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garethlovering 23rd March 2016 01:04 PM

Olympus MAL-1 Macro Arm Light
 
Anybody here used the Olympus MAL-1 Macro Arm Light? I'm thinking about getting one.

Many thanks for any advice given.

Gareth

Graham_of_Rainham 23rd March 2016 04:38 PM

Re: Olympus MAL-1 Macro Arm Light
 
They are ok for small subjects and adding light into the composition to accentuate an area or feature.

They are highly portable, taking power from the camera, but in doing so they do reduce battery duration.

I sold my one as I prefer flash and a bit more illumination.

Have fun

Ross the fiddler 23rd March 2016 10:17 PM

Re: Olympus MAL-1 Macro Arm Light
 
Essentially, they don't do much & are very limited with how much they can be used effectively. I was quite disappointed with it but there are also after-market versions that use their own button batteries & at a much cheaper price. I bought one to go with my Stylus 1 since flash (including external) is disabled in macro mode (not that it is actually macro on that model). You're better off using flash (on the OM-D & PEN models). One method I have tried is just to use a sheet of white paper at the end of the lens to either reflect or diffuse (depending on the angle of the paper) the flash light of the small pop-up or add on flash & it works quite effectively.

*chr

benvendetta 23rd March 2016 11:40 PM

Re: Olympus MAL-1 Macro Arm Light
 
I was thinking of getting one to use with my new 60mm macro. However, I have seen similar ones from CameraClean for 25 with its own power. Longer stalks too. A lot less than that for the same product (JJC) from Ebay. This is the one that I will get :)

Ross the fiddler 24th March 2016 12:12 AM

Re: Olympus MAL-1 Macro Arm Light
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by benvendetta (Post 381617)
I was thinking of getting one to use with my new 60mm macro. However, I have seen similar ones from CameraClean for 25 with its own power. Longer stalks too. A lot less than that for the same product (JJC) from Ebay. This is the one that I will get :)

I also have one of the the 'longer' version for DSLR's (bought by mistake) & it is too long for the OM-D with 60mm macro lens as there is a 'mirrorless' version from JJC as well, although it may have been discontinued (not on the JJC site), but here are a couple more suppliers.
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/JJC-Dual-...-/181964510374

I have them both (now) as well as the MAL-1 Macro Arm Light. If you're thinking of using it on any longer focal length then the light power is just not enough to be effective (except of fixed objects using a tripod because of the slow shutter speed at ISO200).

benvendetta 24th March 2016 06:43 AM

Re: Olympus MAL-1 Macro Arm Light
 
I would have thought that longer stalks would give more flexibility (sorry!). I would only be using it with the 60mm macro for photographing small things like flys , bugs,etc using a tripod and focus stacking.

Ross the fiddler 24th March 2016 07:15 AM

Re: Olympus MAL-1 Macro Arm Light
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by benvendetta (Post 381625)
I would have thought that longer stalks would give more flexibility (sorry!). I would only be using it with the 60mm macro for photographing small things like flys , bugs,etc using a tripod and focus stacking.

It actually becomes more of a nuisance, at least that's how I found it & why I also bought the shorter ones.

Walti 24th March 2016 07:15 AM

Re: Olympus MAL-1 Macro Arm Light
 
I've got one of these, and find as a light it's great, as a flash - not so good, but that's more the user than the device!




In use:

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/da...0/IMG_1159.jpg

Ross the fiddler 24th March 2016 07:23 AM

Re: Olympus MAL-1 Macro Arm Light
 
I used to use that for focus assist with the Sigma 150mm macro lens setup.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1006/PB139541s.jpg

That was all it was good for with that focal length & working distance. Pointing that at spiders up in their web became a challenge though. The arms started shaking in no time at all. :rolleyes:

Walti 24th March 2016 07:26 AM

Re: Olympus MAL-1 Macro Arm Light
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ross the fiddler (Post 381631)
Pointing that at spiders up in their web became a challenge though. The arms started shaking in no time at all. :rolleyes:

I've seen photo's of Australian spiders, my arms would shake too....:D

Ross the fiddler 24th March 2016 07:31 AM

Re: Olympus MAL-1 Macro Arm Light
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Walti (Post 381632)
I've seen photo's of Australian spiders, my arms would shake too....:D

It wasn't for this one (although the same lens. It had a taste for coffee from the top of my coffee travel mug),
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/5...7-adj-cr-s.jpg

but this one.
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/506/PB142756as.jpg

Walti 24th March 2016 07:34 AM

Re: Olympus MAL-1 Macro Arm Light
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Walti (Post 381632)
I've seen photo's of Australian spiders, my arms would shake too....:D

As if by magic... posted that and went to Facebook to be presented with this:


Ross the fiddler 24th March 2016 09:41 AM

Re: Olympus MAL-1 Macro Arm Light
 
That's beautiful! *laugh

I'm very sorry to the OP, but we just couldn't help ourselves. :o :D

*chr

Graham_of_Rainham 24th March 2016 10:13 AM

Re: Olympus MAL-1 Macro Arm Light
 
LED panels are so cheap on eBay that DiY really is a viable option and you can tailor the configuration to exactly what you want.

My next project will likely use something like this

OR If I can get lots of these for a few pence each, they may be worth trying.

Ross the fiddler 24th March 2016 10:20 AM

Re: Olympus MAL-1 Macro Arm Light
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Graham_of_Rainham (Post 381649)
LED panels are so cheap on eBay that DiY really is a viable option and you can tailor the configuration to exactly what you want.

My next project will likely use something like this

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/5...acro_Light.jpg

Yes, I've seen that one before too. :D I would think that would benefit even better with a diffuser in front too. *yes


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