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macro flash tube prototype by graemo macro flash tube prototype by graemo
this ugly beast is the second prototype of my macro flash tube
an extendable, adjustable all-mirrored cardboard construction guiding the light from the hotshoed flash close to the target through a diffuser
it can be folded flat for transport within seconds

i still have to make some adjustments, like cutting the end piece slanted to light more from the side, curving the diffuser inwards to concentrate the light more into the middle, and making it matte black of course
and i need a longer macro lenshood

but the principle is sound and lets me shoot extreme macros at high apertures with my inverted lens macro setup

example: [link]
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abikeOdyssey Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009
I covered both this one and the shorter one (used with my 60mm alone) with black tape and use black to attach them now too. It looks FAR better :)
Selfgiven Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009
That is just insane... LOL
hertbonfaroff Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Student Photographer
so pretty
JordiCastellano Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008   Photographer
nice idea! I've just finished my homemade ringflash.
t33b0n3 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008
Nice custom set up.
mind-assassin Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
+1 on shooting with a Nikon :D

interesting set up you've made. very inovative :) i like the idea
023Nick Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008  Professional Filmographer
what the ...?! :P
Infinitys--End Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008
I think you found a new way to fry ants without the magnifying glass.

How creative, I could personally use one of these sometimes.
iraqifreak Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
faiman Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008
pretty usefull rig :)
Ai-studios Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha, very creative! Nice! :)
ansonners Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008   Digital Artist
really nice! i like it when a photographer thinks that way! and not just thinking of getting something ready! nice work!
atbemo Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008
This is a good idea... And I have also had problems where I have a semi circle of shadow when shooting close because of the lense, but isn't there ring flash for this sort of thing?
graemo Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008
i have a ring flash too, but that's a very different style of lighting, not useable for everything
atbemo Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008
Oh right ok.
chester-rox-1st Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
thats a clever idea
OK-Photography Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
harharhar!!never seen such a genious setup before!!;p
I'll have to see if I get lightning probs as soon as i got my macro lens......NICE solution though!;)
darkerhalf Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2007   Photographer
wow, great idea!
isep Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2007

i'm gonna try it
wildcherry84 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007
Kaetzchen-n-Baerchen Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007   Writer
now that is ingenious :D you're creative :giggle: :thumbsup:
jotachaves Featured By Owner May 12, 2007   Photographer
Lol. creative.;)
Smau Featured By Owner May 10, 2007   Photographer
I love it!
jfurens Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007
psichadelicteo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
that is one big lens
neolinux Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007
cool :D
daleala Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Mate, that is one big beast!
JaredxECUE Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2006
Bad Ass. My Nikon has some good lenses. But nothing that big. My 2 best are my Sigma 39-80 Macro with built in UV filter and my Soligar 35-140 Macro.
photosynthesis2006 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2006
GnRbasketCaSe Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
That's great..... what kind of camera/lens setup is that... I was saving up for the 20D originally but i've been pushed in the direction of a 10D 'cause its cheaper and the 20D has "features that not everybody really needs." Great work on this thing man....I almost burst out laughing when I first saw it but it really is great....i'm surprised it's extendable with mirrors....
graemo Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2005
the setup is described here [link]
it's extendable, because the mirrors are just silver foil covering the inside, and 2 parts are telescopic, so i can adjust it to the lenght of the lens i'm currently using
yeah, it looks weird, but it gets the job done and it literally costs just a few cents ;)
i would like all of the features of the 20D, but it's just not worth upgrading from the 10D, so i'll eagerly wait for the next model
GnRbasketCaSe Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
that's just freaking amazing man......
18250114 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2004
Thats a kick ass set up!! Awesome idea with that flash tube!! Sure beats spending hundreds of dollars on a flash ring!!
graemo Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2004
the only problem is that it's not an tll flash, i always have to waste 1-2 shots to adjust the output
PokoFish Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2004
That is some crazy camera you got there buddy! I bet those lenses get heavy enough... Very interesting stuff!
itsfrits Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
Nodge Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004
It's really nice to have something in your head, click a few times, and by total coincidence, find an example of it on dA.

Cheers :)
olino Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004
you got to be crazy :lol:

this is great
polarix Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004
Wow. I admire the work put into that setup. Can you say incredible!

That would be a fantastic zoom macro lens you have there, isn't it. Plus, the flash assembly is something you don't often see.

cageweasel Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004   Photographer
i wish i could be as ingenious and explorative as you ;p
hopefull i will be someday lol
highoninhalers Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004   Photographer
ahahahah Saving money at its finest.

i thought my dad was krazy..
mattdanna Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Wow I love it. Nice. I want one!! :P
indorock Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004
ohthh how sexy is this!! ai ai ai ai i love custom gadgets and hardware :drool:
you have inspired me! :worship:
darunia-art Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2004   Photographer
Looks nice and helpful :) I think I might prefer to have it in black though, to match the camera ;) But it reallly doesn't matter all that much. As long as it works.
Ohhh...and niiiice looking lense... :drool:
graemo Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2004
yeah, i got me black cardboard for the final thing already =D

the lens is indeed nice (canon EF 17-40mm f/4 USM L) not the fastest, but sharp and crisp and good value for the money :nod:
darunia-art Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2004   Photographer
Hehe, sounds nice :D I would definatley like to give something like this a try sometime. Seems to be very handy.

Hmm I need a macro lens soon... I just got a EOS 300D on wednesday :) Lots of fun. How much is that lens? Some of the lenses are quite expensive.
graemo Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2004
ahh, wait!
this is not a macro lens, what you see here is my inverted lens macro setup (i forgot to mention it in the description above (fixed it now))

i got this lens for 750 (quite a lot for me too!) but it's definitely worth it
for macro work you can also put an inverted lens in front of another lens, then you don't need a complicated adapter like this
darunia-art Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2004   Photographer
Ahh ok i see :D Seems like a nice setup indeed :)
Yeah, 750 is quite a lot. But a possible price. At least when it's worth it ;)
I'll have a look at various macro solutions before bying anything. Thanks for the info in this. Greatly appreciated.
graemo Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2004
well, you got 17-40mm covered by the stock lens, so no need for that thing...
canon makes a nice macro lens EF 100mm f/2.8 macro USM for about 550

the 100mm would be a good length in addition to the stock lens (it's also at the far end of portrait length), it's one of the sharpest canon lenses ever, and a macro, of course, since you're interested in that field
(i still regret that i didn't buy it instead of the 85mm f/1.8)
darunia-art Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2004   Photographer
Sounds like a interesting lense to consider! I will indeed take a closer look at it :D 550 is not that bad either. Might be a bit more expensive here in Norway, but still...
Thanks for all the advice :bow: I just need to save up a little money now ;)
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