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|alan_perrystein||8:10am on Thursday, November 4th, 2010|
|New Egg & Fedex I ordered it just before noon on Thursday and had it Friday afternoon ; The Camera so far lives up to every review I have read. The anti-shake system is a nice feature; no doubt about it. However, if you are worried about the effects of shaking, and on a limited budget. I am so glad I made the decision to purchase this digital camera. It has all the features I wanted and so much more.|
|jav79||5:46am on Friday, July 30th, 2010|
|Astounding ergonomics and control... If you want every control at your fingertips, this is the camera for you... The Anti-shake really do work..|
|Solf||11:45am on Wednesday, July 14th, 2010|
|Pure pleasure This is the best camera that I have ever had. Buy it! This camera is absolutely amazing.First of all. Buy it! This camera is absolutely amazing.First of all.|
|ksupermegagirlx||1:53pm on Sunday, June 27th, 2010|
|I bought this camera mainly to take pictures of rally cars, which requires the camera to perform under a full range of conditions (light, distance.|
|kensoup||12:38pm on Saturday, June 12th, 2010|
|A wonderfully balanced dSLR with great controls. The 7D is the most under rated camera on the ... Anti-Shake, Ergonomics, Image Quality, Viewfinder, Metal Body, Lens Price, Lens Availability None.|
|tjonessi||10:18pm on Monday, May 10th, 2010|
|I have been through three 7D in18 months. I would say none of them manged more than 7000 shots. Its a pity the build quality was not up to the job.|
|jboland||4:24pm on Thursday, April 1st, 2010|
|A fine camera good for any type of photographer. Enough for a pro and plenty for a beginner but not too overwhelming. Excellent images http://gallery. When it first selling in Hong Kong, I bought it at an expensive price. Then, I discover that there are a lot of problems with this camera. 1. THIS IS ONE GREAT FEATURED, SOLID BUT UNDERATED CAMERA. THE PHOTOS AND LOW NOISE IN THE HIGH ISO ARE EXCELLENT. SOLID BODY.|
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Histogram display...35 Deleting single images...36 Changing the playback display...37 Enlarged playback....38 Advanced recording...39 Exposure-mode dial....39 Digital Subject Programs...40 Auto Recording....41 Program - P....41 Aperture priority - A....42 Shutter priority - S...42 Exposure control range warnings...43 Manual exposure - M...44 Bulb exposures....45 Exposure lock - AEL button...46 Slow sync....47 Spot AF button....47 Exposure compensation...48 Depth-of-field preview....49 AF / MF switch....49 Drive modes....50 Continuous-advance notes...51 Self-timer notes...51 Exposure bracketing notes...52 White-balance bracketing notes...53 Camera sensitivity (ISO) and Zone Matching...54 Camera sensitivity and flash range...55 Function button....56 AF area....57 AF modes....58 Metering modes...59 Flash compensation...60 Color mode....61 Digital Effects Control (DEC)...63
White balance....64 Auto white balance...64 Preset white balance...65 Custom white balance...66 Color temperature...67 A short guide to photography....68 Light sources and color....69 What is an Ev?....69 Recording menu....70 Navigating the recording menu...70 Image size and image quality...72 Instant playback...74 Noise reduction....74 Flash modes....75 Wireless/Remote flash....76 Wireless/Remote camera and flash ranges..78 Flash control....79 Bracketing order...80 Recording mode reset....80 About DiMAGE Master....81 Playback menu....82 Navigating the playback menu...82 Frame-selection screen....83 Delete....84 Format.....85 View folder....85 Lock....86 Index playback format....87 Slide Show....88 About DPOF....88 DPOF setup....89 Date imprint....90 Index print...90 Cancel print....90 Opening the custom & setup menus...91
Custom menu.....92 AF / Shutter release priority setup...93 Focus-hold button setup...94 AEL button setup....94 Control-dial setup...95 Exposure-compensation setup...95 AF illuminator....96 Card shutter lock....96 Lens shutter lock....96 AF area setup....97 Monitor display setup...97 Recording display setup...97 Playback display setup...97 Setup menu....98 LCD brightness...100 Transfer mode....100 Video output....101 Viewing images on a television...101 Audio signals....102 Language....102 Date and time setup...103 File number (#) memory...103 Folder name....104 Select folder....104 New folder....105 LCD backlight....105 Auto power save...105 Menu section memory....106 Delete confirmation...106 Clean CCD....106 Reset default....108 Accessory notes....110 Lens compatibility....110 Lens shadowing....110 Focal-length conversion...110
