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PROGRAM FLASH MAXXUM FLASH
FOR PROPER AND SAFE USE
Read and understand all warnings and cautions before using this product. Do not disassemble this product. Electric shock may cause injury if a high voltage circuit inside the product is touched. Immediately remove the batteries and discontinue use if the camera is dropped or subjected to an impact in which the interior, especially the flash unit, is exposed. The flash has a high voltage circuit which may cause an electric shock resulting in injury. The continued use of a damaged product or part may cause injuries. Store this product out of reach of children. Be careful when around children not to harm them with the product or parts. Do not fire the flash directly into the eyes. It may damage eyesight. Do not fire the flash at vehicle operators. It may cause a distraction or temporary blindness which may lead to an accident. Do not expose this product to liquids or operate this product with wet hands. If liquid enters the product, immediately remove the batteries and discontinue use. The continued use of a product exposed to liquids may cause damage or injury through fire or electric shock. Do not use the product near inflammable gases or liquids such as gasoline, benzine, or paint thinner. Do not use inflammable products such as alcohol, benzine, or paint thinner to clean the product. The use of inflammable cleaners and solvents may cause an explosion or fire. If the product emits a strange odor, heat, or smoke, discontinue use. Immediately remove the batteries taking care not to burn yourself, as batteries become hot with use. The continued use of a damaged product or part may cause injuries. Take the product to a Konica Minolta Service Facility when repairs are required.
Using batteries improperly can cause them to leak harmful solutions, overheat, or explode which may damage property or cause personal injury. Do not ignore the following warnings. Only use the batteries specified in this instruction manual. Do not install the batteries with the polarity (+/) reversed. Do not use batteries which show wear or damage. Do not expose batteries to fire, high temperatures, water, or moisture. Do not attempt to recharge, short, or disassemble batteries. Do not store batteries near or in metallic products. Do not mix batteries of different types, brands, ages, or charge levels. Do not charge alkaline or lithium batteries. When recharging rechargeable batteries, only use the recommended charger. Do not use leaking batteries. If fluid from the batteries enters your eye, immediately rinse the eye with plenty of fresh water and contact a doctor. If fluid from the batteries makes contact with your skin or clothing, wash the area thoroughly with water. Tape over battery contacts to avoid short-circuiting during disposal; always follow local regulations for battery disposal.
Do not use or store the product in a hot or humid environment such as the glove compartment or trunk of a car. It may damage the product and batteries which may result in burns or injuries caused by heat, fire, explosion, or leaking battery fluid. If batteries are leaking, discontinue use of the product. Do not fire the flash while it is in contact with people or objects. The flash unit discharges a large amount of energy which may cause burns. Burns may result if the batteries are removed immediately after prolonged or heavy flash use. Wait for the batteries to cool.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Changes or modifications not approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user's authority to operate the equipment. This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna. Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver. Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected. Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help. This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
NAMES OF PARTS...6 BASIC OPERATION INSTALLING BATTERIES...10 GETTING STARTED....12 Mounting the flash..12 Removing the flash...12 Turning the flash on...12 Auto Power Off....12 Metering-mode switch...13 About film use (Maxxum/Dynax cameras)..13 P MODE FLASH: THE BASICS..14 With Maxxum/Dynax series cameras..14 With DiMAGE series digital cameras..17 EXPOSURE MODES...20 A Mode Flash...20 S Mode Flash...20 M Mode Flash....21 Flash Sync Speed..21 ADVANCED OPERATION BOUNCE FLASH...23 AF ILLUMINATOR...26 OFF-CAMERA CABLES..27 Flash-Ratio Control (Varying the intensity of individual flash)..28 APPENDIX COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PRODUCTS..30 CAUTIONS WHILE HANDLING..32 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS..34
Thank you for purchasing this Konica Minolta product. Please take time to read through the instruction manual so you may enjoy all the features of your new flash unit. This manual covers the operation of PROGRAM/MAXXUM FLASH 2500HS(D) with the following cameras: Maxxum 9, 7, 800si, 700si, 600si, 400si, 300si, XTsi, HTsi, STsi, QTsi, 3, 4, 5 Dynax 9, 7, 800si, 700si, 600si, 505si, 505si Super, 500si, 500si Super, 404si, 303si, 300si, 3L, 3, 5 DiMAGE A1, A2, Z1, Z2, 7Hi, 7i, 7, 5 When using another Maxxum, Dynax series 35mm camera, a Vectis series APS camera, or a Dimge series digital camera, refer to Compatibility with Other Products section on page 30 while read the main section of this manual. This flash unit is designed and manufactured solely for use with the Konica Minolta Maxxum/Dynax series cameras and DiMAGE series digital cameras. It cannot be attached to other Konica Minolta cameras. Performance when used with cameras from other manufacturers cannot be guaranteed. Konica Minolta takes no responsibility for accidents or malfunctions due to use with those cameras.
NAMES OF PARTS
Figures in parenthesis refer to the page number of relevant sections.
Mounting-foot-release button (12) AF illuminator (26) Mounting foot (12) Metering-mode switch (13, 14, 17) Switch up - ADI flash metering Switch down - TTL flash metering
The section covers how to prepare the flash for use as well as the basic flash operation.
Ready lamp (11, 15, 18) Glows steadily when the flash is ready to fire. Blinks when the correct flash exposure was made. Turns off when the flash is charging.
Battery-chamber door (10) Main switch (12) Autoflash lamp (14) Glows to indicate autoflash is active. Turns off when using fillflash.
