Minolta/Konica Minolta/Sony Alpha flashes

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This is supposed to be a tech data sheet of all Minolta/KonicaMinolta/Sony Alpha flashes. My goal is to list all flashes, including older versions.

Flashes are color-coded as follows:

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Whenever there's a “?” or empty space in the table, I do not know the data. If you have that specific flash, or when you have a model not listed yet, and you can provide the data, please contact me and I'll update the table as soon as possible.

Data for announced products should be considered preliminary. Exact data often isn't known until after the actual release. You should not rely on data for announced products to be correct.

Also read my Minolta Flash Compendium for further information about the Minolta AF flash system.

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Hans-Peter Braun, Marcin Fal, Klaus Ipsen, Matthias Paul, Miguel Rodriguez, Leo van Dam, Magnus Wedberg

Thanks to all!

Last update: January 29th, 2014

Dedicated Flashes

  Image Name Release year max. GN [m] GN at 50mm [m] Digital ready Shoe type Zoom range [mm] (with wide angle adapter) Manual zoom stops [mm] Auto zoom Auto zoom adjust Tilt [deg.] Swivel [deg.] Wireless flash (remote) Wireless flash (controller) Wireless HSS Wireless channels Manual flash Manual power levels (steps) HSS ADI AF assist light Modeling flash Stroboscopic flash White balance assist LED intensity [lx @ 1 m] LED focal length [mm] LED color temp. [K] (w/ color filter) CFs Cable socket Batteries Battery pack Standard accessories Optional accessories Comments Reviews
Sony HVL-F60M 2012 60 42 yes Multi Interface 24 – 105 (15) 24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 105 yes yes −10 – 150 −90 – 90 yes yes yes 4 yes 1/1 – 1/256 (1/2, 1/3) yes yes yes yes yes yes 300 35 5500 (3200) 8 built-in 4× AA EP-1 (6× C), EP-2 (6× AA), FA-EB1AM (6× AA) adapter ADP-AMA, diffusor, color filter for LEDs, mini stand, pouches test button; built-in bounce sheet; 2 memory areas Chris Gampat on The Phoblographer
Sony HVL-F58AM 2008 58 42 yes iISO 24 – 105 (16) 24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 105 yes yes −10 – 150 −90 – 90 yes yes yes 4 yes 1/1 – 1/32 (1/1) yes yes yes yes yes yes 8 built-in 4× AA EP-1 (6× C), EP-2 (6× AA), FA-EB1AM (6× AA) mini stand, pouch test button; built-in bounce sheet
Sony HVL-F56AM 2006 56 44 yes iISO 24 – 85 (17) 24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 85 yes no −10 – 90 −180 – 90 yes yes yes 4 yes 1/1 – 1/32 (1/1) yes yes yes yes yes no 5 built-in 4× AA EP-1 (6× C), EP-2 (6× AA), FA-EB1AM (6× AA) MS-2, pouch Bounce Reflector V Identical to 5600HS(D)
Minolta 5600HS(D) 2000 56 44 yes iISO 24 – 85 (17) 24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 85 yes no −10 – 90 −180 – 90 yes yes yes 4 yes 1/1 – 1/32 (1/1) yes yes yes yes yes no 5 built-in 4× AA EP-1 (6× C), EP-2 (6× AA), FA-EB1AM (6× AA) MS-2, pouch Bounce Reflector V
Minolta 5400HS 1993 54 42 no iISO 24 – 105 24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 85, 105 yes no 0 – 90 −180 – 90 yes yes no 4 yes 1/1 – 1/32 (1/1) yes no yes yes yes no 0 built-in 4× AA EP-1 (6× C), EP-2 (6× AA), FA-EB1AM (6× AA) MS-2, pouch Bounce Reflector III
  Image Name Release year max. GN [m] GN at 50mm [m] Digital ready Shoe type Zoom range [mm] (with wide angle adapter) Manual zoom stops [mm] Auto zoom Auto zoom adjust Tilt [deg.] Swivel [deg.] Wireless flash (remote) Wireless flash (controller) Wireless HSS Wireless channels Manual flash Manual power levels (steps) HSS ADI AF assist light Modeling flash Stroboscopic flash White balance assist LED intensity [lx @ 1 m] LED focal length [mm] LED color temp. [K] (w/ color filter) CFs Cable socket Batteries Battery pack Standard accessories Optional accessories Comments Reviews
Minolta 5400xi 1992 54 42 no iISO 24 – 105 24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 85, 105 yes no 0 – 90 −180 – 90 yes yes no 4 yes 1/1 – 1/32 no no yes no yes no 0 built-in 4× AA EP-1 (6× C), EP-2 (6× AA), FA-EB1AM (6× AA) MS-2, pouch Bounce Reflector III
Minolta 5200i 1990 52 42 no iISO 24 – 85 24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 85 yes no 0 – 90 −180 – 90 no no no 0 yes 1/1 – 1/32 (1/1) no no yes no yes no 0 built-in 4× AA EP-1 (6× C), EP-2 (6× AA), FA-EB1AM (6× AA) Pouch Bounce Reflector III White-finish special edition available (released with white 8000i)
Minolta 4000AF 1985 45 40 no ISO 28 – 70 (24) 28, 35, 50, 70 yes no 0 – 90 −90 – 90 no no no 0 yes 1/1 – 1/16 (1/1), ~1/24 no no yes no no no 0 built-in 4× AA AC-1000 (AC adaptor) Pouch Control Grip CG-1000 set, Color Panel set PS-1000, Bounce Reflector II
