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As spring rolls around and hearts turns to flowers, I'm hoping to get back to macro with my Q.

 

I have to admit that I've rarely used add-on flash (my Fuji x100 has built-in), so I'm blissfully unaware of the complications.

 

I know that some enjoy this:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1030212-REG/canon_9389b002_mr_14ex_ii_macro_ring.html?sts=pi

 

But it's quite expensive and wondering if less expensive versions will work also, such as below. And, what exactly do I mean by "work"? Thanks so much.

 

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1125848-REG/yongnuo_yn_14ex_c_ttl_led_macro_ring.html?

 

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Maybe a LED ring light could be a good solution for you. I use one of Kaiser in Germanyon my adapted Macro lenses from Canon on the SL, a R 60. Not too heavy and has a low price and does is job very well, as long as there is no danger of reflections. But with flowers this is not the case.

 

With my former Canon 5 D III I used a Macro flash from Canon, which worked fine on

this camera, but sold it when I bought the SL. But it was always a bit cumbersome to

use it an to store it afterwards.

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I use that one professionally, on a Panasonic GX7. It works well.

Thanks. Do you mean the Canon on the Yongnuo?

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Yongnuo.  I use it for dental photography, which is about the same as macro.

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Thanks. I don't know what those are, but will look into it!

Maybe a LED ring light could be a good solution for you. I use one of Kaiser in Germanyon my adapted Macro lenses from Canon on the SL, a R 60. Not too heavy and has a low price and does is job very well, as long as there is no danger of reflections. But with flowers this is not the case.

With my former Canon 5 D III I used a Macro flash from Canon, which worked fine on
this camera, but sold it when I bought the SL. But it was always a bit cumbersome to
use it an to store it afterwards.

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Yongnuo.  I use it for dental photography, which is about the same as macro.

I think it includes rings only as small as a 52mm. I assume I can use a step-up from the Q's 49? thanks.

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Check out the Macro thread. I’ve posted several messages and photos of my Q with a Canon MR-14 EX ring flash. In some situations such as flower photography its been very good. I use it in manual mode only, but that works fine.

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Check out the Macro thread. I’ve posted several messages and photos of my Q with a Canon MR-14 EX ring flash. In some situations such as flower photography its been very good. I use it in manual mode only, but that works fine.

Thanks. Does the Canon require a step-up ring? 

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Yes, I had to buy an adapter from the ring to 49 mm threads. I found something at B&H and modified it. I think now you can buy it directly. As I remember you need the piece that fits the ring flash then you need an adapter to that from 49 mm threads. Send me a message if you need help.

 

The flash works fine, but only in manual mode. You can control the power of the flash or change the aperture for correct exposure.

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Here are the pics

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I'm going to try out the Polaroid Universal LED ring - supposed to come with 49mm-77mm adapters.  Won't be as nice as the Canon, I'm sure.. Will report back soon.

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So, I have only had time to play around with this for a few hours.

 

Pros:

1 - has all the adapters for numerous lenses including 49mm.

2 - LED and can be used as continuous or flash (flash is much brighter).

3 - can be set to left or right side only - not sure if this works for flash.

 

Cons.

1 - completely manual and will take a bit of experience to work out the ranges that make sense.  The adjustment range seems small though, so it should not be too hard to sort out.

2 - macro ring lighting with a 28mm lens may not be the best approach or certainly has challenges - keeping the reflected LED pattern out of the frame requires really close and careful framing!

3 - this is certainly aimed at shooting very small things very close, so the fall off is dramatic in otherwise poorly lit settings.

4 - adapter rings are plastic, threads and all, so some care is needed when attaching.

 

My first go at a flash like this, so I need to do more work with it - and am anxious to put it on my 100mm Macro/2.8 Canon too where I think it will be much better suited.

 

I'm going to try out the Polaroid Universal LED ring - supposed to come with 49mm-77mm adapters.  Won't be as nice as the Canon, I'm sure.. Will report back soon.

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Thanks so much!

Maybe something like this would work a little easier with the 28mm lens, with a step up from 49 to 52. of course, it costs a lot more.

YONGNUO YN24EX TTL Macro Ring Flash/ LED Macro Flash Speedlite with 2 PCS Flash Head and 4 PCS Adapter Rings for Canon

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