promaster for best results. http://www.promaster.com/support/repairs.asp