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Re: [MinMan] Sunpack Auto 355AF thyristor Flash

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  • Chuck Norcutt
    Thanks, Kevin. I was unaware of the existence of the FS-1200. I just found 3 for sale on ebay. Two appear to be Minolta parts which have three pins on the
    Message 1 of 5 , Jan 27, 2010
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      Thanks, Kevin. I was unaware of the existence of the FS-1200. I just
      found 3 for sale on ebay. Two appear to be Minolta parts which have
      three pins on the bottom which implies TTL control. The third is a
      Chinese partial clone having only a single bottom contact.

      But I'm still confused. I found this page that describes the FS-1100
      and FS-1200 <http://www.mhohner.de/sony-minolta/flashcomp_acc.php> It
      says the FS-1200 will adapt a Minolta AF flash unit to the old ISO flash
      shoe and gives the 7000AF as an example. From this photo of the 7000AF
      <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minolta_Maxxum_7000> it's apparent to me
      now that the first Minolta AF cameras still had an ISO hot shoe.

      The real question I guess it whether the FS-1200 will adapt a Minolta AF
      flash unit to any TTL capable Minolta body with ISO shoe such as the
      X700? If so it would mean that the Sunpak 355AF could be used on the
      X700. However, this (now 10 year old) page
      <http://photo.net/equipment/minolta/flash> states that the
      "FS-1200 Allows current-production flashes to be mounted on the original
      5000, 7000, and 9000 cameras."
      No mention of manual focus cameras there. I just now downloaded the
      9000 user manual and see that, although it has an ISO foot with 3
      contacts it only speaks of using new AF flash units. Later, when the
      "i" series cameras were introduced with the non-standard shoe there was
      yet another series of "i" flash units introduced.

      Chuck Norcutt

      Kevin on yahoo wrote:
      > Hi, just a quick correction, there was a Minolta FS-1200 adaptor
      > available that allowed the fitting of the later minolta-special-shoe
      > flashes to the earlier 7000 and 9000 AF bodies that used the ISO
      > standard flash shoe - as in the reverse of the FS-1100 adaptor. (i have
      > attached a picture of the adpator, but I am unsure if thuis group allows
      > attachments)
      > rgds
      > Kevin
      > M1KPW
      > *From:* Chuck Norcutt <mailto:chucknorcutt@...>
      > *Sent:* Monday, January 25, 2010 10:42 PM
      > *To:* ManualMinolta@yahoogroups.com <mailto:ManualMinolta@yahoogroups.com>
      > *Subject:* Re: [MinMan] Sunpack Auto 355AF thyristor Flash
      > The Sunpak Auto 355AF is (as the ebay ad specifies) for a Minolta Maxxum
      > autofocus camera (as is also indicated by the "AF" in the Sunpak model
      > number. Minolta autofocus cameras have the non-standard flash shoe that
      > fits the foot on that 355AF flash unit. Minolta used to sell an
      > accessory shoe adapter (FS-1100) that allowed older (ISO standard)
      > flashes to be used on the autofocus cameras but AFAIK there has never
      > been an adapter allowing the reverse. Such an adapter wouldn't make
      > much sense since the flash units are incompatible at the TTL control
      > level. For possible future reference you might want to note that film
      > era flash units for Minolta autofocus cameras have the correct foot to
      > be fitted to digital autofocus cameras but, once again, the TTL controls
      > between digital and film flash units are not compatible.
      > In short there is no way you can use this flash unit on your camera and
      > it should be returned.
      > Chuck Norcutt
      > stephensteveestabon wrote:
      > > The flash I ordered for the Minolta did not arrive, instead they sent
      > > this Sunpack auto 355AF flash. It has a strange shoe connection on
      > > the bottom that does not fit the hot shoe on my camera.
      > >
      > > I suspect some sort of interface goes between this flash and the
      > > normal hot shot connection but I'm not finding any on the net.
      > >
      > > I've emailed the ebay seller asking why I got this instead of what I
      > > ordered and so forth but do any of you happen to know how to
      > > interface this flash with the Minolta X-series flash shoes?
      > >
      > > It seems like a sophisticated little flash with an extending head, a
      > > setting on the back for how far you extend the heat out, Film speed
      > > setting. But I've got no way to interface this thing with my hot
      > > shoe.
      > >
      > > The shoe on the flash has a little button on the back which causes a
      > > tiny black latch toward the front to lock onto either the hot shoe I
      > > guess or the interface it uses to hook to the hot shoe.
      > >
      > > If you go here and scroll all the way down you can see close up shots
      > > of the connection on the bottom of this flash.
      > >
      > http://cgi.ebay.com.my/MINOLTA-MAXXUM-SUNPAK-AUTO-355AF-THYRISTOR-TTL-BOUNCE_W0QQitemZ370295309516QQcmdZViewItemQQptZDigital_Camera_Flashes?hash=item56375204cc
      > <http://cgi.ebay.com.my/MINOLTA-MAXXUM-SUNPAK-AUTO-355AF-THYRISTOR-TTL-BOUNCE_W0QQitemZ370295309516QQcmdZViewItemQQptZDigital_Camera_Flashes?hash=item56375204cc>
      > >
      > >
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