CCD plane....110 Attaching the eyepiece cap...111 Viewfinder accessories...111 Attaching a remote cord...111 Attaching an accessory flash....112 Flash compatibility...112 High-Speed Sync. (HSS)...112 PD Flash Adapter PCT-100...113 About the battery charger cord...113 Data-transfer mode...114 System requirements....114 Connecting the camera to a computer..115 Connecting to Windows 98 / 98 second edition..116 Automatic installation...116 Manual installation....117 Auto power save (Data-transfer mode)...119 Memory card folder organization...120 Disconnecting the camera from the computer..122 Windows 98 / 98 second edition...122 Windows Me, 2000 Professional, and XP...122 Macintosh....123 Changing the memory card (data-transfer mode)..124 Windows 98 / 98 second edition...124 Windows Me, 2000 Professional, and XP...124 Macintosh....124 Removing the driver software - Windows..125 PictBridge....126 Notes on printing errors...127 Navigating the PictBridge menu..128 Batch print....129 Index print....129 Paper size....130 Layout....130 Print quality...131 Data print...131 DPOF print...131
Wide focus frame
Spot AF area (p. 47)
Local focus areas (p. 57)
Spot-metering area (p. 59) The spot AF area and local focus areas are illuminated briefly to indicate the point of focus when the focus is locked.
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Flash-compensation indicator (p. 60) Flash signal (p. 31) High-speed sync. indicator (p. 112) Wireless/Remote flash indicator (p. 76) AE lock indicator (p. 46) Focus signal (p. 29)
7. Shutter-speed display 8. Aperture display 9. Ev scale 10. Frames-remaining counter 11. Camera-shake warning (p. 30) 12. Anti-Shake scale (p. 32)
The frames-remaining counter indicates the approximate number of frames that can be stored in the camera buffer memory while recording. This number changes as images are captured and saved to the memory card.
GETTING UP AND RUNNING
This section covers the preparation of the camera. This includes the changing of batteries, memory cards, and lenses as well as the use of external power supplies.
ATTACHING AND REMOVING A LENS
This camera uses interchangeable lenses. See page 110 for compatible lenses. Never touch the inside of the camera, especially the lens contacts and mirror. Do not leave the interior of the camera exposed to dust or dirt. Replace the caps on the lens and attach the body cap or another lens to the camera as soon as possible. Check the body cap or lens is free from dust before mounting.
Remove the body cap from the camera and the rear cap from the lens.
Align the red mounting index on the lens and camera body. Carefully insert the lens into the mount, then turn it clockwise until it clicks into the locked position. Do not insert the lens at an angle. If it does not fit, check its orientation with the index marks. Never force the lens.
Press the lens release all the way in and turn the lens counterclockwise until it stops. Carefully remove the lens.
Lens release 18 GETTING
UP AND RUNNING
ATTACHING THE CAMERA STRAP
Always keep the camera strap around your neck in the event that you drop the camera.
1. Pass the tip of the strap through the cameras strap eyelet from below. Attach the strap so the tip comes between the strap and the camera. 2. Thread the tip of the strap through the holder ring and the inside of the buckle and pull to tighten. Leave some slack in the camera strap so the tip may be threaded through the buckle easily. 3. Push the holder ring toward the strap eyelet to secure the strap to the camera. Repeat with the other end of the camera strap.
Without lifting your finger from the shutter-release button, recompose the subject within the viewfinder. Press the shutter-release button all the way down to take the picture (2).
If the shutter speed falls below the point where the camera can be hand held safely, the camera-shake warning indicator blinks in the viewfinder. Camera shake is slight blurring caused by subtle hand motion and is more pronounced with telephoto lenses than wide angle. Although the warning appears, the shutter can still be released. If the warning appears, place the camera on a tripod or use the built-in flash.
USING THE BUILT-IN FLASH
The built-in flash is designed to be used with lenses with focal lengths from 18mm or longer. When using lenses shorter than 18mm, the corners of the image are not be fully illuminated. The lens hood and certain lenses can cause shadowing, see page 110. The shutter will not release while the flash is charging. To use the flash, simply pull up the unit by the tabs on each side. The flash position must be set manually, and once up, the flash unit always fires regardless of the amount of ambient light. The flash mode is changed with the recording menu (p. 75). Push down the built-in flash when the camera is not in use. The flash is also used as an AF illuminator, see page 96. The viewfinder flash signal indicates the status of the flash.
