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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It could be a simple connection that is loose and just need to be put back into position, or it could be a controller circuit that is bad and needs to be replaced. This is not a user repairable problem. It should be sent in for repair.
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.
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.
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.