The 2500 (D) may be powered by : Four AA-size alkaline batteries Four AA-size lithium batteries Four AA-size rechargeable nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) batteries Only charge nickel-metal hydride batteries in an appropriate charger unit. When the flash is charged and ready, the ready lamp at the rear of the unit glows. When the flash charging time exceeds 30 seconds, replace the batteries.
1. Open the battery-chamber door as shown.
2. Insert the batteries as shown in the diagram in the battery chamber.
3. Close the battery-chamber door.
Mounting the flash
Slide the flash mounting foot firmly into the cameras accessory shoe until it stops.
The flash locks into place automatically. If the cameras built-in flash is up, lower it before mounting the flash unit.
Select the flash metering-mode.
For the Maxxum/Dynax series cameras, ADI flash metering is available with the ADI compatible cameras and D series lenses. Refer to the cameras instruction manual for details. For the DiMAGE series digital cameras, ADI flash metering is available with the ADI compatible digital cameras when the ADI flash metering-mode is set with the recording mode menu. Refer to the cameras instruction manual for details. When using a close-up diffuser, a filter that increases exposure (red 25, neutral density), or bounce flash, set the metering mode to TTL. ADI metering will result in incorrect exposures.
Removing the flash
While pressing the mounting-foot release button (1), slide the flash (2) from the accessory shoe.
Turning the flash on
Slide the main switch to turn the flash on and off.
About film use (Maxxum/Dynax cameras)
Do not use films with a speed in excess of ISO 1000. Exposure errors may result.
The low-speed film limit is the same as specified in the cameras instruction manual. Refer to the instruction manual for details.
Auto Power Off
The flash is turned off automatically to save battery power if the flash is not used for 15 minutes. To restore power, slide the main switch off and on.
P MODE FLASH: THE BASICS
1. Turn the camera and flash on. 2. Set the P exposure mode on the camera. 3. Select the flash metering mode on the flash. The active metering mode depends on the metering mode selected and the camera in use, see chart below.
Metering-mode switch position ADI flash compatible cameras with a D series lens ADI flash compatible cameras with TTL metering selected with a custom function Cameras incompatible with ADI flash metering ADI TTL ADI TTL metering TTL The photo will be under-exposed if taken before the flash is completely charged. When using the self-timer, confirm the flash is charged before pressing the shutter-release button to start the countdown. Flash metering mode used ADI metering TTL metering With the Maxxum/Dynax 9 and 800si, fill-flash is used when the P mode is selected (autoflash may also be selected as a custom setting with the 800si). With other cameras, autoflash is used with the P mode. Fill-flash can be selected in the same way as the flash mode of the built-in flash on the camera.
5. When the flash is charged, press the shutter-release button all the way down to take the picture.
The flash is charged when the ready lamp on the rear of the unit and the flash-ready lamp in the camera viewfinder are both lit.
If the flash output was sufficient for the exposure:
The ready lamp blinks on the rear of the flash unit. The indicator blinks in the camera viewfinder.
4. Press the shutter-release button partway down.
The autoflash lamp glows to indicate
autoflash is active.
The autoflash lamp does not glow when using fill-flash.
P MODE FLASH
With Maxxum/Dynax series cameras
With the Maxxum/Dynax 7, autoflash is used with full-auto, and fillflash with the P mode.
P MODE FLASH: THE BASICS P MODE FLASH
Flash range of the 2500 (D) in meters Aperture 2.5.11 ISO 100 1-9 1-- 4.5 1-- 2.2 ISO - - 12 1-9 1-- 4.5
With DiMAGE series digital cameras
With the DiMAGE A1, A2, Z1, Z2, 7Hi, 7i, 7 and 5, fill-flash is used when the P mode is selected.
1. Turn the camera and flash on. 2. Set the P exposure mode on the camera. 3. Select the flash-metering mode on recording-mode menu and the flash metering mode on the flash. The active metering mode depends on the metering mode selected on recordingmode menu and the flash, see chart below.
Recordring-mode menu setting ADI TTL ADI P-TTL TTL The flash-metering mode can not be selected with the DiMAGE Z1, and Z2 on recording-mode menu. With these digital cameras, always P-TTL metering will be used regardless of the metering-mode switch.
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If the subject is closer than 1m, use the flash off-camera with a cable. The flash range is for negative films. When using slide film, underexposure may be apparent at the farther limits of the flash range.
Metering-mode switch position ADI
Flash metering mode used ADI metering P-TTL metering P-TTL metering
4. Press the shutter-release button partway down. 5. When the flash is charged, press the shutter-release button all the way down to take the picture.
The flash is charged when the ready lamp on the rear of the unit glows and the flash signal on the monitors turns white. Flash range of the 2500 (D) in meters with the DiMAGE A1 / A2 / Z1 / Z2 / 7Hi / 7i / 7 / 5. Aperture (F) 2.5.11 Camera sensitivity (ISO) AUTO
0.5 - 12 0.5 - 9 0.5 - 6 0.5 - 4.5 0.5 - 3
0.5 - 9 0.5 - 6 0.5 - 4.5 0.5 - 3 0.5 - 2.2
0.5 - 18 0.5 - 12 0.5 - 9 0.5 - 6 0.5 - 4.5
0.5 - 25 0.5 - 18 0.5 - 12 0.5 - 9 0.5 - 6
The ready lamp blinks on the rear of the flash unit. The indicator used with the built-in flash appears on the monitors. Refer to the digital cameras instruction manual for details. The photo will be under-exposed if taken before the flash is completely charged. When using the self-timer, confirm the flash is charged before pressing the shutter-release button to start the countdown.
