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Dec 28, 2010 01:58 |  #1

Got the wife to get me a rather cheap macro flash (Opteka rl-600) to play with. Heads are either left or right or both on but to my suprise they also rotate so you can angle them in,straight or out facing. Seems to work ok but the size of the head and the amount it protrudes forward of the lens end would make it unsuitable for high mag MPE-65 shots I think. Only been able to play with it with the MPE-65 at lowish mags as I need to get a 55mm to 58mm stepup ring to get it to fit my Tamron 90 (it comes with a 52mm and 58mm couplers)- all for £70. First 3 shots taken using it.
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Last 3 shots were taken with a 4X microscope lens my son gave me, I just replaced the 10X lens I had been using on my my extensiontube/microsco​pe lens setup. First shot is a single shot of a springtail and the others are small focus stacks of the same orchid I was using for the flash shots.

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Dec 28, 2010 03:43 |  #2

the angling feature is not present on the Canon MR-14 so in some ways it is more advanced.


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Dec 28, 2010 04:18 |  #3

racketman wrote in post #11526759 (external link)
the angling feature is not present on the Canon MR-14 so in some ways it is more advanced.

Obviously has not got the ratioing you can do with the MR-14 or the Sigma flashes but not sure if the ability to move the heads to different angles will get round this a bit. The other thing is that because the heads rotate it makes diffusing them a bit trickier than I initially thought as you obviously need to be able to touch the heads to rotate them plus the head decoupling buttons are just on the inside of the flash heads making it difficult to put some sort of diffuser over the whole side of the head.
Just being able to switch flash from left or right sides though might be useful for lower mag shots.

One thing about using the 4X microscope lens for springtails is it's a lot easier to find the springtail in the viewfinder with the microscope lens than it is with the MPE-65 as you can easily look over the microscope lens to see the subject.

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Dec 28, 2010 09:25 |  #4

Great set Brian. The 2nd to last looks like an alien:D

The light from this ring flash looks very good. Did you use any diffusion material?


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Dec 28, 2010 10:20 as a reply to  @ orionmystery's post |  #5

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Dec 28, 2010 11:12 |  #6

Very cool Brian. I will be very interested in the results you get with the mp-e especially considering the price. I wish I would have seen this prior to the LED light I got, bummer you find all the cool stuff...lol. :p


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Dec 28, 2010 15:06 |  #7

Thanks for the comments :)
Have since found a work around using it on the MPE-65 at high mag. You can do a friction mount onto MPE-65 barrel using a layer of camping mat sponge which holds the flash head in place quite happily but more importantly slightly behind the front of the lens which then allows adequate focus distances and angling of the heads towards the subject.
One other thing the flash is supposed to be able to do which I want to try on a dolichopid fly is to strobe flash so you can get multiple exposures on a single frame.

Kurt - I did have a layer of kitchen towel over the flash heads.

Raquel - I often use Christmas as a time to aquire things I probably would not buy normally. Thought it worth having a play with this flash at that price. Only annoying thing with it for me is it does not have FEC control on the flash so I have to set it on the camera. It also does have focus/model lights.

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Dec 28, 2010 15:41 |  #8

Cool thing. Do I hear 'in-depth review' ? Anyone ?

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Dec 29, 2010 01:18 |  #9

realjax wrote in post #11529972 (external link)
Cool thing. Do I hear 'in-depth review' ? Anyone ?

:D

Will see how it works out and write something up - might be a while though - need some live bugs to try it on.

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Dec 29, 2010 02:36 |  #10

LordV wrote in post #11533119 (external link)
Will see how it works out and write something up - might be a while though - need some live bugs to try it on.

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Don't forget to check your Christmas tree!! :p


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Dec 29, 2010 02:50 |  #11

reneethomas wrote in post #11533280 (external link)
Don't forget to check your Christmas tree!! :p

Hate to admit it but ours is artificial :)

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Dec 29, 2010 06:57 |  #12

Very nice shots Brian, it looks like the Springtail is facing down the orchid.


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Dec 29, 2010 11:17 |  #13

Sweet setup Brian




  
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Dec 29, 2010 13:29 |  #14

LordV wrote in post #11533307 (external link)
Hate to admit it but ours is artificial :)

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This is our first real tree in 10 years and after the experience this year I will never put up another artificial tree again.

I will have to dig up the pictures of our last artificial tree. My boys wanted a silver ugly Christmas tree so bad about 3 or 4 years ago. Finally last year was thankfully to be it's last and I was going to have hubby buy some other fake tree but the boys begged us for a real one.

The reason we hadn't had a real one the previous years is because the lack of anyone but convenience stores and Walmart selling them so there is no seeing the tree you bought until you get home. Seriously no tree stands anywhere except El Paso, Texas which is about 3 hour round trip. The tree my husband bought was just horrible, dry, ugly yet expensive Walmart junk and I was unhappy with it (as I like ugly cheap Charlie Brown trees anyways :p) but like I told him yesterday I think he paid extra for all the spiders. Funny how an ugly dried crappy Walmart tree can bring so much joy by having a few unexpected passengers aboard.

Okay back to the flash

I couldn't take it anymore and I ordered the darn thing, thanks Brian - not what I needed this soon after Christmas especially since I pick up two ferrets tomorrow- I will tell hubby it is all your fault too :lol:.

My only concern is the one I have always had, using non-Canon flashes on my camera. I have heard so many horror stories about people saying they used another flash brand once and then their hot shoe is fried.
How much of this fear is rational? I don't know much about Opteka and they haven't been around very long. How comfortable do you feel with having this flash mounted to your camera? Hopefully I am just being ultra paranoid about using non-canon electronics on my camera. Thanks!


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Dec 29, 2010 16:19 |  #15

Thanks for the comments all :)

Raquel - hadn't thought about it being dangerous on the camera at all - it is supposedly made for a canon so the trigger voltage should be fine but I will check it (checked it at 4.3V which is fine). People possibly frying cameras with flashes is normally when they have tried old High trigger voltage flashes on them.
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