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Minolta A1 and external flash

guidoa 16 1.4k United Kingdom
2 Jul 2004 4:40PM
Has any one used the program 2500D flash gun with this digi camera and if so with what results. It is quite expensive and i was wondering if there are any cheaper non Minolta flash guns which will work from the hot shoe.


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vetcameraman 14 145 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2004 5:49PM
All the official info. on the A2 I've read says you can only use the Minolta range of guns as per the manual on the hot-shoe due to its design - I presume the same is true for the A1. I think it was Luminous Landscape's review said it is actually a good design hot shoe. There are other sites where people descibe using other non-dedicated flash guns. The big downside appears to be that you lose all control and TTL flash metering, so it become a game of chance. Others have worried about burning out the electronics - sounds like a question to pose direct to Minolta's support site. Obviously, you could always experiment with the PC terminal and a cheaper flash mounted off-camera which by all accounts gives better results than direct flash anyway (never tried it myself!) Then you could save up for the 5600 (I think) which should give you a much better option, including wireless flash capability. In the meantime, I'll have to stick to fill-in flash and daylight lighting - bit expensive for me too!
guidoa 16 1.4k United Kingdom
2 Jul 2004 6:39PM
Thanks for that info. The 5600 is very expensive and I couldnt justify it, will try an off shoe flash.
lordposh 14 45 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2004 10:20PM
I have been using the sigma DG-500 SUPER flash with my A1, they are expensive to buy new, but a good camera shop may be able to offer you a used one, then they are worth their weight in gold. Saying that I waited about 2 weeks before one came along..
This does work perfectly from the hot shoe with full fatures.
guidoa 16 1.4k United Kingdom
6 Jul 2004 9:06PM
Thanks Roger, I have managed to find a Sigma EF-500 DG, for my A1, the point I dont understand is what is difference between ADI and TTL flash, and which do you use - there doesnt seem to be any difference in the shots I have taken.

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