MAMIYA RZ Pro II with Quantum, Metz, or maybe... Minolta strobe?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by yatsusan, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. yatsusan

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    What kind of strobes (Quantum, Metz, or maybe... Minolta strobe?) do you use and how do you connect them to your Mamiya RZ PRO II?

    Yet, do you have any crazy/unusual ideas about strobe lightning with Mamiya's RZ Pro II? (It is not about exploding and burning the Mamiya out — just if you have any creative ideas that works, please share with me/all of us here :D )

    Thank you!

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    I am mentioning Minolta strobe as I have Minolta 5400 HS (x3) and wonder how to put them also into action with Mamiya RZ PRO II as slave source of light.
     
  2. John Koehrer

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    Anything with a PC cord can be used with the RZ. If you want a slave you need either a slave trigger or one of the radio system all over the net.
     
  3. yatsusan

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    Thanks!
    and when there is no PC cord... no way to use it/connect it (trigger by the camera)?

    Also, Mamiya RZ Pro II has a summery flash shoe. Do you know what can be attached to it?
     
  4. John Koehrer

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    The RZ should have a PC connection, it will be on the lens. Thousands have been used in studios all over the world.
    Do you mean the flash has no cord? If that's the problem, a cheap set of radio slaves should do the job.
    I'm not sure what you mean by "summery". All accessory shoes are a standard size. If there is a contact in the center of the shoe it will work the flash. BUT! The flash has to be connected to the shutter to synchronize, not the body.
     
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    Are you sure John???
     
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    I think "summery" is a mis-translation of "hot". As the RZ model in question has a hot shoe, shouldn't that suffice?
     
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    I use Minolta flashes (5600HS(D)) with my RZ. What you need is an FS-1200 (generics are available for ~$10 on eBay) hotshoe adapter for each flash. You can either plug the flash (with FS-1200) straight into the camera's hotshoe, or you can use any old cheap RF trigger kit between the RZ and the flash. I can sync reliably at 1/400 with the Minolta flashes and cheap Cactus-II (otherwise known as Yongnuo or Phoshot, with 4 channels) RF triggers.

    Flash power will be manual with that setup.

    If you want to be very fancy, you can get a Metz SCA adapter for the RZ and have auto-flash using control from the camera. You can also get auto-flashes (where the metering is in the flash using a cell on the front) to work with the RZ but you need to set the ISO and f-stop on the flash to match camera settings.

    Edit: I get about f/5.6 light from a 5600HS(D) at full power, bounced from an average height white ceiling. That's OK for portraits with ISO400 film at f/11 but is insufficient for slower/finer film (f/2.8 at ISO25, d/oh!). As direct flashes, the Minoltas are powerful enough for fill in full sunlight at typical portrait ranges.