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Old 06-17-2008, 02:30 PM
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Show us your Macro Rig :) - No OT/Comments allowed!!!

If you wish to comment/ask question, copy the URL of the particular post and ask in the Macro Talks thread instead.

Include description of your setup, as detail as possible, and a link to your flickr with notes if necessary.

Lastly, links to some sample images would be great!!!

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This is my old setup. I used it from July 2007 till Nov 2007. Then i got myself an SB800, but still the same old styrofoam plate. I built a snoot a few days ago, which gives me at least one stop more of light efficiency ...



Images taken using this setup:
http://www.shutterasia.com/forum/sho...02&postcount=1
http://www.shutterasia.com/forum/sho...47&postcount=1

New setup (Since June 14, 2008):
17-06-08_1936.jpg

17-06-08_1937.jpg

Material: one facial toner box, one styrofoam bowl and one styrofoam plate as the front diffuser . To view flickr image with notes, click http://www.flickr.com/photos/orionmystery/2595004198/.

Sample of images taken using this setup:
http://www.shutterasia.com/forum/sho...38&postcount=1
http://www.shutterasia.com/forum/sho...35&postcount=1
http://www.shutterasia.com/forum/sho...96&postcount=1

December 2008

Bought the MP-E65 and switched completely to Canon. Lighting - 580EXII on a Hakuba LH1 flash bracket with ballhead and DIY flash diffuser.
Hakuba LH1 Flash Bracket. I replaced the original ballhead with cheap China made one. Cost about 30RM. Don't mind the tissue paper. Couldn't find a washer of the right thickness LOL.


The DIY diffuser for the 580EXII. 2 to 3 layers of styrofoam sheet in front for diffusion. The inside of the bowl was covered with aluminium foil for better light efficiency.


Oh you'll need a off-shoe cord as well.






Mar 2009 - bought the MT-24EX Twin Flash

MT-24EX on my 40D

Check out My Macro Rig - Then and Now for more details.

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Old 06-17-2008, 08:34 PM
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I am currently use my SETUP2 [Jun 2008]
http://www.flickr.com/photos/liewwk/sets/72157605664386633/ on this MACRO RIG
1. SETUP2


2. end up with setup (update 15th Oct 2008)



3. Dec 2008 (updated)


details of each component is list @ http://www.flickr.com/photos/liewwk/sets/72157611341564765/
4. March 2009 (updated)


5. Aug 2009
my update MACRO setup

- Canon 5dm2
- Canon MPE65
- SIGMA150 F2.8
- Kenko 1.4x tc
- SIGMA 2x tc
- Canon MT24 macro twin flash
- Canon Speedlite 580EX II
- Off-Camera Shoe Cord OC-E3
- Kirk Macro flash bracket
- Manfrotto 560B FLUID VIDEO MONOPOD W/HEAD
- velbon Neo 630 tripod

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My Setup

i started off with the same easy to make/ cheap plus efficient diffuser as OM which is the styrofusser

then i made myself a snootfusser similar to the ones OM and LM is using now..

and on 14th of June 08 i built this (with help from wifey).. better light distribution but still haven't done comparison for light loss efficiency compared to the other two.. cost less than rm5 and very lightweight..

i present to you ringfusser

front view
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side view
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rear view
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the whole diffuser extends and retract together with the lens to maintain light source from around the front end of the lens..
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My turn. Had made many variations, but this is the latest of my many setups.

Macro Setup No.1 aka Boston

Gears used:

Canon DSLR + Grip
Canon 580 EX Flash
Canon OCE-3 (Off Cord Cable)
Kenko Extension Tubes
85mm Lens
Canon EE-S - Super precision matte E
ZF to EOS mount with AF Confirmation Chip :p

Made some notes on Flickr to point out which is which http://flickr.com/photos/tang_yiming/2593441352/
Diffusing Details

Diffusing is done, via Stofen Diffuser + Bubble Wrap over it.

Some simple information

The main reason for this simple set up is due to my recent streamlining of lenses. Keep less lens, use the ones around more often. WIth the 85mm I can double it as a good portrait and macro lens with a shift of the Kenko Tubes.

Why not other focal lengths and the tubes ? - Well, 85mm is a wonderful range to work but I guess I won't be able to pull out big magnifications as before until I switch to Set Up No.2 :p

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Picture samples taken with this setup

To be updated :p Weekend coming
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The Chronology of my macro lighting..

I guess I'll post something here..

I started off with a Coke-can diffuser.. the same ones like LordV's.
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Then, on June 6, 2008.. I modified the Coke-can diffuser by adding a snoot to direct the light towards in front of the lens.
IMG_1570.JPG

Then, as of June 22, 2008.. I will be using this..
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Have not tested this new setup in the open. Will make sure this setup gets a fair share of outdoor action.
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Here you are my DIY flash diffuser made of plastic & styrofoam..
DIY Flash Diffuser 7.jpg

DIY Flash Diffuser 6.jpg

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DIY Flash Diffuser 3.jpg

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This diffuser is designed in such a way the direction of the flash can be adjusted in accordance to the focal distance..
DIY Flash Diffuser 1.jpg

DIY Flash Diffuser 2.jpg

DIY Flash Diffuser 3.jpg

I still need to familiar with this diffuser, need more practises..

Latest DIY Ringflash, still fine tuning it.
2009-04-12-DIYRingFlashMacro-005-edit-r.jpg

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