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Flash for Minolta 7000i/8000i

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Topic: Flash for Minolta 7000i/8000i
Posted By: DominikRy
Subject: Flash for Minolta 7000i/8000i
Date Posted: 26 May 2019 at 13:08
Hello guys, looking for ttl on camera flash for my 8000i and 7000i
5200i was a dedicated model right?
And what about 5400hs will it work 100% correctly with those bodies?

B rgrds

Posted By: michelb
Date Posted: 26 May 2019 at 13:35
Yes but you won't gain WL or HSS since these bodies are not capable of these features.

Other flash models from that era: 3200i and 2000i

Michel B

Posted By: stiuskr
Date Posted: 26 May 2019 at 13:49
Here's a good source for all things about the Minolta and Sony flash system, and under the Knowledge Base tab you can see all the flashes and their capabilities/compatibility. -

Rob Suits Jr.
a99M2 a99 a77 a700 KM7D|Min24/2.8 Min35/2 So50/1.4 So50/2.8 Min85/1.4G Tam90/2.8 Tam180/3.5|Tam17-50 CZ24-70G2 KM28-75D So70-200G1 So70-300G So70-400G1| SonyF60 AD200R2

Posted By: DominikRy
Date Posted: 26 May 2019 at 13:52
Yup, i know the page but the compability list lacks some models incl x000i ;)

Posted By: neilt3
Date Posted: 26 May 2019 at 17:33
Minolta flashes are backward compatible .

If it fit's it works .

The 7/8000i cameras have an iISO hotshoe , as long as a Minolta flash has the same shoe , it works as intended .
Later flashes , the 3600HS/D and 5600HS/D are compatible with Sony and Minolta digital cameras , as well as film bodies .

A hotshoe adapter is required to use it on the earlier Minolta 7000AF , 9000AF & 5000AF film bodies , likewise one is also needed to fit it onto newer Sony Digital bodies with the new multi interface whatever shoe Sony now use .

Some Sony iISO hotshoe mounted flashes ( but not all ) also work on Minolta Film bodies as they support TTL OTF flash metering , some later ones dropped this support so only work with digital , and to a certain extent later film bodies that support ADI flash control , albeit in a limited capacity .

As already noted , features that were introduced later than the cameras you have such as wireless flash control , high speed sync etc still won't function for you even if you have a later flash as the camera body doesn't support those features .

Do you have a Sony digital camera ?
If so you might be best getting a Minolta 5600HS/D or Sony HVL-F56AM , which is a rebadged Minolta .
You can use it for both film and digital bodies then , though you might need an adaptor if you have a more recent Sony body to make it fit .

see my photostream on flickr; -
C & C welcome.

Posted By: Miranda F
Date Posted: 28 May 2019 at 09:33
The - 3200i is a nice 'period' flash, not too tall, if you're happy without tilt and swivel but any of the later film-era tilt/swivel ones will work. Many of the aftermarket flashes (eg Jessops, in the UK) will also work well, though usually only manual zoom. Most of the flashes from that era can be picked up for next to nothing.
Be careful before trying any mechanical-camera-era flashes on foot-adapters, which may frazzle the camera electronics. Generally speaking, if it has an iLSO foot it will work, but late digital era ones will not.

Miranda F & Sensorex, Sony A7Rii, A58, Nex-6, Dynax 4, 5, 60, 500si/600si/700si/800si, various Sony & Minolta lenses, several Tamrons, lots of MF primes and *far* too many old film cameras ...

Posted By: Jozioau
Date Posted: 28 May 2019 at 14:00
I have a working Minolta Program 3500xi flash in its original case with stand. It tilts for bounce, but the head does not rotate.
Tech data here - M. Hohner Minolta 3500xi .
If you're interested, let me know and I'd be happy to sell it for a very reasonable amount plus postage.
Pretty certain it will work with your cameras. I originally bought it for my Minolta Dynax 505si Super (Maxxum XTsi) 35mm camera.
If you'd like to see photos, PM me with your email address.

"Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst" - Henri Cartier-Bresson - My FlickrPro site

Posted By: beautiophile
Date Posted: 28 May 2019 at 15:39 - Sony keeps information of the flash compatibility, even for Minolta flashes & bodies.
But some items are misleading. For example, it says the 5400HS is not usable with Sony dSRL but actually we have no problems in manual fill-flash mode.

A330 ~ 16-80ZA
Alpha 7, Alpha 807si, Alpha 99 ~ Min 17-35G, 24-85, 28f2, 100Macro; SAL35F14G, SAL50F14. SAL70300G
F20AM, F42AM, F58AM.

Posted By: angora
Date Posted: 29 May 2019 at 10:15
5200i was the dedicated flash indeed -for our 8000i-.
(unfortunally not a match with A99. since we bought it when the price dropped significally, for 'just' 999 guilders. *gasp*
5600hs and Sony flashguns were even pricier, but at least still usable).
5200i was a great flash, worked very well.
another dedicated flashgun with a lower guide number (32) was the 3200i. don't think you'll like it. it doesn't have a swivel head. -

please bear in mind that the 5200i was launched in 1990 (as was the 8000i), while the 5600hs was launched 10 years later!
edit: oops misread. 5400hs was released in 1993.
(I wouldn't try to fry the camera nor the flashgun, but I'm sure you'll be able to find more info?)

Posted By: DominikRy
Date Posted: 24 July 2019 at 19:58
Hi Guys, THX a lot for all the enswers, i eventually bought 5400 HS and i am very satisfied with this choice, fast refresh rate and very accurate ttl exposure, works like a dream both with 8000i and Dynax 5. Now time to test it with a new "toy" wihich is 700si workhorse with a grip (great camera);)

below some examples from a wedding i did recently with 8000i and d5 with 5400hs:

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