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Show us your macro rigg

Well as the titel says show us your macro rigg.
Then explain what is included in it.
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Re: Show us your macro rigg

This is a common set up for me. The tripod is only the to hold while being photgrapphed.

This is my EM-1 MMF-3 4/3 Sigma 105 f2.8 and Nissin Di466 flash and homemade diffuser. The piece of card show the point of minium focus at which an image is recorded 1:1 on the sensor

EM1 sigma 105 Mk11 by Alf Branch, on Flickr

Here is an example of a handheld shot taken with this set up.

Blue bottle by Alf Branch, on Flickr
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Re: Show us your macro rigg

A few rigs on this link

http://orionmystery.blogspot.co.uk/2...acro-rigs.html
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Re: Show us your macro rigg

Like this thread thanks, may give me ideas on the best softbox.
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Re: Show us your macro rigg

Always fancied a go at macro but never have. Is that about the basic level of kit required Alf?
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Re: Show us your macro rigg

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That's not really the point of the thread.


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Re: Show us your macro rigg

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Like this thread thanks, may give me ideas on the best softbox.
I will post some more when I get the chance
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Always fancied a go at macro but never have. Is that about the basic level of kit required Alf?
It is possible with less kit I will post some options when I get chance.


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Re: Show us your macro rigg

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Strange i would have thought giving people ideas of what can be done is a good thing on a thread like this.
So sorry for trying to be helpfull
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Re: Show us your macro rigg

I wanted to try some continuous lighting for use with the old Four Thirds 50mm f/2 Macro. These are 12V panels from eBay.



It worked quite well:

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Re: Show us your macro rigg

I don't have a single 'rig' - it all depends on the subject. It also depends on what is meant by 'macro'. A lot of the purists think macro only applies to 1:1 and larger but, for most people, it means something more like filling the frame with a butterfly.

For 'nervous' and active subjects in the field, such as butterflies, a long lens with close-focus capability is a very useful asset, since trying to get close with a 'traditional' macro lens (<100mm FL) can be difficult. My Leica 100-400mm is excellent for butterflies, dragonflies, and the like.

Add-ons, like large lighting rigs, make a close approach even more difficult. The best field accessory, if you need extra light, is an assistant who can hold a powerful flash well above the subject, to provide 'artificial sunlight'.

For smaller static objects and flowers, I rely on my 60mm macro lens and use its focus-stacking capability. I find LED lights are very useful, as they can be placed very close, to give high intensity lighting in a small area, without 'cooking' the subject I use various types for different subjects - ring light round the lens, GU10-mount spotlamps in flexible-arm reading lights and even a LED torch or two, which can easily be moved around to direct light exactly where it is needed.

I find the flexible screen on my E-M1 Mkii very useful for viewing the subject and its lighting, which is much easier to judge with LEDs rather than flash. The live view can also be magnified to check focus

So, in summary, no fixed rig, but various lighting arrangements to suit the subject. I did enjoy, however, browsing through the various 'contraptions' in the link by 'mik'.
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Re: Show us your macro rigg

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Strange i would have thought giving people ideas of what can be done is a good thing on a thread like this.
So sorry for trying to be helpfull
Perhaps I shouldn't post these two links then;

I've not looked at his stuff for a while, but seriously impressive, both photographically and from an engineering perspective.
There is a relevance in there somewhere, as I seem to recall he used to use Olympus kit.

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Re: Show us your macro rigg

Nothing like as tidy or bright as Graham's; last of the big spenders, (from Poundland )

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Re: Show us your macro rigg

My old favourite is the OM Macro Bellows with the 80mm Macro lens.

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Nothing like as tidy or bright as Graham's; last of the big spenders, (from Poundland )

Actually they are very good for a 1. I power my one with an old phone charger.

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This is a common set up for me. The tripod is only the to hold while being photgrapphed.

This is my EM-1 MMF-3 4/3 Sigma 105 f2.8 and Nissin Di466 flash and
Cool setup can I ask is the end of your soft box covered or open?
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