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Add your tips and tricks for the Dynax/Maxxum 7 Digital here
« on: January 12, 2005, 09:59:20 AM »
I am going to be gathering info for a faq section on the 7 digital. So if you have a tip, a workaround, advice, web link, or anything that will help users of the 7D to make the most of the camera, please add it here.

Please try and stay on topic as I'll be pulling the best of the posts out for use in the FAQ section.
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Compatibility with older gear
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2005, 09:56:09 AM »
Lenses
The Konica-Minolta Dynax 7D is compatible with all lenses with Minolta AF mount. The AS (anti-shake) system works with all lenses, with a few exceptions, one of them being the Minolta AF Macro Zoom 1-3x f/1,7-2,8.
Also, old (usually manual-focus bayonet, or screw mount) lenses mounted via an adapter won't work with AS either, since the camera needs to know the focal length.
All lenses will get a 1.5x "crop factor" (compared to the field-of-view of a 35mm film camera).

Flashes
The 7D has bad backwards-compatibility with flashes. Only the newest series of Konica-Minolta flashes with a "(D)" suffix work properly. These are the 2500(D), 3600HS(D) and 5600HS(D).
On older flashes, the automatic measurement system will not work. The flash will fire, but at full power. The only way to control exposure is with aperture and ISO settings, and any manual power settings on the flash (the flash power or exposure settings on the cammera do not work).
This is mainly because the 7D does not do "normal" TTL, only pre-flash TTL  (p-TTL) measurement. This requires that the flash is able to do a "double-shot", which most older flashes don't.
The 7D also does ADI (advanced distance integration). This is a more precise variant of pre-flash TTL that uses focus distance information from the lens to determine flash output power. For this to work, a newer "D"-type lens is needed.

Other brands/models that do work are Metz 54 AF-1M and possibly Sigma EF-500 DG Super. They can do ADI and p-TTL, although some other functions (such as wireless flash and 2nd-curtain sync) might not work.

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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2005, 09:33:02 PM »
Mirror lock-up
The manual for the 7D is a little vague about the topic, but here it is:
Sometimes the vibrations caused by the mirror flipping up before exposure can cause movements in the camera that can blur the image. It usually happens when using shutter times around 1/20th of a second, with long focal lengths on a tripod (such as macro photo).
Shorter times are "quicker" than the shake movements, and in longer times, the shakes will have "faded out" for most of the exposure. The AS in the 7D should effectively counteract this, but it never hurts to be safe.
Using mirror lock-up on the 7D is really simple: Use the 2s self-timer mode. The mirror will flip up as you press the shutter (with an audible click sound), then it will stay up the 2 seconds until exposure thereby allowing the vibrations to die out.

RAW and RAW+
If you want to shoot in RAW format, consider using the RAW+JPEG (RAW+) mode. If you want to save memory space, use "Small" (1504x1000) and Standard quality. The JPEG file will be about 400Kb average (the manual says 540Kb, but it's usually smaller than that) which isn't very much compared to the 50 times larger RAW file. Using default (+/-0) "Digital effect" settings, sRGB (natural) color space and automatic white balance (AWB) usually work. The main benefits of this are:
    [*]The ability to zoom the image shown in the display of the camera
    [*]Easier and quicker previewing of files when looking through them on your computer
    [*]A decent file size for instant web publication, with good enough quality for "everyday use" without having to go through RAW conversion
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    For the few good images you might want to spend the time to perfect, you have the maximum quality of the RAW file as well (with the ability to set white balance and other settings in "post-production").

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    Buying the Maxxum7D on Ebay
    « Reply #3 on: May 10, 2005, 04:09:13 AM »
    I just thought I'd share a question I asked Minolta and their response in regard to getting the $200 rebate from Ebay purchases. See below. I suggest if you're buying online and want the $200 rebate that you check carefully to make sure you'll get it.
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    from MINOLTA CUSTOMER SERVICE
    Dear Customer,
    In response to the question that you have submitted...
    Question is : Does the $200 rebate for the Maxxum 7D digital SLR apply if one buys the camera new via Ebay ? Your offer at http://kmpi.konicaminolta.us/eprise/main/kmpi/content/cam/cam_Attachments/Maxxum7D_tearpad_4x3_08.pdf mentions store receipt required.

    Answer is : Have to be careful on this one. One could and many do buy from a webstore such as B&H, Adorama, DELL, etc. An Ebay seller could create more than one problem in the system. I know we have denied payment for some stores on and offline. Be careful. $200 is a bunch of money.
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    Add your tips and tricks for the Dynax/Maxxum 7 Digital here
    « Reply #4 on: May 12, 2005, 08:20:17 AM »
    I have the coolest trick.

    Dimage transfer.....

    http://konicaminolta.com/products/consumer/digital_camera/slr/dynax-7d/05.html

    If you are doing any studio or macro work it is the coolest. I'm planning to test it with a laptop in the field.

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    Sync speed is faster than 1/160 ! (Using PC sync)
    « Reply #5 on: May 12, 2005, 11:14:00 PM »
    I've tested the PC sync using studio strobes and managed 1/200 without any problem.  (The manual says 1/160).

    With a flash attached, the camera automatically limits the sync speed to 1/160 (1/125 AS).  But images taken at 1/200 and PC synced (cable) are perfect.

    Cheers,
    Alan

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    « Reply #6 on: June 24, 2005, 11:48:26 AM »
    FAQ is an excellent idea...

    Below is an extract from my recent contact with SIGMA.

    They were very helpful and turned the lens round in 14 days, plus they accept credit cards if you supply your telephone number with the lens.

