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DIY Macro Flash ring using BUILT IN flash!

 
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Oct 05, 2006 01:38 |  #1

Hi everyone. In my quest to be frugal and saving every penny for lenses, I created a macro flash ring using only the camera's built in flash. This setup takes a while to make, but the results are excellent. The casing is made out of cardboard. Simply line the insides with smooth aluminum foil and tape the duct to the pop up flash and you're set! :D Please note I have not put on a diffuser yet. C&C welcome!

Edit: I added some test pics. My skills and lenses aren't up to par yet, so no bug pics for the moment :confused: . There's 2 shots of a penny, 1 shot of a gift card's text, and 1 shot of a part of a person's iris (no humans were harmed during shooting ;) ).

Schematics are on the 2nd page of this thread. :)


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Oct 05, 2006 02:00 |  #2

Now show us some results of this rather "futuristic" setup!!


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Oct 05, 2006 02:53 |  #3

Hehe.. I knew I forgot something. See edited 1st post for test pics. :D


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Oct 05, 2006 03:02 as a reply to  @ mxwphoto's post |  #4

Not bad!! Have seen worse with expensive kit!!! Good on ya!! :)


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Oct 05, 2006 03:08 |  #5

Holy Macro! That thing looks like a interstate overpass. j/k. But hey, they only look as good as how well they funtion, and in your case which it literally costs pennies, the result is impressive. How hard is it to focus? I mean the viewfinder must be quite dark with the long extension like that.


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Oct 05, 2006 08:49 |  #6

Awesome!!! Need to make one of these for the speedlight :) Come up with a nice build design and you could probably sell these for $15 or so on ebay ;) I like the results and it really seems less cumbersome than the flash bracket route and a lot cheaper than the ring flash :D


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Oct 05, 2006 17:43 |  #7

Very ingenious, I really liked it :) I have added it to the my DIY flash ring list (external link) , I hope u don't mind


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Oct 05, 2006 17:45 |  #8

wow. thats pretty ingenious


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Oct 05, 2006 18:01 |  #9

Im very much the same as you, if I can lash up something instead of buying it I WILL!

That is very good, the proper flash rings are very expensive, ok this will never look as cool but if the results are the same who cares?

It frees up some money for other things...

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Oct 05, 2006 18:15 |  #10

Wow this is INCREDIBLY creative and a GREAT design and idea....very very very very unique and great work! I've never seen anything like it in my short time here!


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Oct 05, 2006 18:22 |  #11

Is that a 75-300 with the kit lens mounted on the end reversed?

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Oct 05, 2006 21:14 |  #12

Thanks all for the comments! :) Yes, it's a 75-300 with kit lens reversed. It's giving me a bit too much magnification tho, so I've recently ordered a 58mm reverse mount to stick the kit lens straight on. Next step is to make it more compact and maybe foldable for easy storage. ;) Now to figure out how to light up the subject when focusing...

PS: You have an excellent site akhater! I'm honored that my design got mentioned on your site! :D :D


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Oct 05, 2006 21:32 |  #13

That's pretty amazing! And the fact that it appears to work is even more amazing. Very creative, ingenious work.


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Oct 09, 2006 21:42 |  #14

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


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Oct 09, 2006 22:39 |  #15

That is crazy smart!




  
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