Flash for marco photography
Hi Fellow Nikonians,
One of my friend has keen interest in macro photgrapghy with her F80 with AF Nikkor 28-105. which was purchased at my advice. She is considering purchasing a flash unit mainly for macrophotgraphy.
Nikon speedlight will be the best but the current budget is not OK. Any suggestion for a 3rd party marco flash. I have seen a Vivitar marco speedlight. Is it OK?
BTW, any tips in using flash in marco photography?
Best regards to you all,
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BJNicholls Charter MemberTue 17-Jul-01 02:53 AM
I'd advise using a coiled cord SC-17 with a standard design TTL flash before going with a specific macro flash like a ringflash.
Although the 28-105 is a fine all around lens, it's not on par with a good macro lens or even a standard lens with close focus accessories. I'd go with a more flexible "normal" flash until the passion for macro work also manifests itself in a lens that is up to the task (say a 105 Micro Nikkor).
As a former ringflash owner, I've found that a standard flash head can render more dramatic results when used with reflector panels. A lens mounted flash tends to provide a flat, shadowless light that is great for shooting stamp collections but which isn't very dramatic for 3D subjects.
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jnscbl Basic MemberTue 17-Jul-01 03:39 AM
Tell her to buy any shoe-mount TTL flash that has a bounce head, then buy a Lumiquest pocket bounce, and she is all set. Generally speaking, with flash at macro distances, stick to ISO 100 film and apertures of f11 and smaller. ---scott
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