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May 26, 2015 12:14 |  #1036

racketman wrote in post #17439537 (external link)
just arrived is this flexible dual mount flash bracket to use with my Ian McConnachie diffusers which get in the way at higher magnifications when mounted on the MT-24EX ring mount.

Toby,

How did this pan out? It seems that the arms need to be about a third of the length that they are.... they seem much too long.

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May 29, 2015 13:59 |  #1037

CanopicJar wrote in post #17571926 (external link)
Well done Margus! Can you get me the measurements on the L-bracket? That looks to fit the 270ex II perfectly, and I want to do something similar but fire it wirelessly.

Thanks for the help!

From cokin filter height 25mm; under flash 50mm (can be little more); width 45mm.


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May 29, 2015 17:25 |  #1038

MargusL wrote in post #17576149 (external link)
From cokin filter height 25mm; under flash 50mm (can be little more); width 45mm.

Thanks!


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Jun 05, 2015 17:39 |  #1039

Here is the 'prototype' or mock-up of my new macro rig. It is made up of two 270EX II flash units firing wirelessly via the 70D's onboard flash.

I will put up more photos when I get it rebuilt with more permanent construction. The flash units are velcro'd to a home-made ring I made from a pressed chicken can such as THIS (external link). I cut a hole out of the center of the bottom of the can (after opening the top the normal way with the kind of can opener that does not leave a sharp edge) and then mount it into place on the end of the lens with a cokin 58mm ring adapter.

I also have the lens tripod mount in place so that I can attach a small clip on flashlight that points forward and works as a good spotter light after dark. So far I am pretty pleased with it.

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Jun 06, 2015 01:24 as a reply to  @ CanopicJar's post |  #1040

Why not mount the rig to the tripod mount? It seems like it would be more stable than the camera mount


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Jun 06, 2015 10:47 |  #1041

DreDaze wrote in post #17586050 (external link)
Why not mount the rig to the tripod mount? It seems like it would be more stable than the camera mount


Yes that is certainly true, but the monopod mounted under the camera allows me to reach into the subject area a bit further without the monopod causing interference. I have tried both mounts and i can make the light work either way. I will give it another go...


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Jun 17, 2015 22:38 as a reply to  @ post 17478698 |  #1042

Looks lightweight & portable.......just great.


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Jun 17, 2015 23:21 |  #1043

Here is my full-manual macro flash set-up......lightweight,po​rtable and in-expensive.


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Jun 30, 2015 23:21 |  #1044

Wow, lots of neat rigs here for macro.

I have been doing some experimenting. One of the results is my "Ductwork Diffuser", shown below. It is made of card stock. Inside it is partly painted white and partly silvered with aluminum foil. The diffuser was designed to work with my 580EX and 100mmL.


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Jul 12, 2015 06:14 |  #1045

Just put this together from various parts:
- Nikon SK-7 straight bracket
- The "C" from a cheap ebay C shaped bracket
- Arca swiss clamp (stripped from a sunwayphoto fb-28i ballhead)
- Novoflex ballhead
- Canon 270EXii
- Lumiquest Mini diffuser

The clamp makes it easil to attach/remove from the camera body, and it fits in my camera bag with the bracket mounted if i remove the ballhead.


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Jul 12, 2015 10:51 |  #1046

wanner wrote in post #17628667 (external link)
Just put this together from various parts:
- Nikon SK-7 straight bracket
- The "C" from a cheap ebay C shaped bracket
- Arca swiss clamp (stripped from a sunwayphoto fb-28i ballhead)
- Novoflex ballhead
- Canon 270EXii
- Lumiquest Mini diffuser

The clamp makes it easil to attach/remove from the camera body, and it fits in my camera bag with the bracket mounted if i remove the ballhead.
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Looks lightweight and convenient.

How do you find the diffuser? I have a Godox brand diffuser (Chinese) that looks very similar to your Lumiquest. While the Godox is well made, it has a hotspot in the center when used on my 580EX. This is just because the diffuser surface is so close to the flash. I would imagine your setup would have the same.

I'm also curious why you use the hood for the 100mm when the light source can easily be oriented to avoid the front of the lens.


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Jul 12, 2015 12:05 |  #1047

Archibald wrote in post #17628863 (external link)
Looks lightweight and convenient.

How do you find the diffuser? I have a Godox brand diffuser (Chinese) that looks very similar to your Lumiquest. While the Godox is well made, it has a hotspot in the center when used on my 580EX. This is just because the diffuser surface is so close to the flash. I would imagine your setup would have the same.

I'm also curious why you use the hood for the 100mm when the light source can easily be oriented to avoid the front of the lens.

I haven't really gotten around to using the diffuser yet so can't really tell. I'm also a beginner when it comes to macro photography, but I feel quite happy with this rig and I'm hoping to get out there and practise soon! Was playing around some with magic arms as well but didn't really like the feeling of those, felt too flimsy, this setup feels more sturdy.

Regarding the hood, i don't necessarily use it. I just put it on for the sake of the pictures to show how it looks. Didn't think much of it.

The hood fits reversed with the bracket mounted as well, could be convenient since this makes transporting the camera in the bag easy.


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Jul 12, 2015 12:12 |  #1048

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I haven't really gotten around to using the diffuser yet so can't really tell. I'm also a beginner when it comes to macro photography, but I feel quite happy with this rig and I'm hoping to get out there and practise soon! Was playing around some with magic arms as well but didn't really like the feeling of those, felt too flimsy, this setup feels more sturdy.

Regarding the hood, i don't necessarily use it. I just put it on for the sake of the pictures to show how it looks. Didn't think much of it.

The hood fits reversed with the bracket mounted as well, could be convenient since this makes transporting the camera in the bag easy.

I just leave the hood at home when using the lens for macro.

Let us see some results when you have them!


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Aug 03, 2015 11:30 |  #1049
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I recently added an EF 100 f/2.8 USM Macro lens to my collection. My camera is a 6D. I plan to use a setup like this, with 2 270EX II units fired by YN-622c, and controlled by an on camera YN-622TX. Does this sound like a reasonable plan? Are there any pitfalls I should be aware of?


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Aug 05, 2015 19:31 |  #1050
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My preliminary setup. I intend to fire the 270s with YN-622s instead of the 580. I still need to mount some sort of diffusers, too. The T-bracket is fixed, and can be mounted to accommodate the 100 2.8 w-w/o the 25mm ET. I have thumb-screws holding the T-bracket to the camera, and the 270s to the T-bracket.

I just wanted to see how it worked. The SD card was shot hand-held. The SD card shot is the full frame at/near MFD. I think I am on the right track.


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