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    Posted: 31 August 2008 at 07:51
So far, my internet research hasn't given me a solid answer to this question:
Is the x-700 compatible with the Minolta 4000AF flash, and specifically, does the TTL metering still work?

Has anyone got any experience with this combination?

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Since the flash protocol is basically the same (with the AF flash protocol being more or less a superset of the former Minolta direct autoflash protocol with minor semantic differences), it should work within some constraints:

http://www.mi-fo.de/forum/index.php?showtopic=18117&view=findpost&p=209413 [de]
- no FDC ("TTL OK") control in viewfinder, but FDC control on flash will work fine
- no distance information on the flash's LCD
- no auto zoom feature
- no AF illumination ;-)
- no support for mixed setups using AF and PX flashes at the same time using the original "Minolta Triple Connector". (NB. The similar looking but newer "Minolta Triple Connector TC-1000" (aka "Sony FA-TC1AM") isn't compatible as well, and mustn't be used on non-AF-bodies, anyway.)

I cannot test with a Minolta X-700, since I no longer own one, but I just checked the Minolta Program Flash 4000 AF on my Minolta X-500:

The viewfinder LEDs stop working as soon as the flash is ready to fire - it will be completely dark (for comparison: using a 360PX it will show either "M" or "A" and a slowly flashing "60"). Still, the camera will enforce a shutter speed of 1/60s (the X-sync) no matter of the speed dial position (same goes for the 360PX). TTL flash metering will only work in "A" mode (same as with 360PX); if you set the speed dial to "M" the flash will work in fully manual mode (in contrast to the 360PX, the 4000 AF does not feature a flash sensor for automatic non-TTL mode). There is no indication of good flash exposure in the viewfinder, but the "TTL OK" signal on the flash will still work. (Using a 360PX, the viewfinder display "60" would flash rapidly on proper flash exposure in addition to the FDC signal on the flash).

I guess, you can expect the same behaviour when using a Minolta X-700.

BTW. The Minolta AutoElectroflash 360PX (which was designed for the X-700 and X-500) can be used on AF-bodies. It should not be mixed with AF-flashes in the same setup, though.

Hope it helps,

Matthias

Edited by matthiaspaul - 28 February 2010 at 00:02
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Thanks Matthias, that's pretty much answered my question.
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