If the subject is closer than 0.5m, use the flash off-camera with a cable.
The following descriptions are for camera models with A, S and M exposure modes.
M Mode Flash
1. Turn the camera on. 2. Set the M exposure mode on the camera.
Fill-flash is the active flash mode.
A Mode Flash
1. Turn the camera and flash on. 2. Set the A exposure mode on the camera.
3. Set the aperture and shutter speed, and focus on the subject.
When using an SLR film camera, the shutter speed should be set to the flash sync speed or slower. The aperture will affect the flash range. The larger the aperture (the smaller the f number), the greater the range.
3. Set the aperture and focus on the subject.
The aperture will affect the flash range. The larger the aperture (the smaller the f number), the greater the range. The shutter speed is automatically set by the camera.
4. When the flash is charged, press the shutter-release button all the way down to take the picture. FLASH SYNC SPEED
Because of flash duration and focal-plane shutters, there is a limit to the maximum shutter speed that can be used. This maximum speed is known as the flash sync. speed. Sync speeds for specific camera models:
Maxxum/Dynax 9 : Maxxum/Dynax 7, 800si, 700si, 600si : Maxxum XTsi, HTsi, 5 : Dynax 505si, 505si Super, 5 : Maxxum STsi, QTsi, 400si, 300si, 3, 4 : Dynax 500si, 500si Super, 404si, 303si, 300si : Dynax 3L, 3 : 1/300 sec. 1/200 sec. 1/125 sec. 1/125 sec. 1/90 sec. 1/90 sec. 1/90 sec.
4. When the flash is charged, press the shutter-release button all the way down to take the picture.
S Mode Flash
1. Turn the camera on. 2. Set the S exposure mode on the camera.
3. Set the shutter speed, and focus on the subject.
When using an SLR film camera, the shutter speed should be set to the flash sync speed or slower. The shutter speed is set automatically with the Dynax 500si, 500siSuper, and Maxxum 400si.
All shutter speeds can be set with DiMAGE series digital cameras.
Direct flash illumination can cause harsh shadows on the subject and background. Bounce flash reflects the light from the ceiling to create soft diffuse illumination.
The section describes advanced flash photography techniques and accessories.
Bounce flash Normal flash
Tilt the flash towards the ceiling.
The flash has a click stop at 60. The bounce head can be set in any position between 0 and 90.
Adjusting the Bounce Angle
The angle of the bounce head is important. If the bounce angle is too low, the subject will be illuminated by both directly with the flash and indirectly with the reflected light from the ceiling resulting in a harsh and unevenly lit photograph. Determine the bounce angle in reference to the distance to the reflective surface, the distance from the camera to the subject, and the angle of view of the lens.
With bounce flash, using ADI metering can result in incorrect exposure. Set the flash metering-mode switch to TTL. Use a white ceiling or wall to reflect the flash. The color of a surface will affect the color of the flash illumination. High ceilings or highly reflective surfaces such as glass are not suitable for bounce flash.
Determine the angle in relation to the table at right.
Focal length of lens 70mm minimum 28~70mm 28mm maximum
Bounce angle 75, 90
In low-light or when subject contrast is low, the autofocus system may not be able to focus. In these conditions, the flashs AF illuminator will active to aid the AF system when the shutterrelease button is pressed partway down.
The use of the optional off-camera cables allows the flash unit to be placed to the left or right of the subject to create attractive side lighting. Up to four flash units can be connected.
The cameras AF illuminator is disabled when the flash AF illuminator is in use. The AF illuminator is disabled when using the continuous AF mode. The AF illuminator may not operate with lenses with focal lengths greater than 300mm. The illuminator is disabled when the flash is used off-camera, or with the AF macro-zoom 3X-1X lens. The AF illuminator may not operate when the flash is used with the DiMAGE series digital cameras.
The off-camera cable allows the flash to be used from any position. The extension cable further extends of the distance of the flash from the camera. The cable CD and triple connector TC-1000 allows photography with multiple flash units.
AF ILLUMINATOR OFF-CAMERA CABLES
The following off-camera accessories are available: Off-camera cable Off-camera shoe Extension cable Cable CD Triple connector TC-1000
OFF-CAMERA CABLES Flash-Ratio Control (varying the intensity of individual flash)
When using this flash with other accessory flash units*, a 2:1 flash ratio can be used. The flash ratio controls the relative power of two flash units. The 2:1 ratio indicates the output difference between the main light and fill light; the fill light controls the depth of the shadows. *5600HS (D), 5400HS, 5400xi, 5200i
The flash ratio cannot be set with this flash. The ratio must be set with the compatible accessory flash unit. See the flash manual for details. Ratio control cannot be used with the DiMAGE series digital cameras and Maxxum/Dynax 300si. The use of this function may result in incorrect exposures.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PRODUCTS
Have your camera manual as reference when reading this flash manual.
Using APS SLR Cameras
Flash is set to autoflash in the P exposure mode. Fill flash can be selected with the flash-mode button on the camera. The shutter speed is set automatically in the S exposure mode. The flash coverage with APS cameras is sufficient for lenses with a focal length of 22mm or longer.
Using xi Series SLR Cameras
(Maxxum/Dynax 9xi, 7xi, 5xi, 3xi, SPxi, 2xi)
Flash is set to autoflash in the P exposure mode with the 9xi, 7xi, 5xi and 3xi. Fill flash can be selected. See the camera manual for details. Flash is set to autoflash in the P exposure mode with the SPxi and 2xi. Fill flash cannot be selected. The shutter speed is set automatically in the S exposure mode with the 7xi, 5xi, 3xi, SPxi, and 2xi.
