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  1. #1
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    non-standard minolta 3500xi flash w/a100

    Do any of you by any chance use non-sony flash units with the a100? I know already they fire full-flash, but can the a100 control the flash level? Is there a good manual setting (aperture/shutter) that works?
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    Red face Flash settings ... in general

    I wound up getting a SONY HVL-F56AM, which is nothing more than a re-wrapped Minolta 5600 HS (D).

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    The flash has the swivel head, which is what makes it different from the HVL-F36AM or the Minolta 3600 HS (D) (pictured below), which is just tilt.

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    Back to your question, normally, a flash setting is standardized at:

    Aperture: f/4
    Shutter Speed: 1/60-sec (or 1/125-sec)
    ISO: 400
    Mode: Manual

    This should get you in the ballpack, unless f/4 is not available, due to lens constraints. Then you would use the widest available aperture setting you can (f/5, f/5.6, f/6.3), depending on the telephoto setting.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 05-16-2007 at 04:27 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
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    It looks like i'll have to get a new km or sony flash. the 3500xi fires full power. i needed f/22 just to get a usable shot!

    i'd only get KMinolta if it were a lot cheaper (used).
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    dSLR: Sony a100 dSLR w/ kit lens (18-70mm)
    Minolta Lens Collection: 28-80mm xi, 70-210mm
    Point and Shoot: Sony DSC-T11

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    Exclamation Ebay hunt

    go on ebay .... I've actually seen the 5600 HS (D) for $150 on there. That's about as good as it gets!


    Try this link ... it's at $127

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Konica-Minolta-5...QQcmdZViewItem

    That represents a savings of well-over $200 off of a new one.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
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    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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    It finished at $325US! Might as well get a Sony!
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    Minolta Lens Collection: 28-80mm xi, 70-210mm
    Point and Shoot: Sony DSC-T11

    My photo portfolio

    My Flickr

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    Cool It's not the only ONE ever put on ebay

    Quote Originally Posted by cgl88 View Post
    It finished at $325US! Might as well get a Sony!

    Not everything sells the same way from week to week. I've gotten some outstanding bargains ... when the rest of the world wasn't paying attention.

    Don't give up until the day you buy it somewhere else. Just search and search ... and be as patient as your needs will allow. I feel that is the real secret to successful ebay money management. It takes nothing special to run a bid up. Wait ... and then pounce with your final bid. If someone over takes it ... oh well, you stated what you would pay and leave it at that.

    Good luck ... with your flash hunt! There are 3 more on ebay, one as low as $49
    Last edited by DonSchap; 06-22-2007 at 02:13 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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    a100 built-in flash + kit lens

    Don, do you have any tips with using the built-in flash with the 18-70mm kit lens? I had a horrible time metering and focusing on a few occasions.

    I also accidentally had the camera in spot metering which got the camera to overexpose (cuz i set flash EV to 2!). Boy was that shot lost!
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    Minolta Lens Collection: 28-80mm xi, 70-210mm
    Point and Shoot: Sony DSC-T11

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    Best of Both worlds:
    dSLR: Sony a100 dSLR w/ kit lens (18-70mm)
    Minolta Lens Collection: 28-80mm xi, 70-210mm
    Point and Shoot: Sony DSC-T11

    My photo portfolio

    My Flickr

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    Red face Hmmm ... difficulties to be sure

    Good job on the link, but I don't think it offered you a solution for your current pop-up flash conflict with the SONY 18-70mm, did it?

    I thought I had responded to this, after your first question, but it looks like it either cancelled or was deleted.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonSchap View Post
    Good job on the link, but I don't think it offered you a solution for your current pop-up flash conflict with the SONY 18-70mm, did it?

    I thought I had responded to this, after your first question, but it looks like it either cancelled or was deleted.
    Hi, I did PM you the same question but did not receive a response. What did you say?

    I read somewhere that the a100 consistently underexposes for flash shots to preserve the details. The post said to set EV to +0.7 (i think) to correct. I'll look it up and post this info is anyone is interested.
    Best of Both worlds:
    dSLR: Sony a100 dSLR w/ kit lens (18-70mm)
    Minolta Lens Collection: 28-80mm xi, 70-210mm
    Point and Shoot: Sony DSC-T11

    My photo portfolio

    My Flickr

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