Cord to connect Minolta Spotmeter F to Minolta 5600 HS (D) flash?

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Dave Yuhas, Jun 16, 2004.

  1. Dave Yuhas

    Dave Yuhas Guest

    Until I bought a Minolta 5600 HS (D) flash I could connect my Minolta
    Spotmeter F to a Vivitar 283 with a standard sync cable. But the 5600
    doesn't accept a standard sync cable (the Mind of Minolta at work).

    If you've accomplished this feat, please let me know what cord or
    gizmo I need to connect the two.


    Dave Yuhas, Jun 16, 2004
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  2. Dave Yuhas

    Alan Browne Guest

    I may be wrong but you are likely SOL for two reasons:

    --no "AUTO" or "Non-CORD" mode on the Spotmeter F
    --no way to "test" fire the 5600HS other than the button on the

    You need to put the meter in non-cord mode and hit "test" on the
    flash (at a manual setting of 1/1, 1/2, 1/4 ... 1/32 as
    appropriate) to measure the flash. Since the Spotmeter F doesn't
    have a non-cord mode ... (and how would you aim it while goofing
    with the flash, I don't know...). Perhaps hit the Spotmeter
    trigger and then the flash TEST button within 1/10 of a second
    afterwards... might work... clumsy at best).

    If there is a way to force the flash to manual fire via the four
    wire "Minolta" proprietary cable, I don't know what it is...

    In my home studio I sometimes hook up the 5600HS to the camera
    with the proprietary Minolta cables; set it manually as well as
    my studio flashes... when it fires, the studio lights go off on
    slave ... but to measure the 5600, I have to fire it with the
    test button not via a sync cable. (I use an incident flash meter
    which, one way or another, I can hang/prop or ask the subject to
    hold during metering of the 5600HS).

    Alan Browne, Jun 16, 2004
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  3. Dave Yuhas

    Dave Yuhas Guest

    Arrrrrrrrrrrrg! I was afraid of this. I've contacted 3 retailers -
    all supposedly Minolta dealers - and they couldn't answer the
    Dave Yuhas, Jun 17, 2004
  4. Dave Yuhas

    Alan Browne Guest

    Cameras have become complex as systems and few store employees
    know more than what is printed on the brochure ... if that.

    The Minolta Maxxum system is proprietary and strange and does not
    mix well with studio lighting setups. (I use the maxxum 9 and it
    does both well but not concurrently...

    Alan Browne, Jun 17, 2004
  5. Dave Yuhas

    Magnus W Guest

    Just short two of them. At least that's the way with 5400HS and earlier,
    and I'd guess it should work with D flashes too? Otherwise: try to short
    out the two pins closest to the small plastic "guide" inside the jack that
    takes the extension cables. That should fire the flash, too.
    Magnus W, Jun 23, 2004
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