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MP-e65, 580EX II and 5D MII settings

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Jul 09, 2009 13:56 |  #1

It has been a long time since I took any serious macro shots. I have some new equipment and I could use some help with the proper settings. I have the flash mounted on an homemade bracket and using a homemade diffuser. I did a search but could not find anything specific to this set-up.
Any help with the settings for the camera and flash would be greatly appreciated.


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Jul 09, 2009 15:32 |  #2

A good starting point would be flash on ETTL, camera full Manual, ISO 200-400, aperture f/9-11, shutter speed 1/200 or so.

Think of it as just a fill flash situation. Try getting the exposure 1 (maybe 2 depending on situation) stops under, and let the flash do the rest. Might need to play with FEC a little if the flash is coming out too strong.

You need the apertures around that mark for 1:1 shooting to maximise your depth of field. Much higher than that and you'll get diffraction softening and images won't be as sharp.

As you shoot higher mags you'll need to open the aperture even more to f/9, f/5.6 even. DoF will be razor thin, that's why the top guys start using focus stacking for sharp images with greater depth of field.

Hope that all makes sense.

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Jul 10, 2009 00:26 |  #3

Agree with Troy- but I tend to stick to ISO 100 for full flash shots. I think with the 5D FF camera you can get away with slightly smaller apertures than a 1.6 crop so F13 would be fine at 1:1 but open up the aperture as you increase the magnification on the MPE-65.

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