Sony HVL-F43M 2013 43 30 yes Multi Interface 24 – 105 (15) 24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 105 yes yes −8 – 150 −90 – 90 yes yes yes 4 yes 1/1 – 1/128 (1/2, 1/3) yes yes yes yes yes yes 100 35 5500 9 via FA-CS1M 4× AA connector cap, mini stand, pouch test button; built-in bounce sheet; weather sealing
Sony HVL-F43AM 2011 43 30 yes iISO 24 – 105 (15) 24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 105 yes yes −8 – 150 −90 – 90 yes yes yes 4 yes 1/1 – 1/128 (1/2, 1/3) yes yes yes yes yes yes 9 via OS-1100 or FA-CS1AM 4× AA mini stand, pouch test button; built-in bounce sheet; weather sealing
  Image Name Release year max. GN [m] GN at 50mm [m] Digital ready Shoe type Zoom range [mm] (with wide angle adapter) Manual zoom stops [mm] Auto zoom Auto zoom adjust Tilt [deg.] Swivel [deg.] Wireless flash (remote) Wireless flash (controller) Wireless HSS Wireless channels Manual flash Manual power levels (steps) HSS ADI AF assist light Modeling flash Stroboscopic flash White balance assist LED intensity [lx @ 1 m] LED focal length [mm] LED color temp. [K] (w/ color filter) CFs Cable socket Batteries Battery pack Standard accessories Optional accessories Comments Reviews
Sony HVL-F42AM 2008 42 30 yes iISO 24 – 105 (16) 24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 105 yes yes 0 – 90 −90 – 180 yes no yes 2 yes 1/1 – 1/32 (1/1) yes yes yes no no yes 5 via OS-1100 or FA-CS1AM 4× AA MS-2, pouch test button
Sony HVL-F36AM 2006 36 29 yes iISO 24 – 85 (17) 24, 28, 35, 50, 85 yes no 0 – 90 yes no yes 2 no yes yes yes no no no 2 via OS-1100 or FA-CS1AM 4× AA MS-2, pouch, wide angle adapter Bounce Reflector V Identical to 3600HS(D)
Minolta 3600HS(D) 2000 36 29 yes iISO 24 – 85 (17) 24, 28, 35, 50, 85 yes no 0 – 90 yes no yes 2 no yes yes yes no no no 2 via OS-1100 or FA-CS1AM 4× AA MS-2, pouch, wide angle adapter Bounce Reflector V
Minolta 3500xi 1991 35 29 no iISO 28 – 105 28, 50, 105 yes no 0 – 90 yes no no 2 no no no yes no no no 0 via OS-1100 or FA-CS1AM 4× AA MS-2, pouch Bounce Reflector IV
Minolta 3200i 1988 32 28 no iISO 28 – 85 yes no no no no 0 no no no yes no no no 0 via OS-1100 or FA-CS1AM 4× AA Pouch
  Image Name Release year max. GN [m] GN at 50mm [m] Digital ready Shoe type Zoom range [mm] (with wide angle adapter) Manual zoom stops [mm] Auto zoom Auto zoom adjust Tilt [deg.] Swivel [deg.] Wireless flash (remote) Wireless flash (controller) Wireless HSS Wireless channels Manual flash Manual power levels (steps) HSS ADI AF assist light Modeling flash Stroboscopic flash White balance assist LED intensity [lx @ 1 m] LED focal length [mm] LED color temp. [K] (w/ color filter) CFs Cable socket Batteries Battery pack Standard accessories Optional accessories Comments Reviews
Minolta 2800AF 1985 28 28 no ISO 35 (28) no no no no no 0 no no no yes no no no 0 via OS 4× AA Wide angle adapter, pouch Control Grip CG-1000 set
Minolta 2500(D) 2003 25 25 yes iISO 28 no no 0 – 90 no no no 0 no no yes yes no no no 0 via OS-1100 or FA-CS1AM 4× AA Pouch
Sony HVL-F20M 2013 20 20 yes Multi Interface 27 – 50 27, 50 no no 0 – 75 no yes yes 1 no no yes no no no yes 0 via FA-CS1M 2× AAA pouch see Flash Compendium for compatibility Jason Hermann on SonyAlphaLab
Sony HVL-F20AM 2009 20 20 yes iISO 27 – 50 27, 50 no no 0 – 75 no yes yes 1 no no yes no no no yes 0 via OS-1100 or FA-CS1AM 2× AAA pouch see Flash Compendium for compatibility
Minolta Vectis SF-1 1996 20 20 no iISO 28 no no no no no 0 no no no yes no no no 0 via OS-1100 or FA-CS1AM 2× CR2 Wide angle adapter, pouch Weather sealed
  Image Name Release year max. GN [m] GN at 50mm [m] Digital ready Shoe type Zoom range [mm] (with wide angle adapter) Manual zoom stops [mm] Auto zoom Auto zoom adjust Tilt [deg.] Swivel [deg.] Wireless flash (remote) Wireless flash (controller) Wireless HSS Wireless channels Manual flash Manual power levels (steps) HSS ADI AF assist light Modeling flash Stroboscopic flash White balance assist LED intensity [lx @ 1 m] LED focal length [mm] LED color temp. [K] (w/ color filter) CFs Cable socket Batteries Battery pack Standard accessories Optional accessories Comments Reviews
Minolta 2000xi 1991 20 20 no iISO 35 (28) no no no no no 0 no no no yes no no no 0 via OS-1100 or FA-CS1AM 4× AA Wide angle adapter, pouch
Minolta 2000i 1989 20 20 no iISO ? no no no no no 0 no no no yes no no no 0 via OS-1100 or FA-CS1AM 4× AA ?, pouch
Minolta 1800AF 1986 18 18 no ISO 35 no no no no no 0 no no no yes no no no 0 via OS 4× AAA, 1× CR-P2/223 Pouch
Minolta D-316i 1988 16 16 no iISO 35 no no no no no 0 no no no yes no no no 0 Pouch For Dynax/Maxxum 3000i only, powered by camera
Minolta D-314i 1988 14 14 no iISO 35 no no no no no 0 no no no yes no no no 0 Pouch For Dynax/Maxxum 3000i only, powered by camera

