After years of yearning, and more recently, months of my kids badgering me, we're going to get serious about learning macro photography. It was the jumpers that did it.
I was going to order the Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash to put on the end of my new 180mm lens, but then wondered . . .
If I have a 580EX (not 580EX II) and the new 600EX-RT flash, do I really need the twin light? Can I use the bigger flashes, or is that going to lock me into a lot of stands, and keep me from going after things that move? I have a few sets of speedlight triggers (an off-brand and some cheap Cowboy studios ones . . . am considering the Yongnou 622c).
I am leaning towards another 600EX-RT instead of the twin flash, and I need to make sure I get the optimal one to shoot bugs and broccoli and spiders and some macro stuff that doesn't move. Strictly hobby-level, but we are hard-core hobby-level meaning we'll spend an entire weekend looking for things to shoot, then loading them into Lightroom for a picture show/show-n-tell.
If it matters, my kids use my T2i, and I suspect the twin flash would be much easier for them to use. I am planning to set the kids up with the T2i, a 50mm or 85mm lens and either extension tubes (which I already have), or the Canon 250d close-up lens.
We have various tripods, monopods, reflectors, if that matters.