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e6filmuser wrote:
Is that addressed to anyone in particular? How many is the "so many" you are querying?

Harold


Might it be that you don't understand the term "setup"?

A camera with a lens attached would not be considered a "setup". Provision of light from one or more flash guns makes it one, the number and positioning of them being very relevant.

Harold



Jun 05, 2022 at 05:28 AM
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Oh my gosh! There is some crazy stuff in here! I don't have a macro set up but this is certainly motivating!

Thanks for posting everyone!



Jun 12, 2022 at 12:12 AM
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Nikki Jim wrote:
Oh my gosh! There is some crazy stuff in here! I don't have a macro set up but this is certainly motivating!

Thanks for posting everyone!


Although you can get correct exposure in daylight at not much more than 1:1, you may need high ISO or flash to freeze subject movement*. Newcomers thing a tripod is essential but Image Stability is very good and a tripod does nothing about subject movement, often due the the vegetation on which it is sitting being blow around.

Insects, on leaves, on flowers, etc., tend to move around and face in various directions. You have to use a combination of patience and your own repositioning to get the view you want and, in most situations, that requires the setup to be hand held.

As you go to higher magnifications the effective aperture rapidly gets smaller, as does DOF, and flash is the only way of getting enough light and a short exposure.

The majority of images you see here are from hand held.

* OK, I shoot a lot of fungi but even with slime moulds there are sometimes very delicate structures which move in air movement which you might not detect. (e.g. search "Arcyria").

Harold



Jun 12, 2022 at 02:23 AM
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I've tried all sorts of lens setups, bellows, backwards lenses, ring lights, etc. I wanted to show my setup to show how effective the simplest setup can be.

Sony a6400, Laowa 65 f2.8 2x macro lens, Meike MK320 Mini Flash, and a little diffuser hood. Super lightweight - I can hold a branch with one hand, hold the camera in my other, and focus the lens with my pinky at the same time.





All photos are at f8, handheld, with flash.








Sep 11, 2022 at 07:24 PM
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Wow....some of these setups are wild...couldn't imagine dealing with quite so much hanging off my camera. Here's mine. I'm only a casual macro shooter, but this is about as elaborate as I get...the diffuser works pretty well and gets me reasonably soft light, and I very much like not having to deal with crazy wires and brackets all over the place.













Here's a shot from today with it. Canon R8 with RF 100mm f/2.8L:







Apr 27, 2023 at 02:01 PM
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hi, Jman13 i have the same lens & flash set. ( just got the flashes yesterday )
Please explain how you made that diffuser, looks like you printed some holder on a 3d printer?



Apr 30, 2023 at 03:18 AM
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Nikon D7500 paired with a Tokina 100mm f2.8 lens


May 01, 2023 at 06:01 AM
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Jman13 wrote:
Wow....some of these setups are wild...couldn't imagine dealing with quite so much hanging off my camera. Here's mine. I'm only a casual macro shooter, but this is about as elaborate as I get...the diffuser works pretty well and gets me reasonably soft light, and I very much like not having to deal with crazy wires and brackets all over the place.

https://www.instructables.com/Godox-MF-12-Flash-Diffuser/ i just found it




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I decided to develop and 3dprint my own diffuser:

v2:


https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:6010157



May 07, 2023 at 05:06 AM
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Jman13 wrote:
Wow....some of these setups are wild...couldn't imagine dealing with quite so much hanging off my camera. Here's mine. I'm only a casual macro shooter, but this is about as elaborate as I get...the diffuser works pretty well and gets me reasonably soft light, and I very much like not having to deal with crazy wires and brackets all over the place.

https://www.jordansteele.com/2023/diffuser.jpg

https://www.jordansteele.com/2023/diffuser1.jpg

Here's a shot from today with it. Canon R8 with RF 100mm f/2.8L:
https://www.jordansteele.com/2023/fly3.jpg


I like that, it seems like a nice streamlined setup. Is this a complete kit that is commercially available?



May 31, 2023 at 09:22 AM
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Very cool! I've been considering giving the MF12 system a try but with Diffusers from Macrodiffusers.com, which yours look similar to.

Do you have any examples photos to show the diffusion you're getting?

muurman wrote:

I decided to develop and 3dprint my own diffuser:

v2:
https://cdn.thingiverse.com/assets/e5/55/3a/ea/e9/featured_preview_75e1d3ea-ee90-4585-bb75-90cc39dd7f15.jpg


https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:6010157




Jun 03, 2023 at 01:28 AM
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muurman wrote:

I decided to develop and 3dprint my own diffuser:

v2:
https://cdn.thingiverse.com/assets/e5/55/3a/ea/e9/featured_preview_75e1d3ea-ee90-4585-bb75-90cc39dd7f15.jpg


https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:6010157


That's a cool flash setup, since the lights are so close to the front of the lens, how much power do you normally set them to?




Jul 07, 2023 at 08:21 AM
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Justin0 wrote:
That's a cool flash setup, since the lights are so close to the front of the lens, how much power do you normally set them to?


i just use TTL




Jul 09, 2023 at 11:34 AM
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Gabe13 wrote:
I like that, it seems like a nice streamlined setup. Is this a complete kit that is commercially available?


The MF-12 flashes can come in a kit with the mounting ring that adapts to your macro lens. You'd need to buy the godox transmitter if you don't already have one. The diffuser and diffuser adapter I made, according to the link that was posted by muurman: https://www.instructables.com/Godox-MF-12-Flash-Diffuser/ That cost about $15 in materials plus a friend 3D printing the main part for me...and if I wear out the diffuser, I have enough leftover material to make about 4 more.



Jul 20, 2023 at 10:56 AM
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Nikon Z50, SU-800 commander, FTZ, AF-S 105mm Micro Nikkor, 2X SB-R200's + mounting ring.




ISO 100 F/22



Jul 27, 2023 at 05:33 PM
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Am I allowed to point people here to a piece of macro equipment I have for sale on the Buy and Sell sub-forum?


Sep 09, 2023 at 07:45 AM
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