NEX Flashes

  Image Name Release year max. GN [m] GN at 50mm [m] Shoe type Zoom range [mm] (with wide angle adapter) Manual zoom stops [mm] Auto zoom Tilt [deg.] Swivel [deg.] Manual flash Manual power levels (steps) HSS ADI AF assist light White balance assist CFs Standard accessories Optional accessories Comments Reviews
Sony HVL-F7S 2010 7 7 Smart Accessory Terminal 24 no no no no no ? 0 pouch Standard with NEX-3, NEX-C3, NEX-5, NEX-5N and NEX-5R
Sony HVL-F20S 2011 20 20 Smart Accessory Terminal 24 – 50 (18) 24, 50 no 0 – 75 no no no no ? 0 wide angle adapter, pouch

Macro Flashes

  Image Name Release year max. GN [m] GN at 50mm [m] Digital ready Shoe type Angle of illumination (with wide angle adapter) Manual flash Manual power levels (steps) AF assist light Modeling flash White balance assist CFs Cable socket Batteries Battery pack Standard accessories Optional accessories Comments Reviews
Sony Macro Twin Flash Kit HVL-MT24AM 2006 2× 12 2× 12 yes iISO 45° × 60° (60° × 78°) yes 1/1 – 1/64 (1/1), 1/1 – 1/8 (1/2) no yes no 4 via OS-1100 or FA-CS1AM 4× AA Adapter rings 49mm and 55mm, WA adapters, diffusors, pouch FA-MA1AM Identical to Macro Twin Flash 2400, except for the missing ring flash socket!
Minolta Macro Twin Flash 2400 2001 2× 12 2× 12 yes iISO 45° × 60° (60° × 78°) yes 1/1 – 1/64 (1/1), 1/1 – 1/8 (1/2) no yes no 4 via OS-1100 or FA-CS1AM 4× AA 6V DC Adapter rings 49mm and 55mm, WA adapters, diffusors, pouch Adapter ring 72mm, Sony FA-MA1AM Michael Hohner
Minolta Macro Ring Flash 1200 2001 12 12 yes iISO 80° yes 1/1 – 1/64 (1/1), 1/1 – 1/8 (1/2) yes no no 4 via OS-1100 or FA-CS1AM 4× AA 6V DC Adapter rings 49mm and 55mm, pouch Adapter ring 72mm
Minolta Ring Flash 1200AF-N 1987 12 12 no ISO 80° no yes no no 0 via OS 4× AA AC-1000 (AC adaptor) Adapter rings 49mm and 55mm, pouch, FS-1100 Adapter ring 72mm 1200AF does not include FS-1100
Sony Ring Light HVL-RL1 2012 yes ISO no stepless yes yes no 0 4× AA Adapter rings 49mm and 55mm, flash mount adapter ADP-AMA, pouch FA-MA1AM Not really a flash but a LED light
  Image Name Release year max. GN [m] GN at 50mm [m] Digital ready Shoe type Angle of illumination (with wide angle adapter) Manual flash Manual power levels (steps) AF assist light Modeling flash White balance assist CFs Cable socket Batteries Battery pack Standard accessories Optional accessories Comments Reviews
Sony Ring Light HVL-RLAM 2006 yes ISO no Hi/Lo yes yes no 0 4× AA Adapter rings 49mm and 55mm, flash mount adapter, pouch FA-MA1AM Not really a flash but a LED light


