Minolta 7xi , some questions

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Lior T, Nov 25, 2003.

  1. Lior T

    Lior T Guest

    Howdy all,

    Im about 4.5 months into photography, and been using the minolta 7xi
    as film body.

    as i move more and more into film photography. now that i want to
    evolve abit I am not sure about certain things about this camera.

    first, what mount range does it accept ? as i want to buy a tele and
    maybe wide lens. and im not sure it accepts the full range of the
    maxxum / MD ranges ...

    second - what flash's does it accept ? meaning does all new and old
    maxxum range flashs perform with all functions and TTL with this rather
    old (10 years) camera ?

    thats about it,

    thanks in advance
    Lior T, Nov 25, 2003
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  2. It only accepts the "A" or "AF" mount, for which a wide range of wide
    angle and tele lenses are available.

    SR, MC and MD lenses (for the XD, XG, X series) won't fit, neither
    mechanically nor electronically.
    I'm not acquainted with the 7xi, having a (1995's) 700si.

    TTL should work with any flash that supports TTL and has the right mount.

    Notable features (check your 7xi manual to be sure) are:

    * wireless synch -- those el-cheapo "TTL only" flashes often don't support
    it, but I don't know if the 7xi does. Difficult to use but can be used
    to good effect.
    * high-speed synch (requires "HS" flash) -- I don't think the 7xi knows
    * ADI -- not supported by the 7xi, requires "AF (D)" lenses
    * reflector zoom or minimal focal length. Some flashes light down to
    24mm, some 28mm, some 35mm, and some gain one "step" with a diffusor
    to plug onto the reflector.

    I'd also make sure to buy a flash that works with NiMH rechargables and
    get myself a good charger (individual cell supervision and delta peak
    cut-off), anything else won't be fun for long.

    Buying used flashlights with built-in battery may not be a good idea
    either before you know how expensive battery replacement is.

    There's also a system of 3rd party vendors (Metz with their mecablitz
    SCA 3000 series, also other vendors, look for SCA) that adapts to
    various bodies by just exchanging an adaptor which may come handy if you
    have more than one camera system - for instance, if you had the older
    Minolta MPS stuff (X-700 and all that) as well, these except for the
    cheapest usually take NiCd and NiMH. My Metz 40MZ-2 doesn't support
    high-speed synch but supports wireless and strobe (strobe doesn't
    require camera assistance, just "M" or "S" mode with sufficiently long
    exposure time). The SCA 300 flashes have fewer features than the SCA
    3000 ones.
    Matthias Andree, Nov 25, 2003
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    Alan Browne Guest

    (can't see the original post)

    I used the 7xi extensively from 1993 through 2000. It is a good camera
    with a few irritating tendancies including a refusal to fire if the
    focus isn't locked.

    With my 7xi body I have had trouble with the 28-70 f/2.8 lens. (won't
    hold aperture/speed settings) Otherwise no problems with many other
    lenses I've tried.

    The 7xi works well with the xi and more recent HS flashes. With the 7xi
    you can control off camera flashes using the built in flash as a
    controller, maintaining TTL control. (Or with a 'control' flash such as
    the 5400HS or 5600HS mounted on the the 7xi, you can control off camera
    flashes, TTL). HighSpeedSync will not work with the 7xi
    (I believe the HSS indicator will turn on in the flash, but sync speed
    will be 1/200 and you will lose flash effective GN. Can't test this for
    you now, my SO has the 7xi at her house...)

    3500xi, 3600HS, 2000xi, 5400HS, 5600HS ...

    I have the 3500xi, 5400HS, 5600HS and all are great flashes. If you can
    find a 5400HS, that is what I would recommend for you. I it is just as
    powerful as the 5600HS, zooms to 105mm and does not have irritating
    locks (of the 5600HS).

    Alan Browne, Nov 25, 2003
  4. Lior T

    Alan Browne Guest

    7xi does support TTL wireless flash, and it is _easy_ to do do and get
    nice lighting effects with one or two off camera flashes.

    7xi will not HSS
    5400 covers 28 to 105mm
    5600 covers 17 to 85mm
    I use NiMH with all of my Maxxum flashes. I've had trouble with Optex
    "CamPower" batteries only.
    Alan Browne, Nov 25, 2003
  5. Lior T

    Lior T Guest

    a little bit of futher clarification

    for instance When an auction on Ebay states "maxxum" (for lens or
    flash but dont state what mount) can i automatically assume it will fit
    the maxxum 7xi ? or do newer/older maxxum's might have a different
    electronic/physical mounts (like the other ones you described)

    (i would think they would fit ,but just making sure... dont wanna throw
    200$ on a silly mistake)

    Lior T, Nov 29, 2003
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    Magnus W Guest

    Well, no. The original Minolta series had a "normal" ISO shoe, enhanced
    with TTL transmitting contacts as common. The i series introduced the
    "iISO" shoe, kind of an inverted shoe, and that's the one you need.

    Flashes (Minolta made) compatible with your camera includes:
    3200i, 5200i, 2000xi, 3500xi, 5400xi, 5400HS, 2500D, 3600HS, 5600HS

    Flashes (Minolta made) /not/ compatible with your camera:
    1800AF, 2800AF, 4000AF, D314i, D316i

    All Maxxum lenses fits all Maxxum cameras with some very rare exceptions.
    All Maxxum lenses will fit your 7xi, with the exception of the two recent
    SSM lenses (300/2.8 SSM G D, 70-200/2.8 SSM G D) but they are not on the
    used market anyway (practically not on the /new/ market).
    Magnus W, Nov 29, 2003
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    Mister K Guest

    Yes, the "maxxum" cameras use the same mount which is most often refered
    to as a "maxxum" mount.

    Some "maxxum" lenses have special function buttons or other features
    that you should be aware of.
    Mister K, Nov 29, 2003
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