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Calling All Macro photographers....

.... with a bit of spare cash (or no cash but a weak will when it comes to new gear). I have recently found out about the following new product which is seeking funding on Kickstarter

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...ighting-studio

I am certainly very tempted, as it looks like it could be very useful. Although I thought that of my Triggertrap and still haven't used it in anger.

Not sure if this the right place for this post so Mods, feel free to move it.

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Re: Calling All Macro photographers....

Will - Sapper mentioned this a couple of weeks ago and provoked a few comments:

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=37092

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Re: Calling All Macro photographers....

All very nice to have a manufactured item, but with so many LED light sources available on eBay, the DiY option can provide solutions that often dedicated systems simply cannot.

If you have a longer macro lens with greater working distance, these may well not be long enough.

I also use old Olympus T-20 (up to 7) to get the light just where I want it.

It will be interesting to see what these end up retailing for.

Thanks for the link.

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Re: Calling All Macro photographers....

Thanks for the heads up John, I hadn't seen that. An interesting discussion indeed.

What I like about them is that they are on board unlike a desk lamp. You can set them up on a static subject to get the light falling just right for the working distance and then take the set up outside. Not sure how tolerant live insects would be of a bright light source creeping up on them. They aren't as bulky as a ring flash or flashes on brackets so less likely to knock foliage. Good point about their length, I hadn't considered that. I don't know if they would be long enough for Alf's set up. Which makes me think, can ring flashes work with raynox lenses?

I do like you LED set up Graham. I wish I had the time and space to play around like that although I am more confident doing diy mechanical stuff rather than electronics (elastictrickery has always been a bit of a mystery to me) but it would be good to give it a go.

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Re: Calling All Macro photographers....

I shot macro daily.

I am not impressed by the coloured lights.

Are the LEDs going to be bright enough for small aperture, high magnification, where even flash cannot always freeze (usually camera) motion? I doubt it.

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Re: Calling All Macro photographers....

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I am more confident doing diy mechanical stuff rather than electronics (elastictrickery has always been a bit of a mystery to me) but it would be good to give it a go.

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The price of these on eBay is such that "play" is cheap. Also the LED panels, etc., are often set up for 12V replacements of lamps in cars, so nothing more than a power supply is needed.

There are some very good (cheap) variable (PWM) Voltage control units to allow variation of light intensity.

The colour is a bit warmer than daylight (@5600k) but that is easy to adjust for in RAW processing.

It really depends on what you enjoy doing.

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