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    Posted: 04 April 2008 at 13:55
A while ago a gust brought my tripod and Minolta 5600 HS D flash to the ground. The shoe was badly damaged. Pieces were missing so I was not able to glue the parts together either.

After I wrote a post on Dyxum in WTB, asking if anyone had an old Minolta 5600 HS D flash to replace the shoe, I got the hint from a Dyxum member to look for an old 3200i flash. The idea never came up in my mind because I thought the whole bottom needed to be replaced instead of just the small shoe.

After a short search on the net I found an old Minolta 3200i for only €10,-. The 3200i is probably the cheapest second hand you can get, but all Minolta flashes made after 1988 should do the job.

Since I noticed more people (check original post)experienced a broken shoe here is a little walkthrough on how to change the shoe and what to be aware of.


Unscrew the 4 screws that tight the bottom to the flash. In my case the Minolta 5600 HS D


Disconnect the connector (A) from the panel and make sure to not damage the wires.


Remove the metal plate, spring and plastic wedge.


Unscrew the shoe from the bottom cap of the flash.


Now comes the tricky part. You have to remove the PCB from the shoe since in my case the connectors from both flashed did not match. One could also unolder the wires from the PCB and replace it with the other connector. I choose for the first option.


The PCB is not just connected with the two screws you see, but also by the flat copper switch.


The copper switch (C,D) is pressed on two plastic studs (B). The barbs (C) cut in the plastic studs (B) so you have to slide the switch with great care from the studs by forcing a thin knife or screwdriver between the shoe and the switch. In my case one of the studs broke off, which is not a big problem anyway.


Of course you do the same with your old second hand flash and exchange the shoe with the PCB of the flash you want to repair. Make sure when pushing the copper switch over the studs the switch is not closed. In normal mode this switch needs to be open (D) otherwise your wireless flash won’t work. I checked mine with a multimeter to make sure the switch worked well.


The only thing to do is screw all the parts back in the right way and there you are!


Edited by willybol - 04 April 2008 at 14:07
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bob J Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 April 2008 at 10:18
Thanks Willybol - Your post will be very useful to those needing to carry out flash repairs!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote JustJoey Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 April 2008 at 05:41
Thanks willybol for this excellent guide.

I received my 3200i parts today and got my flash fixed with the help of your instructions.

It is definitely a good idea to test that little copper switch before putting everything back together.


Edited by JustJoey - 12 April 2008 at 05:45
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Thanks for sharing this DIY fix.
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An excellent resource item. TFS.

I will add it to the Knowledge Base index under Accessories.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote MinaR Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 December 2009 at 11:41
Thanks a lot for that guide, the same thing happened for me yesterday the flash fell while it was on the tripod and the shoe was squashed, I'll search for on of those old minolta's now.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote nigelbrooks Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 December 2009 at 11:46
Welcome to Dyxum MinaR.

Hope you get your flash fixed soon.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Frankman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 December 2009 at 15:11
For those like me that are hopeless with DIY - Sony still carry the shoe as a replacement part (Sony 36/Minolta 3600 are the same fit). Undo 4 screws. Remove the old one and bung in the new one (you have to remove the connectors, but even a klutz like me can do that). I fixed my Minolta 3600 HS not long ago (I walked into a really clean glass sliding door ).

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Swede66 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 December 2009 at 15:47
Welcome MinaR, Looking forward to some shots from Egypt

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Post Options Post Options   Quote MinaR Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 December 2009 at 20:09
Thanks nigelbrooks & Swede66 for the warm welcome today I managed to get a shoe of a minolta flash from some camera repair shop, he wasn't sure of the model. I opened up my 5600 and followed the steps described above, but the only issue is that the shoe I got wouldn't fit, it doesn't even have the four screws on the corners to attach it to the bottom part, any ideas??
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Post Options Post Options   Quote beline Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 December 2010 at 15:22
Does this fix work on the 56 and 58 ??
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It should be identical for the 56 which is, largely, a rebadged 5600.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote gmiller Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 September 2011 at 08:06
Thanks so much for this info still being up. These instructions worked perfectly and saved my bacon with my 5600HS that was on and was snapped off when my sling strap somehow became unscrewed and dropped my camera to the deck of a wooden bridge. The A700 landed square on the tip of the flash and the edge of my Minolta 28-135mm. The iron clad lens survived as did all of the flash with the exception of the lips on the shoe which were sheared as the flash flew off from the impact.

The sacrificial lamb in this case was a 3500xi flash which I happened to have on a back shelf from an old lens package purchase.

Cheers!

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