I'm new here, so I hope I'm in the right place! Does anybody here shoot much macro on Micro Four Thirds? How do you light your macros? I'm a long-time Canon DSLR shooter and started converting to Four Thirds a few years ago. Now I've sold my Four Thirds gear for Micro Four Thirds (GH1 & EP1, soon an EP3), and I was hoping to swap my Canon 100/2.8 macro and MT-24EX twin macro flash for some smaller/lighter M43 gear. So far the solutions I'm seeing seem to all be poor compromises for me. My requirements are to capture stationary or slow-moving subjects (lets say ants, not dragonflies) at low ISO, shooting up to 1:1, with lighting soft enough to avoid defined shadows when I desire. Here's what I like to do: I'll list how I've bounced around so far: 1) I like twin macro lights, but the STF-22 seems to have all kinds of compatibility problems. It will mount on the 35/3.5 I own, but working distance seems too short to cram a giant twin flash head in at 1:2. (I'm used to six inches of working distance with my 100/2.8 on my 5D2.) It'll mate to a Panasonic 45/2.8 macro, but apparently you need to screw mount it, which means the head can't rotate. And finally I've heard talk of inaccurate metering or just general failure to work with newer bodies. Combine all that with the fact that it seems almost nobody owns one and I expect in a couple years the STF-22 will be a forgotten paperweight. 2) I saw the Olympus MAL-1, and I like the thought of continuous lighting, but the MAL-1 precludes the use of an EVF on the EP3, and I have serious doubts it will be powerful enough to light a scene at f/8 1:2 1/250sec at any respectable ISO. And with the size of those LEDs I don't know that I'd want to use it as a primary light at lower magnifications anyway. The specular highlights on anything wet would be blinding! 3) I thought I might buy a small video light to do the same job as the MAL-1, but after playing around with LED flashlights with 36 bulbs or more, I'm skeptical even these would be powerful enough. Has anyone used a video light for macro shooting with significant extension (1:2 or 1:1)? 4) The Metz Mecablitz MS15 looks like a good solution except for the fact that it seems to only be able to meter with Olympus bodies; Panasonic didn't license the remote flash triggering protocol from Olympus, and that's what the Metz uses to control its power output. 5) I've used my FL-36R with my old Lumiquest mini softbox, mounted to a six-inch piece of strap metal and a ball head. I used to do this with my Canon macro kit, but the weight made handheld shooting very awkward. It's better with my GH-1 and its flip-out LCD, but I find the lighting to be a bit too directional for my taste and it's difficult to control the angle of the lighting. 6) I could make a rig with two of the new FL-300R's as a sort of wireless twin light, but then I'm back to the problem of a small light source; the heads are small and I don't know how that there's a solution for a softbox-like attachment. So, what are you all doing? What's the state of the art in M43? Has everyone thrown in the towel and gone ambient? Does nobody do macro on M43? Is there some great STF-22-like lighting rig I haven't found yet? Since I got my EP1 I've sold most of my heavy old Canon gear. I now only use Canon for wildlife, portraits, and macro. I'd love to cross macro off that list! Thanks for any pointers you can give!