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sorry, there was a bit of a ****-up with the second link which should have read:
and a similar set from my EM5, also hand-held
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Have a look on eBay, there are some Yongnuo ones that look quite good. Some people are raving about their normal flash guns, so no reason to suspect these are not as good.
If not you may get a bargain. I use an old Cobra one (years old) and usually set it manually anyway. The only problem is the limited size of the lens mount. I thnk 62 mm is the biggest it goes, though ttl is hit and miss.
Quote: Just had a look at Canon's Ring flash offering and the price is a whopping 10 times more than third party offerings. Anyone with experience of ring-flashes made by third parties? would consider buying a ring flash if it's cheap and good, otherwise a flash that's costing me as much as the lens is a no-go for now.
I bought a Marumi ring flash from Wex a couple of years ago for £127.
It appears to be a bit plasticy but I've never had a problem with it & get good results.
As a specialist macro tog myself my advice would be to forget the cost of a ring flash and adapt the the flash you already have. I've several ring flashes and whilst they do have their uses ultimately I find they leave images looking very flat and shadowless. I must prefer using my old EX550 strobe in conjunction with diffusers and snoods, the light generated using the flash this way is much more controllable. Take a look at EPZ member Orionmystery's website HERE he has some great ideas on how to use a conventional strobe for macro imaging that are very similar to the way I use mine. He's a top macro-ist who knows what he's talking about and has some really great ideas and thoughts contained within his site.
You could also if you seriously want to get into Macro photography check by http://www.photomacrography.net/ where you will also find in the forums some great ideas on how to light subjects and a whole wealth of information on the specialised subject of macro and micro photography.
Don't fall into the trap of thinking that you have to have a specialist ring flash because you have a macro lens though, because they're really expensive and quite often won't give you the results you want. The only real reason I have them is because I sometimes get asked to do some macro/micro imagery on surgical procedures at my local vets practice. You'd be better off going out and investing in a good quality roll of gaffer tape IMHO
I'm not too well at the moment and because of this am staying fairly quiet than I normally am on EPZ, but if you have any other questions or queries just drop me a PM and I'll try and give you some help if you need it. Check by those links though as that should get your grey matter working
So guys and girls, thanks a great deal for all the hints and tips. I think I'll be going for the L-version of the 100mm, I think it's high-time I invest in a good prime given that I can afford to shell the price-tag now. In the future, I'll probably be stuck with bills and stuff and lenses would be the last thing on my mind, so best invest! (It rhymes!)
I won't bother with flash and lighting for now, being from Malta we typically have a lot of sunshine round about the time I go out to shoot macro stuff in the countryside, and I have to get used to carrying my tripod along, or else get one of those compact ones like the Gorillapod or something of the sort.
So, thanks again and hope to start taking some cracking shots to upload over here!
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