Readers' comments

#1: Comment posted by Bill on November 28th, 2009 - 02:42:06 AM:
I have a new DSLR Aplha 850
Can I use a Nikon R1C1 twin head wireless flash system on the Alpha?
The Nikon flash system has more flexibility than the Sony wireless MT24AM.
Are the flash operating technologies compatible?
Thank you.

Bill
Michael Hohner answers:
The flash systems of the various makers are completely different worlds for many years. Nikon flashes do not work on Sony cameras.
#2: Comment posted by José Luz on March 7th, 2010 - 01:19:09 AM:
Hello, i have a Sony alpha A380.
I whant to use a minolta flash program 3500xi and a Minolta Maxixium 5200i. I made a test and booth flash worked, but not as Auto or in mode wirless.
I would like to know if is possible to work with booth flash, in Auto mode or wirless mode.
Thank you
José Luz
Michael Hohner answers:
In short, these flashes will be of very limited use on the A380. Please see the F.A.Q. list for details.
#3: Comment posted by Don Scott on April 9th, 2010 - 04:05:41 AM:
Greetings Michael, I have a Sony A700.
Is my Sony HVL-F32X compatible? I don't see the flash listed here.
Thanks,
Don
Michael Hohner answers:
The HVL-F32X is not compatible with the Alpha system, despite the similar name. It's a flash for some higer level digicams, like the DSC-F828.
#4: Comment posted by elmer on May 11th, 2010 - 10:05:48 PM:
how can i use my HVL-F32X flash into my Alpha 100?
thanks
Michael Hohner answers:
The short answer is, you can't. This flash was not made for the Alpha system, but for a few higher-end Cybershot cameras.
#5: Comment posted by Matt on July 27th, 2010 - 01:23:03 PM:
Hi
I have a Sony a2oo and have just bought the f42am flashgun. Is there a way of turning off the camera inbuilt flash? I know the pop up flash has to be up to use the wireless feature.
Many thanks
Michael Hohner answers:
There's a “flash off mode”, see page 74 of the manual.
#6: Comment posted by Louise B on August 2nd, 2010 - 04:49:25 PM:
Hi

I have a Sony A200 and want a flash to work with it, have been looking at the older minolta ones, will these work with the A200 or will I need an adapter, and if so which ones?

Thanks L
Michael Hohner answers:
Please read the F.A.Q. list.
#7: Comment posted by rbyellow5 on September 1st, 2010 - 02:21:56 AM:
I have a sony a100 and saw recently the sony hvl-f1000 but could not find any info on it anywhere. Do you know if this will work with the camera?
Michael Hohner answers:
The HVL-F1000 can not be used with Sony DSLRs. Like the HVL-F32X, it's made for some Cybershot cameras.
#8: Comment posted by Raul Costa on September 9th, 2010 - 05:57:28 PM:
When using a A200 with the flash (on the menu) in TTL, the flash (for example a Minolta 5400xi) respects the information of the camera or is always full flash?
Michael Hohner answers:
The 5400xi on a DSLR will always fire at full power or the preset manual power level. You need a digital compatible flash for automatic flash output control with DSLRs.

Please read the F.A.Q. list for more information.

#9: Comment posted by Chai on October 7th, 2010 - 05:29:08 PM:
Any other adapter ring 72mm that can be fit on Sony Alpha Macro Twin Flash Kit HVL-MT24A because it hard to get Minolta adapter ring.
Michael Hohner answers:
Have you checked the notice at the end of my Twin Flash Review?
#10: Comment posted by Brian on October 24th, 2010 - 02:30:53 AM:
Is it possible to add a page which shows the definition/description for each column? In searchign for a minolta flash for my new Sony a33 I don't know if for example, becuse it's not digital ready... will it work?
Thanks for all your work on this page.
Michael Hohner answers:
Please note the question mark next to some of the column headers. You can click on them to open a popup explaining the column. For even longer explanations please see the Flash Compendium linked at the top of this page. The Flash Compedium explains the Minolta/Sony flash system in detail and contains a full page about flash with DLSRs.

To answer the question directly, flashes marked as not digital ready are not fully compatible with DLSRs.