    Dear Sir

    It sounds like your lens needs modifying

    We can rechip your lens to work on your new Digital camera. The cost will be either one of the following

    1: £5.00 per lens if you have proof of purchase for the lens from new which is to cover return p&p
    2: £33.99 per lens if you have no proof of purchase which is to cover the cost of the rechipping

    Please send your lens to the following address

    Sigma Imaging UK
    13 Little Mundells
    Welwyn Garden City
    Herts
    AL7 1EW

    Please note the average time for rechipping at present is 2-3 weeks. Any
    queries please contact our service dept on 01707 329999

    Best Regards

    SIGMA UK

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    Add your tips and tricks for the Dynax/Maxxum 7 Digital here
    « Reply #7 on: June 26, 2005, 08:29:10 PM »
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    Re: Add your tips and tricks for the Dynax/Maxxum 7 Digital here
    « Reply #8 on: February 20, 2006, 07:42:11 AM »
    I tried some things on the weekend. Nothing new, but if you haven't tried them before then have a go! They come from people on the web talking about better flash shooting.

    1st: When shooting with bounce flash and the walls/ceiling of the room are creating a colour cast, one - attach a piece of white card or paper the back of the flash with about 4-5cm sticking up above the strobe. This softens the colour cast on your subject and adds a bit of highlight to your subject. Unfortunately Minolta didn't include one of these on their flashes. 

    2nd: If you want to dial in the temperature of your flash into your white balance but don't know its exact temperature (the manual doesn't give exact temp), then grab a grey card and go to the custom WB menu and choose 'set'. Shoot the grey side of the card (not the white as its too bright and an error will occur). Save it. Makes your photos WB very accurate. If you do this but bounce the flash onto the card, it can help reduce the colour cast coming off the walls/ceiling.

    3rd: Last thing I read and tried was really good. Instead of just shooting your subject with the flash and the background being really underexposed, firstly, turn off your flash, in manual  mode set your aperture to say 5.6, then meter the darker area behind your subject, set the shutter speed, and then turn the flash back on and shoot. Its amazing how much more complete your shot will come out with a lot more background detail.

    Most of you would already know all this, but some lesser experienced like myself can gain better photography from it.
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    Re: Add your tips and tricks for the Dynax/Maxxum 7 Digital here
    « Reply #9 on: July 02, 2006, 02:00:15 PM »
    To any one who is running TWO 7Ds and wants to keep the file numbering seperate.  You have to dedicate a CF card to each camera!  This is an absolute must do.

    I work with the file memory on, so
    - one of my Maxxum 7Ds is at 0650 frames (the new one)
    - the other Dynax 7D is at frame 2968 (actually 12968 becuase I've clocked it)

    The problem I had was that my new Maxxum 7D with 500 or so frames gone suddenly said it was shooing frmae 2882!  I used the file names to track back to my folders, so it was a big prob.

    I'll copy paste what you need to do, follow this to the letter:

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    From Dyxum.com
    Originally posted by Micholand

    My workaround for file number restore (with file # memory on):

    1. format the cf card (so there are no numbered files on the card)
    2. take a picture
    3. take cf card out of camera and stick into card reader
    4. using computer, rename the file number to 9999
    5. put cf card back in camera
    6. take a picture, that one should now be numbered 0001.
    7. put card back into card reader
    8. renumber the picture on the card with a number 1 less than the number you wish to use
    9. put cf card back in camera
    10. the next picture taken will be numbered 1 more than the picture you put on the card.

    http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/forum_posts.asp?TID=3657&get=last#29173


    And then dedicate a card to each cam

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    Re: Add your tips and tricks for the Dynax/Maxxum 7 Digital here
    « Reply #10 on: July 02, 2006, 02:05:57 PM »
    With me 7D one is the same as 7D two. They share the same files and everything.

    The only way I can tell them apart is that 7D2 (the relatively new one) has softer menu and iso buttons that 7D1. That and 7D2 has a silver strap. But as soon as their photos are loaded up I quickly forget which one took what.

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    « Reply #11 on: July 02, 2006, 02:24:19 PM »
    you could always pimp one of them with a lovely SONY alpha strap:

    (made especially for wildlife photographers!)

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    Re: Add your tips and tricks for the Dynax/Maxxum 7 Digital here
    « Reply #12 on: July 02, 2006, 02:30:30 PM »
    Nah. I kept my Dynax 9 strap, which now holds the 5D aloft - a sexy strap, very expensive feeling. I feel sorry for whoever brought my part-exed Dynax 9 only to find a cheap 'Dynax' strap with it.
    SB-400, 28-200/3.5-5.6 AF G, 50/1.8 AF D, 60/2.8 AF D Micro-Nikkor, 105/2.8 AF-S VR G Micro-Nikkor, 70-180/4.5-5.6 AF D Micro-Nikkor, 200/4 AF D Micro-Nikkor, 70-300/4.5-5.6 AF-S VR G, Nikon PB-6... Yes I quite like macro.

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    Re: Add your tips and tricks for the Dynax/Maxxum 7 Digital here
    « Reply #13 on: July 02, 2006, 02:50:39 PM »
    are you running 4 cameras now?

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    Re: Add your tips and tricks for the Dynax/Maxxum 7 Digital here
    « Reply #14 on: July 02, 2006, 03:31:50 PM »
    Well, the 5D is my brother's, I sold it too him, but it's about 5 meters away in the next room and he lets me use it no probs - after all, he uses my lenses all the time.
    SB-400, 28-200/3.5-5.6 AF G, 50/1.8 AF D, 60/2.8 AF D Micro-Nikkor, 105/2.8 AF-S VR G Micro-Nikkor, 70-180/4.5-5.6 AF D Micro-Nikkor, 200/4 AF D Micro-Nikkor, 70-300/4.5-5.6 AF-S VR G, Nikon PB-6... Yes I quite like macro.