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Olympus MAL-1 vs fl-600r for Macro

Discussion in 'Lighting Forum' started by dino1891, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. dino1891

    dino1891 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 8, 2013
    My first time with macro photography. I was wondering which would be a better setup for taking pictures of teeth? Any dentists out there?
  2. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    There are special lenses designed for this use.

    In the past, I recall seeing the yashical Dental eye II. The lens has a low profile built in ring light. You should be able to find something similar to adapt to the micro 4/3 system.

    Given regularly available equipment, I would consider a macro lens and macro ring light. A regular compact flash will be difficult to use on teeth.... probably end up blinding the patient with the flash. MAL-1 might work ok.... it is certainly compact enough but I found its light output kinda low.
  3. Sammyboy

    Sammyboy m43 Pro

    Oct 26, 2010
    Steeler Country
    If you are looking for professional results, you may want to consider the mZuiko 60mm macro with the FR-2 adapter ring and either the SRF-11 ring flash or the STF-22 twin flash. These are designed to work with your E-M5.
  4. danska

    danska Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 21, 2012
    Portland, OR
    Maybe check out the Nanoha macro lens for m4/3. It has a built in led light, and is for really close detail stuff. I honestly don't know much about it, but it might be a decent option. I would agree that the 60mm with proper ring flash, or a twin flash system would be pretty good as well.
  5. tradesmith45

    tradesmith45 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2012
    I'm no expert on this. Here's some suggestions. Polaroid makes an inexpensive LED ring light that might make a good setup w/ either the 45mm or 60mm lens.

    Sigma made a good 105mm macro in Oly E mount that would provide longer working distance. They show up on ebay. The Polaroid light is probably bright enough to use w/ this lens.

    I recall that for 35mm film, the 200mm Nikor macro was standard for dental photos where longer working distances are useful.

    I own the macro arm light. It's not bright enough IMHO.

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