Signal steady - flash charged and ready to fire. Signal blinking - flash output was sufficient for exposure. If the flash signal does not blink after taking the picture, the subject was not within the flash range. The flash range depends on the aperture used for the exposure. The follow chart shows the range when camera sensitivity is set to auto (auto recording) or ISO 100 (program). See page 55 for the flash range with other camera sensitivity settings. Aperture f/2.8 f/3.5 f/4.0 f/5.6 Auto ISO (Auto recording) 1.4 ~ 8.6m / 4.6 ~ 28ft. 1.1 ~ 6.8m / 3.6 ~ 22ft. 1.0 ~ 6.0m / 3.3 ~ 20ft. 1.0 ~ 4.3m / 3.3 ~ 14ft. ISO 100 (Program exposure) 1.0 ~ 4.3m / 3.3 ~ 14.ft. 1.0 ~ 3.4m / 3.3 ~ 11.ft. 1.0 ~ 3.0m / 3.3 ~ 9.8ft. 1.0 ~ 2.1m / 3.3 ~ 6.7ft.
The Anti-Shake system minimizes the affect of camera shake, a slight blurring caused by subtle hand motion. Camera shake is more pronounced at long focal lengths than short ones. Anti-Shake is less effective with moving subjects or when the camera is panned, with shutter speeds of 1/4 second or longer, and short object distances. Anti-shake is disabled with bulb exposures (p. 45).
Auto recording is set with the exposure-mode dial. Use this exposure mode when wanting fully-automatic exposure control. Auto recording operates like the program exposure mode, except that when the exposure mode dial is turned to the auto-recording position, recording functions are reset to their default settings. Not all function are available in auto recording such as color mode and Digital Effects Control. Functions are reset to: fill-flash or red-eye reduction flash mode, multi-segment metering, Auto AF focus mode, wide AF area, single-frame advance drive mode, flash and exposure compensation reset, ADI flash control, Auto ISO, large-size images, fine image quality, AF priority, noise reduction.
PROGRAM - P
Program exposure is set with the exposure-mode dial (p. 39). Like auto recording, program controls both the shutter speed and aperture required for each exposure. The operation is the same as described in the basic recording operation section on page 28. However, unlike auto recording, functions set in this mode do not reset when the position of the exposure-mode dial is changed. The default camera sensitivity for program is ISO 100. Program shift allows adjustment to the shutter-speed/aperture combination in 1/3 Ev increments without affecting the total exposure. Using the built-in flash cancels program shift. Press the shutter-release button partway down until the shutter speed and aperture are displayed. Turn the control dial (1) to shift the shutter speed and aperture combination; PS is displayed for the exposure mode. Program shift can be changed between aperture and shutter priority in section 1 of the custom menu (p. 92, 95).
APERTURE PRIORITY - A
Aperture priority is set with the exposure-mode dial (p. 39). The photographer selects the aperture and the camera sets the appropriate shutter speed to ensure correct exposure. Turn the control dial (1) to adjust the aperture in 1/3 Ev increments. The aperture range depends on the lens. The aperture is displayed on the monitor and in the viewfinder. Pressing the shutter-release button partway down displays the corresponding shutter speed. With the camera sensitivity (ISO) set to auto, the shutter speed may not change when the aperture is adjusted because the shutter speeds can change in fine steps. Press the shutter-release button all the way down to take the picture. For information on -numbers, see page 55.
MANUAL EXPOSURE - M
Manual exposure mode allows individual selection of shutter speeds and apertures. This mode overrides the exposure system giving the photographer control over the final exposure. Bulb exposures can be made, see below. Manual exposure is set with the exposure-mode dial (p. 39). 1. Turn the control dial to change the shutter speed. 2. Press and hold the exposurecompensation button and turn the control dial to change the aperture. The operation to change the aperture and shutter speed can be reversed in section 1 of the custom menu (p. 95). 3. Press and hold the AEL button and turn the control dial to shift the shutter speed and aperture without affecting the exposure. The Ev scale on the monitor and in the viewfinder indicates the difference between the set exposure and the exposure determined by the camera meter. Press the shutterrelease button partway down to activate the meter. The manual metering (M.M.) indicator is displayed on the monitor Ev scale. The set exposure is 1.0Ev less () than the exposure determined by the meter. The arrow indicates the set exposure is 2.3Ev more (+) or less () than the exposure determined by the meter. The blinking arrow indicates the set exposure is 2.7Ev or greater than the exposure determined by the meter.
