Hotshoe slave unit wanted for off flash camera work?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Chris Wilkins, Nov 21, 2003.

  1. I after buying a mini hotshoe slave unit (with PC and tripod screw
    fitting)so I can use a flashgun detacted from the camera.

    I have minotla Dynax 5 with its own Hotshoe design and would like at
    some stage later to buy(when I've saved up) a Metz 54 dedicated to the

    BUT in the mean time I thought it would be an idea to buy a 2nd hand
    cheaper flash with the universal type hotshoe and a slave hotshoe unit
    which would be set off by the minolta's built in flash.

    I'm doing a local Photo course and thought it would be more useful to
    have this setup for portrait and still work etc.

    Could people please suggest a few choices for slave hotshoe units. Are
    there many available?

    Chris Wilkins, Nov 21, 2003
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  2. Chris Wilkins

    Alan Browne Guest

    Don't waste your money. Get a 5600HS from Minolta which is a bit more
    powerful than the Metz and completely integrated to the Maxxum 5. The
    Metz comes in a "Maxxum" version, but it is a bit more expesnive and
    will not be as well integrated. The 5600HS will work wireless with your
    Maxxum 5; the Metz will require the purchase of another module.

    You will need an adaptor to convert the oddball Minolta shoe into a
    standard hotshoe. I'm not sure if you will lose TTL-flash doing this.
    Many, many. Go to the B&H site.
    Alan Browne, Nov 21, 2003
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  3. Can the 5600HS be triggered wireless by any of Minolta's digicams?


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    Svetlana Nevski, Nov 21, 2003
  4. Chris Wilkins

    Alan Browne Guest

    7i, 7Hi, A1 (The 7 too? not sure).
    Z1 (check this, I'm not 100% sure)

    Minolta Dimage 5, I believe not.
    Alan Browne, Nov 21, 2003
  5. I thought the Mezt with a slave module was slightly cheaper if not the
    same. I also thought it had a better spec (so I had been told) but I'm
    wondering now!

    Chris Wilkins, Nov 22, 2003
  6. Chris Wilkins

    Alan Browne Guest

    Depending where you shop the Metz may be more or less $. At B&H the
    Minolta is a little cheaper. I explored getting a Metz a few years ago
    and gave up in frustration (60 CT-4) on compat. with the Maxx 9.

    As to "better", well the Metz has the Metz rep and the 5600HS shoots out
    photons that are indistinguishable from Metz photons! I have had one
    failure with all my Minolta eqt, 5400HS crapped out about 2 mos. after
    warranty ran out... Minolta repaired free-of-charge (replaced tube and
    a few other parts) within 1 week. I've had no trouble with it since, or
    my much older 3500xi or my newer 5600HS.

    I believe the best course is to use Minolta flashes.

    Alan Browne, Nov 23, 2003
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