Using Dimge RD3000 and RD-175 Digital Cameras
Flash is set to autoflash in the P exposure mode. Fill flash is used when a photo is taken while the manual fill-flash button on the camera is pressed. The shutter speed is set automatically in the S exposure mode.
Using i Series SLR Cameras
(Maxxum/Dynax 8000i, 7000i, 5000i, 3000i)
Flash is set to autoflash in the P exposure mode. Fill flash can be selected with the 8000i. See the camera manual for details. Flash is set to autoflash in the S exposure mode, and the shutter speed is set automatically. The use of ratio flash control will result in incorrect exposures when used with the 5000i and 3000i.
Using Early AF Series SLR Cameras
The optional flash shoe adapter FS-1200 is required. See the FS1200 manual for details.
(Maxxum/Minolta 9000, 7000, 5000)
CAUTIONS WHILE HANDLING
This flash unit has an intense light output and should not be fired directly in front of anyone's eyes. To prevent condensation from forming, place the flash in a sealed plastic bag when bringing it from a cold environment to a warm one. Allow it to come to room temperature before removing it from the bag. Battery capacity decreases at colder temperatures. Keep your flash and spare batteries in a warm inside pocket when shooting in cold weather. Batteries will regain some of their capacity when warmed to normal operating temperatures. This flash unit is not waterproof. Care should be taken not to expose the unit to water. Care should be taken when used on a beach or near water. Exposure to water, sand, dust, or salt may damage the product.
Do not store the flash unit with the alkaline batteries inside. Leakage from the batteries may damage the battery chamber. When using alkaline batteries, temperature and storage conditions can affect performance and may require more than 30 seconds for the flash to charge. Battery performance can be restored by using the flash a few times or turning the flash unit on and off several times. Replace the battery if performance does not improve. If lithium batteries become hot due to high temperatures or repeated use, an internal safety circuit shuts them down. Wait until the batteries cool before using the flash again. Nickel-metal hydride batteries can lose power suddenly. If battery performance drops while using the batteries, recharge them. Depending on the time elapsed since the battery was manufactured, the flash performance for new batteries may differ from the values shown in the technical specification section.
Clean by wiping with a soft, clean cloth. If the flash has been in contact with sand, wiping will cause surface damage. Gently remove sand particles using a blower before wiping. Do not use organic solvents (paint thinners or benzene) to clean the product.
Questions and Service Temperature
Flash unit operating temperature: 20C to 50C, 4F to 122F. Do not leave the flash unit exposed extremely high temperatures (eg. direct sunlight inside motor vehicles), or in conditions of high humidity. If you have questions about your flash, contact your local camera dealer or write to the Konica Minolta distributor in your area. Before shipping your flash for repair, please contact an authorized Konica Minolta Service Facility for instructions.
Guide number Recycling time (sec.) Number of flashes 25 (in meters at ISO 100), 82 (in feet at ISO 100) Alkaline 0.2 - 6 Alkaline 200 - 4000 Ni-MH 0.2 - 5 Ni-MH 200 - 4000 Lithium 0.2 - 6 Lithium 500 - 10000
For every new battery set.
Equal to a 28mm focal length lens
Continuous flash 30 continuous cycles of 3 flashes per second (GN 2.8, Nickel-metal hydride battery) performance AF illuminator LED. Automatic with low-contrast subjects or under low-light conditions Approximate operating range (with Maxxum/Dynax 7) AF mid 1 area: 1 - 5m (50mm lens) Flash control using pre-flash, TTL direct metering TECHNICAL SPESIFICATIONS 65 (W) x 115 (H) x 69 (D) mm 190g (without batteries) This mark below the flashtube certifies that this product meets the requirements of the EU (European Union) concerning interference causing equipment regulations. CE stands for conformit Europenne (European conformity).
Flash control Size Weight
Specifications are based on the latest information available at the time of printing and are subject to change without notice.
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The Dynax 5D is a digital SLR equipped with stateof the-art technology. The camera combines high image quality with versatile advanced features and easy, intuitive operation. We would like to introduce the most popular photographic topics and provide tips with regard to camera settings and use of the Dynax system accessories so that you can get the most out of the Dynax 5D. You obtain more info on Konica Minolta Cameras and accessories on www.konicaminoltaphotoworld.com
6 MILLION PIXEL RESOLUTION
The ideal basis for excellent image quality is the large, high resolution 6.1 Megapixel CCD (23.5 x 15.7mm). The high resolution provides impressive large format prints up to a size of 30 x 50cm.
2.5 INCH LCD MONITOR
The 2.5-inch (6.3cm) LCD monitors large screen makes it easy to check the details of images youve taken. Capable of simultaneous image and histogram display, the large LCD monitor also guides you through the intuitive camera menu.
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White Balance..12 Zone Matching..13 Special lenses..14 Anti-Shake..16
Landscape..3 Portrait..4 Sport/Action.6 Macro.8 Architecture..10 Night Portrait / Sunset.11
Lenses..18 Program Flashes..22 System Accessories.24
COMPACT DESIGN AND INTUITIVE OPERATION
The Dynax 5D combines sophisticated features and intuitive handling in a very compact camera body. Further functions are located on the camera back for intuitive control of the Dynax 5D.
EXTENSIVE ACCESSORY RANGE
An extensive range of system accessories of the Dynax series, including Program and Macro flashes, remote cable, camera bags, angle finder and more, expand the creativity the photographer. All lenses*1) of the Konica Minolta AF series can be used with the Dynax 5D and are compatible to the Konica Minolta Anti-Shake System.
