Minolta A1 question

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Rescho, Jan 3, 2004.

  1. Rescho

    Rescho Guest

    I'm thinking of upgrading from a Minolta Dimage 7i to an A1 but I have a
    couple of questions that someone may be able to help me with before I order.
    1. Does the electronic viewfinder image disappear when the shutter button is
    pressed (like a mirror swinging SLR)? I've often wondered why it's
    necessary to suppress the image during the exposure in cameras with
    electronic viewfinders (Minolta and Fuji both do this on the cameras I've
    owned). It's very annoying having the picture disappear just as you take the

    2. Is the external flash sync the really old standard coaxial socket about
    3mm in diameter? I've three flash units with this tried and proven standard
    that I can't use with the 7i and I'm not about to pay their ridiculous price
    for a Minolta adaptor if I'm upgrading.

    Regards Rescho
    Rescho, Jan 3, 2004
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  2. Rescho

    Tyke Guest

    The A1 does blank out the electronic viewfinder or the LCD display,
    whichever one is being used, when the shutter is released. I have not read
    the reason for this, but it may be due to the desire to dedicate the CPU to
    processing the image. If this guess is correct it will likely be a cost
    saving measure.

    The A1 external flash connector looks to be the standard coaxial size you
    mention, but I cannot say whether this will work with your flash. I have
    not been able to make this work with a really old Metz flash, although the
    connector is the same size.

    Dave Paine.
    Tyke, Jan 4, 2004
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  3. Rescho

    browntimdc Guest

    Yes. The viewfinder image is also time delayed. For action shots I've
    learned to look at the subject with the other eye.
    Yes, its' a standard PC connector that can handle 200V. One of the two
    main reasons I upgraded from a 7i.



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    browntimdc, Jan 4, 2004
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