Minolta Maxxum Flash/Bracket Question

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

  1. Justin

    Justin Guest

    I have a Minolta Maxxum STsi camera and am looking to add an off camera
    flash with a bracket. I've never worked with a bracket before and have
    an interest in photographing people. I am on a limited budget am
    looking at the Stroboframe Quick-Flip 350 and either the Sunpak
    MZ-440AF or the Vivitar 730AF. The one thing I'm not sure of what
    cord I will need to connect the camera and flash. I will probably be
    ordering online and want to be sure that I get a compatible flash and
    cord. Any advice/help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
     
    Justin, Feb 16, 2005
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  2. Justin

    Alan Browne Guest


    The quickflip is a good choice. (I have the larger RLc which is cumbersome with
    smaller cameras. Okay with my beast).

    1) As you probably know Maxxum's have a proprietary interface and proprietary
    cables. The cable that goes from the camera shoe to the 5600HS flash (not sure
    if the 3600HS does this) is the OC-1100 (Minolta). It ain't cheap.

    2) You will need a Minolta flash stand to replace the standard false flash shoe
    on the bracket. The Minolta flash stand has a 1/4" threaded socket on the
    bottom (remove Stroboframe shoe, use same screw to mount the Minolta stand).

    Be sure to get the MS-2 model (4 footed) and not the 2 footed version which does
    not have the 1/4" socket.

    I have no idea if Minolta shoe compatible 3rd party flashes that you mention
    have the connector-port for this cable.

    Another option: You don't need a cable:
    Buy the Maxxum 3600HS or 5600HS flash (which come with the MS-2 stand). Set the
    flash to wireless mode. Set the camera to wireless. Done.

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Feb 16, 2005
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  3. Justin

    Bill Tuthill Guest

    You got a good answer from Alan Browne, but instead of an expensive
    flash bracket and off-shoe cord, you could spend $29 and get The Shell,
    provided your flash has rotating head. The $100 Sigma EF-500 is the
    least expensive speedlight I know with swivel head. Looks like this,
    and works well in either horizontal or vertical mode:


    ____________
    _________/ \
    | \
    | _____ |
    | | \ light |
    | | \ /
    ______\__/_____ \ /
    / \ \________/
    | __ |
    | | | |
    | `__' |
    | |
    \_______________/
     
    Bill Tuthill, Feb 17, 2005
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  4. Justin

    Justin Guest

    Thanks to all for your help. I decided to buy the Stroboframe
    Quick-Flip 350 and the Quanteray 8000XI Wireless Flash. My question is
    this: Is the MS-2 flash stand what I need to attach my flash to the
    bracket. I would assume this would work since it is has the 1/4"
    treaded socket to connect to the bracket and it is listed to accept the
    Minolta brand 5400xi, 3500xi, and 5200i flashes. Since I will be using
    the flash in wireless mode all I need it to do is hold it in place.
    Thanks in advance for any help provided to this newbie!
     
    Justin, Mar 9, 2005
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  5. Justin

    Justin Guest

    Thanks to all for your help. I decided to buy the Stroboframe
    Quick-Flip 350 and the Quanteray 8000XI Wireless Flash. My question is
    this: Is the MS-2 flash stand what I need to attach my flash to the
    bracket. I would assume this would work since it is has the 1/4"
    treaded socket to connect to the bracket and it is listed to accept the
    Minolta brand 5400xi, 3500xi, and 5200i flashes. Since I will be using
    the flash in wireless mode all I need it to do is hold it in place.
    Thanks in advance for any help provided to this newbie!
     
    Justin, Mar 9, 2005
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  6. Justin

    Alan Browne Guest

    Yep. I do this sometimes (wirelessly) but usually use the obscenely
    expensive Minolta cable to control the flash.

    Just remove the 'shoe' that comes with the 350 and use the same screw to
    secure the MS. (If the screw is too long just add washers or purchase a
    shorter screw at the H/W store. Make sure the thread pitch is right to
    avoid chewing the the threads on the MS-2.

    Wirelessly, you may get 'non-fires' or control problems in venues where
    there isn't much for the control signal to bounce off of. You can tape
    place a tiny bit of tin foil below the camera flash to bounce some of
    the control light up to the 8000... and another bit of foil there to
    help bounce the signal into the receiver (don't cover the receiver).

    MS-2's are an unusual Minolta product as they are cheap as hell.
    Somebody there screwed up. I have 3 minolta flashes, but I have a mess
    of those little stands. One is permanently mounted to my bracket.

    Cheers,
    Alan.
     
    Alan Browne, Mar 9, 2005
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