By pressing and holding the AEL button (1), continuous meter readings are displayed on the Ev scales. Two indices can be displayed. The fixed index shows the meter reading made when the AEL button is pressed. The other index shows any changes in the metered area. The fixed index is in reference to the selected metering mode (p. 59). The other index uses the spot metering area to determine the reading. Spot metering area When using flash with manual exposure, the shutter speed cannot exceed the flash-sync speed (p. 42). Flash range is dependent on the aperture (p. 55).
Bulb photographs can be taken in the manual-exposure mode (M). The use of a tripod, remote cord, and eyepiece cap (p. 111) is recommended. The cameras exposure system cannot be used to calculate bulb exposures. The use of a separate light meter is recommended. Anti-Shake is disabled. 1. Set the appropriate aperture required for the exposure. 2. Decrease the shutter-speed until BULB is displayed. 3. To take the picture, press and hold the shutter-release button for the duration of the exposure. Releasing the shutter button ends the exposure. The monitor is blank during the exposure and remains blank after the exposure for up to 30 seconds while noise-reduction processing is applied to the image.
EXPOSURE LOCK - AEL BUTTON
The AE lock button locks the automatic exposure system without activating the AF system. This function allows the exposure to be set by a gray card or reference target outside the scene. When using flash in the auto recording, P, A, or digital subject program exposure modes, slow-shutter sync is active (p. 47). The operation of the AE lock button can be changed in section 1 of the custom menu (p. 94).
The relative output of the flash can be compensated by 2.0 Ev with the function button (p. 56). On the function-selection screen, use the up/down keys of the controller to select exposure compensation and the left/right keys to adjust the degree of compensation. Press the central button of the controller to complete the operation.
When the camera flash is raised, the degree of flash compensation is indicated by the Ev scale. When using fill-flash to reduce harsh shadows caused by bright illumination or direct sunlight, flash compensation can change the ratio between the highlights and shadows. Fill flash affect the darkness of the shadows without affecting the area illuminated by the main light source. 1.0 Ev flash compensation
By decreasing the flash output with a negative Ev setting, the shadows receive less light and are darker, but subtle details in the shadows that would not appear without the flash are apparent. Increasing the flash output by using a positive Ev setting softens and nearly eliminate shadows.
Color / DEC Natural
The color mode controls what the image looks like as well as the color space. The color mode is set with the function button (p. 56). The color mode can only be selected in P, A, S, and M exposure modes. Except for the Abobe RGB and embed Adobe RGB, all color modes use sRGB color space. Some color modes use preset Digital Effects Control values (p. 63); the default positions are indicated by a thick index mark on the scale of the setting screen.
Natural Color - reproduces the colors in the scene faithfully. Natural Plus - increases contrast and acutance. Portrait - optimize for the reproduction of skin tones. Landscape - optimize for daytime outdoor scenery. Sunset - optimize for landscapes at dusk and dawn. The use of auto white balance is recommended. Night view - optimize for nighttime scenery without flash. Night portrait - optimize for nighttime portraits with flash. Black & White - for monochrome images. Adobe RGB - natural color reproduction using the extended gamut Adobe RGB color space. The color space is not embedded in the image data. Embedded Adobe RGB - natural color reproduction using the extended gamut Adobe RGB color space. The color space is embedded in the image data.
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The active mode is displayed on the monitor. When using portrait, landscape, sunset, night view, or night portrait color mode, the use of auto white balance is recommended.
