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Flashes for Macro?

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by Carbonman, Sep 19, 2014.

  1. Carbonman

    Carbonman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2014
    Vancouver BC
    Graham
    I'd like to have a flash for macro and close shooting. I'd prefer it not be a ringlight so it can be used with any of my lenses. Compounding my problem/concerns is what I've read about older flashes putting too high a voltage through the sync contacts.
    I saw a photo of a lighting setup several months ago that had 2 tiny goosenecks sprouting from a hot shoe mounted main unit that let the lights be aimed wherever they were needed. Something like that would be awesome but I don't really know where to start with modern flash gear. Suggestions or observations of all sorts are welcome.
     
  2. Sammyboy

    Sammyboy m43 Pro

    Oct 26, 2010
    Steeler Country
    ... the FL-300R works perfect on Oly bodies with the O 60 macro .....
     
  3. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Don't go with that unit... doesn't put out enough light via the two LED? lights.

    As already mentioned, you can handhold a wireless MFT flash of your choosing.
     
  4. mtipton1064

    mtipton1064 Mu-43 Regular

    34
    Jun 1, 2013
    More information is needed to really answer a question about lighting for "macro" photographer. If the subject/object being photographed is not moving the amount light needed is much less of an issue than in the subject is moving. For example most of my macro photos are of "flys" (fly fishing flys) locked in a vise. There is no movement so a longer exposure is not a problem. If you are shooting butterflies outdoors in the sun, light is not a problem.

    I have the Olympus setup with the two little lights that attach to the flash foot. It seems to work fine for me. An important feature is that all of the light is going to the same place.

    Mike T.


    Sent from my iPad using Mu-43
     
  5. banj911

    banj911 Mu-43 Veteran

    353
    Aug 12, 2014
    QLD Australia
    Hi there, here is a link to my macro lighting set-up which I have had some good results with.
    It's made of thin plastic sheeting with aluminium tape stuck on the inside to provide the reflectance.
    Finally, a white cotton cover is put over the reflector to diffuse the light.
    I use it with my FL-50R.

    http://bandy.smugmug.com/CameraSetUp/Macro-Flash-Set-Up

    The majority of the macros on the last few pages of this gallery http://bandy.smugmug.com/Animals/Wildlife were taken with this rig.

    Cheers

    Bandy
     
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