Macro flash alternatives

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KonradE New Member • Posts: 12
Macro flash alternatives

Could somebody give some advise about best choice. I would like to have o good macro flash that i could use also at the distance range 0,3-2m. I have been looking at R1C1 second hand but I noticed that I could by Meikes MT24II cheeper. It seems that this is also more modern than the old R1C1.  I would like to use the macro flash both with Nikon DSLR and the Z-models and mostly butterflies and plants.

Livio Spallone Regular Member • Posts: 380
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I have both and they work very well with D and Z series Z II bodies included.

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Diswantsho Regular Member • Posts: 358
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KonradE wrote:

Could somebody give some advise about best choice. I would like to have o good macro flash that i could use also at the distance range 0,3-2m. I have been looking at R1C1 second hand but I noticed that I could by Meikes MT24II cheeper. It seems that this is also more modern than the old R1C1. I would like to use the macro flash both with Nikon DSLR and the Z-models and mostly butterflies and plants.

I sold my R1C1 years ago and now use a normal flash.

The R1C1 use special batteries that was hard to get where I live. Out in the bright sun the wireless infrared trigger gave me issues, or I placed a hand in front of a rc flash while focusing, that blocked the signal. Ring flashes also give light directly from the lens, and I did not like the light quality I got. I only liked it when I photographed very small subjects beyond 1:1 magnification where the short focus distance imply the little heads then directed light from above or one side.

For butterflies, or any subject at 0,3 to 2m, I use the 200 f4 micro and attach the flash bracket to the lens foot, with a SB800 or SB900 on the bracket. I use a large diffuser for soft light and place the flash at an angle for more pleasing light.

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Bolt circular flash - inexpensive - Best circular flash I've ever used

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DanishMacro Forum Member • Posts: 93
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I use the old version of the Nikon SB400 a long with a custom diffuser that is attached to a magic arm, that sits on an L-bracket. Its lightweight, but still versatile in terms of directing the light.

I haven’t tried the R1C1 or the Meike alternative, but have heard that they give off very harsh light, and needs a custom diffuser solution to make it workable.

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OP KonradE New Member • Posts: 12
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Thanks for your advise.  I have to think about what really suits me. I use a lot the Sigma150/2,8 , perhabs a norma flash is ok with that lens.

DanishMacro Forum Member • Posts: 93
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KonradE wrote:

Thanks for your advise. I have to think about what really suits me. I use a lot the Sigma150/2,8 , perhabs a norma flash is ok with that lens.

I use the SB400 with the Irix 150mm f2.8, so it would probably work perfectly well with your Sigma of the same focal length.

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KonradE wrote:

Could somebody give some advise about best choice. I would like to have o good macro flash that i could use also at the distance range 0,3-2m. I have been looking at R1C1 second hand but I noticed that I could by Meikes MT24II cheeper. It seems that this is also more modern than the old R1C1. I would like to use the macro flash both with Nikon DSLR and the Z-models and mostly butterflies and plants.

Meike ring flash. Comes with several adapter rings for all possible lenses. I have used on the D800, the V1 and the Z7 with many lenses.

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Richard D Jacobs Senior Member • Posts: 2,242
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I’m very pleased with the R1C1

Easy to adjust  intensity and direction of light.

I use it with the Nikon 105 F2.8 macro.

it comes with condensers and filters.

Richard

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Hermann Schilt Forum Member • Posts: 73
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I just bought the Hähnel Modus 600RT II Pro Kit for Nikon this week. I own a Nikon SD-800 for 16 years and a Nikon SD-700 for 10 years. Although I spend a lot of time to figure out how they could work together using the Creative Light System I never totally grasped it for 100%. It worked ok though but in a row of shots there were always a 10-15% of underexposed photos from which I could not identify the cause of. Therefore I hesitated to by the R1C1 kit which was also relatively old.

One of my colleagues attended me on a test of the Hähnel kit and he was extremely positive about it. The first advantage is the use of a lithium battery, no worries and management about the AA rechargeable batteries. The kit has two flashes and a Viper transmitter, you can put your lights where you want and with RTF connection you get the right iTTL shots. In one afternoon I shot more excellent shots then the struggle from the years before.

The trade-in price offered was not high, so I kept both Nikon flashes. I will buy another Hähnel receiver so that I can use these flashes in this mode as well.

The second advantage is the guide number. To get the same value with Nikon flashes you have to spend a fortune, with this kit you can go many ways for a reasonable price.

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maljo@inreach.com Veteran Member • Posts: 8,042
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I use it often with the Nikon 105 macro.

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PLShutterbug Senior Member • Posts: 1,027
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Picky English freak here:

Advise is a verb: to provide counsel. “can anyone advise me on the best macro flash?”

Advice is the word you want here. “Can anyone give me some advice on the best macro flash?”

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