About Adobe RGB
Adobe RGB has a larger color gamut than the more common sRGB. The size of the gamut limits the colors that can be reproduced; the larger the gamut, the more colors. If the image will be printed out with a high-quality printer, the use of the Embedded Adobe RGB and Adobe RGB color modes are recommended over the other sRGB color modes. Embedded Adobe RGB image files are indicated with a.JPE extension. Adobe RGB images without an embedded profile use a file name beginning with _ICT. See page 120 for more information. Always use DFC 2.0 optional color space compliant software to open Adobe RGB images without embedded profiles. DiMAGE Master Lite 1.0.1 or DiMAGE Master 1.1 or later is DFC 2.0 optional color space compliant. Always use software with color matching or color management functions to open Adobe RGB images with embedded profiles. Software without color management functions, such as Kodak EasyShare, will not reproduce Adobe RGB images correctly. DiMAGE Master Lite supplied with the camera is required to open RAW Adobe RGB images taken with this camera. The full version of DiMAGE Master can also be used. For more on DiMAGE Master, see page 81 or visit us on the web at: North America http://kmpi.konicaminolta.us/ Europe http://www.konicaminoltasupport.com
Red-eye reduction - used when taking photographs of people or animals in low-light conditions. The red-eye effect is caused by light reflected from the retina of the eye. The camera fires several pre-flashes before the main flash burst to contract the pupils of the subjects eyes. Rear flash sync - used with long exposures to make trailing lights or blurring appear to follow rather than proceed the subject. The effect is not apparent if the shutter speed is too fast and stops the subjects motion. When the shutter is released, a pre-flash fires. This pre-flash is not for exposure, but for metering. The flash fires again just before the shutter closes. Wireless / Remote flash - allows the camera to control an off-camera flash unit without the need of a cable. See page 76.
WIRELESS / REMOTE FLASH
On-camera flash Wireless/Remote flash allows the camera to control an off-camera Program/Maxxum 5600HS(D) and 3600HS(D) flash unit without the need of a cable. Single or multiple flash units can be placed around the subject to create different lighting effects. The cameras built-in flash fires to control the offcamera flash units rather than to illuminate the subject.
Wireless/ Remote flash
Flash mode Flash control Bracket order Reset
Fill-flash Red eye Rear sync. Wireless
1. Remove the accessory shoe cap (p. 112) and slide a Program/Maxxum 5600HS(D) or 3600HS(D) flash on the accessory shoe until the safety lock engages. 2. Turn on the camera and flash unit. 3. Set the camera to the wireless flash mode in section 2 of the recording menu (p. 70). This simultaneously set a the flash to the wireless mode and sets the camera to the flashs wireless channel. 4. Press and hold the mounting-foot-release button on the flash unit to disengage the safety catch and remove the flash unit from the camera.
Raise the built-in flash on the camera and position the camera and flash around the subject. See the following page for operating ranges.
Make sure no objects come between the camera and flash unit. The flash units can be test fired by pressing the AEL button on the camera. AEL button setup in section 1 of the custom menu should be set to one of the hold options. If the flash does not fire, change the camera, flash, or subject position. The slow shutter sync is active in auto recording, P, A, and digital subject program exposure modes (p. 47). When the 5600HS(D) and 3600HS(D) flash is charged, the AF illuminator on the front of the unit blinks. The viewfinder flash signal shows the status of the camera flash (p. 31). Take a picture as described in the basic recording section on page 28. Wireless/Remote flash performs best under subdued light or interior lighting. Under bright light sources, the flash may not be able to detect the control signals from the cameras built-in flash. When not using off-camera flash units, always turn off the wireless flash mode in section 2 of the recording menu, or inaccurate flash exposures will result. The 5600HS(D) and 3600HS(D) flash units can be reset simultaneously with the camera. Simply mount the flash unit in the accessory shoe and change the wireless flash mode setting on the menu to another flash mode. High-speed sync. is available, see page 112. The Wireless/Remote Flash Controller is not compatible with this camera.
Delete folder and its contents?
Delete button Display button
Section 2 of the playback menu starts the slide-show function. This function automatically displays images every five seconds on the card or in the folder specified with the view-folder option in section 1 of the menu. Highlight Enter in the slide-show option in section 2 of the playback menu and press the center of the controller to begin the slide-show playback. Press the central button of the controller to pause and restart the presentation. Use the left/right keys of the controller to advance to the next image or return to the previous one. To cancel the presentation, press the down key of the controller or the menu button.
