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Old Dec 16, 2002, 9:47 AM   #1
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Hi, I see Minolta makes a Maxxum 5600 and a Maxxum 3600 (half the price) but I can't find the difference, I can't even find them listed on Minolta's site. I also hear Sigma and Sunpack make external flashes for the 7i also, can someone help me decipher the differences. And will this help me with all the grainy and blurry pics I'm getting? I use the camera primarily indoors, shooting my kids, and some boudoir type shots in lower light. I'm pretty discouraged with the camera, and plan on upgrading to a Nikon D100 next year, so a low cost option would be preferable.
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Old Dec 16, 2002, 10:58 PM   #2
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The 5600HS-D is a more powerful unit having a GN of 56 (ISO100) @ 85mm. It also tilts up, down and sideways. It has a graphical LCD panel, modeling light as well as a multi-strobe mode for freezing fast actions

The 3600HS-D is only rated at 36 with the same settings. It tilts up only, and has LED indicators for display, and no ratio control as in the 5600.

The Sigma, and the Metz are the only other compatible units at this time with the Dimage. Your best bet is the Sigma which has the feature of the 5600 at the price of the 3600...

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Thanks for the help, what is the "modeling light ", I'll be primarily shooting inside, kids and family, and some boudoir.
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Old Dec 16, 2002, 11:49 PM   #4
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go here thodour aranson has what you want there on the flashes . http://www.alldimage.com
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The "modeling light" option allow you to observe the effect off the flash heads with respect to the subject before it goes of especilally in the shadow areas.

For boudoir I think you're better off with tungsten lamps rather than flashes which make the subjects too cool. Alternatively you can set the color filters on your D7s toward the warmer tone... Also set the camera to iso100 manually; otherwise the camera automatically goes to a higher iso setting in the flash mode, or indoor, which might not be desirable for you!
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Can the 5600 & the 3600 be used off of the camera. I would like to take pictures in landscape mode but want the flash above the lens?

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Of course you can!

Unlike most camera you can do this wirelessly with the camera still adjusting the exposure automatically. BTW it not only works with one flash, but you can set multiple flash units with different power ratio as well (ie a bright main one, and several side lit with less power...) all not anyway connected to the camera by any sync cords!
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