#11: Comment posted by donna on October 28th, 2010 - 11:18:02 PM:
hi can anyone help me,i have just bought a minolta dynax 404si camera for my daughter it has a built in flash but has a foot at the top this is a dynax 404si maxxum st si manual im working on and dont have a clue to what other flashes fit this camera,i was givin a jessops 280af booklet and i still dont know as i am abit thick when it comes to cameras lol,can anyone suggest a flash or knows a website i can buy one from thanks donna
Michael Hohner answers:
All flashes with the Minolta/Sony hotshoe should work with this camera. Of the original Minolta flashes I'd avoid the oldest series (the one with the old hotshoe). There are many third-party flashes that should work as well. Just make sure it has the Minolta hotshoe and not the Canon or Nikon hotshoe.
#12: Comment posted by Michael on February 19th, 2011 - 09:09:51 AM:
Hi there. Is it possible to understand why a 5200i will sync up to 1/250s when mounted on my A700 or via a oc-1100 but only syncs up to 1/50 using a radio trigger?

Any clues? Thanks.
Michael Hohner answers:
That's probably because of delay added by the radio trigger.
#13: Comment posted by Gaye on February 20th, 2011 - 07:08:02 AM:
Hi there. I now use the Sony A700 for all my work (mainly portraits). In our Minolta Cupboard there are a collection of nice old flashes, namely: 4000AF, 5400Hs, 3500xi. I have an adaptor so all fit the A700. I know this is a huge question, but would someone list just what use (if any) each flash unit will be for the A700. I have consulted your impressive Flash Table, realise these flashes are not digital ready and wonder am I restricted to only off-camera use? I particularly love the tilt and swivel on the 4000AF & 5400HS and nostagically adore the retro look of the BIG 4000 - makes you look like you really mean business, so I'd like to be able to use on camera. Many thanks to whoever has the time, knowledge and inclination to provide some answers.
Michael Hohner answers:
Please have a look at the Flash Compendium.
#14: Comment posted by Ian Linden on February 20th, 2011 - 02:57:02 PM:
This chart from Sony Asia Pacific Support will supply all the information:

http://www.sony-asia.com/subtype/checkcompatibility/asset/206669/product/dslr-a700
#15: Comment posted by Gaye on February 21st, 2011 - 01:20:18 AM:
Thank you very much, Michael and Ian - your links provided relevant information. Am using the Minolta 3600HSD on camera now but it's limited. Guess I have to start saving for something like the Sony HVL-F58AM - any other advice would be appreciated.
#16: Comment posted by itay dollinger on April 4th, 2011 - 03:26:47 AM:
I have a Sony HVL-F58AM and a Minolta 5600HS D and found them not to be compatible in wireless mode. Will the HVL-58AM trigger the Sony version HVL-F56AM?
In the above table you indicate that the sony HVL-F56AM is identical to the Minolta 5600HS.
Thanks
Michael Hohner answers:
See the Flash Compendium. The HVL-F58AM will trigger the 5600HS(D) when used on a A850 or A900 and when in mode CTRL2.
#17: Comment posted by Berthold Dwinger on July 20th, 2011 - 09:24:56 PM:
I own a Minolta 7000i which I love but need a flash for it. Will the auto 32 fit the bill ?

All help much appreciated.
Michael Hohner answers:
That is a flash for the old SR mount system, not for AF cameras. The compatible flashes are listed above. All except the ones from the first series (1800AF, 2800AF, 4000AF) fit directly on the 7000i.

Also see the Flash Compendium.

#18: Comment posted by Pirate! on August 16th, 2011 - 06:30:10 PM:
I have an A850 and have just bought a Minolta 5600HS(D) which I'm awaiting delivery of. Am I right in saying that it's essentially identical to the Sony HVL-F56AM as I was looking for a .pdf user manual and have downloaded the Sony version.

If this is correct, will the 5600(D) act as a master trigger flash or should I have opted for the 5800(D) as I also have a Sony HVL-F42AM gun as well which I was hoping to use as a slave flash.

Thank you.

Mark
Michael Hohner answers:
Yes, the 5600HS(D) and the HVL-F56AM are technically identical. But they will not act as a wireless controller on DSLRs, only on film SLRs. See the Flash Compendium for details.

The HVL-F58AM will be usable as a wireless controller on the A850 (there is no 5800(D)).

#19: Comment posted by tony sands on August 17th, 2011 - 01:20:58 PM:
Hi
I am recent fan of Minolta film stuff working with Hi res scans of Ektar 100 and have acquired a Dynax 9 and a Dynax 7 plus two 5400HS and a 3500xi. All my kit seems OK with on and off camera flashes I bought a wireless flash controller that seem to be in perfect order, set all channels and settings as recomended,and .........Zipp.... Nothing works. Am I missing something.

The instructions with the controller state it is for 9xi but I believe it should work with my cameras. Is there a way I can test it.
TS
Michael Hohner answers:
AFAIK it should work. Make sure both controller and remote flash are on the same channel (the 3500xi supports only 2 channels), and the remote flashes are switched to wireless mode.
#20: Comment posted by tony sands on August 17th, 2011 - 06:03:05 PM:
Yup everything on channel one and set W/L.
Does controller emit a visible 'infrared' signal since there is nothing to see in the controller front window when triggered.
Thanks for earlier response.

