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Need MACRO light/flash advice

 
regnis
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stralia
Mar 23, 2011 20:04 |  #1

Hi guys,

I have been asked to take photos of flora for a local biodiversity project I am involved with.
I have a decent amount of experience with macro work, mainly filming. I will be using my canon 100mm f2.8 macro on my 7D.

Many of the photos then need to be sent to an illustrator to be drawn up for signs that will be provided along walking tracks. I will therefore need to be shooting at around f5.6 or higher (to capture as much detail as possible) which will limit available light.

I was therefore wondering if anyone could recommend a cheap macro light/flash setup. I have spent a lot of money on gear lately so i only really have a budget of around $100

I have see the Canon MR14EX and MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Ringlite Flash and would love to have them but they are just too expensive at this stage.

Any help would be great.

cheers
adam


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Mar 23, 2011 22:11 |  #2

I used to handheld 430EX flash in front of the subject by using wireless flash control and it worked for me most of the time. Maybe you can give it a try.


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Mar 23, 2011 23:01 |  #3

yes this is what i have been looking at....what wireless flash control are you using?


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yuribox
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Mar 23, 2011 23:24 |  #4

I thought 7D has built-in wireless flash control but I might be wrong.
I used 580EX and 430EX as slave.


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ceriltheblade
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Mar 28, 2011 06:20 |  #5

or a cord...to save the TTL functionality
many people enjoy the use of the 7d as a master - but you have to have the onboard flash open (as I am sure that you already know)
p.s. - sounds like a cool project - would love to see some of the pics!


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Mar 28, 2011 11:18 as a reply to ceriltheblade's post |  #6

Why not use a tripod and set your shutter for the available light?


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Apr 03, 2011 20:20 |  #7

I like using my 430exii and triggering it with a Cactus V4 set. I can put the flash anywhere. On a cheap light stand, sitting on it's base, or even laying on it's side. It would eb nice to have 2 but you can do quite a bit hand held with one 430. Just dial in the power with 2-3 test shots and it works pretty good.

Or like AbPho said....a tripod and existing light works and usualy gives you better results IF you can keep it still. Use mirror lock up and a release. That works pretty good too.


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ceriltheblade
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Apr 04, 2011 00:22 |  #8

i have the cactus v4 set and also really like them....but that is for manual flash. i.e. it doesn't carry the ettl info.... and no wireless trigger system in your price range will (to the best of my knowledge)

the canon 7d wireless trigger carries the ttl info, and the cord....
as far as I am aware in the sub $100 range (7d assuming that you already have that! :) )


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DinosaurioAllie
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Apr 05, 2011 21:01 |  #9

I personally have a custom flash snoot and a flash that I got from a friend for free. It was the Sunpak auto 422 D. It's from the 80's, but honestly I can't tell the difference between this flash and any other new flash.[Besides not having a LCD screen]. They're under $50 on eBay.

My custom snoot was under $10 to make. I simply made a "prototype" by taping a bunch of pieces of cardboard together in the shape I wanted, then I cut the tape on certain sides so that I could lay it flat. I then cut it out of a single piece of cardboard and folded it. I lined it with tinfoil while it was open and I just taped it together.

It's super cheap, but I think it gets great results.

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