Best Flash options for Macro

Started May 9, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Best Flash options for Macro
In reply to hello world, May 9, 2012

Please see my comments on this thread.

You don't need a sophisticated set-up to get good lighting. In particular I think a lot of those fancy macro flash brackets look great, but probably aren't much practical use. Good macro photographers I know who've bought them, don't end up using them much.

Whilst the set-up I say I'm going to finish off in the next few weeks is for a Canon system you can get a Metz 24 AF-1 for your camera and use it similarly. Although you might want to consider a more compact Cokin A filter holder for the bracket if it's just for the PL 45mm macro lens. I know it works because orignally the design was tested on an old Cokin A system I had for my old Olympus OM film system.

It will be easier for me to post photos of the finished set up in a few weeks time rather than describe some of how it would work as it would take a lot more words. It roughly follows the design principles shown on Kurt's blog entry here. But using a Cokin square filter holder with a square modular hood in the reversed position for the bracket. With a flash such as the Metze 24 AF-1 the flash head would have to be the other way up. But the principle is proven and you can see the results it gives.

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