Which DSLR (Body) Is The Best For Macro Photography?

*updated 8 December 2016. Nothing much has changed in the Nikon lineup. We have a new winner for Canon. 

Choosing your first DSLR can be a daunting task, particularly for a beginner who has just taken his first few baby steps into the world of photography. This task becomes much more of a nightmare when you are considering a DSLR for Macro Photography, a genre that is quite different from the usual niches. I have recently written an article on the various aspects to consider when choosing a DSLR body for Macro Photography which might be useful to newcomers (Link here: Five Aspects In Choosing The Best DSLR For Macro Photography). The information there were mostly factual and didn’t really get into actual DSLR models available in the market. This article today is written, and occasionally updated, to fill in that gap. Hopefully the information here would help those who are interested, particularly beginners in selecting their Macro DSLR.

Choosing a DSLR

A DSLR for Macro Photography may require features different than those needed in normal photography.

A DSLR or mirrorless camera for “general” photography may not exactly be suitable for Macro Photography, so it is important to understand some of the technical specifications or features of some DSLRs so that you don’t making the wrong choice. Choosing a DSLR for Macro Photography depends on your budget and shooting style. Also, you don’t really need the highest-end DSLR bodies to take great Macro Shots, as skill and knowledge are more important at the end of the day!

Metallic Jewel Bugs (Scutelleridae) gathering

Even if you have gotten a great DSLR and lens for Macro Photography, learning will still be slow if there is no community to help, guide and encourage you along the way.

Alright, before I start, I would like to mention that I will only be suggesting Canon and Nikon DSLR lineups. These two brands are usually the ones to go for in Macro Photography regardless of whether you are a beginner, enthusiast or professional. I’m sure you already know that Canon and Nikon are the largest brands in the photography world, offering a dizzying array of lenses and accessories. The user communities are equally large, meaning that you will likely receive better and faster support that other brands. Not sure whether to choose Canon or Nikon for Macro Photography? Please stay tune for an upcoming article here at Pixels Dimension!   As stated in the previous article (Five Aspects In Choosing The Best DSLR For Macro Photography), a good DSLR body should have:      

 

        •  A good sensor. The bigger the sensor, the better the images. But the bigger the sensor, the more expensive the DSLR. Another article will be written to discuss whether an APS-C or FF DSLR is better for Macro Photography, so please stay tune for that one! 

 

 

 

        • High Megapixel (MP) counts. Higher MP counts will provide more details when paired with a good sensor- suitable for cropping in Macro Photography. The higher the MP count, the better the DSLR for Macro Photography.

 

 

 

        • Size, weight, ergonomics and ease-of-use. A light-weight and small DSLR will be less tiring to carry and operate, but will generally have more crowded or smaller buttons and grips that affect comfort.

 

 

 

        • Weather sealing. A DSLR with weather sealing can tolerate rough weather every once in a while, but this feature is generally limited to semi-pro to professional level DSLR bodies, which can be relatively expensive.

 

 

 

        • Available accessories. Almost all camera brands offer the standard range of macro lenses (i.e. 50-60mm and 90-105mm) which are capable of going up to 1:1 magnification (Read HERE for more details) as standard. Additional accessories e.g. reverse rings, extension tubes or macro clip-on lenses are typically required to go beyond 1:1. So far, only Canon offers a specialized MPE-65 lens that can shoot up to 5x magnification- one of a kind. Most Macro Photographers are happy with 1-3x magnification, but if you need that 5x magnification, then no doubt Canon is the brand you should choose.

 

 

Canon MP-E-65mm

If you love to get really up-close to your subjects, then you must stick to Canon since it is currently the only brand that offers the Godly Canon MPE-65 capable of up to 5x magnification! Its not cheap though.

  Okay, with that summary, now is the time to nominate the DSLRs best suited for Macro Photography! THE WINNERS ARE (as of Dec 2016):    

Canon 750D (~RM3000, 22.3mm x 14.9mm CMOS sensor, 24MP)

A 750D is the best DSLR body for Macro Photography from Canon, offering a great balance between portability, performance and price! 

