Miranda 500-CD

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The flash carries the designation “multi-dedicated”, and there is a switch (SOHMCP) that let you select Standard, Olympus, Chinon, Minolta, Canon, or Pentax. However, this is not a TTL-flash and the “dedication” just makes the flash-ready lamp light up in the viewfinder of a compatible film camera. When using it on a digital camera, always set the this switch to “S” to disable the legacy dedication function.

While a number of Miranda CD-series flashes have reverse polarity, this particular model has a positive centre pin.

It has a manual zoom head that let you set coverage to match a 35 mm lens (N), 50 mm lens (S) and 85 mm lens (T). The wide angle diffuser takes coverage to 28 mm.

Two auto ranges and manual.

Basic kit includes 3 color filters (red, green and blue) and a slip on wide angle diffuser.


Generic flash.
Head: 35-85mm coverage, manual zoom.
Swivel & tilt: no swivel, 0° to +90° tilt.
Exposure modes: Auto, OTF.
Manual settings: 1/1 only.
No built-in wireless modes.
Trigger voltage: 2.8 volt.
Field upgradable: No.
Dimensions: 70 x 108 x 56 mm, 179 g.

Zoom head setting:f=35mmf=50mmf=max
Guidenumber (ISO 100, meter):202428
GNs taken from manufacturer's specifications.

Discontinued: Yes.

For a detailed explanation of the above specifications, see the guide.

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Brand profile

Key info

Established: 1947
Country: Japan

Miranda Camera K.K. was a Japanese company that manufactured SLR cameras (and one compact) between 1955 and 1976. It started out as a company named Orion Precision Products Industries established in 1947 (or 1946, according to some sources).

In 1955, the company produced its first SLR, named Miranda T. The company was renamed Miranda Camera K.K. after its camera brand in 1957.

In the late 1960ies, US importer Allied Impex Corporation took control of the company. Miranda Camera K.K. went bankrupt in 1976.

The Miranda brand was briefly revieved by Allied Impex Corporation in the 1980s for various OEM products, including cheap SLR cameras (made by Cosina), lenses, flashes, and point&shoot compacts In the UK and Ireland, these where sold in massive quantities by the Dixons chain.

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