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I just posted a long article on a Canon macro rig on my blog, http://foto-gizmo.blogspot.com/2013/04/super-duper-macro-kit-from-canon.html

I hope you will find it interesting,

Aboud Dweck



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Apr 02, 2013 at 03:00 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Canon super duper macro kit


whats so 'super duper' about that?
you've got a 100L and MT-24ex .(with no diffusion)

head over to the macro forum (show your rig thread) and you will see many really 'super duper' rigs



Apr 02, 2013 at 04:19 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Canon super duper macro kit


I did just that and I saw rigs put together with duct tape, home made brackets and home made diffusers, which I am sure work quite well. For someone like myself, who doesn't have the time to handcraft a solution, this is an off-the-shelf, out of the box macro solution that works well. I do have diffusion domes for the heads, I just didn't put them on for the photos.



Apr 02, 2013 at 06:19 PM
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Nice. Any images take with it? Looks like a lot of fun.


Apr 02, 2013 at 06:53 PM
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I really like the interiors shots on your site Aboud. Excellent stuff there.


Apr 02, 2013 at 06:59 PM
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Get the Canon 180 macro. The 100 is for wimps


Apr 02, 2013 at 07:01 PM
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what about MPE?


Apr 02, 2013 at 07:52 PM
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Bugs, bugs, bugs, where are the bugs


Apr 02, 2013 at 09:04 PM
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Nice rig Aboud, congrats

I've much the same and it works well, but you'll find it somewhat limiting as you explore macro/close-up shooting, here are a few additions that might expand your options...
- diffusers; domes, flat, bit of plastic of varying opacities
- colored gels
- reflectors; small homemade ones work great, some plexi glass with coverings; foil, material, etc.
- a remote shutter switch, wired or wireless
- an extension tube set.
- a single or pair of macro rails can really help with fine distance adjustment
- and lastly, the MT-24 can act as a master flash, the 580/550/420 speedlites can be controlled and can help when you don't want the background to go black...

Lets see some images, the Macro forum has lots of great info and imagery. The 100L is a fantastic lens as is the non-L, longer macro lenses are a joy to use also; the EF 180 is very nice, I've an older nFD 200 f4 Macro that is a sweet bit of glass...enjoy shooting with your new rig!

Jerry



Apr 02, 2013 at 09:57 PM
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garydavidjones wrote:
Get the Canon 180 macro. The 100 is for wimps


Cute.

I had the 180 a few years back, it is heavy and slow and I don't need the extra reach. It was a very sharp lens and made great photos.



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Hi Jerry,

I do have some of that gear; diffusion domes, Kirk rail, small reflectors and a passel of Canon flashes. I just didn't show it all in the blog posting. I probably wouldn't bother with the extension tubes however. I did a whole series of flowers a few years back with the 180, I loved the lens, but one macro is enough for me. When I get some time to give it a real run I'll post some stuff in the macro forum.

Thanks for the encouragement.

Aboud

StillFingerz wrote:
Nice rig Aboud, congrats

I've much the same and it works well, but you'll find it somewhat limiting as you explore macro/close-up shooting, here are a few additions that might expand your options...
- diffusers; domes, flat, bit of plastic of varying opacities
- colored gels
- reflectors; small homemade ones work great, some plexi glass with coverings; foil, material, etc.
- a remote shutter switch, wired or wireless
- an extension tube set.
- a single or pair of macro rails can really help with fine distance adjustment
- and lastly, the MT-24 can act as a master flash, the 580/550/420 speedlites can be controlled and
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Apr 02, 2013 at 11:59 PM
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jamato8 wrote:
Nice. Any images take with it? Looks like a lot of fun.


there are a couple of quick shots at the end of the blog article, nothing spectacular, just for demonstration purposes.



Apr 03, 2013 at 12:01 AM
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I am keen on the 100L to compliment the 65mm macro;

In the past I found that lens mounted macro flashes produce reltively poor light at 1:1 - or longer working distances eg 10cm. Even diffusing the light really well the simple fact the distance of the light to subject is so far, the light becomes flat.
How are you finding the light at the moment?
It is possible to get nicer light by fill flashing with majority natural light, or getting off camera speedlight really close to the subject.



Apr 03, 2013 at 05:18 AM
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I don't really get the dedicated ring flash for macro...I'm doing fine without it?

Without any flash

Bee # 4.5 - Another Shot of Bee # 4 by Tongho58, on Flickr

With 430EXII on camera

Garden Spider by Tongho58, on Flickr



Apr 03, 2013 at 05:41 AM
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yeah... nice rig but I wouldn't call it super duper. Fairly standard.

And the MPE-65 blows the doors off both the 180mm and 100mm macro.



Apr 03, 2013 at 01:01 PM
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coppertop wrote:
yeah... nice rig but I wouldn't call it super duper. Fairly standard.

And the MPE-65 blows the doors off both the 180mm and 100mm macro.


Really? There have been some vipers that would agree with you if they wanted to get their fangs on you. Otherwise the 180L does a more friendly job and quite up to snuff.



Apr 03, 2013 at 08:47 PM
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jamato8 wrote:
Really? There have been some vipers that would agree with you if they wanted to get their fangs on you. Otherwise the 180L does a more friendly job and quite up to snuff.


Yep. Really.

Shot with all three and all three are outstanding macro lenses. But in my opinion, the MP-E is the sharper, more capable of the three.

But I will agree that if you're shooting macro shots of snakes, the greater working distance on the 180mm could prove useful.



Apr 03, 2013 at 09:06 PM
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coppertop wrote:
Yep. Really.

Shot with all three and all three are outstanding macro lenses. But in my opinion, the MP-E is the sharper, more capable of the three.

But I will agree that if you're shooting macro shots of snakes, the greater working distance on the 180mm could prove useful.


sharper at 1:1 or are you also using tubes on the other lenses? any thoughts on contrast also?



Apr 04, 2013 at 04:16 AM
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NDP... sharper at 1:1. I have used the 100mm with tubes and I think the MP-E edges it out there as well.

That's not to say the 100mm or 180mm suck wind. Both are fantastic lenses but the MP-E came across sharper and more capable. You don't have to worry about tubes and the working distance isn't that bad (maybe for vipers but not for other bugs and macro subjects).

Personally, I wish Canon would introduce the 60mm EF-S with an EF mount. Or maybe make the 50mm Compact Macro a native 1:1 lenses without the need for the adapter.

I like using the 100mm and it's a nice focal length to learn macro from but I found the 50-60mm range more comfortable for what I shot.



Apr 04, 2013 at 03:30 PM
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coppertop wrote:
yeah... nice rig but I wouldn't call it super duper. Fairly standard.

And the MPE-65 blows the doors off both the 180mm and 100mm macro.


They are all different tools for different jobs
the MPE is a specialist lens for 1:1 and greater magnification with a very close working distance , no good for example for a complete shot of a Dragonfly but great for a close up of its eyes

Edit just read you last post and now realise that you know this



Apr 04, 2013 at 04:11 PM
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