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Startup problem My Minolta 3600HS (D) flash has suddenly developed a fault where the low battery light keeps flashing even with new alakaline batteries. I have tried couple of different sets of batteries to make sure it is nothing todo with the battery. When I turn it on, the zoom motor makes a noise just as in normal startup and then the low/replace battery light starts flashing. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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I have the same problem with this flash. In a couple of days I'll find out what's wrong with it, and write here.

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if you have a problem that your camera keeps shutting down even with seeming good batteries, the cause may be due to one of the following:

1. the obvious is that the AA batteries are depleated and need renwal.
ensure you use high power or rechargable batteries and ensure they are fully charged as low power will cause the camera to shutdown.

2. check your flash memory installed on your camera, sometimes the memory may make a problem that causes the camera to shutdown with a battery or some other message. Try removing your flash memory and use your camera without it, to see if this is the problem. if it is a flash memory problem, remove and save any wanted data from the flashcard and then format it, by right clicking on it when inserted in your computer card reader and pressing format, (admin rights needed on windows) after this, re-insert the card back in the camera and test.

3. if batteries are not high power such as alakaline or carbon batteries the camera will shut down stateing that you should use high power batteries.
most digital camera with foldaway lenses will shut down while still having some power left in the battery this is to ensure that the lens and data is stored properly to avoid damage.
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In your Speedlight you can use 4 AA sized batteries.
Alkaline, Lithium and rechargeable NiMH batteries.
Be sure your batteries are charged, or new. Never use different type together. So all 4 should be same brand, same capacity and same date.
When you did not use the speed light for a long time, two things could have happened. The contacts in the battery holder are dirty, or oxidised or the capacitor for the high voltage has leaked or dried out.
The contacts you can clean if they are not oxidised to strong. Never use sharp tools to sanding paper to clean contacts. Just use a dry cloth. It the contacts are really dirty, put some contact oil on a cotton swap and rub the contacts for a while. Make sure you rub all the oil away, using the dry cloth.
If old batteries, can't make the Speedlight sing, yes you should hear an oscillator, the on / off switch can be dirty or oxidised. If the oscillator runs, but the ready light does not go on, the capacitor is gone. Needs a technician to replace the cap.

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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.


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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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Yes. Wireless / Remote Flash allows the camera to control Minolta 5600HS(D) and 3600HS(D) flash unit. (sold separately)

Can the conventional Maxxum/Dynax flash units be used with this 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
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