Ok, so I've got my first set of gear on the way, and one of the main reasons I initially decided on a good macro lens was for my crystal photography (I collect, first and foremost, but also deal a little on the web..).. And wanted something a little more 'pro', hence the 550D and 100mm macro.
However, lighting was always one of my biggest battles, using two side lamps (slightly adjustable) with standard daylight lightbulbs..
While shopping and I suppose (although I hope not) impulse buying on Amazon, I saw the ring LED lights for macro for about $40.. So I ordered them.. It says they are the constant light, not 'flash' variety.. Now my big question is, based on the photos I've been taking (www.deksminerals.co.za - Tsumeb, Erongo and Kalahari sections are good examples..), does anyone know if the macro LED's are going to be any good for me, or would a setup I see on the forums FAR more commonly (though, I see these are mostly of bugs..) be better (i.e ttl speedflash with diffuser) ?
Till now I've been using fairly ok Canon point and shoot cameras (most of the pics on my site are with a Canon Powershot A710, which I then upgraded and took a few of as well with my SX10is).. i think the results are.. Ok, and not bad for what I had.. But moving 'semi-pro', can anyone suggest what they think would be the best lighting rig for me to use? I have a decent tripod, though not sure how it'll fair with the heavier 550 and lens..
And and all comments widely welcomed!! thanks in advance, and, as per signature for the next month below, CAN'T WAIT!