Slide show Enter DPOF set Date imprint Index print Cancel print
This camera is supported by DPOF version 1.1. The DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) allows direct printing of still images from digital cameras. After the DPOF file is created, the memory card is simply taken to a photofinishing service or inserted into the memory -card slot of DPOF compatible printers. When a DPOF file is created, a misc. folder is automatically made on the memory card to store it (p. 120). DPOF print files cannot be made for RAW and embedded Adobe RGB images. Images using an Adobe RGB color mode may not be reproduced accurately (p. 61). Images selected for printing are indicated in the playback displays. The number of copies is displayed next to the indicator.
The DPOF-set option is used to set an order for standard prints from digital images. Single, multiple, or all images on the memory card or in a folder specified with the view-folder option can be printed (p. 85). DPOF setup has three options: Marked frames - to choose a group of images to be printed or when the number of copies for each image varies. When selected, the frame-selection screen appears (p. 83). Use the left/right keys of the controller to highlight an image to be printed. Pressing the up key marks the image with the printer indicator. The number next to the indicator indicates the number of copies of that image will be printed. Pressing the up key increases the number of copies, pressing the down key decreases the number. A maximum of nine copies can be ordered. To deselect an image for printing, press the down key until the the number of copies reaches zero and the printer indicator disappears. Continue until all the images to be printed are marked. Press the controller to create the DPOF file, or press the menu button to cancel the operation and return to the playback menu. All in folder - to select images in the folder specified by the view-folder option. All on card - to select all images on the memory card for printing. When the all-in-folder or all-on-card option is chosen, a screen appears requesting the number of copies of each image; a maximum of nine copies can be ordered. Use the up/down keys of the controller to set the number of copies. If the all-on-card option was used to create a print order, any additional images saved afterwards in the folder are not be included in the order. DPOF files created with another camera are deleted when a DPOF file is created.
Press the central button of the controller to select the highlighted setting. Once a setting has been selected, the cursor returns to the menu options and the new setting is displayed. Changes can continue to be made.
The control dial moves the cursor left and right in the menus.
To set AF or shutter-release priority (p. 93).
Priority setup FocusHoldButt. AEL button Ctrl dial set Exp. comp. set AF illuminator AF Focus hold AE hold Shutter speed Ambient&flash On
To set the operation of a lens focus-hold button (p. 94). To set the operation of the AEL button (p. 94). To specify exposure control with the control dial (p. 95). To specify flash output with exposure comp. (p. 95). To turn the AF illuminator on and off (p. 96). To lock the shutter when no card is inserted (p. 96).
Shutter lock Shutter lock AF area setup Monitor disp. Rec. display Play. display
On: no card On: no lens 0.3s. display Automatic Auto rotate Auto rotate
To lock the shutter when no lens is mounted (p. 96). To control the viewfinder AF-area illumination (p. 97). To control how the monitor is turned on and off (p. 97). To set the recording display orientation (p. 97). To set the playback display orientation (p. 97).
AF/SHUTTER RELEASE PRIORITY SETUP
This custom function has two options: AF - AF priority. The shutter will not release until the camera focuses. Release - shutter-release priority. The shutter releases even if focus cannot be confirmed. The RP indicator is displayed on the monitor when this option is selected. Release priority indicator
FOCUS-HOLD BUTTON SETUP
Some Konica Minolta lenses are equipped with a focushold button. The operation of this button can be specified in section 1 of the custom menu (p. 92). This custom function has two options: Focus hold - pressing the focus-hold button on the lens locks the focus.
D.O.F. preview - pressing the focus-hold button previews the depth of field (p. 49). With non-D series lenses, this is active when the aperture and shutter speed are displayed.
AEL BUTTON SETUP
The operation of the AEL button (p. 46) can be specified in section 1 of the custom menu (p. 92). This custom function has four options: AE hold - press and hold the AEL button to lock the exposure, release the button to unlock it. The metering mode set is used (p. 59). AE toggle - press and release the AEL button to lock the exposure. The exposure remains locked even after the image is captured. Press and release the button again to unlock the exposure. The metering mode set is used (p. 59). Spot AE hold - the spot metering area is used regardless of the metering-mode selected (p. 59). Press and hold the AEL button to lock the exposure, release the button to unlock it. Spot AE toggle - the spot metering area is used. Press and release the AEL button to lock the exposure. The exposure remains lock even after the image is captured. Press and release the button again to unlock the exposure.
When the shutter-release button is pressed partway down, an audio signal gives a positive confirmation the AF system has focused. This signals can be turned off in section 1 of the setup menu (p. 98).
