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Old Jan 25, 2010, 8:01 PM   #1
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Can I use old minolta flashes for my Sony a200?
I just saw this (or something that seems to be this) on craigslist:
http://www.amazon.com/QTB-7500A-Flas...4467508&sr=8-3

I figure not, but it has the same mount.
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What about Minolta flashes in general with the same hot shoe mount?

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Old Jan 27, 2010, 9:00 PM   #2
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If you want a low priced flash, how about this little Sony flash for $89.

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-HVLF20AM-...2&sr=8-2-spell
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Old Jan 27, 2010, 9:11 PM   #3
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Can I use old minolta flashes for my Sony a200?
I just saw this (or something that seems to be this) on craigslist:
http://www.amazon.com/QTB-7500A-Flas...4467508&sr=8-3

I figure not, but it has the same mount.
Thanks!

EDIT:
What about Minolta flashes in general with the same hot shoe mount?
You'll want to avoid that flash (and other flashes similar to it).

Flash models designed to work with most Minolta Maxxum film cameras are not going to work properly on a Konica Minolta or Sony dSLR model (they'll just fire at full power if they work at all).

The only Minolta flashes that will work properly are the 2500 (D), 3600HS (D), and 5600HS (D). Older Minolta flash models (5400HS, etc.) are not going to work properly, and the same thing applies to virtually all third party flashes designed for Minolta Maxxum film cameras.
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Old Jan 28, 2010, 5:51 PM   #4
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Thanks. I figured as much.
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Old Jan 28, 2010, 6:11 PM   #5
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If budget permits, I'd get a Sony HVL-F42AM. It's going to have a nicer feature set with High Speed Sync, ability to work off camera wirelessly (controlled by the camera's built in flash if desired) and more.

In a less expensive choice, I'd probably look at the Metz 48 AF-1.

If you want to give up wireless and High Speed Sync in an even less expensive flash, I'd probably look at the newer Vivitar DF 383 (but, reports on build quality have been a bit mixed).

A Sony flash would be your best choice.
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Old Jan 30, 2010, 5:42 PM   #6
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Thanks. That was what I was looking at. This was just a thought.
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Old Mar 29, 2010, 10:09 PM   #7
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I've had terrific luck with the Promaster 5750 DX -- http://www.promasterflash.com/servlet/Detail?no=10

Gets you full TTL, tilt, bounce, built-in diffuser. Works in all modes with A200. Note that it's a modular flash -- you need the Sony 7140 module to make it work. The 5750 pops up now and then on Ebay at decent prices.
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