 


Nikon D7200 (~RM3500, 23.5mm x 15.6mm CMOS sensor, 24.1MP, weather-sealed) 

A D7200 is the best DSLR body for Macro Photography from Nikon, offering a great balance between portability, performance and price! it is weather-sealed too! 

We have a new winner for Canon- The EOS 750D (which toppled the previous EOS 70D). Although the 750D is less ergonomic and has a slightly smaller sensor than the 70D, it takes images with higher megapixels (24MP), and is a lot more affordable. The 750D also sports newer technology that can rival or even out-compete the older 70D in terms of dynamic range and image quality.

As the older Nikon D7100 is almost phased out, the newer D7200 is now selected as the winner for Nikon. As a semi-pro model, the D7200 offers great performance, ergonomics, reliability and craftsmanship. It is also weather-sealed (not available in the 750D), which is often an important feat for macrographers. 

Both the Canon 750D and Nikon D7200 are also balanced in terms of weight and size, thus offering a comfortable compromise in between portability and ergonomics. Not to mention you get ~1.5-1.6x “free” magnification since these are crop-sensors!   Among the two DSLRs, the Nikon is obviously better for Macro Photography in many ways due to the larger sensor, ergonomics, reliability, weather-sealing etc. The results will be apparent when the D7200 is paired with a  sharp lens. The greater amount of details you get in your shots will be beneficial in Macro Photography where shots are usually cropped.  

 


  What if these are too expensive? (Budget <RM3000)  Not everyone has the money to splurge on DSLR systems like the ones above. Fret not, for there are still great DSLR bodies for Macro Photography available at a more affordable price! 

Canon60D, 600D, 700D (~RM2000-RM2400)

Canon 60D

I would opt for the Canon 60D if I could locate one, simply because it has better button layout and controls, which make it more efficient to use as compared to the entry-level 600D and 700D.

 

NikonD5200, D5300, D5500, D5600, D3300, D3400 (~RM1500-RM3000)

Nikon D5300

I would pick the Nikon D5300 as my 2nd choice. The larger screen, longer battery life and the slightly better sensor performance makes it a viable choice for macro.

 

You will likely be looking at entry-level DSLRs for a budget of RM3000 or less. These DSLRs are designed for beginners and will often have less dials and buttons, which may be a drawback when your are out in the field. Entry-level DSLRs are typically less reliable than higher-end models. However, these DSLRs are often equipped with the same sensor found in semi-pro bodies, which means that you do not have to compromise on image quality. 

For Canon, go for the 60D if you need better ergonomics. The 600D, 650D, 700D are generally similar, so just choose the one you like and can afford the most. All these DSLRs come with a 18MP sensor.

The Nikon D5300/5500/5600 is basically a cheaper and non-weather-sealed variant of the D7100/7200 and is brilliant. The performance difference between the D5300/D5500/D5600 and D3300/D3400 are not really significant and thus not worth the extra money. Whether to choose the D5xxx series or D3xxx series depends on your budget, and whether you need the tiltable screen.

As of now, Nikon’s entry-level DSLRs are much better than those of Canon, mainly because of the larger sensor as well as newer technology offered for the same amount of price.  


What if these are too cheap? (Budget >RM5000)   Some people may find the semi-pro APS-C DSLRs less ideal and rather jump straight onto the Full Frame (FF) bandwagon- this is understandable as you may actually save more money and time going for a FF system directly instead of getting an APS-C (DX) system first (and then make the change later). This is because FF/DX lenses may be different or incompatible with different bodies. Undoubtedly, FF DSLRs will certainly offer better image quality due to the significantly larger sensor; and considering that they are getting more affordable now (compared to the last few decades), FF machines are certainly worth getting if you have deep pockets, and of course, a fiery passion in photography. The best thing about FF DSLRs is the limited options, thus the DSLR you choose is usually limited to the one that you can afford.  

  • Canon– The new EOS 5DS which features an insane 50.6MP resolution is perfect for Macrography, provided  you can afford one@RM15,999. The EOS 5DS, coupled with an MPE65, will make the ideal setup for extreme macrography.
eos-5ds-b1

Fullframe (FF) Awesomeness! The new Canon EOS 5DS comes with an amazing resolution count of 50.6MP, giving you a lot of room for cropping. This feature alone will greatly improve the overall quality of your macro shots. 

