Home made Minolta accessories.

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Lior T, Dec 9, 2003.

  1. Lior T

    Lior T Guest

    Hi,

    I was looking online but was unable to find how to home make a shutter
    release cord for the Minolta 7xi. I was told this should be simple.

    I was hoping to skip the ordering from abroad and making it personally.
    (and of course saving the $$$).

    anyone knows where to find such a manual ?

    (im also looking for a way to fire studio flash's from the 7xi since it
    doesnt have the old shoe plug ... i know there is a convertor, but its
    awfuly expensive)

    thnx
    LT.
     
    Lior T, Dec 9, 2003
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    Magnus W Guest

    Magnus W, Dec 9, 2003
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    Simon Guest

    What Magnus said...
    This assumes that (1) you have a meter to work out the exposure for your
    flashes and (2) that you have optically triggered slave flashes in the
    studio (or a separate optical trigger with a PC sync socket connected to
    them).

    1. Override the ISO on the camera to something somewhat faster than the
    film you're currently using (e.g. 1600 for an ISO100 film).

    2. Enable the on-camera flash

    3. Set the camera to manual and dial in the aperture and shutter speed
    setting you've worked out using the external meter (ignore the
    camera's
    metering - it will probably tell you you're over-exposing now!)

    4. Shoot - the on-camera flash will fire, but in relation to the studio
    flash will be pretty feeble as you've reduced it's power by
    pretending
    you've got a fast film and won't contribute much to the overall
    exposure,
    but it should be sufficient for the studio flashes to pick up the
    light
    and trigger as slaves.

    5. Don't forget to reset the ISO back to normal when you've finished.

    Simon.
     
    Simon, Dec 10, 2003
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    Alan Browne Guest

    The main problem will be the connector. It is not a common type. If
    you can find the connector, e-mail me and I'll send you the signals.
    I have been unable to get my hands on a converter at any price for my 7xi.

    simply add a slave to the studio strobes and fire the in camera flash or
    accessory flash. 1/200 works fine. Depending on the position of the
    strobes, place a slightly crumpled wad of aluminum foil a few inches
    behind the trigger to catch the light. Alternately, good triggers are
    those that have a foot or so of cord ... let them dangle.

    If the trigger/accessory flash has HSS, make sure it is disabled. I set
    the flash 1/32 power. Enough to set off the studio strobes, not enough
    to add light to the scene.

    To avoid highlights from the camera flash, take a strip of exposed slide
    film (black) and cover the flash. The slaves will trip on the IR.

    Alan.
     
    Alan Browne, Dec 10, 2003
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Simply covering the flash with prev. exposed slide film will eliminate
    it from the scene and the IR portion of the flash light will set off the
    strobes.
     
    Alan Browne, Dec 10, 2003
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  6. Small correction: UN-exposed (but developed) slide film, so it's
    black. Works great as an IR filter. Some slaves can be fooled by lower
    output on TTL flashes though.


    - Al.
     
    Al Denelsbeck, Dec 10, 2003
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