The language used in the menus can be changed. Highlight the current language and press the center of the controller to open the language setup screen.
LCDbrightness Transfer mode Video output Audio signals Language Date/Time set
Use the four-way keys of the controller to select the menu language. Press the central button of the controller to set the language. Press the menu button to close the screen without making any changes.
Japanese English Deutsch Franais Espaol italiano :select
Svenska Russian Chinese (CS) Chinese (CT) Korean :enter
DATE AND TIME SETUP
It is important to accurately set the clock. When a still image is recorded, the date and time of the recording are saved with the image and are displayed during playback or can be read with the DiMAGE Master Lite software. When the Date/Time-set option is selected and entered in section 1 of the setup menu, the date/time screen is displayed. Use the left/right keys of the controller or rear control dial to select the item to be changed. Use the up/down keys or front control dial to change the item. Press the central button of the controller to complete the operation.
:sel. Date/Time set 2005. 10. : 14 YYYY/MM/DD
FILE NUMBER (#) MEMORY
When file number memory is selected, if a new folder is created, the first file stored in the folder will have a number one greater than the last file saved. This allows multiple folders to be created, but the image file numbers will be in the order in which they were shot. If the file number memory is disabled, the image file name will have a number one greater than the last image saved in the folder.
File # memory Folder name Select folder New folder Off Std. form 100KM028
If file number memory is active and the memory card is changed, the first file saved to the new card will have a number one greater than the last file saved on the previous card if the new card does not contain an image with a greater file number. If it does, the file number of the new image will be one greater than the greatest on the card.
HIGH-SPEED SYNC. (HSS)
This camera is compatible with the High Speed Sync. (HSS) function in the Program/Maxxum Flash 5600HS(D) and 3600HS(D). This allows the camera to use its full range of shutter speeds up to 1/4000 second. HSS cannot be used with the 2-second self-timer drive mode nor the rear sync. flash mode. Attach a compatible flash unit to the camera. Set the flash unit to HSS. When the shutter speed exceeds the camera sync. speed, the High Speed Sync. indicator (H) is displayed on the monitor and in the viewfinder.
High Speed Sync. indicator
PC FLASH ADAPTER PCT-100
The PC Flash Adapter PCT-100 allows a studio or location flash system to be connected to the camera with a standard PC cord. The adapter is compatible with both center positive (normal polarity) and center negative (positive polarity) flash units with a voltage of 400V or lower. The software upgrade included with the PCT-100 should not be used. To ensure correct exposures, use the manual exposure mode. Set the shutter speed equal to or slower than the flash duration; refer to the flash units instruction manual. The cameras flash-compensation function has no affect on the flash exposure. To make an exposure bracket, press and hold the AEL button during the bracketing series to control the exposure with the aperture rather than the shutter speed. The use of custom white balance is recommended. When calibrating the camera, use the shutter speed and aperture settings require for the final exposure. A gray card may have to be used as the reference target with powerful flash units to reduce the intensity of the illumination. If custom white balance is not practical, use the preset daylight or flash setting or set the color temperature to the flash units color temperature if known; auto white balance is not recommended.
ABOUT THE BATTERY CHARGER CORD
The included AC cord is designed for the current of the sales region. Only use the cord in the region it was purchased.
Region Product code
Continental Europe, Korea, Singapore (220-240V) Great Britain, Hong Kong (220V-240V) United States, Canada, Japan, Taiwan (100V-120V) China (220-240V) Australia (220-240V)
APC-150 APC-160 APC-170 APC-151 APC-230
The External High-Power Battery Pack Kit EPB-100 is not compatible with this camera.
Read this section carefully before connecting the camera to a computer. This manual does not cover the basic operation of computers or their operating systems; please refer to the manual supplied with your computer.
If the camera does not receive a read or write command within ten minutes, it shuts down to save power. When the camera shuts down, an unsafe-removal-of-device warning may appear on the computer monitor. Click OK. Neither the camera or computer will be damaged in this operation. Unplug the USB cable and turn off the camera. Remake the USB connection by reattaching the cable and turning the camera on.
