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2400 Macro Flash
« on: July 19, 2006, 08:35:18 AM »
Does anybody know of any good alternatives to the 2400 Twin Flash for doing macro work with bugs as these appear to be like the proverbial 'rocking horse sh*t' at the moment.  I am getting so fed up with shallow depth of field on my pictures as the light is only good enough for f2.8 1/40th second (tried stepping ISO to 800 but then looked noisey). 

Tried to take some pictures in the garden the other night on a bright evening of ants harvesting some blackfly eggs on one of my plants and couldn't get a whole ant in focus!  Also my favorite spider has either his back legs or front legs out of focus.
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Re: 2400 Macro Flash
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2006, 08:38:37 AM »
I bought a sunpak Dmacro ring flash, as I couldn't get the KM ring flash, and couldn't afford the twin flash.

Connects with an adaptor, and you have to use it in manual mode for the most part, which is OK, but I kinda wish I'd splurged on the 2400.

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Re: 2400 Macro Flash
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2006, 12:58:39 PM »
Seeing as I just had a small bonus thought I'd splash out and use it to buy one of these but god was it difficult to find one.  Various sites advertised them so the search engines picked them up but they had no stock.  Eventually on about page 10 of a google search found a french site saying they had one in stock.  Spent about half an hour progressing through their pages using babel fish translation bit by bit and finally ordered it.

God it is hard buying Minolta Kit

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Once I have got it and worked out how to use it (and probably had to translate a french handbook) I'll post a couple of images and let you know what it's like.
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Re: 2400 Macro Flash
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2006, 01:03:01 PM »
Excellent!  Well done - I don't think I would have had the resolve to buy it through a french siet I could read myself.

Hopefully the manuals will be international (after all, all the kit I have has included French/German/Italian/etc versions of the manuals, so the French-sold one should still include English... right?)

PS congrats on the bonus :D

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Re: 2400 Macro Flash
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2006, 06:36:27 PM »
Flash arrived today in its little bag.

Good news the instruction booklet isn't in french ;D

Bad news there isn't an instruction booklet - just a one sheeter showing where the parts are in the bag! :(

Have to try the minolta site to see if I can download one.
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Re: 2400 Macro Flash
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2006, 12:16:55 PM »

This page is a short review rather than a manual, but might have some useful tips for you :)

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Re: 2400 Macro Flash
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2006, 12:27:11 PM »
Cheers Fother
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Re: 2400 Macro Flash
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2006, 01:49:31 AM »

Fud,

Did you ever end up finding the manual? I've got my greedy little mits on the pdf, let me know if you want it :)

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Re: 2400 Macro Flash
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2006, 08:29:33 AM »

Fud,

Did you ever end up finding the manual? I've got my greedy little mits on the pdf, let me know if you want it :)

Cheers fother that would be most appreciated as I will hopefully get time to use it shortly
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Re: 2400 Macro Flash
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2006, 09:07:23 AM »

Cheers fother that would be most appreciated as I will hopefully get time to use it shortly

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