MACROs with ringlight

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MACROs with ringlight

original size: worth a look!
http://image.pbase.com/u6/lafalot/upload/987619.Blueflower2.JPG

original size: worth a look!
http://image.pbase.com/u6/lafalot/upload/987734.PinkDaisy4.JPG

If you like what you see...read on...

Ok, here's the info you macro shooters have been looking for. Or if youve never considered it, your now gonna be mad at this gear head cause im gonna make ya spend more money on....what else...gear!...lol

First of all, theres a lot of ringlights out there.
Canon MR-14EX TTL ringlight

  • Very expensive...$500usd / $800cdn (approx prices)

Nikon Sb-29 TTL Macro Ringlight

  • very expensive...$450 / 750cdn (approx prices)

http://www.nikon-image.com/eng/speedlights/sb29b.htm

Soligor AR-40 TTL ringlight
-Affordable...$230usd / $400cdn (approx prices)
http://www.aaacamera.com/ar40_ttl_ringlight_afmf_flash.html

Sunpak DX-12R ringlight

  • Affordable...about $150usd / $220cdn

http://www.sunpak.com/dx8r.html

Vivitar macroflash 5000

  • Very Affordable....$130usd / $175cdn (at henrys camera)

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Whats being tested today?.... Its the Vivitar macroflash 5000.

First of all, these ringlights are all dedicated TTL macro flashes. They all have auto and manual settings on the flash.

What does(TTL) this all mean to my F707? Nothing...absolutely nothing! Because the F707 does not have a PC cord or hotshoe the dedicated TTL in these flashes are not gonna work. So it made no sense to spend the big money for the Canon or Nikon. So i chose a ringlight that was cheap cause you have to go full manual on the 707 and manual on the ringlight.

A peanut slave is also required to fire the righlight either from the built-in 707 flash or by using the Sony F1000.

closer look:
http://image.pbase.com/u6/lafalot/upload/987601.Vivitar5000front.jpg
back of flash

closer look of back of flash:
http://image.pbase.com/u6/lafalot/upload/987604.Vivitar5000back.jpg

The PC / miniplug comes with the Vivitar flash so all i had to buy extra was a 58-55 step-up ring and a WEIN peanut slave.

closer look of Wein slave.
http://image.pbase.com/u6/lafalot/upload/987600.WeinPeanutslave.jpg

While i was at Henry's Cameras i had a chance to test the Canon and the Nikon ringlights. They all seem to give the same results as he Vivitar. The only problem with these ringlights is they cause a little bit of vignetting on the F707 when at full wide(38mm). The vignetting is caused by the fact the ringlight is 3/4 inch thick so the lens sees the edge on the ringlight. To compensate i took off all filters and zoomed out just a tad and everythings ok.
Set my F707 to macro mode, full manual, auto focus.
Photos were auto balanced, unmasked and resized.
enjoy!

original: well worth a look
http://image.pbase.com/u6/lafalot/upload/987616.Blueflowerupclose.JPG

original: a little dark..still experimenting
http://image.pbase.com/u6/lafalot/upload/987599.Yellowflower.JPG

http://image.pbase.com/u6/lafalot/upload/987610.Pinkflower.JPG

original: go look!
http://image.pbase.com/u6/lafalot/upload/987722.PinkDaisy3.JPG

Heres a photo of all the flowers in a vase

http://image.pbase.com/u6/lafalot/upload/987614.Flowerfromtop.JPG
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All comments and questions welcomed

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