Help on Minolta flash decision

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by John N., Aug 12, 2003.

  1. John N.

    John N. Guest

    I've got X-700 and XD11 bodies. For flash I've got a 360PX and a 280PX. The
    foot on the 280 has been broken for a while, and now I've got a wiggle in
    the foot on the 360 and a little wiggle in the shoe on the camera (X-700)
    too.

    I'm pretty sure I could send flashes and camera out and get them all fixed
    (maybe not at this point?) but I'm wanting to understand my other flash
    options. I know these flashes sync with the camera in some way that I don't
    fully understand, and I also know I could go to some other manufacturer and
    get a suitable flash. Can someone help me understand what I'd be giving up
    by going with another manufactures flash (and conversely, what I've got with
    these Minolta flashes). I'm sure there are other excellent alternatives to
    TTL flash metering. One of the reasons I'm considering it is the fragility
    of the plastic foot on the Minolta flashes - I've already had the 360 fixed
    once. I'm also probably 1-2 years away from a major equipment change, so
    don't want to sink too much money in this.

    Also, I'm looking for an off camera flash mount/grip. I've seen the Minolta
    Power Grip 2, but that seems more for providing additional power for rapid
    flash recycling. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    Any help appreciated.

    John Nesselrode
     
    John N., Aug 12, 2003
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    John N. Guest

    Well, I learned something there. I thought the TTL was only available with
    same manufacturer. At $80, they're nearly disposable too.

    I wonder, is the TTL technology fairly static, so that this solution is
    likely to be available for some time to come?
     
    John N., Aug 12, 2003
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    Mike Marty Guest

    John,

    There don't seem to be that many dedicated flashes left, sold new, for the
    X-700. At least not compared to 15 years ago...

    I'm not sure how long Sunpak will keep offering this unit...in fact I
    wonder if they still produce it? They also offer the more powerful 444D,
    but it requires you to purchase a Minolta dedication module for another
    $40. The 433D has the module built into the unit.

    Note that B&H still sells brand new Minolta 280PX flashes however to me,
    the 433D was a no-brainer.

    --Mike
     
    Mike Marty, Aug 12, 2003
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