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DIY Macro Flash ring using BUILT IN flash!

 
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Oct 09, 2006 23:04 as a reply to  @ post 2099546 |  #16

Outstanding!!! Great job fellow DIY'er. I like it. Do we have to travel into the future to get one? LOLOLOL


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Oct 10, 2006 01:48 |  #17

Haha what lenses are those you have on there?! :lol:


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Oct 10, 2006 02:15 |  #18

TMR Design wrote in post #2099628 (external link)
Outstanding!!! Great job fellow DIY'er. I like it. Do we have to travel into the future to get one? LOLOLOL

Yup! Just bust out some building materials, blast yourself a few min/hours into the future, and you'll find it there! I'll post some new pics once I get my reverse mount and make the flash actually carryable. :)


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Oct 10, 2006 02:16 |  #19

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I'm gonna try this w/ my 580EX sometime tomorrow heheheh

Post it and let us see your results when you finish! :cool:


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Oct 10, 2006 02:17 as a reply to  @ mxwphoto's post |  #20

Can we get a bit more information regarding construction?


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Oct 10, 2006 03:37 |  #21

Here's the ring flash schematics. Dimensions vary depending on your needs. Only thing that needs to stay constant is the proportions (marked in red and blue). Cut your material (I used cardboard) to the correct sizes first and make appropriate fold knotches. Then add the reflective surface to the cut-outs (I used double sided tape to keep the aluminum foil in place). Construct as shown (I used regular tape to keep the pieces in place and silicone glue for the inner octagonal ring). You will have to create your own rectangular light duct, but it's pretty easy. Just make sure your "reflective mirror (I used foil)" is at 45 degree angle for best light redirection. :D


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Oct 10, 2006 06:10 |  #22

mxwphoto wrote in post #2100156 (external link)
Post it and let us see your results when you finish! :cool:

Will do, I don't have any macro lenses, but I'll take some different stuff to see how it looks.


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Oct 10, 2006 09:25 |  #23

Great job! HA I like it!

Question: How did you attach your 2 lenses together? You seem to have some kind of coupler...


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Oct 10, 2006 09:37 |  #24

mxwphoto wrote in post #2100319 (external link)
Here's the ring flash schematics. Dimensions vary depending on your needs. Only thing that needs to stay constant is the proportions (marked in red and blue). Cut your material (I used cardboard) to the correct sizes first and make appropriate fold knotches. Then add the reflective surface to the cut-outs (I used double sided tape to keep the aluminum foil in place). Construct as shown (I used regular tape to keep the pieces in place and silicone glue for the inner octagonal ring). You will have to create your own rectangular light duct, but it's pretty easy. Just make sure your "reflective mirror (I used foil)" is at 45 degree angle for best light redirection. :D

Just wanted to add a couple things for construction if I may.

Another way to adhere the aluminum foil to the cardboard would be to use spray adhesive. Spray the foil and the cardboard and allow them to dry for about 5-10 minutes. Once they have "tacked" you can stick the two together, press firmly and trim any excess foil.

If you have a hobby store in your area look for "instant glues (external link)", a glue in a small white bottle that uses an accelerator to cure the glue. This stuff works fast and is super strong. Be careful though.


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Oct 10, 2006 09:38 |  #25

fivefish wrote in post #2101292 (external link)
Great job! HA I like it!

Question: How did you attach your 2 lenses together? You seem to have some kind of coupler...

This "macro coupler" is available at B&H photo. There are several sizes available for most of the 50-58 mm thread sizes. They are pretty cheap too, around $8.


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Oct 11, 2006 01:02 |  #26

Now that is being Frugal!




  
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Oct 11, 2006 18:02 as a reply to  @ post 2099546 |  #27

That's awesome!

I wonder if there's enough DIY'ers here to warrant a DIY sticky. It would be nice to have them all in one place and it may just plant the seed in others to give things a go.

Some others are:

Flash Ring w/built in Flash (you just read it, lol.)
DIY Canon Speedlite Mods
Coco-cola can flash diffuser
Camera remote/cable release
Diffusor Panel and Stand
The finished lightbox
A620 homemade ringflash attempt
high-speed flash sync trigger
Need a solid tripod? Decent woodworker? DIY!
Flash softbox
Everyday Shoulder Bag
Home Made L bracket for 20D
How to make your own Gimble

I know embdude started -=Post Your Camera Hacks=- Mods, Cobbles, and more! over a year ago, it just seems that nobody is using it being only 2 pages.

Or maybe its own category in the Sharing Knowhow section instead of Sharing Knowhow>Talk about Photography may get it more attention.

Just an idea.

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Oct 13, 2006 09:26 |  #28

How much to make me one?


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Oct 13, 2006 15:30 |  #29

20DNewbie wrote in post #2108139 (external link)
That's awesome!

I wonder if there's enough DIY'ers here to warrant a DIY sticky. It would be nice to have them all in one place and it may just plant the seed in others to give things a go.

You should start a thread for that 20D. Hopefully it will get stickied. And in the spirit of DIY, clickclick, you should diy it. :) You learn a lot about how things work when you diy.


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Oct 14, 2006 07:55 |  #30

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Just wanted to add a couple things for construction if I may.

Another way to adhere the aluminum foil to the cardboard would be to use spray adhesive. Spray the foil and the cardboard and allow them to dry for about 5-10 minutes. Once they have "tacked" you can stick the two together, press firmly and trim any excess foil.

If you have a hobby store in your area look for "instant glues (external link)", a glue in a small white bottle that uses an accelerator to cure the glue. This stuff works fast and is super strong. Be careful though.

Another option would be to use the metallic HVAC duct flashing. It's reflective like aluminum foil but heavier and also self adhesive.


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