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    Macro O Flash Ring - how well it works?

    Would one of these works well?

    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Macro-O-Flash...#ht_2100wt_907

    Or should I go for the LED one?

    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Macro-Ring-LE...#ht_3856wt_868

    Ideally I would like to get a MR-14EX TTL OR even better, MT-24EX TTL... but missus already said "IF YOU DARE...."

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    Far out. I had no idea that you could get these things for anything under 200 bucks. Fear I cant offer any help from experience but I'd love to know what others think. I'd consider the LED over the waveguide for the simple fact that you don't need to buy a hot-shoe flash to use it. Maybe it has lower luminance but LEDs can be pretty powerful nowadays.

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    would love to know too, would love to see a before and after photograph also

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    andy
    i had a look at these when i was going to get a macro flash
    i asked a few pro photographers around bendigo and they had a look
    and did not think much of them for there lighting capabilities
    i ended up bying a macro flash unit a tumax
    it cost around 250 bux but well worth it
    it works with the ttl and you can use for portrait shots as well
    maybe some other members might have diffrent opinions
    check them all before buying
    cheers macca

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    Flash for macro

    Do you really need a macro flash? I have taken all my recent macros with a standard canon 380EX mounted on my 400D with my canon 100mm f2.8 and Kenko extension tubes BUT the trick is to fold a piece of A4 paper (a thick grade works best) and then to curve it around the top of the flash to make a half-pipe that extends out to the front of the lens and hold it in place with a rubber band. All you have to then do is set the camera on manual and F11 or F16 and set the shutter speed to the usual setting for flash (say 100th) and then adjust the ISO to give the desired outcome. I won a merit award the last time I entered a competition, so believe me it works extremely well! I also have the satisfaction of saving $1600 or whatever that some pay for ring flashes etc. I've uploaded a shot of a mantis. Here's hoping it shows up.
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    I would be interested to hear how you go with it. Many review online but hey...

    If you have an external flash try a bit of DIY like Entrapro mentioned. Offshoe cord is even better...

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    A range of ring flashes are available for under $100 and generally give you a very nice shadowless light which can be enhanced with any number of support sources including incandescent lighting. This sort of 3D modelling can be very attractive and get away from flat light. Very much an artistic taste of the photographer.
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    Ring Flash for Canon 580EX flash

    I have seen the following Ring flash adapters
    Ray Flash Ring Flash Adapter
    Orbis Ring Flash Adapter
    Coco Ring Flash Adaptor
    GoPro O Ring Flash Adapter
    Saturn Ring Flash Adapter

    Does anyone know which would be best for a Canon 580EX flash and Canon 350D camera? I will be using it for Macro photography and I heard that some obscure the AF, any comments welcome

    Thanks

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    whatever you choose it has to suit the job at hand
    if you think of making units to do job or modify flash units
    take into consideration that when you go between branches of trees or shrubs to get your shot
    that your aperatus you have just made
    doent get snared or lodged
    i have found using the flash ring it is robust enough to push aside a small obstacleto get your shot
    i would not dougt that they will work but it is dissapointing to line your shot up and the paper slipped or whatever
    cheers macca

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