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Dec 13, 2007 23:02 |  #166

Wow!!! I am no where near advanced as you guys! I use the macro setting on my 75-300 lense Just wow lol! I have a lot of money to save hehe.


  
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ron ­ chappel
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Dec 20, 2007 06:55 |  #167

This is my current macro setup - something abit different.Perhaps it will be of interest to some?
All it is is a common canon EF 35-80III lens that has had the front element group removed.While this kind of mod rarely gives great results ,i seem to have lucked onto a winner with this one!
It's tiny,light,gives very good image quality at all focal lengths and apertures plus -best of all- it is so small that it doesn't block the on camera flash!
Magnification varies from 1:1.2 to 1.75:1

Some may be cringing at the idea of using a bodgeup lens like this together with the built in flash but i must say it makes handheld macro SO easy!It's amazing how one can just walk around the garden and come back with a bunch of amazing pics.
There are times when the flash meters wrong ,etc but it allmost never seems to give bad shadows or highlights.That surprised me i have to admit

The lens (with some cheap looking homemade stickers)
http://members.dodo.ne​t.au/~l8r_ron/images/m​c1.jpg (external link)

And here are some example pics (gotta show off,lol)
http://members.dodo.ne​t.au/~l8r_ron/images/m​ca.jpg (external link)
http://members.dodo.ne​t.au/~l8r_ron/images/m​cb.jpg (external link)
http://members.dodo.ne​t.au/~l8r_ron/images/m​cd.jpg (external link)
http://members.dodo.ne​t.au/~l8r_ron/images/m​ch.jpg (external link)
http://members.dodo.ne​t.au/~l8r_ron/images/m​cg.jpg (external link)
http://members.dodo.ne​t.au/~l8r_ron/images/m​ce.jpg (external link)




  
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Dec 20, 2007 13:51 as a reply to  @ ron chappel's post |  #168

Wow Ron very impressed with that macro set-up you have, there are some great pictures there.


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Dec 27, 2007 08:59 as a reply to  @ Samdiver74's post |  #169

Thanks for this thread! It taught me I don't need a ring flash. I picked up a 100mm Canon Macro and Promaster Extension Tube set yesterday. I haven't had much time to play since I have been chasing my daughter but here are a couple pics of my new setup and the only picture I have taken so far (yeah very boring)...

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Canon 40D | EF-S 10-22 f/3.5-4.5 | EF 24-70 L f/2.8 | EF 50 f/1.8 | EF 70-200 L f/2.8 | [COLOR=navy]EF 100 f/2.8L Macro | 430EXhttp://www.davidhaughs​.com (external link)

  
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Dec 28, 2007 23:55 |  #170

mecdave wrote in post #1234931 (external link)
Rebel XT/350D w/battery grip.
Tamron 90mm macro lens w/Tamron 2X TC (optional). Tamron hood not shown and normally not used.
Kenko tubes (not shown).
Canon 420 EX flash (off-camera cord not shown) mounted on a Delta flexible arm bracket.
Remote button rests on a piece of velcro attached to the grip when not in use.
Mini tripod is just for this shot. Usually use a Manfrotto tripod or monopod if anything.

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Wow! I LOVE this flash mount and bendy arm, is it bought or home made can i ask? Would love to get something like this.


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Dec 29, 2007 00:13 |  #171

Thats sold by B&H and other camera retailers.
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …Flip_Flash_I_Br​acket.html (external link)


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Dec 29, 2007 00:35 |  #172

aiea1 wrote in post #4587304 (external link)
Thats sold by B&H and other camera retailers.
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …Flip_Flash_I_Br​acket.html (external link)

Yeah After browsing a few more pages i saw someone mention the name and i googled it and found one, will order one in the very near future! Now bare with me here, a bit of a noob sorry, the exten sion cable that every shot has from the camera to the flash, does this have a name? And is there a specific model for a canon 400D to a canon 550ex? Just so I know what to order.

One other thing, I notice most of you are using a canon 430ex rather than their bigger brothers, is there a reason for this?

Thanks.


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Dec 29, 2007 01:25 |  #173

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …acro_Ringlight_​Flash.html (external link)

What do you guys with experience think of this?


