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Need Advice on a Macro Bracket

 
General_T
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Sep 01, 2012 11:05 |  #1

Hi,

Just purchased the Canon 100mm L Macro. Quickly found out that using my 580 ex on the camera doesn't help for lighting the scene - close up it only gets half the pic.

So I read in another post about getting a "macro bracket" to allow the flash to be closer to the front of the camera.

Can someone please elaborate on this idea and point me to what would be a good buy?


Thanks


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Sep 01, 2012 11:48 |  #2

Have a look at the Show us your Macro Rig Thread. There are many images of setups with brackets and explainations there.

I personally use a modified LH1 bracket (external link) which you can get off ebay. Though I often now just use an ETTL cable with the flash and handhold the flash where I want it.


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Sep 01, 2012 16:49 |  #3

weeatmice wrote in post #14935018 (external link)
Though I often now just use an ETTL cable with the flash and handhold the flash where I want it.

Hi,

I was hoping to handhold a lot of shots which is why I would like the flash to be on the camera, if possible.


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Sep 02, 2012 07:59 |  #4

Kirk Photo makes a pretty decent macro bracket.


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Sep 02, 2012 10:49 |  #5

General_T wrote in post #14935804 (external link)
Hi,

I was hoping to handhold a lot of shots which is why I would like the flash to be on the camera, if possible.


TB

I allways handhold, I meant camera in one hand, flash in the other.


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Sep 03, 2012 06:24 as a reply to  @ weeatmice's post |  #6

I was just checking out the same issues. Can anyone shed on light on the flash rings? They appear pretty cheap on ebay.I too have the 580 & that is very heavy. I ahve read that this is not really ideal for macro shooting.


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Sep 03, 2012 10:32 as a reply to  @ Bluedogs's post |  #7

The ring-flashes (on e-Bay or otherwise) have a trait that is not the best for certain applications, they leave a round, doughnut looking reflection in glassy-looking eyes. I used to have a Canon ring-flash, I sold it because of that, I mean, it's a VERY good flash, for what it does, but the ring reflection made me not like it so well. If you use it on bugs, like I did, it will leave a very unattractive ring-look in their eyes, well, bugs that have a shiny, reflective eye, it will. Jumping spiders, for instance have a very glassy-looking eye, and the ring-flash ruins it, at least for me, jumping spiders are one of my favorites. On the other hand, grasshoppers, and bugs that don't have a reflective eye, it works perfect!

As far as buying one on e-Bay, I have read here and elsewhere that some had good and bad happen with them. For what they cost, I guess it would be something that a person wanted to chance, but it would be just that, a chance it'd be what you want.
I read an article once that said to go to e-Bay and buy the older manual Canon ring-flash, I think they were made for 35mm's, they are just as good at producing what you need, but are really, really cheap to buy. Sorry I don't remember the article's website, but I wish I had known before I bought my ring-flash. (From what I remember, it was a safe voltage too, which is VERY important)

Personally, now, I just use available light, (with a reflective piece of white cardboard) I like that look more, so that saved me money. (Not really, 'cause I had already bought a 430II flash to replace the ring-flash, heheh)

In the case that you already have a 580, I'd definitely go with that, read up on the ways to get that to work for you, I seriously doubt the weight different will be that noticeable between a 580 and a ring-flash.

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Sep 03, 2012 16:38 |  #8

Bluedogs wrote in post #14941115 (external link)
I was just checking out the same issues. Can anyone shed on light on the flash rings? They appear pretty cheap on ebay.I too have the 580 & that is very heavy. I ahve read that this is not really ideal for macro shooting.

You could add a YN-468 II for not much money, they have ETTL and I find enough power for macro, though you will probably get much better recharge times with the 580 or another canon speedlite.


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Sep 04, 2012 07:38 |  #9

Look in the show us your macro rig thread. Learn from others mistakes. I have changed/refined my bracket and diffuser several times based on info from that thread. Most brackets are DIY or modified available ones.




  
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