Maxxum 28 AF Flash / Maxxum 5D

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by JBBrown, Mar 11, 2006.

  1. JBBrown

    JBBrown Guest

    I am trying to use a Maxxum 2800 AF flash on my Maxxum 5D. I am using an
    FS-1100 shoe adapter but no matter what I do, the camera doesn't seem to
    recognize that there is a flash attached to it.

    The flash indicator on the camera does not light. The auto program
    parameters do not change when the flash is turned on or even physically
    removed from the camera. The only thing that seems to work is that the flash
    does flash. However the exposure is overexposed.

    Jim & Betsy Brown
    Coshocton OH
    JBBrown, Mar 11, 2006
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  2. Alas, that is all you're going to get...

    I have a Maxxum 7D and a 20 year old 4000AF strobe that has served me well
    with my film Maxxums. Unfortunately, the new digital Maxxums and older
    strobes do not communicate with each other beyond triggering the flash
    (and zooming the 4000AF's flash head with zoom lenses.)

    But all is not lost... You now have a chance to (re)learn all those old
    techniques used in the days before dinosaurs and computerized auto-
    everything camera metering systems. Find a good reference on using Guide
    Numbers (ferzample: and
    spend some time with the camera, flash and a mathematically inclined brain
    cell (or a calculator if your brain cell is as decrepit as mine...)

    I'm not familiar with the 2800AF, but assume it has some manual controls
    like output power level? Even if not, you still have manual aperture
    (f/stop) and ISO controls on the 5D - with these and the instant feedback
    you get from digital, you can either calculate or just plain brute-force
    trial-and-error the proper settings for a situation. Might not be too
    convenient if you are chasing a moving subject, however...

    Otherwise, you will need to save up the money for one of the latest whiz-
    bang automagical flash units like the Konica Minolta Maxxum Flash 3600HS D
    or 5600HS D. From what I read these will do pretty much everything up to
    and including bringing you breakfast in bed.

    ....And there's always the pop-up flash on the camera itself for short
    range work.

    Bob ^,,^
    Bob Harrington, Mar 11, 2006
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  3. JBBrown

    Alan Browne Guest

    You're about two technology steps behind. Two workarounds:

    1) chimping

    Set the flash power to 1/2, 1/4 or 1/8.
    Take a test shot of the subject.
    Look at the monitor image and histogram
    Adjust aperture (and/or) flash power to get a proper exposure

    2) Metering (requires an incident flash meter)

    Put the meter at the subject, dome towards lens
    Fire the flash at a nominal power setting
    Read the aperture setting, set that on the camera.
    Verify with a test shot (chimping) and adjust as required.
    (The chimping method (1) is part of this, so you can really see that the
    meter is not really a requirement).

    Both of the above work for fixed distance for the flash to the subject.

    3) Buy a 5600 or 3600HS flash. There will be many on the used market.

    Alan Browne, Mar 11, 2006
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