TS
Michael Hohner answers:
I've never used the wireless controller, and I don't know if and how much one can see of the control signal.

Have you cleaned the contacts and made sure they properly connect with the camera?

#21: Comment posted by tony sands on August 18th, 2011 - 04:44:25 PM:
Tested controller at favorite camera shop today and although everything on the back lights up and looks OK there is no infrared signal when triggered so repair man is checking for loose wires.
Apparently it does not flash or illuminate so there is nothing to see but we had an IR detector in the form of the shop's CCTV camera to check it out. Apparently some CCTV cameras show up IR like burglar alarms!! Whatever next!!

Above for info. Thanks for a brill site for Minolta users.A+++
#22: Comment posted by tony sands on September 18th, 2011 - 01:46:52 PM:
Hi
Just an update on the controller issue. My repair man foung a failed contact with the chip and repaired it for a 20 quid labour charge. Very reasonable and all is now perfect. For info, the controller does flash a red light when activated so it is possible to see that if it is functioning.
First home studio trials with my three flashes but without the usual wires and no need for flash meter readings were a real treat.
#23: Comment posted by tony sands on September 19th, 2011 - 12:23:54 PM:
Hi Michael and Minolta flash followers.

I simply have to tell somebody about my recent experiment and this forum seems appropriate.
Most of my film work has been medium format with studio flashes all wired or triggered and capable of being individually and collectively flash metered. I have regularly used my old and trusty Olympus E20 digital instead of Polariod to check the lighting set up before the shoot simply by switching the flash cable, and also to give me a TIFF or big jpeg as backup/record.
Trouble with the Minolta flashes is that the preflash for monitoring obviates metering and the dedicated IR controller does not work with the E20 ...... so...... yesterday ...... this worked well.
Set wireless flashes in postion as required for the shoot, set E 20 in Manual to bulb and to same aperture as Dynax 9, kill studio lights, open E20 shutter, fire Dynax shutter.

Bingo, big TIFF and accurate lighting check without a meter.

Because the Minolta TTL is off a film surface I loaded the Dynax 9 with a used film of same ASA rating and swapped it for the Dynax 7 for the actual shoot rather than waste a shot or two. It sounds a bit tricky but after a few times the routine settled in and it worked for me.

TS.
#24: Comment posted by Cesar Hugo Storero on November 16th, 2011 - 10:35:14 PM:
Cuento con una Camara Sony Alpha 380, mi tomas favoritas son los colibriés, por lo tanto necesito alta velocidad 1/1000 para arriba y no superar los isos 400 por cuestión del fastidioso ruido; por suerte encontré esta página y mis dudas se disiparon un poco; por error adquirí recientemente el flash Alpha HVL-F20AM pero al no ser HSS no supera los 1/160 que brinda la maquina.-
Va la consulta: me recomendarías en este caso el Sony Alpha HVL-F58AM.-
Desde ya muy agradecido.-
Saludos.-
Michael Hohner answers:
The HVL-F58AM is certainly a good flash. But you may also get good hummingbird shots by using a longer exposure time and medium aperture at low ambient light (i. e. there is little ambient exposure) and then stop the bird's motion with the flash. The actual flash duration is typically much shorter than 1/1000.

If you can not influence the ambient light level, HSS may help. Also consider the HVL-F43AM as an alternative.

#25: Comment posted by Maria on December 16th, 2011 - 10:45:50 PM:
The battery case cover (flap) is cracked on my minolta 2000xi. Please help
How can i fix it? or can it be fix?

Thanks
Michael Hohner answers:
This is going to be difficult. This flash is a 20 year old model, and there are likely no more replacement parts. It will probably be easier to get a working replacement.
#26: Comment posted by Nathan on February 7th, 2012 - 09:23:30 PM:
Hi, I have a Sony A200 and am really struggling to find where I can purchase any entry level flashes (sony or minolta) from in the UK, any ideas and what's recommended for a keen photographer looking to start shooting weddings? Many thanks for any advice offered.
Michael Hohner answers:
I don't know where to best buy a flash in the UK. Have you checked Amazon?

Flashes compatible with the A200 are marked with "yes" in the "digital ready" column above. Also please read the F.A.Q. and the Flash Compedium.

#27: Comment posted by Nicolae on April 22nd, 2012 - 01:23:37 PM:
Hello,
Great site, congratulations.I bought 2 Minolta flash. I have a Sony A77, want to make some shoots with bouth flash.I put them in Wrelles mode CH-1 but is working just one.Any idea where is the problem.I'm not so familiar with Minolta/Sony. Thanks in advantage for all help that becoming!
Michael Hohner answers:
Please check first in the Flash Compendium if your flashes are compatible. Unfortunately you didn't say which flashes you have.
#28: Comment posted by Mark J Kopczewski on February 24th, 2013 - 06:34:13 PM:
Would it be possible to include the likes of the Marumi DRF-14 and it's re-branded Delta DRF-14 S ringflashes? Albeit the Marumi is discontinued, the Delta is freely available and works a treat on DSLR but not SLT.