SOPHISTICATED AUTOMATIC FUNCTIONS
In addition to extensive manual controls the camera also offers advanced automatic functions, which benefit from the centuries of Konica Minolta experience. Automatic exposure modes enable a novice to photography to take expressive portraits, impressive landscape shots and exciting shots of sporting events.
KONICA MINOLTA ANTI-SHAKE SYSTEM
What sets the DYNAX 5Ds Anti-Shake apart from all other camera-shake compensation systems is its exclusive CCD-Shift mechanism. Its so effective you can shoot at shutter speeds two or three steps slower than what you could use without it. And because the mechanism is integrated directly into the cameras body, it works with virtually any Konica Minolta Dynax AF lens*1).
*1) With the AF Macro Zoom 3X - 1X and some special lenses the Anti-Shake-System is turned off.
Portraiture is one of the classic genre of photography. An expressive portrait is not just beautiful to look at, knowing a few photographic techniques will turn a photo into a masterpiece. The Dynax 5D is equipped with a special portrait subject program mode. By turning the function wheel to the portrait mode, the camera automatically chooses a large aperture to achieve a small depth of field.
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The aperture determines the depth of field
SMALL TELEPHOTO LENS
The use of a large aperture (e.g. f/2.8) enables a narrow depth of field, so that the person is distinctly separated from the background. The depth of field can be so small, that only the eyes are perfectly sharp and the tip of the nose and the ears are slightly defocused.
Using a short telephoto lens (85mm or more) narrows the angle of view and the portrait conveys a more flattering expression. With a longer focal length the depth of field decreases as well. A short focal length (smaller than 50mm) should be avoided.
TIP: With the Dynax 5D it is possible to choose individual AF sensors, so it is easy to place one of the AF sensors right on the person's eye.
Accessory softeners like the Konica Minolta Portrayer P filter set provide a smooth and harmonic reproduction of skin tones.
The Program Flashes 3600HS (D) and 5600HS (D) can be controlled by wireless with the Dynax 5D. This enables the photographer to position the flash to the side to achieve a more natural illumination. The flash could also be positioned behind the person to create what's known as a headlight. TIP: The Dynax 5D also offers a portrait sRGB colour space for extra smooth and detailed rendering of skin tones (The portrait colour mode has to be set in the camera menu).
Program Flash 5600HS (D)
Hard illumination, e.g. a flash coming from the front is very unflattering. Wrinkles and little imperfections of the skin become emphasised by the hard illumination and the face seems expressionless. By pointing the flash to the ceiling or using a flash diffuser to achieve a softer light. The results will be more pleasing, especially to the model!
The picture on the left which was shot with direct flash, the picture on the right was shot with indirect flash.
Taking images of fast moving subjects is a great challenge for both the photographer and the camera equipment. Releasing the shutter at the right moment is crucial for capturing an expressive image.
Filling the image area with the subject from a distance requires lenses with a longer focal length (over 100mm). Telephoto lenses or zoom lenses with a large aperture (e.g. AF 100-300mm f/4.55.6 APO (D)) are most suitable, so that shooting with fast shutter speeds is still possible when the light conditions are not perfect. This enables the photographer to freeze a fast movement. The narrow depth of field that results from the large aperture separates the main subject from its background for even greater emphasis.
With a slower shutter speed a very dynamic effect can be achieved. A slower shutter speed needs to be set on the camera (e.g. 1/60), then the photographer has to follow the moving subject and during this movement the shutter has to be released. TIP: To get good results under difficult light conditions or with lenses with smaller apertures, a high ISO number (e.g. ISO 800) should be set on the camera. For short or medium distances (up to 25 m) a Program Flash can be used.
Lens AF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 APO (D)
Thanks to the high speed Continuous Advance of the Dynax 5D the decisive moment of even a fast-moving subject can be captured easily. The photographer can capture a sequence of pictures of a moving subject , then select the best shot afterwards.
Lens AF 70-200mm/2.8 Apo G (D) SSM
IMAGES OF KIDS
Zoom lenses with a medium focal length such as the AF 28-75mm f/2.8 (D) (equivalent to 42113mm in 35mm format) are perfectly suited to most shooting conditions and they allow the photographer to adjust the magnification very quickly. The Autofocus of the Dynax 5D should be set to C (Continuous AF) to be able to release the shutter at any time.
TIP: The pre-flash for the "Red-Eye-Reduction" has to be turned off, as otherwise an unavoidable time lag occurs from pressing the shutter release button to the picture being taken. That makes a snapshot nearly impossible. To reduce red eye on photos, the use of a Program Flash is recommended (e.g. 3600HS (D)). Due to the larger distance from the flash to the optical axis, the chance of redeye is greatly reduced.
The continuous auto focus mode of the Dynax 5D makes for easy shooting of moving objects.
PHOTO SUBJECTS MACRO
The extensive accessory range of the Dynax 5D is perfectly suited capturing impressive images of tiny objects. Not only insects and flowers can be captured in extraordinary perspectives that are usually concealed to us in every day life. Full frame images can be taken of nearly everything you can think of, such as watches, jewellery, coins, stamps etc. (with the Dynax 5D an area of 23,5 x 15,7 mm can be captured full frame) whilst remaining a distance to the subject.
When you are photographing small animals like insects, the photographer needs to keep a distance from the subject to avoid disturbing them or casting a shadow across the scene. A macro lens with a long focal length (AF 100mm f/2.8 Macro (D) or AF 200mm f/4 Macro Apo G) offers a maximum magnification of 1:1
Lens AF 100mm f/2.8 Macro (D)
TIP: Due to the small depth of field in macro shots, it is recommended to use a small aperture (e.g. f/16). The Anti-Shake System of the camera can effectively reduce shake that results from the use of longer shutter speeds.
