Cable release adapter for Minolta Dynax 500si

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Chadwick, Oct 21, 2004.

  1. Chadwick

    Chadwick Guest

    I've got a Minolta Dynax 500Si (I think the Americans know it as the
    Maxxum). Not the 505, this is a 500. Yep, it's about 10 years old.

    I want to get a cable release for it, but the shutter button is not
    threaded in any way.

    I'm guessing I need some sort of adapter kit - any suggestions?

    Suggestions as to a suitable cable are also welcome.

    Chadwick, Oct 21, 2004
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  2. Chadwick

    Magnus W Guest

    (Chadwick) wrote in
    There is a remote socket cleverly hidden at the right side of the body (at
    the side of the hand grip). A rectangular plastic cover. Inside is a
    contact with three pins, which will accept either a Minolta RC-1000 cable
    release (available in L and S versions, long and short) or a
    homemade connector (use a CD-ROM audio connector and cut it to fit). One of
    the pins is ground, one is "activate af", one is "fire shutter". Just short
    out the relevant pins.
    Magnus W, Oct 21, 2004
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  3. Chadwick

    Alan Browne Guest

    "CD-ROM audio connector"? I've never seen a connector like the one for the
    Minolta remote anywhere else... do you mean, for examlple, like a connector at
    the back of a computer CD-ROM drive?

    I have the short version and I'd like to make an extension cable... so if I can
    find a male/female pair I'll be in business...

    Alan Browne, Oct 21, 2004
  4. Chadwick

    Magnus W Guest

    Yes, but they tend to have four pins, so you have to cut it off to fit.
    No need. Open the release, unsolder the cable, insert a 3.5mm audio socket
    (female walkman connector) where the cable comes out. Add a male plug at
    the cable end. Now you can extend the cable with any stereo headphone
    extension cable, and if you plan correctly, you can get shutter release
    only from a mono extension cord. I have done this; works like a charm.
    Magnus W, Oct 21, 2004
  5. Chadwick

    Alan Browne Guest

    Magnus W wrote:

    I opened it up a couple years ago for precisely that purpose. But as it is
    built for low cost production rather than robustness, I decided not to fool with
    it. My soldering skills are very basic ... I didn't want to screw it up.

    Alan Browne, Oct 21, 2004
  6. Chadwick

    Chadwick Guest

    Sorry, you've got a different model. There is no panel on either side of my camera.
    Chadwick, Oct 25, 2004
  7. Chadwick

    Magnus W Guest

    (Chadwick) wrote in
    That's right, I just read "500si" without noticing that it was a Dynax --
    the Maxxum 500si has the socket, but that one is called "500si Super" in
    Europe, and your model is called "Maxxum 400si" in the US.

    then I don't know of any adapter. Due to the curvature of the body such
    thing would be a hack at best. I think the self timer may be your best
    option with that body, unfortunately.
    Magnus W, Oct 25, 2004
  8. Chadwick

    Chadwick Guest

    That's the conclusion I've come to as well. I guess I'll soldier on for a while yet.
    Chadwick, Oct 26, 2004
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