That said, I'm assuming they won't be listed because they're not Sony/Minolta branded as you'll then have to include all other 3rd party guns. Just a thought as I'm sure many looking for such a flash may not even know it exists.
Michael Hohner answers:
As you say it, with time and resources being scarce, I have to limit what appears on these pages and what doesn't. Currently the limit is the Minolta and Sony brands.
#29: Comment posted by Don Scott on March 16th, 2013 - 10:12:52 PM:
Hi Michael, Great site. I understand that the following, 5400HS, 5400xi, and 5200i, will not operate fully with an a700 and a a550. My question is, will they operate on manual and can I use them just like the old days when nothing was automatic (I'm 73 and have used everything, I think). Also, love your country! Cheers, Don
Michael Hohner answers:
It's true, these flashes do work as expected in manual mode on digital cameras, but not in automatic mode.
#30: Comment posted by Don Scott on March 18th, 2013 - 12:16:23 AM:
Thanks Michael, You certainly do not receive the credit you are due for this site. You seem to know when you are talking to a technical person or a person with limited or no technical expertise and answer accordingly. My answers to many questions would be shorter and sharper, which is why your site is successful and I don't try to write one. Many Thanks, Don
#31: Comment posted by Gary Miller on April 9th, 2013 - 05:57:51 AM:
HVL-F20am update? Michael - Researching for my A57 I ran into this page on Sony's Middle East site that says that the HVL-F20AM is also capable as a wireless commander on the the SLT-A37/A57 which are not listed in your notes. I wonder if this might mean it would hold true on the A38 as well?

http://www.sony-mea.com/support/resources/en_ME/html/Compatibility/DSLR/Flash/sony/F20AM.html

Great resource! Thanks so much - Gary
Michael Hohner answers:
You are right, the comment is not up to date. The full compatibility matrix is in the Flash Compendium.
#32: Comment posted by Donald on April 25th, 2013 - 12:39:52 AM:
Hi Michael, In my many years of photography, and before the days of wireless triggers, I picked up a lot of old Vivitar flashes (283 & 285 mainly, but some Minolta's as well). Can I use the old strobes with synch cords to pc on my a700 and a550? I couldn't find that answer in your FC (not saying it isn't there). Thanks for a great site.
Michael Hohner answers:
If your flash has a PC sync socket (the 285 does have it), you can always connect it to cameras with a PC sync socket (A700) and get manual flash control.
#33: Comment posted by Donald on June 21st, 2013 - 06:29:02 PM:
Hello Michael, I just purchased a used A77. In reading through your "Flash Compendium" I notice that the 5600HS and the HVL 36 are not compatible with the A77. Must I use both of them as manual flashes, and what is the reason for the communication incompatibility? Thanks again.
Michael Hohner answers:
There must be a misunderstanding. These flashes can not be used as wireless controllers, but on the camera they work just fine with the A77.
#34: Comment posted by Anthony on June 30th, 2013 - 04:29:45 PM:
Just wanted to let you all know with the ADP-AMA the original Minolta AF flashes work with the iISO shoe on the A390 albeit firing with full power-the WL mode works best
#35: Comment posted by Michael Johansson on July 4th, 2013 - 01:20:04 PM:
In the data sheet it say that both the Minolta and the Sony Macro Twin Flash controllers can use a 6 Volt battery pack (or a 6V AC-DC adapter I presume) but it is only the Minolta variant that has the DC terminal. The Sony controller lack the hole in the enclosure where hole should be. Maybe there is a DC-terminal inside as it looks that way when looking into the unit from the dismounted foot end.

I have frequently used a DC 4,5V/2250mA adapter for the Minolta MFC-1000. It works very well. I am now trying to find out if it is possible to use a similar adapter for the Sony Twin Flash controller.
#36: Comment posted by Richard on August 24th, 2013 - 11:18:32 PM:
Hi, you seem to be the man with the knowledge! I have a Konica - Minolta Dynax A200 from eraly 2005 with what looks like an iLSO hotshoe, if I buy a current Sony compatible flash, will that work? Any way to get my Vivitar 285 to work with it?

Thanks
Michael Hohner answers:
What surely works are the HVL-F36AM and HVL-F56AM, because these are identical to the Minolta 3600HS(D) and 5600HS(D). The later Sony flashes with iISO shoe should also work, but I have not heard from somebody actually trying.

The Vivitar flash can be fired from the camera with an adapter, but there will be no TTL control, only manual flash.

