Minolta XE Flash trigger contact rating

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Steve, Aug 21, 2003.

  1. Steve

    Steve Guest

    I have a Minolta XE-1. I would like to use a Vivitar 2800 with it. I
    have been told that high trigger voltage can dammage some (newer-?)
    cameras. I have seen quoted the 2800 has around 140V trigger, but mine
    (and sevberal others I know of (possibly newer ones???))measures only
    20V.

    Will this be OK for a circa 1977 camera?

    Is anyone using this combo?
    Does anyone know the contact specs for the XE?

    Steve
     
    Steve, Aug 21, 2003
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    Mike Marty Guest

    At only 20 volts, you'll be fine.

    20 volts can supposedly damage Canon EOS cameras, but I hear that most Nikon
    and Minolta cameras are designed to handle up to 250volts (but I wouldn't
    recommend it). I was using an Acheiver flash, which I measured at 260
    volts, on my X-700 before I realized what I was doing. I've since upgraded
    my flash to something newer and better (with a lower trigger voltage).

    --Mike
     
    Mike Marty, Aug 22, 2003
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    lalil Guest

    Yes. Older cameras mechanically trigger attached flash units and are
    not affected by those high voltages.

    Rick
     
    lalil, Aug 22, 2003
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    Olaf Ulrich Guest

    All Minolta cameras up to and including the first AF (Maxxum)
    generation---i. e. 5000AF, 7000AF, and 9000AF---will do fine
    with any flash trigger voltage.

    The Minolta SLR cameras that cannot withstand higher trigger
    voltages are those with the new proprietary hot shoe---i. e. the
    'i' series and later.

    This is what a Minolta technician told me.


    With many flash models, the trigger voltage has been reduced
    during their production time. So earlier samples may have high
    trigger voltages of 100 V to 600 V; later samples of the very
    same model may have lower trigger voltages of 24 V or less ...
    as instruction manuals always say: "Technical specifications
    subject to change without notice."

    Olaf
     
    Olaf Ulrich, Aug 22, 2003
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    Alan Browne Guest

    The Minolta flash shoe is *not* a hot shoe. It is, as you say, their
    proprietary flash shoe, not merely a trigger.

    The Maxxum 9 and 7 will take any PC sync voltage and polarity on the PC
    sync connector.

    Alan.
     
    Alan Browne, Aug 22, 2003
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