Ring Flash 1200 and Twin Flash 2400
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To achieve the best illumination conditions at close distances and to freeze subject movement, two special System Flashes can assist the photographer: the Macro Ring Flash 1200 and the Macro Twin Flash 2400. Both flashes can be controlled automatically by the camera in all exposure modes. The four separately controllable flash tubes of the Macro Ring Flash 1200 provides a constant illumination over the whole image without the loss of a three-dimensional impression.
The Macro Twin Flash 2400 offers nearly unlimited flexibility and illumination options for close distance shots. Two independent reflectors can be positioned anywhere around the subject.
The macro flashes perfectly control the illumination of even small objects.
PHOTO SUBJECTS ARCHITECTURE
Documenting historical, famous or modern buildings has always been a popular subject for ambitious photographers. The landscape mode of the Dynax 5D is perfectly suitable for this job. A small aperture with low ISO setting delivers great depth of field combined with high image quality. TIP: To avoid converging verticals (parallel lines seeming to converge at a vanishing point) the camera should only be tilted upwards to a small extent when photographing tall buildings. Reflections on a window can be used as a creative element, or can be minimised by employing a polarizing filter if desired. TIP: Photographing in the "blue hour" at dawn, when the street lights are lit can induce very interesting and unusual lighting effects upon the architectural scenery or subject. Thanks to the Anti-Shake function it is often possible to take images in the "blue hour" without a tripod.
The AF 20mm f/2.8 provides a great depth of field and an emphasized perspective. Lenses with short to medium focal lengths, especially fixed focal lenses, are a must-have item for any architectural photographer. In addition using a telephoto lens lets you capture small details or take pictures of buildings in full from further distance.
Picture taken at the blue hour
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Sunset mode provides special settings that meet the extraordinary light conditions of landscapes at dusk and dawn. The mode is optimised to reproduce the rich, warm colours of sunsets. A specific white balance is employed that accentuates several shades of red that are characteristic of the atmosphere of such scenes.
NIGHT PORTRAIT /
from the available light, because it is outside of the range of the flash light. Effective use of the built-in flash is only possible within its range. To illuminate a large group of people or larger objects, a more powerful Program Flash (2500 (D), 3600HS (D) or 5600HS (D)) is recommended. They are all controlled automatically by the camera, just like the built-in flash. For best results a tripod or at least a stable base (like a wall) should be used. The Remote Cables RC-1000 S or L (and also the self timer) prevent the camera from capturing any shake. The Anti-Shake System of the camera enables even longer shutter speeds to be used in low light situations.
The Night Portrait mode of the Dynax 5D is well suited to taking images at night or in dark surroundings. This program optimises the balance between the available light and the flash light. A slower shutter speed is automatically set to achieve the right exposure for the background
The ambient light and the flash light is balanced in the Night Portrait mode. In normal flash mode the background of such a scene would be totally black.
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PHOTOKNOWLEDGE ZONE MATCHING
The atmosphere, character and message of an image are quintessentially influenced by the distribution of black and white areas in the tonal values. In classic photography the specific subject-related use of illumination is described as high-key and low-key photography. In highkey images bright, finely distinguished highlight tones dominate and soft illumination is provided. Low-key images, consist predominantly of dark tones and harsher light is employed, which provides a three-dimensional feel that is rich in contrast and shadow detail. The zone matching mode of the Dynax 5D optimises all camera settings for high-key or lowkey images.
HIGH-KEY ZONE MATCHING
High-key mode provides fine highlight detail on images that consist of mainly bright areas. Exposure, sensitivity and gradation are adjusted in the best possible way so that the hightlights do not bleach out.
LOW-KEY ZONE MATCHING
Low-key mode achieves a wide graduation of shadow detail on images that predominantly consist of dark areas without showing noise in the dark areas.
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PHOTOKNOWLEDGE SIZE / QUALITY
In the camera menu you find the topics Image Size and Quality. The result of both is similar in one way, but the way they work differs a lot. Using those functions means, that choosing a higher Quality or a larger Image Size leads to fewer images on the memory card. But why are there two settings?
WHAT IMAGE SIZE IS THE BEST TO USE?
The maximum output size of an image (how large it can be printed), depends on the amount of data the file contains. An A4 size print for example needs at least 3 million pixels. So if you already know before shooting that you only want a small print out of the image, or you want to display it on the internet, you can reduce the image size in order to save space on the memory card. TIP: Record the image always in a higher size than you need, because you can always resize images on the computer later. Usually the maximum image size is used, so that images can be used flexibly for a lot of different applications.
IMAGE SIZE (RESOLUTION)
The function of the topic Image Size is pretty simple. The CCD chip, which produces the image, consists of millions of tiny picture elements (pixel). Using the maximum image size, all pixels of the CCD are used. Reducing the image size means that not every pixel gets used. Therefore the image size can only be 3 or 1.5 million pixels instead of the maximum 6 million pixels.
The topic Quality determines the data format in which the image is saved on the memory card.
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Choosing RAW Quality, the image is always recorded at the maximum resolution (full image size). The RAW format saves the image data before the actual calculations of colour, contrast, and sharpness of the camera software start. Those calculations have to be done afterwards on the computer, using imaging software like the DiMAGE Master Lite, or the optional DiMAGE Master. The RAW format enables best image quality, but needs some post-processing on the computer. Image files recorded in RAW format can be very large (approx. 8.8 MB); therefore it takes more time to save them on the memory card.
