Flash and Macro lens

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Purpledog Junior Member • Posts: 47
Re: Flash and Macro lens

I would say don't worry about AF performance in macro photography, you'll be better off manually focusing anyway for most subjects. Dof will be miniscule and precise focus essential, and with most subjects being static, manual focus is the best option.

A ringflash is a thousand times more usable than a hotshoe flash for macro. The onlt 'normal' flash option that would do the work would be multiple flashes - one either side perhaps - essentially mimicking a ringflash!

Ringflash gives even illumination, so if you want more biased lighting then one or more flashes you can position would be better, but most macro subjects benefit from even lighting, and ringflash also avoids the very real problem of the lens getting in the way of external flash and creating ugly shadows.

Not all subjects benefit from ringflash though - highly reflective surfaces will show the distinctive ring reflection for instance, but generally, it's a hugely advantageous approach.

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