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Olympus MAL-1 Macro Arm Light

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

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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.

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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.

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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
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Re: Olympus MAL-1 Macro Arm Light

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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.
Amazon.com : JJC LED-2 Macro Arm Light For Mirrorless Camera Sony NEX Olympus PEN (Perfect for Internet and Auction Pictures) : Camera Flash Accessories : Camera & Photo Amazon.com : JJC LED-2 Macro Arm Light For Mirrorless Camera Sony NEX Olympus PEN (Perfect for Internet and Auction Pictures) : Camera Flash Accessories : Camera & Photo


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).
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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.
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Re: Olympus MAL-1 Macro Arm Light

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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.
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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!


Polaroid 48 Macro LED Ring Flash & Light Includes 4: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics Polaroid 48 Macro LED Ring Flash & Light Includes 4: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics




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Re: Olympus MAL-1 Macro Arm Light

I used to use that for focus assist with the Sigma 150mm macro lens setup.



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.
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Pointing that at spiders up in their web became a challenge though. The arms started shaking in no time at all.
I've seen photo's of Australian spiders, my arms would shake too....
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I've seen photo's of Australian spiders, my arms would shake too....
It wasn't for this one (although the same lens. It had a taste for coffee from the top of my coffee travel mug),


but this one.
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I've seen photo's of Australian spiders, my arms would shake too....
As if by magic... posted that and went to Facebook to be presented with this:

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Re: Olympus MAL-1 Macro Arm Light

That's beautiful!

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

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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.
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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

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