Konica Minolta History
On February 20th, 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. On board his Friendship 7 spacecraft was a Minolta Hi-matic camera to record that historic event. The 4 hour, 55 minute, and 23 second flight orbited the Earth three times at an average speed of 28,000 kph (17,500 mph). Mr. Glenn visited our Sakai camera factory in Japan on May 24th, 1963 to plant a palm tree to celebrate the occasion. The palm tree is still in the courtyard of the factory and stands over eight meters tall (26ft). The camera? It was not lost. It is on display at the Smithsonian Institutions National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. This and other objects from John Glenns Friendship 7 Mercury flight can be found in galley 210, Apollo to the Moon.
MEMORY CARD FOLDER ORGANIZATION
Once the camera is connected to the computer, image files can be accessed by double clicking on icons. Image folders are located in the DCIM folder. To copy images, simply drag and drop the file icon into a location in the computer.
The misc. folder contains DPOF print files (p. 88). Files and folders on the memory card can be deleted using the computer. Changing file names or adding other types of data to the card with a computer may cause the camera to malfunction.
From left to right: standard folder and date folder (p. 104).
Extra fine, fine, or standard image
Extra fine, fine, or standard Adobe RGB image
Extra fine, fine, or standard embedded Adobe RGB image
Image file names begin with PICT followed by a four-digit file number and a mrw, jpg, jpe, or thm extension. The thumbnail images (thm) are used in camera and DiMAGE Master Lite operation. If a RAW or JPEG image uses the Adobe RGB color mode without an embedded profile, the file name begins with _ICT. When a new folder is created, the first three digits in the folder name is one greater than the largest folder number on the card. When the file number in the image file name exceeds 9,999, a new folder is created with a number one greater than the greatest folder number on the memory card: e.g. from 100KM028 to 101KM028. The file number on the image file may not correspond to its frame number on the camera. As images are deleted in the camera, the frame counter adjust itself to show the number of images on the card and reassign the frame numbers accordingly. The file numbers on the image files do not change when an image is deleted. When a new image is recorded, it is assigned a number one greater than the largest file number in the folder. File numbers can be controlled with the file-number-memory function in section 2 of the setup menu (p. 103).
Battery performance decreases with temperature. In cold environments, we recommend keeping spare batteries in a warm place, such as the inside of a coat. Batteries can recover their power when they warm up. Do not store the battery when it is fully charged. When storing the battery for extended periods, recharge it for five minutes every six months. The battery may not be able to be charged if completely exhausted. A special built-in battery supplies power to the clock and memory when the camera is exhausted or removed. If the camera resets each time the battery is removed, the battery is exhausted. It must be replaced at a Konica Minolta service facility.
140 CARE AND
After initially inserting the battery, do not remove it for twelve hours; the camera can be off during this period. The main battery is used to charge an internal battery, which protects settings when the main battery is removed. Keep battery and camera charger contacts clean. Dirty contacts can prevent charging. If the contacts become dirty, wipe them with a cotton swab.
LCD MONITOR CARE
The LCD monitor is manufactured using high-precision technology and more than 99.99% of the pixels operate properly. Less than 0.01% of the monitor pixels are displayed as color or bright points; this is not monitor defect and does not affect the recorded image. Do not apply pressure to the surface of the LCD monitor; it may be permanently damaged. In a cold environment, the LCD monitor may become temporarily dark. When the camera warms up, the display will function normally. If fingerprints are on the LCD monitor surface, gently wipe with a soft, clean, dry cloth.
TV program, films, video tapes, photographs, and other materials may be copyrighted. Unauthorized recording or duplication of such material may be contrary to copyright laws. Taking pictures or images of performances, exhibitions, etc. is prohibited without approval and can infringe on copyright. Images protected by copyright can only be used under the provisions within the copyright laws.
BEFORE IMPORTANT EVENTS OR JOURNEYS
Check the cameras operation; take test pictures and purchase spare batteries. Konica Minolta has no responsibility for any damage or loss incurred by equipment malfunction.
QUESTIONS AND SERVICE
If you have questions about your camera or charger, contact your local camera dealer or write to the Konica Minolta distributor in your area. Before shipping your camera or charger for repair, please contact a Konica Minolta service facility.
The following marks may be found on the product: This mark on your camera certifies that this camera meets the requirements of the EU (European Union) concerning interference causing equipment regulations. CE stands for Conformit Europenne (European Conformity). FCC Compliance Statement Declaration on Conformity Responsible Party: Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A. Inc. Address: 725 Darlington Avenue, Mahwah, NJ 07430
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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