AF SLR with Most Powerful Built-In Flash

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by John Smith, Oct 8, 2004.

  1. John Smith

    John Smith Guest

    At one time I thought Nikon N60 had a pretty good flash, but it is no longer

    Any recommendations among the current offerings?

    John Smith, Oct 8, 2004
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  2. Look at the Maxxum 800si
    Elie A Shammas, Oct 8, 2004
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  3. If you want a really powerful flash, why limit yourself to built in
    Joseph Meehan, Oct 8, 2004
  4. John Smith

    John Smith Guest

    For portability.

    John Smith, Oct 8, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    No idea and I won't lash you with the standard about how badly built in flash is
    from several points of view.

    See and look at the GN numbers.

    Alan Browne, Oct 8, 2004
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    Mike Guest

    Minolta 800si. Not only is it the most powerful, it zooms.

    Mike, Oct 8, 2004
  7. I understand and I use mine often out of convenience. However there are
    so many advantages, like real power, that for serious things, I tend to
    ignore the built in.

    Sorry I can't offer any suggestions, I am not up on the current models.
    Joseph Meehan, Oct 8, 2004
  8. I had once looked at going with the 800si, but I found that not only was
    this old (ie, no productions anymore) technology but the prices for it
    used was nearly as much as a newer model camera.

    Richard H. Weiner, Oct 9, 2004
  9. I've tried the one on the Dynax 7xi, but it was very disappointing - it also
    threw the metering off, resulting in many underexposed and useless prints.

    Duncan J Murray, Oct 9, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Hmmm. If the price is holding it must be one hell of a camera.
    Alan Browne, Oct 10, 2004
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    Paul Coen Guest

    Must've looked a while ago. A used 800si at KEH in EX+ condition is under
    $300. BTW, it is a hell of a camera. My only complaint about the 800si (and
    the reason I didn't buy one) is that I find the button / switch interface
    on it just too fiddly. It would drive me nuts if I used it with gloves.

    I far prefer the dial interface that runs through the 600si, 9 and 7
    models. I just bought (finally) a Maxxum 7 since my 600si is starting to
    act up (front control wheel is shorting). However, it looks like the Maxxum
    7 is either discontinued or is on hiatus while the Maxxum 7D DSLR
    production was ramped up. (B&H, Adorama, and Samy's have all had the 7 on
    backorder for weeks). Anyone heard anything about it?
    Paul Coen, Oct 10, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Interesting. I hope the 7 is still in prod., as it has only been out for a
    couple years. Perhaps the common parts have been re-routed to the 7D line to
    kick that up. The very low price of the 7 ($400 at B&H) is suggestive of "end
    of the line", however.

    They do have Maxxum 9's in stock at $1,060 so grab it while you can. I have a
    feeling that we won't see this class of film camera from K-M for a long time, if

    Alan Browne, Oct 10, 2004
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    Mark M Guest

    It NEVER even occurs to me that my 10D has a built-in flash.
    -I simply do not use, or even consider using it in ANY situation.
    It's become automatic to grab my 550 and stick it on---almost in the same
    motion--while I pull the camera from my bag.

    My dad has the 10D as well, and he often wonders why his flash pics don't
    measure up. Answer: He uses only the built-in, and it just can't compare.
    Mark M, Oct 13, 2004
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    Magnus W Guest

    100% agree. It is also one of the ugliest cameras ever made with that
    hideous flash housing.

    Otherwise it's a fine camera :)
    Magnus W, Oct 18, 2004
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    Magnus W Guest

    Film is effectively dead in the 7-9 market. Don't expect another film 7/9.
    The naming of the clearly 5-class "Maxxum 70" (aka Dynax 60) should be seen
    in this context.

    Reports are that both the 7 and 9 are discontinued, even if they still may
    be in stock for some time...
    Magnus W, Oct 18, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    What reports? I suppose the low price of the Maxxum 9 and the crash price of
    the Maxxum 7 would support the end-of-run theory...

    Now suppose there will be a Maxxum F9D? Let's see:

    Full metal body with digital and film backs
    (Film backs include dark slide)
    full frame digital:
    12 Mpix CMOS with
    18 Mpix CMOS back to follow in a couple years
    (regretably, A/S is not available in the film back)
    Blue Tooth DL to backpack image tank
    PocketWizard transmitter and receiver built-in
    (Mamiya won't stand for it)

    Alan Browne, Oct 18, 2004
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    Paul Coen Guest

    I've had a couple of retailers report problems getting the Maxxum 7, and
    the indication they got from the vendor channel is that it's basically
    discontinued. At the same time, B&H did just manage to get more of them, so
    who knows?

    With the LCD panel on it, I expect that the 7 is going to have a more
    limited shelf life in the used market than the 800si or the 9. Heck, that
    panel is one of the reasons I actually bought the Minolta 2-year warranty
    extension for the camera. I expect (barring need for shutter adjustments
    with that insane top shutter speed) the 9 will have a long, long shelf life
    in the used market.
    Paul Coen, Oct 18, 2004
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