#37: Comment posted by Johan de Moor on October 10th, 2013 - 05:46:58 PM:
So when i understand it right. With the 58am on my 550 or 580 i can use the 43 at ttl wireless???
Michael Hohner answers:
Again, no, you can't. You have to use the built-in flash as the trigger. You can not use one of the dedicated flashes as the trigger.
#38: Comment posted by Johan de Moor on October 10th, 2013 - 06:03:09 PM:
Dear michael

On which way can i use my 58 then as master? Or isnt this possible anyway?
Michael Hohner answers:
Not with these cameras. The table in the Flash Compendium lists all possible combinations. Supported cameras are the A700, A850, A900, A37, A57, A58, A65, A77, A99, NEX-6, NEX-7.
#39: Comment posted by dave on October 29th, 2013 - 12:44:07 AM:
michael, truly a labor of love. question... what is not digital ready? will a M?nolta Macro 1200 af not work at all on my a850? btw , i got a minolta 2000i flash which works great w my sigma 600 on the 850. thanx
Michael Hohner answers:
Depends on your definition of “works”. You can mount these flashes, and they will fire. But they will always fire at full power, and with no manual power control on the flash correct exposure is a matter of luck.
#40: Comment posted by Deborah Klein on November 24th, 2013 - 11:57:00 PM:
Hi Michael,
I use an A77 and am in need of a speedlite. I have been weighing all the pros and cons and still not sure which is best. Should I stay with Sony and if I do, is the HVL43AM great for portraits and family shoots or
the Sony HVL-F58AM. I read somewhere that the 58 overheats.

All help appreciated. I was a Nikon user and had an easier time deciding what speedlite. Sold it all because I love the A77.

Thank you for all your help.

Deborah
Michael Hohner answers:
For your purposes the HVL-F43AM will be fine, unless you need the additional features or power of the HVL-F58AM.

All compact high-power flashes can overheat when used near maximum output at high flash rates.

#41: Comment posted by Rafael Wachs on December 15th, 2013 - 12:05:21 AM:
I have a Sony A-77 and a Minolta ring flash 1200 AF.
I can't synchronize them together.How do I do it?
Michael Hohner answers:
See the F.A.Q.
#42: Comment posted by Gerry Carolan on December 27th, 2013 - 01:20:33 PM:
Hi Michael
Do you know of anyone that will test and repair a Sony F42AM anywhere in Europe. It has had little or no use. It turns on, lights the test button but will not fire either on or off the camera. Have had it with my local Sony repair centre, but was told its not repairable because spare parts are not available for Sony Flash Units. Any idea on an individual or company other than Sony that might repair same ??
Michael Hohner answers:
Sony would have been my best guess. It surprises me they have no spare parts. Maybe somebody else knows.
#43: Comment posted by ray langlois on January 12th, 2014 - 02:12:55 AM:
I have a vivitar 728F autofocus flash and i was wondering if it'd be safe to use on my a35 and a77 ?. It works fine with my maxxum 400 and 600si.
Thank you .
Michael Hohner answers:
It's probably safe, but of course it will not offer TTL flash control, etc.
#44: Comment posted by Jakub on February 1st, 2014 - 09:01:09 PM:
I have a underwater camera housing (10 bar) for nex 5n. I want to use flash underwater. The only option is to connect my strobe (se? & sea 90 ys ttl or minolta 5600 hs d) by cable. The problem is there are no adapter between ilSO shoe (in flash) and smart accesory terminal 2. Do you know how to solve the problem? or pins for smart accesory
Michael Hohner answers:
There are third-party adapters from Smart Accessory Terminal to ISO shoe (search for “MSA-10 JJC”). But of course, you will not get TTL flash with this adapter. Under water it's probably not possible to adjust your flash manually. For TTL flash I think there is no solution.
#45: Comment posted by lefteriskor on February 10th, 2014 - 09:45:01 PM:
Good afternoon mr Michael.I have a flash sony hvl f56.Is there any way to use it with my new Sony a58?
Michael Hohner answers:
You need the adapter ADP-MAA, then you can use your flash on your camera without any restriction.
#46: Comment posted by Enrique on March 16th, 2014 - 10:42:12 PM:
i've al ready got my sony twin flash HVL-MT24AM Macro, and i noticed that is so small, comparing to nikon r1 and canon twin flash.. i do dental photography and i was so interested to do photography with bouncers because i saw photographies with canon or nikon with "lumiquest pocket bouncers"
do you think that i can use those bouncers on my flash ? or can you suggest me some other bouncers where i can achieve the same result for my flash.
greetings!
Dr. Enrique Perez
Michael Hohner answers:
At least with the Nikon flash, all the electronics and the batteries seem to be in the flash heads themselves, whereas with the Sony flash the flash heads only contain the actual flash tubes and reflectors, and all the rest is in the controller on the camera. That's why the Nikon flash heads are much bigger.

I'm not sure what you try to achieve with the bouncers. These are intended to be used with a large dedicated flash. With the macro flash you don't need extra bouncers. The macro flash set contains everything you need, especially the wide-angle adapters and the softboxes.
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