Macro flash bracket and focusing rail


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How useful and important is the macro flash bracket and focusing rail?

Anyone can share their setup? If have pic, the better.
 

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For macro flash backet, the main objective is to position your flash just above the edge of your lens to give you a better lighting and to eliminate the shadow. Or, if you intend to use a two-flash setup for macro then the dual macro backet is the answer. This setup will enable you to use the main flash to act like a sunlight and the other one can fill-in the shadow or illuminate the dark background.

I thought of getting the wimberley flash bracket before, but it's too expensive (around $380+) and can only be used for arca-swiss type ballhead. So, I just got myself a very cheap normal horizontal flash bracket. I didnt position it horizontally though, I positioned it in such a way that my flash will be just beside my lens. Inclining the flash 45deg plus omnibounce gave me the lighting and shadow control Ive always wanted.

As for focusing rail, I find it important for high magnification. Specifically for lens reverse method or prime lens + extension tube wherein your magnification is normally fixed. You can easily move your cam to-and-fro while mounted on a tripod.

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Sgt. Pepper said:
I thought of getting the wimberley flash bracket before, but it's too expensive (around $380+) and can only be used for arca-swiss type ballhead. So, I just got myself a very cheap normal horizontal flash bracket. I didnt position it horizontally though, I positioned it in such a way that my flash will be just beside my lens. Inclining the flash 45deg plus omnibounce gave me the lighting and shadow control Ive always wanted.
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Very cheap horizontal flash bracket is what model/brand? Is it the manfrotto one?

How about the usefulness of a ring flash as compare to those you have mentioned?
 

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Very cheap horizontal flash bracket is what model/brand? Is it the manfrotto one?
It's the normal horizontal flash brocket, not sure about the brand. But Ive got it for 18$ at CP.




How about the usefulness of a ring flash as compare to those you have mentioned?
I'll leave it to the ring flash owners to comment on this. :)
 

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Sgt, what lens do you use to shoot your mosquitos and flies? I am considering some micro/macro lens to shoot flowers because they dont move around, and they dont charge me by the hour. :D
 

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Sgt, what lens do you use to shoot your mosquitos and flies? I am considering some micro/macro lens to shoot flowers because they dont move around, and they dont charge me by the hour. :D
You're right! :D

I only have 1 and only 1 macro lens and that's my beloved Sigma 105mm.. but, the moquitos were shot with 1.4X TC.
 

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Sgt, what lens do you use to shoot your mosquitos and flies? I am considering some micro/macro lens to shoot flowers because they dont move around, and they dont charge me by the hour. :D

Since I can sense a Nikon in you.

I would recomend the micro 105mm(if budget permit) or the micro 60mm.

Both will serve you well.
 

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Hehe bin you are watching me???
I started favouring towards the micro 105mm, but after research, I am now more favouring towards the micro 60mm.
 

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Anyone tried to DIY the butterfly macro flash backet from Joh Shaw book?

Or anyone used a readily available flash bracket and mod it?
 

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