Minolta Camera / Quanteray Flash -- OS-1100 & OC-1100 Question

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Justin, May 16, 2005.

  1. Justin

    Justin Guest

    I have a Minolta Maxxum STsi with a Quanteray 8000XI Wireless flash
    (from Ritz Camera). I've been having problems with "non-fires" when
    using the flash in wireless mode on a bracket. Does anyone have any
    idea if I'd have a problem connecting the camera and flash using the
    Minolta OS-1100 & OC-1100. I'm concerned because the flash isn't the
    Minolta brand ... but it is made to specifically work with the Maxxum

    I do have a question in with Ritz but thought I'd check here as well.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
    Justin, May 16, 2005
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  2. Justin

    Alan Browne Guest

    One problem I have with the Maxxum 5600HS flash (but not with the older
    5400HS or 3500xi flashes) is the sensitivity of the wireless receiver.

    1) It is often neccessary to turn the sensor side of the flash to 'look'
    directly at the camera controlling the flash. At that, if the flash is
    behind the film plane, it might not pick up the signal. So, then I use
    the 5400HS on camera and pointing at the 5600HS to control it, or ....

    2) When there is an obstacle in the line of sight, use reflectors to
    provide a reflected path for the control signals. A white index or
    business card or a rumpled square of alu-foil work wonders.

    (I do the same with monolights in large settings like gymnasiums when
    phototgraphing volleyball to get the on camera flash to trigger the
    slave at the back of the monolight head. I'd rather use a couple Pocket
    Wizard receivers, but that'$ not cheap).

    As to the OC-1100, I use it as well with EX cables (less so). For some
    mysterious mind-of-minolta reason, these cables are coil cords, so to
    get a long cord length you need several and the stand holding the flash
    needs to be heavy or weighted down to avoid tip overs. (I don't need
    the OS-1100 as my flashes have the Minolta 4 pin sockets).

    Alan Browne, May 16, 2005
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