Post Your Set Up!
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BluePixel
Registered: May 21, 2008
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Lot's of ingenuity !
You guys are priceless.



aeast
Registered: Nov 06, 2007
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Has anyone tried the Manfrotto by Bogen Imaging 330B Macro Flash Bracket or modified one?

Have been thinking about getting one of these to play around with. Perhaps use a couple 220EX or 270EX on the flash arms.



M Vers
Registered: Jan 01, 2008
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Here is an update....











Jeannean
Registered: Jul 29, 2009
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This is a great thread for those of us newbies who wonder how some of you get such fantastic photos. Thanks a bunch. I think I need a flash bracket. My set-up doesn't need a photo...just imagine a Nikon D90, SB600 on board with a diffused with a LumiQuest Softbox, and a Sigma 150mm 2.8 HSM. I'm fairly new to photography, and seeing these different set-ups has given me something to think about for the "next step". Again, thanks!



M Vers
Registered: Jan 01, 2008
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Glad we can help



Kenj8246
Registered: Feb 14, 2008
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Jeannean wrote:
This is a great thread for those of us newbies who wonder how some of you get such fantastic photos. Thanks a bunch. I think I need a flash bracket. My set-up doesn't need a photo...just imagine a Nikon D90, SB600 on board with a diffused with a LumiQuest Softbox, and a Sigma 150mm 2.8 HSM. I'm fairly new to photography, and seeing these different set-ups has given me something to think about for the "next step". Again, thanks!


Jeannean, if you're happy with your rig, then disregard this post. I shot with a Sigma 150 and used the DIY setup below for my lighting. It worked really well. The best part is: it was SUPER easy to make












Kenny


penghai
Registered: May 21, 2002
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Hi,


Great seeing you guys have fun.

Could someone post some instruction how to make the cone on the flash head? I guess the purpose there is to make the light source large and soft. I'd like to know how and what materials you use if possible.

Eric



rnickl
Registered: Oct 22, 2004
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Eric, I used "fun foam" from the craft store and an Altoid tin for the easy change diffuser holder. I went through a few pieces of paper getting a good pattern and then just cut the diffuser out of the foam and stapled/taped it together.

Oh yeah, I lined the inside with aluminum tape and the diffuser is currently 2 coffee filters.

Rick













capttcb
Registered: Oct 27, 2009
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Hey Guy/Gals,

Long time lurker 1st time poster. This is awesome stuff here! I recently got into photography and have been hooked on macro stuff. The info you guy's post here has been very helpful. Thanks

I have a D90 with a Sigma 150mm and for light I use a R1C1
What is the advantage of making these lighting set-ups versus the R1C1? Seem's like you guy's have spent a lot of time and money in creating these so I was wondering why.
Thanks, Todd



TheBat
Registered: Oct 14, 2009
Total Posts: 515
Country: Australia

capttcb wrote:
Hey Guy/Gals,
What is the advantage of making these lighting set-ups versus the R1C1? Seem's like you guy's have spent a lot of time and money in creating these so I was wondering why.
Thanks, Todd


Hey Todd,
I have learnt an incredible amount from these 'pages' and if you have a look at "Dalantech" site/blog, you will see that he uses the Canon equivalent of your R1C1 unit, but his has heavily modified diffusers mounted to control the lighting to his liking. And I guess that it's what it's all about, "to your liking"?? Have a look and then jump in and try it out, see what you come up with and have fun while doing it. . . . yada...yada...yada...
Bruce



lacksative
Registered: Jan 30, 2006
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These mounted on a 5D (Mark II) and sometimes also a 50D. Even though it doesn't show in this picture. I am elevating one of the flashheads above the subject to get a different angle using a Cactus V2 flash trigger

You can see my photos here: http://mickocastren.1g.fi/kuvat/makrokuvia/






Here's some shots with them. Some shots may be diffused with Sto-Fen OM-24EX diffusers. Here's a comparison shot between the diffusers:






penghai
Registered: May 21, 2002
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Rick,

Thanks very much for sharing the details of your setup. Your "bracket" looks very cool too.

Eric



Dalantech
Registered: Jan 31, 2005
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Since I posted my rig to this thread I've rebuilt my diffusers more times than I care to keep track of. You can see the details here with video.



LordV
Registered: Jan 02, 2006
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My new "alternative " high magnification setup. A 10X microscope objective mounted on a body cap on the end of 75mm of ext tubes. The flash "snoop" is on a 430Ex flash gun.

Brian V.



Example shot- a crude focus stack.



TheBat
Registered: Oct 14, 2009
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Hi Brian,
Second image is so cool, dunno how the poor thing is walking around with all that weight on his back though?
Bruce



TheBat
Registered: Oct 14, 2009
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Hi Rick,
Nice rig with excellent workmanship on what appears to be a very nice copy of the RRS flash bracket
Bruce



rnickl
Registered: Oct 22, 2004
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TheBat wrote:

Hi Rick,
Nice rig with excellent workmanship on what appears to be a very nice copy of the RRS flash bracket
Bruce


I'm not sure if this is a RSS copy I stumbled for quite a while fooling with different brackets and I finally arrived at this. Now that I look at the RSS bracket it might have given me some inspiration for my design. I have been happy with how this one is working out and I think my final design, for now.

Excellent workmanship? This is just my 15 minute prototype
I'll probably start building my final version in the next few weeks now that I know what changes I'd like to make and I have dimensions confirmed.
It always seems a PITA while I'm working but, perhaps I'll slow down this time and document my project to post here.

Rick





TheBat
Registered: Oct 14, 2009
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Country: Australia

rnickl wrote:
It always seems a PITA while I'm working but, perhaps I'll slow down this time and document my project to post here.
Rick


Excellent idea. I will look forward to your pics.
I was also wondering if you were going to make the mount with extra mounting points so that the flash was able to rotate around the axis of the lens
Bruce



M Vers
Registered: Jan 01, 2008
Total Posts: 10982
Country: United States

TheBat wrote:
I was also wondering if you were going to make the mount with extra mounting points so that the flash was able to rotate around the axis of the lens
Bruce


I believe that is what the ball head is for



M Vers
Registered: Jan 01, 2008
Total Posts: 10982
Country: United States

Figured I'd dig this back up for an update and to give other members the chance to contribute. Here is my latest DIY softbox.
















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