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Dec 23, 2009 18:43 |  #1

Greetings and Merry Christmas to All on the Macro Forum.

I apologize if this question is out of line here, but considering that it refers specifically to macro, I thought I'd pose this question here.

I've been wanting to seriously get into macro for some time, and I have purchased a Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro.

Now comes the time to buy a flash. I would like some input as to which flash I should purchase; the Canon 14EX, Canon 24EX, or the Sigma EM 140 DG?

Currently, I am using a 30D, but plan to pick up a 5D in a couple of months.

I appreciate the input!


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Dec 23, 2009 23:57 |  #2

I'd either go for the MT-24 or just get a normal flash gun like the 430Ex and mount it on a bracket. The fixed head type macro flashes are rather difficult to diffuse satisfactorily.
I'm still using the latter.
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Dec 24, 2009 05:47 |  #3

MT-24 is more useful for MP-E65 at higher mag, 430ex will do nicely with 100mm


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Dec 24, 2009 13:18 |  #4

I have several 580's and the MT-24. The MT-24 has the advantage of having two flash heads whose output can be set differentially. I use the 580's mostly with my 180mm lens.




  
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Dec 24, 2009 14:37 |  #5

LordV wrote in post #9255287 (external link)
....<snip>or just get a normal flash gun like the 430Ex and mount it on a bracket....
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Brian, which bracket would you suggest that I use? As you can see in my signature, I already have the 430....
Thanks for your input.


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Dec 24, 2009 17:08 |  #6

I am also interested in how to mount the flash off camera, what is your setup Brian?


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Dec 24, 2009 17:28 |  #7

Brian has photos of his set up here:
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'fraid the brackets are a bit DIY- nearest thing is a Hakuba LH-1 ballhead, but it's worth replacing the ballhead on it with another one with just a 1/4" bolt connection so you go into the base of the flash cord instead of relying on the flanges.'


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Dec 24, 2009 23:53 |  #8

Think Toby's covered it :)
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Dec 26, 2009 07:14 |  #9

Don't be affraid to attach it directly. I've had great results with a 430 mounted directly on the camera with a Lumiquest Soft box.


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