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    Minolta 14 flash with Minolta X-700

    Greetings,

    I recently bought this cute, little Minolta 14 flash unit. I know it's compatible with the X-700, but I can't seem to control the flash.
    Its amount of flash is always the same... How do I work it properly with my X-700?
    Also, I have a Minolta Hi-Matic G. I bought the 14 flash to go with it. I'm not entirely sure how to work it with that either. :\

    Thanks guys. Have a nice day.

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    Get a manual for the x-700. It will explain how to use any kind of flash unit. The whole x-series has Through The Lens (TTL) metering with Minolta flashes. Basically, the camera adjusts the exposure for you.

    I believe you can get a manual here: http://www.angelfire.com/ca4/shikishima/manual/

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbromaghin View Post
    Get a manual for the x-700. It will explain how to use any kind of flash unit. The whole x-series has Through The Lens (TTL) metering with Minolta flashes. Basically, the camera adjusts the exposure for you.

    As for the Minolta 14, should I just set it on AUTO mode and put the ASA pointer on the speed film I'm using?
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbromaghin View Post
    Get a manual for the x-700. It will explain how to use any kind of flash unit. The whole x-series has Through The Lens (TTL) metering with Minolta flashes. Basically, the camera adjusts the exposure for you.

    I believe you can get a manual here: http://www.angelfire.com/ca4/shikishima/manual/
    Good morning;

    The Minolta X-700 and other cameras in that series will work with TTL light measurement if you also use one of the Minolta Auto Exposure Flash Units, such as the Minolta 360-PX. They have two additional electrical contacts on the ISO flash shoe to communicate that information between the camera and the PX series flash units.

    I believe that the small, fairly early, rectangular shaped, simple Minolta electronic flash units powered by 2 AA batteries have only a single Flash Firing Command contact in the center of the ISO flash shoe. The earliest one I have is the Minolta 20. It does not have a round port on the front for a light measuring sensor nor a switch on the back for an "AUTO" mode where the electronic flash unit will monitor the lighting of the scene and shut off the light output when it thinks it has provided enough light to properly expose an 18% reflectance scene. The earliest one I know that I have which will do that is the Minolta AUTO 25. I am not able to find any information on a Minolta 14 electronic flash unit at this time, but if it does not have the word "AUTO" between Minolta and 14, it probably will not do any internal light exposure metering, or light output adjustment. It will be a simple, straight forward small electronic flash unit where you use the Guide Number* (GN) divided by the distance in feet from the flash to determine the f-stop to be set on the lens with the shutter on the "X" sync setting. Yes, a fully manual system.

    * We can talk about how to determine the Guide Number.
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    Interesting. I've used Minolta Auto 14 and Electroflash 20 flash units for macro work for decades. They're light and seem to last forever. They seem to be unique among small flash units in that they give their rated Guide Numbers. This news from my ancient Minolta Flash Meter and from GN tests with Kodachrome 25.

    Neither will communicate with the camera under it.

    The Auto 14 will control output in "auto" mode, gives full output in "manual" mode. It has just one output level on "auto;" the aperture to use and maximum range at which it will give correct exposure depend on the speed of the film used.

    The Electroflash 20 always gives its all.

    OP, its time to learn Guide Number arithmetic. For me, the clearest exposition is in A. A. Blaker's book Field Photography. Get a copy.



 

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