I'm trying to find a good and affordable flash that would be the equivalent of either the 5600hs or 3600hs. I have an A2 digicam and Maxxum XTSi and ideally, I'd like a flash that I can use with both cameras.
I've found a Bower brand. Is it any good?
Thanks for your help.
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Re: 5600hs or 3600hs equivalent in other brands
I live in London, England, and have never encountered the brand you mention. However, I can recommend the Metz 48-AF1; it has a Guide Number of 48 and does pretty much everything that the 5600hs and 3600hs do at far lower cost, including the wireless flash which the A2 can work with. It also makes sense as it can be changed to fit any major brand by adding the appropriate adaptor so is highly resaleable. In the UK the basic flashgun sells for around £155 and an adaptor is around £30 extra, but I've noticed on my travels that it's far cheaper when priced in US $.
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If there is a problem with the flash itself or the mainboard connection to the flash it will not charge. If the flash won't charge then it won't go off when you take a picture. The only way to fix the problem is to replace the flash with a good used one and see if that fixes it. If not, then you need to replace the mainboard. Good used parts can usually be found online for cheap; that auction website doesn't pay me to type their name, so I don't, sorry. Hope this helps!
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My wife's A550 stopped its flash for no good reason. I put two fresh batteries in and there was no improvement. I then gave it a smal tap on our kitchen table - on the opposite side to the flash - and it started working again.
Perhaps it's the 21st century equivalent to kicking the photo copier when it did not work.
Either your flash unit is defective and needs to be replaced, or the mainboard is defective and causing the flash to not work. The only way to know is to start with the flash and replace it, if that doesnt work its the main PCB.
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It is not operator error. I had a similar experience and spent days pulling my hair out trying to figure out the problem.
Unfortunately, the 5400HS is NOT compatible with the 7D. Only to 3600HS(D) and 5600HS(D) are.
The problem stems from the fact that the digital cameras cannot to TTL (real-time) flash metering and have to rely on pre-flash instead.
Because of this, Minolta updated the control protocol to include a signal to tell the flash to pre-flash. Unfortunately, only the two newer flashes recognise and respond to this new signal.
I spent weeks trying various things to get around this, but with no joy. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but your 5400HS just will not work properly with the 7D either wirelessly or when attached to the camera.
I would purchase new set of rechargeable batteries(good brand because they are cheap) and see if the batteries were going bad. If the problem still persist, 4600 main circuit is not good. Time to reward yourself with brand new digital camera.
Yes. The following Minolta dedicated external flash units are compatible with the DiMAGE A1 for automatic flash control:
Program Flash 3600HS(D),
Program Flash 5600HS(D),
*Program Flash 2500(D),
Macro Twin Flash 2400*,
Macro Ring Flash 1200*.
* Program Flash 2500(D) will be available around August, 2003.
*Macro Flash Controller is necessary
Wide converter can be attached by using the dedicated adaptor ring ZCA-300 and will provide equivalent to 26mm angle of view in 35mm film.
The closest subject distance:
Normal Recording mode: 70.5 cm (from CCD), 60 cm (from the front of wide converter)
Macro mode : 20.5 cm (from CCD), 10 cm (from the front of wide converter)
*1 Set the Lens acc. to Wide Converter. in the setup menu. (Optical zoom will be fixed at wide-angle end.)
*2 Built-in flash can be used when attaching a filter, but shadowing may occur at the bottom of the image. In this case, use of program flash 5600HS(D), 3600HS(D), 2500(D) (sold separately) is recommended.
*3 Filter with 52mm in diameter can be attached to the adapter ring.