Does the Minolta 5600HS flash work with Maxxum 7000i?

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by anil k goel, Oct 2, 2004.

  1. anil k goel

    anil k goel Guest

    I am considering getting the 7D with the 5600HS flash.

    The 3200i flash that I used with my old 7000i died a few months ago and I
    was wondering if I will be able to use the 5600HS with the 7000i (except for
    the "D" features, of course)?

    Does anyone know for sure?

    Thanks,

    -anil
     
    anil k goel, Oct 2, 2004
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  2. anil k goel

    Alan Browne Guest

    The 5600HS should work with the 7000i, and the only flashes (so far) that will
    work with the 7D are the 2500, 3600HS and 5600HS.

    For the 7000i, the 5600HS manual says:

    -Flash is auto (TTL) in P mode (eg: will always fire if on)
    -Flash is auto (TTL) in S mode (eg: will always fire if on) and a shutter speed
    will be auto selected by the body
    -HSS and wireless (modes of the the flash) cannot be used

    and of course the "D" functions are not integrated on the 7000i

    Hope that helps.

    Cheer,s
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Oct 2, 2004
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  3. anil k goel

    anil k goel Guest

    Thanks, Alan. Can I also ask your opinion of the 5600, please?


    It will probably be worth importing it from a US retailer given the large
    price differential with the Canadian prices (Henrys is selling for 700 &
    Vistek for 640 vs. 300US at B&H).

    -anil
     
    anil k goel, Oct 2, 2004
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  4. anil k goel

    Alan Browne Guest

    While I'm in the minority, I think the design of it sucks. It certainly punches
    out the power (same power, BTW, as the 5400HS despite the misleading
    advertising). I have the 3500xi (or rather my SO has it), the 5400HS and the
    5600HS.

    -They added swivel locks (the 5400HS had no locks), so what was a one handed
    operation becomes a two handed operation. The need for lock escapes me as I've
    had 0 problems with the 3500xi and 5400HS. Seems to be "Gee, Nikon have locks,
    so let's be like Nikon." marketing.

    -The menus are badly designed and a pain in the ass when setting ratio wireless
    lighting.

    -The zoom head is limited to 85mm (v. 105 in the 5400HS). On the positive side
    it widens out to 17mm (with a flip down difuser).

    -The sensitivity of the wireless receiver is low v. my 5400HS. This IS A PAIN!

    -Another +ve of the 5600HS is that the battery compartment door is now 'captive'
    and won't get lost.

    -Another +ve is the head can be set at a slightly depressed angle which helps
    with closeups.

    For all that, it is my #2 flash for most applications (I always have both
    flashes, often use 2 or 3 at a time when I do use them). For my 'studio' I use
    good ole' dumb studio lights and a meter.

    It remains to be seen if I can use the 5600HS on the 7D to successfully control
    the 5400HS and 3500xi... I suspect not, so the need to buy another 5600HS may arise.

    Given that it is the most powerful Minolta flash, and the only one integrated
    with the (D) lenses as well as the digitals (7H, 7Hi, A1, A2 (the Zn's?)) and
    the soon to come 7D, then you have little choice for the future (other than the
    less powerful 2500 and 3600 and compatible 3rd party flashes).

    Cheers,
    Alan
    Yep. Esp. with the high CDN $ right now. (or rather, the low US $).

    However, last year I was surprised when I bought my scanner, DSE 5400, that it
    was cheaper in Montreal than anywhere else.

    Cheers,
    Alan



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    Alan Browne, Oct 2, 2004
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  5. anil k goel

    Magnus W Guest

    I think rather "we'll take the option the manufacturer of the flash offers
    us". Look at current high-end flashes from most manufacturers -- they are
    so ridiculously similar it is obvious they are OEM units. The lock should
    have been there to avoid entering the "point down" position only, with free
    movement otherwise.

    The 5600HS has significantly lower quality in most everything than the
    5400HS IMO, with one important exception -- the test/modeling light
    interface is very much improved.

    I agree about the menus, but the 5400 was confusing too, especially in the
    dark.
     
    Magnus W, Oct 3, 2004
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  6. anil k goel

    Alan Browne Guest

    I don't know if Minolta sub'd the 5600HS out ... but even if so, they could have
    specified no locks. I do like your idea of locks for 'point down' only, wish
    that the OEM's would consult with the customers first.
    It has a light. The polarization of the LCD makes it hard to read at some
    angles... it is made to be looked up at (from the viewfinder position), when
    looking down (eg: when on a tripod it is difficut to read (interal light on or
    not)).

    Cheers,
    Alan.


    --
    "There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph.
    All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth."
    -Richard Avedon
    -- rec.photo.equipment.35mm user resource:
    -- http://www.aliasimages.com/rpe35mmur.htm
    -- e-meil: there's no such thing as a FreeLunch.--
     
    Alan Browne, Oct 3, 2004
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  7. anil k goel

    Magnus W Guest

    Yeah, but the lower row of buttons aren't lighted, so you have to remember
    their positions. I have never learned their locations, and I have two of
    the damned things! ;-)

    (and one 5600HS... and one 4000AF... and one Nissin 4800GT... and don't get
    me started on my array of small flash units :p ;-)
     
    Magnus W, Oct 15, 2004
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