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 Post subject: Macro ring lite
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 11:30 pm 
Hi guys,
I've posted a similer question earlier on the macro forum but I believe the 'Canon folk' would know better about this particular question.

I am about to purchase a macro lens. Either the 60 or the 100, I have yet to decide. (Probably wait..)

I am also thinking about buying the Mr-14Ex macro ring lite. I guess I'm not mistaken in believing that it will enhance macro photography possibilities and to be able to control my 420Ex as a master is a bonus.

One question is bugging me. I am a bit into product photography for a professional site.
Would this flash be useful in lighting the product close-ups? or the established ways of lighting is more useful?
I would really appreciate some advice on the flash issue, would that be money spend in vain? :oops:

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 11:52 pm 
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I'm in the same boat with the 60mm vs 100mm macro debate. It's a tough choice.

Yes, that ring light will work with your product photography as well, but having a light source from only one direction will cause unwanted shadow areas. If you are working with table-top sized products you might also consider getting a light tent. They are relatively small and inexpensive and help cast even lighting across your subject. If you do this then you can even use a very simple lighting setup that consists of a couple of cheap desk lamps. They aren't as bright as a flash so you'll need longer exposure times, but it's a cheap fix. I used this kind of setup for a while before getting a regular studio lighting kit. A quick tip for product work: always use custom WB, you'll save a lot of time in post processing and don't stray above 100 ISO.

Are you shooting for a stock website? What kind of products are you shooting?

Let us know what macro you decide to get. Have fun shopping.

Leica M9, Nikon D300s, Leica X1, Canon S95, Zero Image 6x9

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 12:05 am 
Hi there,
Thanks for the quick reply.
The products are electronic cigarettes and their accessories, my previous work on the earlier models are still up here.

For products this size, the ring lite gives me the impression that it might be able to provide an even lighting setup (added the general purpose macro suitability and master control benefit).. Well, it's not the most affordable piece of kit but at some level so tempting...
Maybe another question to consider,
Does anybody think that Canon will replace/refresh this product anytime soon? Because as I gather it's a pretty old unit.

Thanks very much for all the assistance.

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