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Dec 29, 2007 01:37 as a reply to  @ Sancho's post |  #174

Heres my set up

sometimes with monopod but 99% of the time its hand held

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Dec 29, 2007 06:12 |  #175

Sancho wrote in post #4587393 (external link)
Yeah After browsing a few more pages i saw someone mention the name and i googled it and found one, will order one in the very near future! Now bare with me here, a bit of a noob sorry, the exten sion cable that every shot has from the camera to the flash, does this have a name? And is there a specific model for a canon 400D to a canon 550ex? Just so I know what to order.

One other thing, I notice most of you are using a canon 430ex rather than their bigger brothers, is there a reason for this?

Thanks.

Read carefully all reviews of that delta bracket. I hear the arm can be too flexible/loose. I've never used one though.

I just bought a Novoflex bracket like this:

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http://www.adorama.com …hinfo=novoflex&​item_no=52 (external link)

Only picked it up yesterday so haven't had much of a chance to use it, but it is very high quality and strong. I was worried about the ball-head, but it's plenty strong enough for my 430EX flash.

They recommend this flexible extension arm to buy as well, but I don't think I'll ever need to use it. With 430EX and the ball-head, I can have 100mm macro lens + full set of kenko tubes + 2x TC all attached at once and still have the flash pointing directly at min focus distance.

You will need the off-camera shoe chord, or some other method of firing the flash off-camera.

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Dec 29, 2007 10:31 |  #176

Does anyone know where in the UK i can get a Delta flexible arm bracket ?.




  
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Dec 29, 2007 10:34 as a reply to  @ troypiggo's post |  #177

Sancho
I would seriously hold off on getting the Delta Flip flash bracket, in hot climates the plastic loosens up and won't hold the weight of the 580EX without it creeping and getting you frustrated.
The Novoflex looks like the better alternative for a little more money.
More of a modular system.
most of us use the Canon off camera shoe cord
http://www.amazon.com …rd_r=18V550GMBD​R7AQFTWZN0 (external link)

however for a few dollars more you can buy the newer Canon off shoe cord OC-E3
http://www.amazon.com …m=A17MC6HOH9AVE​6&v=glance (external link)

The primary reason why I went this route for my gear is as follows
I now have an external flash unit which I can use for all other types of Photography as well as Macro, also half the price of the MT24EX flash unit with more diversity.

Use of reversed 50mm technique has introduced me to higher Magnified Macro. If I couldn't cope with this technique then I am certainly not going to drop $1600 on the MP-E 65mm and the MT24EX.
However I have been bitten by the macro bug now and the MT24EX and MP-E will one day be part of my equipment list.

Next route of equipment purchases for me are Kenko Extension tubes, and then the Canon STE2 wireless flash controller.


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Dec 29, 2007 10:40 |  #178

Alan B wrote in post #4589097 (external link)
Does anyone know where in the UK i can get a Delta flexible arm bracket ?.

you can't. :(


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Dec 29, 2007 10:43 |  #179

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you can't. :(

Thats a shame :confused:




  
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Dec 29, 2007 14:22 |  #180

Samdiver74 wrote in post #4589114 (external link)
Sancho
I would seriously hold off on getting the Delta Flip flash bracket, in hot climates the plastic loosens up and won't hold the weight of the 580EX without it creeping and getting you frustrated.
The Novoflex looks like the better alternative for a little more money.
More of a modular system.
most of us use the Canon off camera shoe cord
http://www.amazon.com …rd_r=18V550GMBD​R7AQFTWZN0 (external link)

however for a few dollars more you can buy the newer Canon off shoe cord OC-E3
http://www.amazon.com …m=A17MC6HOH9AVE​6&v=glance (external link)

The primary reason why I went this route for my gear is as follows
I now have an external flash unit which I can use for all other types of Photography as well as Macro, also half the price of the MT24EX flash unit with more diversity.

Use of reversed 50mm technique has introduced me to higher Magnified Macro. If I couldn't cope with this technique then I am certainly not going to drop $1600 on the MP-E 65mm and the MT24EX.
However I have been bitten by the macro bug now and the MT24EX and MP-E will one day be part of my equipment list.

Next route of equipment purchases for me are Kenko Extension tubes, and then the Canon STE2 wireless flash controller.

Great! thank you for your feedback there :) Would you mind telling me the difference between the two cords there? Can't believe the price of those cables, I worked in Audio Visual installations for years and know the markup on cables so HATE paying big money for cables LOL


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