Extra Fine, Fine, Standard indicate how much an image becomes folded (how much it is compressed). The more an image is compressed, the more image details get lost. Shooting objects with a very fine structure, it is recommended to use a low compression rate.
TIP: With most objects the setting Standard is absolutely sufficient. The setting Fine or Extra Fine should be used when subject structures are very detailed.
EXTRA FINE, FINE, STANDARD
Choosing Extra Fine, Fine, or Standard under the topic Quality, means, that images are saved in JPEG format. In contrast to RAW, images are compressed in JPEG format. The image size remains the same, but the image file occupies less space on the memory card. You can imagine compressing an image as folding it, so that it creases and the quality decreases. As soon as the image is unfolded, it has its original file size again.
Low JPEG Compression / High JPEG Compression
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Despite autofocus it is still possible that pictures may be blurred. Often it is not the fault of the autofocus system but rather the result of camera shake. Unfortunately camera shake happens frequently and it is a particular problem when using slower shutter speeds and longer focal lengths. However, Konica Minoltas Anti-Shake puts things right. The high precision CCD-shift process applies a unique stabilizing mechanism. A sensor detects the degree of camera shake and the camera is able to compensate for this shake by shifting the CCD.
THE CORRECT AMOUNT OF LIGHT
To expose a picture correctly a particular amount of light is necessary. For that the camera has two possibilities to control the amount of light. Either the aperture can be changed or the exposure time can be varied.
The Anti-Shake unit compensates the camera shake by shifting the CCD.
Rule of thumb to calculate the longest safe shutter speed without Anti-Shake:
The Anti-Shake System instantly and precisely shifts the CCD to compensate camera motion. (Shutterspeed example picture 1/30 sec)
1 focal length (in mm)
For example, when taking a picture with a lens of focal length 250 mm without Anti-Shake: the longest safe shutter speed is = 1/250 mm = 1/250 s
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KONICA MINOLTA - LENSES
MIRROR TELE LENS
Extreme telephoto capture are possible with the AF 500 mm f/8 Reflex, the worlds first AF telephoto mirror lens. Due to its compact and light weight design it is extremely popular among nature photographers. The high speed fixed focal length tele lens AF 300mm f/2.8 is due to its high image quality not just a dream lens for ambitioned nature or sports photographers. These two brilliant lenses are perfectly supported by the Anti-Shake System of the Dynax 5D that shows all its power when used in combination with a tele lens. Both lenses with SSM functions are equipped with the new super sonic motor that guarantees fast and quiet focussing. TIP: The focal length of the SSM lenses can be extended with minimal loss of quality using the dedicated Tele Converters AF 1.4X Apo (D) and AF 2X Apo (D). The Anti-Shake System of the Dynax 5D compensates the loss of light with ease.
Because of the special construction it is equipped with a fixed aperture of f8 this usually means a tripod is essential, but in this case the Konica Minolta Anti-Shake System and the high speed CCD of the Dynax 5D enable free hand shooting in a lot of situations.
The SSM lenses are especially designed to fulfil the highest quality demands of professional photographers. The zoom lens AF mm offers a largest aperture of 2.8 over the whole range of focal length and is the perfect tool for a light to medium tele range.
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TIP: Discover the night sky and try out some astrology photography. With the AF APO 600 mm f/4 G for example, full format capture of the moon are no problem with an effective focal length of 900 mm when mounted on the Dynax 5D!
The lenses of the DT series (abbr. for Digital Technology) are exclusively developed for the digital Dynax cameras. The image circle of the lenses is adjusted to the CCDs size.
Lens AF 16 mm f/2.8 Fisheye
TIP: Be creative and experiment with the effects of extreme distorsion. When shooting landscape from a straight camera position, only the horizontal line is reproduced undistorted.
Lens AF DT 11-18mm f/4,5-5,6 (D)
All of the G series` lenses feature high quality components as for instance AD glass and multilayered coating. The lenses of the G series are at the very peak of the Dynax lens system.
The typical fisheye effect is perfecty suited for creative landscape, architecture and indoor shooting. Attached to the Dynax 5D an effective viewing angle of approximately 120 is achieved due to the multiplying factor of 1.5x.
