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Macro flash options

Discussion in 'General flash photography, lighting, and technique' started by kaspar, Aug 17, 2008.

  1. kaspar


    Jan 19, 2007

    I am looking for a macro flash. The R1C1 is quite expensive, so first I am thinking of other options. I have heard about the sb-29s, but couldn't find much information about it. Will it work with my D200? I understood that it is fully manual, how exactly does it work? What about the Sigma EM-140? Is that also manual? I haven't heard many good things about sigma flashes.
    I am also wondering how is it to use a macro flash as a fill flash for portrait photography?

  2. adaml


    Feb 21, 2006
    I use the SB-29s with all of my Nikons, including the D3.

    Yes, it is fully manual, but for macro shooting that's not a problem because I am fully manual for exposure and focus anyway. Like other ringlights it mounts on the front of the lens, and has two bulbs, one on each side. Since the flash can be moved 360 degrees, you can shoot at whatever angle necessary. Moreover, you can control the amount of power from Full, to 1/4 to 1/32. Additionally, you can shoot both bulbs, or either bulb, depending if you want some contrast and shadowing, and where you want it.

    Hope that helps.
  3. kaspar


    Jan 19, 2007
    That really gets me thinking...
    Some samples taken with it maybe?
  4. leifw


    Jul 25, 2007
    Bozeman, MT
    Very nice, Andrew!
  5. awesome shots, andrew
  6. x272221713x

    x272221713x Guest

    cool nice shots, been trying to look for a Nikon 105mm myself also.
  7. kaspar


    Jan 19, 2007
    Thanks guys. How much should I pay for used ones?
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