Hello all. I'm new on POTN and I figured I'd drop in and say hi and ask a couple macro related questions.
I've been into photography for a long time now. But 35mm kept me from getting serious because of the costs involved. I'm a lot older, and hopefully wiser, now and I'm trying to get back into things. My photo interests right now are macro, street, and landscapes. I've had a G9 for the last 5 years or so and I've ran it through its paces. I finally broke down and ordered a 60D, 100mm macro, and a 430ex II (Sigma 30mm 1.4 to follow). I like the idea of the stealth messenger bag thread and I'll probably end up going that route for a bag.
I've been lurking around the site for a while now, especially the macro section, and I've seen that everyone kind of has a different and very personalized rig for macro. I've settled on the Manfrotto 330B and my 430ex II for the setup. I was really impressed with LordV's Coke can diffuser, and I do like DIY, but I want a ready-to-go setup. I will be ordering from B&H and it looks like they mainly carry vello stuff which is pretty cheap. They have several softboxes and diffusers to choose from. I'll lean on everyone else's expertise to help me pick one out. I thought this was a good place to start. Thoughts?
I have a decent understanding of some things, but I'm sure I'll have a bunch of questions along the way. Thanks ahead of time, and sorry for the longwinded post.