Flash Accessories

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Last update: September 9th, 2014

Adapters

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Minolta FS-1100
Adapts old Minolta AF flashes (e. g. 2800AF) to the new iISO flash shoe. The flash works in TTL-OTF mode for film cameras, but the AF assist light can not be used. The adapter is not intended to adapt other ISO shoe flashes to the Minolta system. For Multi-Interface flashes use the ADP-AMA adapter instead (see below).
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Minolta FS-1200
Adapts new Minolta AF flash to the old ISO flash shoe (e. g. of the 7000AF). The flash works in TTL-OTF mode for film cameras, but the AF assist light can not be used. The adapter is not intended to adapt the Minolta flash system to other systems with an ISO shoe.
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Sony FA-HS1AM
Adapts ISO-518 flash to new Sony/Minolta flash shoe. Contains voltage protection circuitry.
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Sony FA-SA1AM
Mechanical adapter for ISO-518 flash to new Sony/Minolta flash shoe. No contacts, no electronics. Included with Sony HVL-RLAM.
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Sony ADP-MAA
Adapter to mount iISO flashes on Multi-Interface cameras.
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Sony ADP-AMA
Adapter to mount Multi-Interface flashes on iISO cameras.
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Sony ADP-MAC
Adapter to mount Sony AIS accessories on Multi-Interface cameras.
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Sony FA-MA1AM
Adapter to mount Sony HVL-RLAM or Sony HVL-MT24AM flash head onto DT 30/2.8 Macro, DT 35/1.8 or DT 50/1.8 lenses.

Cables and connectors

Minolta OC-1100/Sony FA-CC1AM
Flash cable for new iISO flash shoe.
Minolta OC (a.k.a. OC-1000)
Flash cable for old ISO flash shoe.
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Sony FA-CS1M
Flash shoe for Multi Interface flash, with cable socket, pass-thru of flash contacts. Can be used on camera or on flash. Use with Minolta Cable CD/Sony FA-MC1AM.
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Minolta OS-1100/Sony FA-CS1AM
Flash shoe for new iISO flash, with cable socket, ISO foot (no contacts) and ¼″ threads.
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Minolta OS (a.k.a. OS-1000)
Flash shoe for old ISO flash, with cable socket, ISO foot (no contacts) and ¼″ threads.
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Minolta Cable EX/Sony FA-EC1AM
Extension cable. Extends OC-1000 or OC-1100/Sony FA-CC1AM or connects TC-1000/Sony FA-TC1AM with flash.
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Minolta Cable CD/Sony FA-MC1AM
Connects two flashes.
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Minolta TC-1000/Sony FA-TC1AM
Triple Connector. Connects up to three flashes to a camera.

Note: Not to be confused with the Triple Connector (a.k.a. TC), which is designed for the PX flashes of the old Minolta MF system. The two versions are incompatible!

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Sony FA-ST1AM
PC-sync connector. Allows to connect studio flashes to iISO shoe cameras without a built-in PC connector. Does not work with most film cameras!
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Minolta PCT-100
PC-sync connector. Allows to connect studio flashes to iISO shoe cameras without a built-in PC connector. Does not work with most film cameras!

Off-camera stands, brackets

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Sony Miniature Stand Assy
Folding flash foot with ¼″ tripod threads.

Version for iISO flashes (part of HVL-F58AM and HVL-F43AM set) has part number X23191941.

Version for Multi Interface flashes (part of HVL-F60M and HVL-F43M set) has part number X25854651.

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Minolta Mini Stand MS-2, Sony Mini Stand
Flash foot for iISO flash with ¼″ tripod threads. Order no. 8831-400. Sony part number 269185701.
Minolta Mini Stand MS-1
Flash foot for iISO flash (without tripod threads). Order no. 8832-400.
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Sony VCT-55LH bracket
Flash bracket with ISO accessory shoe (no contacts).

Controllers

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Minolta Wireless Flash Controller
Controls wireless off-camera flashes. Required for Dynax/Maxxum 9xi. Can not be used with some bodies. Discontinued. See camera table for compatibility with individual cameras.

Reflectors and diffusors

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Minolta Bounce Reflector Set Ⅱ/Ⅲ/Ⅳ/Ⅴ
Clips onto the flash. The Reflector set Ⅱ fits the 4000AF. The Reflector set Ⅲ fits the 5400HS, 5400xi and 5200i. The Reflector set Ⅳ fits the 3500xi. The Reflector set Ⅴ fits the 5600HS(D) and the 3600HS(D).
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Minolta Close-up Diffusor CD-1000
The CD-1000 is mounted on the (iISO) flash hot shoe of the camera. The built-in flash illuminates the diffusor from behind, softening the light of the built-in flash.

Battery packs and power sources

Minolta EP-2/Sony FA-EB1AM
External battery pack for Sony HVL-F60M, HVL-F58AM, HVL-F56AM, Minolta 5600HS(D), 5400HS, 5400xi and 5200i. Takes six AA size batteries.

Note that this battery pack and the EP-1 below are not simple battery holders. They contain a high-voltage generator, and the battery packs feed 330 V to the flash unit! So you can't easily make your own battery pack out of a battery holder (besides the fact that you can't buy the required plug anywhere).

Minolta EP-1
External battery pack for Sony HVL-F60M, HVL-F58AM, HVL-F56AM, 5600HS(D), 5400HS, 5400xi and 5200i. Takes six C size batteries.
Minolta AC-1000
AC connector for 4000AF and Ring Flash 1200AF-N.

Others

Minolta Control Grip CG-1000 Set
Flash control grip, with additional power source and additional flash options (ratio flash). Only compatible with the 7000AF, 9000AF, 7000i and 8000i, and flashes 2800AF and 4000AF on the CG-1000. Set consists of CG-1000, BR-1000, AI-1000 and extension cable EC-1000. Old ISO flash shoe.
Minolta AF Assist Light AI-1000
Stand-alone AF assist light. Part of the CG-1000 set. Requires flash mounted on CG-1000 to work. Only compatible with the 7000AF and 9000AF. Old ISO flash shoe.
Minolta Data Receiver DR-1000
Data Receiver. Receives metering data (aperture and shutter speed) from Minolta Flash Meter IV. Only compatible with the 7000AF, 9000AF, 7000i and 8000i. Old ISO flash shoe.

The current Minolta AF/Sony Alpha flash system has grown quite complex, and it is not very well covered in the manuals. That's because this would involve to cover some very basic concepts, and there are many combinations of cameras and flash units with different capabilities that would have to be documented. What I try here is to explain how the Minolta flash system works in detail. This compendium assumes that you have some basic knowledge of photography, ie. you know that an aperture is and you know how a shutter works. Sony has taken over further development of the Minolta A mount (now Sony Alpha mount) and has also kept the Minolta AF flash system with their new DSLRs. When this compedium says "Minolta", the same is true for "Sony Alpha", too, except when noted otherwise.