Flash Accessories

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Last update: May 16th, 2014

Adapters

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).
Minolta FS-1200
Adapts new Minolta AF flash to the old ISO flash shoe (eg. 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.
Sony FA-HS1AM
Adapts ISO-518 flash to new Sony/Minolta flash shoe. Contains voltage protection circuitry.
Sony FA-SA1AM
Mechanical adapter for ISO-518 flash to new Sony/Minolta flash shoe. No contacts, no electronics. Included with Sony HVL-RLAM.
Sony ADP-MAA
Adapter to mount iISO flashes on Multi-Interface cameras.
Sony ADP-AMA
Adapter to mount Multi-Interface flashes on iISO cameras.
Sony ADP-MAC
Adapter to mount Sony AIS accessories on Multi-Interface cameras.
Sony FA-MA1AM
Adapter to mount Sony HVL-RLAM or Sony HVL-MT24AM flash head onto DT 30/2.8 Macro or DT 50/1.8 lenses.

Cables and connectors

Minolta OC-1100/Sony FA-CC1AM
Flash cable for new iISO flash shoe.
OC (a.k.a. OC-1000)
Flash cable for old ISO flash shoe.
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.
Minolta OS-1100/Sony FA-CS1AM
Flash shoe for new iISO flash, with cable socket, ISO foot (no contacts) and 1/4" threads.
OS (a.k.a. OS-1000)
Flash shoe for old ISO flash, with cable socket, ISO foot (no contacts) and 1/4" threads.
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.
Minolta Cable CD/Sony FA-MC1AM
Connects two flashes.
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!

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!
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!

Off-camera stands, brackets

Sony Miniature Stand Assy
Folding flash foot with 1/4" 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.

Minolta Mini Stand MS-2, Sony Mini Stand
Flash foot for iISO flash with 1/4" 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.
Sony VCT-55LH bracket
Flash bracket with ISO accessory shoe (no contacts).

Controllers

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

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).
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 330V 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).

EP-1
External battery pack for Sony HVL-F60M, HVL-F58AM, HVL-F56AM, 5600HS(D), 5400HS, 5400xi and 5200i. Takes six C size batteries.
(no picture) 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.


Readers' comments

#1: Comment posted by Fred on April 2nd, 2010 - 11:50:17 AM:
hi,
i was wondering if i can use a metz flash with an old minolta 500si adapter (aka SCA 3302), i think it's a minolta AF equivalent, to a normal iso hot shoe or a slave trigger like seagull SYK-6... an adapter i can't see there...
regards
Michael Hohner answers:
It's probably easier to just get the correct SCA adapter for the flash. The Metz web page has a function to find the correct adapter.
#2: Comment posted by Andrey on September 3rd, 2010 - 05:58:42 AM:
"Minolta FS-1100 ... Does not adapt any ISO shoe flash to the Minolta system." What exactly does this mean? "Does not adapt"=will not support all camera/flash functions or = camera+adapter will not trigger flash at all? (although it is stated above that some functions of Min 2800AF etc are supported)
Case in mind: I've just tried FS-1100 on Maxxum HTSI Plus camera with Vivitar 285HV (has central pin only) and Vivitar MPO 600 (has the central pin + 2 more on the back of the shoe, one for TTL with Minoltas (Manual focus minoltas for sure, perhaps Maxxums 7000/5000/9000 as well) and 2nd [extra pin] for setting a camera to its sync speed) flashes. Whatever I select on the camera neither flash fires. As if there is no signal from the camera at all. Do I have a faulty FS-1100 or is this a known feature of its operation? (say, it will not trigger anything other than Min 2800AF/4000AF) The camera triggers 5400HS properly. Thanks for informative website.
Michael Hohner answers:
I've changed the wording a bit. It simply means that this adapter is designed to work with older Minolta AF flashes only, and there's no guarantee that it works with other flashes that have an ISO flash shoe, as you see with your flashes.
#3: Comment posted by George on November 15th, 2010 - 03:19:03 PM:
Hi Michael!! I need advice on my little problem. I need to connect me sony flash 58 with a PC cable which has only one pin. But my flash unit has 4 pins. I would like to ask what is the best solution to my problem?? All I want is to find a solution how to connect my sony flash 58 with a PC cord which has only one pin. What is the best "simple" solution??

