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Flash attachment for minolta maxxum 7000

There I was, just taking pictures with the aid of the flash attachment when it stopped working. Changed the batteries-twice-just to be sure. Unit seems to power up, all lights on (except green "OK"), lightning bolt flashes in viewfinder upon activation, but when I take the picture, the flash doesn't flash!! I cleaned the contacts on the shoe-HELP! Don't know what else to do except give it a vertical adjustment. . .

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If all the ready lights come on and the unit will not flash there is a good chance that either the flashtube is burned out or broken or there is a problem in the trigger circuit. There can also be a problem in the contacts on the unit or in the camera.

The camera’s internal synchronization mechanism can be burned out, carbonized or broken down.

Neither of theses problems are a do-it-yourself project unless you are a trained camera repair person (in the case of the camera) or a qualified electronic technician with experience in high voltage devices. Electronic flash units harbor dangerous and eve lethal voltages which can cause a great deal of harm or even death.

Tests you can do: If the flash unit has its own trigger button, try it and see if it fires. You can place a metal screwdriver across the terminals at the bottom of the flash unit and see if that will fire the unit. If those procedures work then the problem is in the camera. Try the camera with another flash unit- if that works the problem is in the flash unit.

If you are using a digital camera make sure to use a trigger voltage protective device between the camera and the flash. Older flash units can harm the circuitry in digital cameras due to their higher amounts of voltage coming through the camera’s shutter.

A visit to you local camera shop may help sort out the problem. If there is a problem, the can sent the camera or the flash in for repair.

I hope this helps. Ed

Posted on May 28, 2008

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