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Old 24th March 2016
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Re: Olympus MAL-1 Macro Arm Light

I guess it depends on the desired use, When I was still working, I used it to good effect when taking photos inside electronic equipment racks & rooms.
Flash is forbidden for fear of corrupting eproms. There's not much call for UV erasable eproms these days, but some probably still remain in older kit, and the rules still applied.
Mind you, mobile phones were also banned and everyone seemed to ignore that.
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Re: Olympus MAL-1 Macro Arm Light

I've come back after digging out my LED light arms.
Here are the 3. The Olympus Macro Arm Light MAL-1 & the 2 JJC versions, Mirrorless & DSLR (in the packet).





I found the Olympus to have a little springiness in the arms which is not helpful & the JJC stiffer which stayed put better but this one has a loose switch that can easily be bumped on.

This is one result of using the Olympus version of a tiny spider in a pitcher (total height 60mm).





And then it got sick of the light shining in its eyes & turned around.



If you check the ISO it is high for this use & that is why these arms stay in the cupboard.

I hope that helps.
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Re: Olympus MAL-1 Macro Arm Light

Looks like I will pass on one of these then. However, I was looking at these macro led ring flash things of Ebay earlier in the week. Well we had our annual Bring and Buy at my club this evening and picked one completely unused for £5. A lot cheaper than the Ebay ones too. It is Neewer. Can't really go wrong at that price
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Re: Olympus MAL-1 Macro Arm Light

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Looks like I will pass on one of these then. However, I was looking at these macro led ring flash things of Ebay earlier in the week. Well we had our annual Bring and Buy at my club this evening and picked one completely unused for £5. A lot cheaper than the Ebay ones too. It is Neewer. Can't really go wrong at that price
One of the ring LED lights actually flash (pulsed) on for the photo which puts out more light power for the photo, but you would have to check if that would function with any camera & especially Olympus.
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Re: Olympus MAL-1 Macro Arm Light

Led lights including those claiming to be LED flash are useful for focsung but not muc else for my purposes. For static subjects they may be OK. Is a samll torch going to be good enough for a wedding photographer on a sunny day.

A well diffused flash is the key and as with all photography light is the key to a good shot. Lets face for the best potaiture a bare flash is hardly seen as flattering with dark shadows and hotspots in the highlights.
There are very few macro diffusers out there as far as I am aware. So it is DIY.

Here are some incartnations of my diffusers.

EM1 sigma 105 Mk11 by Alf Branch, on Flickr

Macro-rig by Alf Branch, on Flickr

Macro rigg E M5II by Alf Branch, on Flickr
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Re: Olympus MAL-1 Macro Arm Light

The difference a well diffused flash will make is easy to sea here on a fly shot on a sunny day.

A shot taken while the flash was recycling

Fly with sunlight by Alf Branch, on Flickr

A shot with flash not perfect but it shows th difference.

Fly with flash by Alf Branch, on Flickr

Remember photography is all about light and composition whatever the subject.
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Re: Olympus MAL-1 Macro Arm Light

Stop sodding about and do it properly, I say in jest.

This is/was my macro set up, the dedicated Oly ring flash was a dream, now sold.

The remainder, bellows/lenses etc I still have.

TTL flash worked faultlessly from day one.

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