Thank you in advance!!!
Michael Hohner answers:
Does it have to be a PC cable? The best solution is to use the Minolta OC-1100/Sony FA-CC1AM cable listed above.
#4: Comment posted by George on November 16th, 2010 - 01:17:09 PM:
Thank you Michael for your reply. Yes it has to be a PC (one pin) cable. I will not connect the flash with the camera but with another unit which has PC cable. I will have a closer look at Sony FA-CC1AM cable. Thanks again!!!!!
Michael Hohner answers:
In that case the Sony cable will not work. I don't know a ready-made adapter for PC-sync to Sony/Minolta flash adapter from the top of my head. Maybe Google can come up with something.
#5: Comment posted by Manuel on March 9th, 2011 - 06:25:15 PM:
Hallo to all the Minolta-Sony user & fan!
and thank you really much to Michael Hohner for this super-useful website!
Do you know if the Close-up Diffuser CD-1000 is compatible with Minolta 7D and Sony A700?
Thank you for the answer!
Manuel
Michael Hohner answers:
It is compatible, also see the F.A.Q..
#6: Comment posted by hasani on August 15th, 2011 - 07:03:09 PM:
hello i wanted to know if you or any readers can confirm that the original minolta fs-1100 has voltage protection circuitry and also the original minolta fs-1200 thanks in advance
Michael Hohner answers:
To my knowledge there is no voltage protection in these adapters, because the flashes they are intended to adapt do not use high voltages at the flash foot.
#7: Comment posted by Neil1952 on November 24th, 2011 - 08:13:16 AM:
I have a CG1000 bracket and grip left over from my old Minolta 9000 setup, would I be able to use it simply as an off-camera grip with the current series of Sony flash connected to my 500 / 700 by way of camera hotshoe connector or firing wirelessly?

thanks
Michael Hohner answers:
That's not possible.
#8: Comment posted by Tasos on February 13th, 2013 - 11:18:33 AM:
Hello Michael,
I have an old ring flash for macro photography which was used with Minolta Maxuum AF and I want to use it on my Sony a37 which adaptor do I need to buy so I don't have to buy another flash?
Michael Hohner answers:
Which flash is it? The Minolta 1200AF? If that's the case, please see the F.A.Q. list.
#9: Comment posted by Lindemann on July 14th, 2013 - 08:45:36 AM:
Sehr geehrter Herr Hohner.
Zunächst einmal "Hut ab" zu Ihrer Arbeit mit diese Webseite. In Umfang und Wissen ist sie wohl einzigartig und hat mir schon einige Male weiter geholfen - Danke dafür.
Mein Anliegen ist Folgendes: auf der Suche im Web musste ich feststellen, dass es wohl zwei Ausführungen des "Minolta FS-1100" gab (oder gibt). Ich besitze z.B. einen Originalen mit PC-Sync Buchse (laut Aufschrift/Prägung "Minolta FS-1100 Japan"). Alle original Minolta Adapter, welche ich z.B. bei ebay gefunden habe, haben diese Buchse nicht. Mein FS-1100 unterstützt auch die Wakeup-Funktion zu meinen 4000AF Blitzen (in Verbindung mit Funk-Blitzauslösern sehr nützlich in meinem kleinen Strobisten-Studio), was ein Adapter eines Dritt-Anbieters nicht kann, obwohl äusserlich baugleich. Meine Frage ist: hatten alle originalen FS-1100 die Wakeup-Unterstützung, egal ob mit oder ohne PC-Buchse? Können Sie mir einen Dritt-Anbieter nennen, der diese Funktion ebenfalls hat (Seagull, Yongnuo, ...)?
Vielen Dank im Voraus für Ihre Antworten.
Mit freundlichen Grüssen,
A. Lindemann
Michael Hohner answers:
Soweit ich das sehe war der FS-1100 mit PC-Sync kein reguläres Produkt, sondern wurde von Minolta selbst oder vom Vorbesitzer modifiziert. Ansonsten sollten alle FS-1100 gleich sein.

Was die Produkte von Drittanbietern leisten, kann ich leider nicht sagen.

#10: Comment posted by IIanL on January 13th, 2014 - 04:43:11 PM:
I think the descriptions for the FS-1100 might be misleading, as the the flash will only work in TTL mode with Minolta film cameras, not digital imaging cameras.
Michael Hohner answers:
I've updated the description.
#11: Comment posted by Michael Seidel on May 16th, 2014 - 02:21:04 PM:
Hallo Michael
eine Ergänzung zum Blitzzubehör: Artikelnummer des Mini-Stand für den MI Schuh (im Lieferumfang des HVL-F60M/43M enthalten)

Q:
What is the part number of the mini-stand for the HVL-F60M/HVL-F43M?

A:
Part-number: X25854651 (X-2585-465-1)
EAN/UPC: 5711045829345

Order:
http://de.eetgroup.com/i/X25854651-Sony-Mini-Stand
https://www.servicesplus.sel.sony.com/sony-part-number-X25854651.aspx
Michael Hohner answers:
Danke, ist eingearbeitet.
#12: Comment posted by Sash on July 31st, 2014 - 10:47:11 AM:
A seller is claiming that the Minolta Wireless Remote Flash Controller is compatible with Sony cameras. Is that so?
Michael Hohner answers:
No, this controller is not compatible with digital cameras, and even not with all Minolta film cameras.
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