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    Default Macro: Do you generally use flash & tripod/monopod?

    I just bought the Canon 100mm macro lens for my Canon 20D. Need to ask if people generally use flash and tripod/monopod to take those close up photos. I have got the Canon 420EX flash, but I think a direct flash will make the subject look 'hard'. Any suggestion what else do I need to get for the flash for those 'soft' lighting. Also, will a monopod suffice? Tried handheld but it is really a challange. My tripod is too heavy, so thinking of getting a light monopod.

    Thanks in advance.

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    monopod & ring flash... 2 basic items for me.
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    Hi Del_CtrlnoAlt. Would you be able to recommend which monopod and ring flash is good? Somehow, I would prefer short (when fully folded in) and light monopod. The Benro MC63 good enough?

    Thanks.

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    for beginners, a trysistor ring flash would be good, the sunpax one, i had 1 of those, now with my mom while she learn to shoot macro with the f828.

    if you get more advance, a ttl one from canon would be better. not sure which version, since i'm not a canon user.

    for monopod, i have a giottos 1 before, its a screw release type, so its kinda slow, upgraded to a Manfrotto 685B Neotec, with a 322RC2, and a thumb driven AF shutter release. so i could adjust angle, focus and shoot with just 1 hand. so technically leaving the other hand for manual focusing or zooming. combo is not cheap, monopod is about 200 when i bought, and the 322 have surged to almost 200, and the af release is not easy to find...
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    Quote Originally Posted by skyhifi View Post
    I just bought the Canon 100mm macro lens for my Canon 20D. Need to ask if people generally use flash and tripod/monopod to take those close up photos. I have got the Canon 420EX flash, but I think a direct flash will make the subject look 'hard'. Any suggestion what else do I need to get for the flash for those 'soft' lighting. Also, will a monopod suffice? Tried handheld but it is really a challange. My tripod is too heavy, so thinking of getting a light monopod.

    Thanks in advance.
    Try 420EX with a diffuser like stofen Omni-Bounce , shoot direct with FE - 1
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    Quote Originally Posted by megaweb View Post
    Try 420EX with a diffuser like stofen Omni-Bounce , shoot direct with FE - 1
    Thanks for the advise. I can give the Omni Bounce a try. How about the Gary Fong
    Lightsphere? Is it any good?

    Err...what is FE - 1?

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    Quote Originally Posted by megaweb View Post
    Try 420EX with a diffuser like stofen Omni-Bounce , shoot direct with FE - 1
    Quote Originally Posted by Del_CtrlnoAlt View Post
    for beginners, a trysistor ring flash would be good, the sunpax one, i had 1 of those, now with my mom while she learn to shoot macro with the f828.

    if you get more advance, a ttl one from canon would be better. not sure which version, since i'm not a canon user.

    for monopod, i have a giottos 1 before, its a screw release type, so its kinda slow, upgraded to a Manfrotto 685B Neotec, with a 322RC2, and a thumb driven AF shutter release. so i could adjust angle, focus and shoot with just 1 hand. so technically leaving the other hand for manual focusing or zooming. combo is not cheap, monopod is about 200 when i bought, and the 322 have surged to almost 200, and the af release is not easy to find...
    Wah, your mum so hip, also a photographer?

    I hope not to spend so much money for the time being. Your recommendations sound good, but I got to watch my pocket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyhifi View Post
    Thanks for the advise. I can give the Omni Bounce a try. How about the Gary Fong
    Lightsphere? Is it any good?

    Err...what is FE - 1?
    Lightsphere is good but its size is big which may cause distraction to the little creatures.

    Sorry should be FC -1, flash compensate -1
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    Quote Originally Posted by skyhifi View Post
    Wah, your mum so hip, also a photographer?

    I hope not to spend so much money for the time being. Your recommendations sound good, but I got to watch my pocket.
    nah, if i'm a hobbit, she is a newbie, and a super newbie...

    she mainly shot around her garden for caterpillars and butterflies...
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    A monopod and a flash (or 2) is a must for me.

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    Monopod or tripod is a must-have for me.

    Flash is on most of the time.

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    Default Re: Macro: Do you generally use flash & tripod/monopod?

    flash yes but sometimes you can get better shots with ambient light
    so it depends on the situation

    monopod, sometimes, it helps to keep the camera steady
    i should use it more

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    Thanks for all the advise. So I guess I have to go and buy a monopod and flash liao (hopefully the ring flash). Oh well, money 'fly' again =)

    Anymore monopod and flash to recommend? Have been trying to read up more on macro. Where can I purchase the Gary Fong Lightsphere for the Canon 420EX?

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    Eh ortega, you stay in Punggol also? I am at Punggol Central =)

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    Default Re: Macro: Do you generally use flash & tripod/monopod?

    You have a tripod. Use it. the heavier, the more stable. nothing beats a stable stand. =)

    For me, just my camera, a tripod, a cable release and my eyes. no flash coz I have no flash yet.

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