The AF 16mm f/2.8 fisheye lens creates impressive pictures with its extreme wide angle of view,
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AF 50mm f/1.4 AF 50mm f/1.7
Dimensions (dia. x length)
65.5 x 38.5mm 65.5 x 39mm
AntiShake AntiShake AntiShake AntiShake
AF 85mm f/1.4 G (D) AF 100mm f/2.8 SOFT FOCUS STF 135mm f/2.8 [T4.5] *3) AF 200mm f/2.8 Apo G AF 300mm f/2.8 Apo G (D) SSM AF Reflex 500mm f/8 AF 600mm f/4 Apo G
2677-118 2648-118 2656-118 2612-110 2674-118 2572-118 2609-136
0.85m 0.80m 0.87m 1.50m 2.00m 4.00m 6.00m
81.5 x 72.5mm 71.5 x 78mm 80 x 99mm 86 x 134mm 122 x 242.5mm 89 x 118mm 169 x 449mm
560 g 440 g 730g 790g 2480g 665g 5500g
AF 1.4X Tele Converter Apo (D) *2) AF 2X Tele Converter Apo (D) *2)
64 x 20mm 64.5 x 43.5mm
AF 50mm f/2.8 Macro (D) AF 50mm f/3.5 Macro AF 100mm f/2.8 Macro (D) AF 200mm f/4 Macro Apo G AF Macro Zoom 3X-1X f/1.7-2.8
2675-100 2646-100 2676-110 2658-118 2594-116
0.20m 0.23m 0.35m 0.50m (3x): 25mm (1x): 40mm
71.5 x 60mm 66 x 55mm 75 x 98.5mm 79 x 195mm 86 x 117 x 94.5mm *1)
295g 200g 510g 1130g 1100g
W x D x H. For use with AF 300/2.8 Apo G (D) SSM(1), AF 70-200/2.8 Apo G (D) SSM(1), AF 200/2.8 Apo G, AF300/2.8 Apo G, AF 300/4 Apo G(2), AF 400/4.5 Apo G(2), AF 600/4 Apo G(2), AF 200/4 Macro Apo G(3), and STF 135/2.8 [T4.5](3) lenses only. Autofocus cant be used in the following combinations: AF 1.4X / AF 2X Tele Converter Apo (D), lenses displaying this sign (1) and camera models introduced before Dynax 7 (excluding the up-dated Dynax 9). AF 2X Tele Converter Apo (D) and lenses displaying this sign (2). AF 1.4X / AF 2X Tele Converter Apo (D) and lenses displaying this sign (3). Manual focus only.
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KONICA MINOLTA - FLASH SYSTEM
PROGRAM FLASH 5600HS (D)
The most obvious difference between the three Konica Minolta Program Flashes is their guide number, which is indicated by the two first numbers (e.g. 36 for the 3600HS (D)). The built in flash of the Dynax 5D has a guide number of 12. The Program Flash 5600HS (D) provides all possibilities for ambitious flash photography. With its high power you can even illuminate subjects at long distances. With manual flash control and creative features like strobe flash the 5600HS (D) covers all kinds of flash photography. The flash-head of the Program Flash 5600HS (D) can not only be tilted up and downwards but also be swivelled 180.
PROGRAM FLASH 2500 (D)
This handy flash is useful for shooting subjects within a few meters. The flashhead can be rotated up to 90 degrees, if you prefer indirect flash illumination (for instance to bounce off the ceiling). This leads softer light which is favourable in order to obtain a natural, high definition portrait.
PROGRAM FLASH 3600HS (D)
The 3600HS (D) features good power and a lot of functions for creative and versatile flash photography. wireless flash control allows independent flash illumination. A zoom reflector automatically adjusts the flash coverage to the focal length of the lens (between 24 and 85mm).
With a flash sync to rear curtain you can create dynamic images.
HIGH-SPEED SYNC (HSS)
The 3600HS (D) and the 5600HS (D) offer HSS. HSS enables you to use faster camera shutter speeds than the flash sync speed. This function can especially be used for portraits that are captured outdoors, since the fill flash lets the face stands clearly out from the background.
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The Program Flash 3600HS (D) and 5600HS (D) can be used off the camera. In this way you can generate a perfect illumination where the flash light illuminates the subject from the side for instance.
MACRO TWIN FLASH 2400
Macro Twin Flash 2400 has two light tubes which are attached to the lens with flexible holders. Since the light tubes are arranged further from to the optical axis - in contrast to the Macro Ring Flash tubes- the Twin Flash creates a more threedimensional illumination which is desired e.g. with the photography of flowers or insects.
SYNC TO REAR CURTAIN
Normally the flash is released at the beginning of the exposure. If you set the camera to sync to rear curtain the flash is released at the end of the exposure. In the image the start of the movement is blurred and the end of the movement is frozen by the flash.
The Macro Twin Flash gives complete control over the light for macro photography.
MACRO RING FLASH 1200
With macro photography the lens is very close to the subject and a standard flash is not able to Illumination small subjects at close range. The macro ring flash is directly attached to the lens. The Ring Flash 1200 delivers a controlled illumination for e.g. medical images.
ADI flash-metering P-TTL flash-metering Manual flash control Auto Zoom HSS Wireless Multiple flash
*1. Macro-flash controller unit in option is necessary. *2. When the camera is set to the M mode in manual flash control, the power level of the two flashtubes can be individually controlled.
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KONICA MINOLTA - SYSTEM ACCESSORIES
REMOTE CORDS RC-1000S/L
Enables remote control of the shutter release when on a tripod to avoid camera shake or in a self portrait. Autofocus is maintained.
LITHIUM-ION ACCU NP-400
When travelling, where recharging would be impossible, you should consider taking second NP-400 with you, to always have one fully charged, ready for unexpected subjects.
SD-COMPACT FLASH CARD ADAPTOR SD-CF1
With this adaptor, an SD (Secure Digital) Memory Card can be used with the Dynax 5D.
ANGLE FINDER VN
The Angle Finder Vn turns the image of the viewfinder through 90 thus you can look into the viewfinder from a more comfortable position.
PC FLASH ADAPTOR PCT-100
To use external flash units, such as studio systems. The attachment of the PCT-100 provides the camera with the necessary PC sync socket.
SOFTWARE (DIMAGE MASTER)
Using this mains adaptor, your Dynax 5D can easily be connected to the mains supply. This ensures constant power without having to replace batteries. N.B. This does not charge the batteries in camera. The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Master is a sophisticated software for editing and optimising images. It improves the creative workflow and is the perfect tool to obtain the best out of your pictures. Image files can be placed easily by drag & drop in four different customisable categories. With just one click on any desired spot in the image, its area will be magnified to allow for control of sharpness. The colour management system uses ICC profiles, which have been developed specifically for perfect colour matching.
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