Lighting setup for the Canon MP E 65mm Macro lens

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charley5 Senior Member • Posts: 1,168
Lighting setup for the Canon MP E 65mm Macro lens

Hi Everyone:

I was hoping to get suggestions regarding what lighting to use for this lens. I do mostly insect shots in the field (without tripod)! Do I use a ring flash? Or a flash on an extender of some sort?

The lens itself is relatively heavy so I am trying to figure out what a good flash-diffuser combination would be without making the weight of the unit prohibitive.

Also, the lens gets very close to the subject. I would imagine that if I don't have a ring flash, the position of the flash is critical.

Finally, won't the insects react almost immediately to the flash, or is the flash too quick for even the most reactive insects? (sorry if this is a dumb question)

Thanks!

-Charles

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