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May 27, 2011 11:39 |  #1

Because it seems like it will take my macro work to the next level. I've been using a diffused 430EXII but I'm not quite getting the results I want.

Anyone have any tips with the macro flash? Maybe a Get Started Tutorial...

Also, I remember a similar Sigma flash but can't recall the model.


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May 27, 2011 12:56 |  #2

Are you mounting it to an MP-E65mm?




  
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May 27, 2011 13:51 |  #3

Pi_314 wrote in post #12489645 (external link)
Are you mounting it to an MP-E65mm?

100/2.8 macro, possibly with a full set of Kenko tubes.


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May 27, 2011 19:20 |  #4

works well with MP-E65. I haven't had as much success with 100mm but that could just be me, might even give the combo another go tomorrow. It does need somes serious thought re diffusing, unsatisfactory out of the box.


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May 30, 2011 23:28 |  #5

racketman wrote in post #12491285 (external link)
works well with MP-E65. I haven't had as much success with 100mm but that could just be me, might even give the combo another go tomorrow. It does need somes serious thought re diffusing, unsatisfactory out of the box.

Please share the results you get with the 100mm. Your shots are always such an inspiration to me.


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May 31, 2011 13:26 |  #6

Not to double post, but I'm starting to think the MP-E 65 might be a better upgrade for me. I have Kenko tubes to increase magnification on my 100mm though.

*sigh* decisions.


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May 31, 2011 23:01 |  #7

I'm really enjoying the MP-E. I haven't had it for too long, but my 100mm hasn't been on the camera much at all lately (and I really love that lens too). For flash I use a setup a number of other macro shooters use here made up of custom RAM bracket parts with the off-shoe cord (I can find the link and share it with you if you're interested). I also used a set of tubes with my 100mm before, but the new setup I have is a significant improvement, especially if you're looking to get over 1:1 magnification.


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Jun 01, 2011 12:34 |  #8

I may do something like that agiaco. Thanks!


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Jun 01, 2011 15:55 |  #9

Atsumi wrote in post #12510193 (external link)
Not to double post, but I'm starting to think the MP-E 65 might be a better upgrade for me. I have Kenko tubes to increase magnification on my 100mm though.

*sigh* decisions.

of the two i'd go with the MP-E, you'll get more wow shots from that lens than from using twin flash.


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Jun 01, 2011 17:36 |  #10

racketman wrote in post #12517571 (external link)
of the two i'd go with the MP-E, you'll get more wow shots from that lens than from using twin flash.

I plan on getting them both eventually, but I believe the MP-E will be first. I've wanted it longer anyways.


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Jun 03, 2011 02:33 |  #11

I'll second getting the MPE first - a quick look at LordV's work as well as several others shows that you don't "need" the twinflash to get good shots with the MPE and that alternative lighting setups do work very well.
MPE just unlocks a whole new world of macro whilst also being very handy as slipping between 1:1 and 5:1 - whilst many alternative setups for higher magnification are often limited to only one or a small range of options (it can really help focusing when you can start at around 1:1 or 2:1 and then "zoom" into the subject.


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