  • Nikon– Definitely the D810 (outweighs even 2nd hand D800/D800E), otherwise D750 followed by D610.
Nikon D810

The high Megapixel (MP) count and great dynamic range of the Nikon’s D8xx series will certainly be useful to produce great macro photos.  

 

In terms of DSLR body performance alone; whether to choose the Canon 5DS or Nikon D810 for macrography depends on whether you prefer higher megapixel for cropping (5DS), or better dynamic range and image quality (D810). Of course, both DSLR bodies are very high-end and will likely be able to produce amazing results with the right setup and lighting. 


Well I guess that’s all for now~   I hope this article will help beginners or enthusiasts find the DSLR they need for Macro Photography! Of course, the models will change from time to time, and I will try and update this page whenever possible~ 

White-Lipped Frog- Hylarana cf. labialis

Once you have got your DSLR and macro accessories, it is time to start shooting and become a true Macro Photographer!

Please feel free to ask if you still have any trouble deciding which DSLR to get for your Macro Work!

Until the next time, have a nice day!

** Prices quoted in this article are current market prices of available DSLR models as of 1st Dec 2016 and for reference only. Fluctuation in price is expected. 

** The opinions and suggestions of this article are the author’s own. Nope, I don’t get sponsored by anyone to write anything (which is kind of sad T__T) 

5 Aspects In Choosing The Best DSLR (Body) For Macro Photography

Now this is an interesting article I have longed to write for some time. I apologize for taking so long to write such a beginner-level article; I had some problems finding a new Crop Sensor (APS-C) DSLR for the article (I have no friends :p). In the end I got hold of my old Nikon D90 from a friend just to write this XD

APS-C vs. Full Frame

An APS-C (Left- Nikon D90) and Full Frame (Right- Nikon D800) DSLR cameras. Choosing a DSLR for Macro Work can be very simple if you know what you want and need.

Most people purchase a DSLR because they are fascinated by the detail, colour, and of course, the bokeh it can produce. Most of us then use the DSLR to take casual photographs. I, for one, bought one just to photograph my soon-to-be wife LOL XD So far I have not met anyone who has gotten his or her first DSLR just to shoot Macro. That said, knowing some important features or criteria for a good Macro DSLR body will definitely help you in choosing your DSLR, especially so if you have intentions to try out some Macro!

Tze Wei 2

Yeahhh… I actually bought a DSLR to photograph my lovely girlfriend who is now my fiancée hehe XD I never ever realized I would be so into Macro Photography~

Aesthetics, budget and brand loyalty aside, there are five features of great importance when choosing a good DSLR for Macro Photography, as follows:

1. Camera shooting format (Crop Sensor or Full Frame)-

DSLR cameras are generally divided into two different formats- Full Frame DSLR and Crop Sensor DSLR. Full frame DSLR cameras employ a sensor (that converts what you see into a digital image) the size of a conventional 35mm (sensor size) film camera, whereas Crop Sensor DSLRs use relatively smaller sensor sizes called APS-C. In general, larger sensors produce better details, low light performance and colour dynamic range, but come with a heftier price tag vice versa.

Full Frame

Owning a Full Frame DSLR is every photographer’s dream as it offers better image quality and details, better noise and low-light performance, greater dynamic range as well as good ergonomics, among many others.

However, there is sort of a catch here: DSLR with Crop Sensors (APS-C) shoots photographs at a magnification of 1.5-1.6 times more than a Full Frame DSLR, regardless of the respective lenses you use for both bodies. The higher magnification acts like a double-edge sword, you get higher magnification, but at the expense of susceptibility to handshakes (which can be reduced with practice).

2. MegaPixel (MP) count-

MegaPixels (MP) of a camera basically refers to the quantity of the tiniest basic element of the image i.e. Pixel (which is sort of a small square). All these pixels constitute the final image that we see. The higher the MP count of a camera, the more details you can get when you enlarge your images (up to 100%), provided the camera sensor is large enough to take in the details (all DSLRs are fine). By taking advantage of a DSLR’s high MP counts, you could crop your photos whilst still keeping the details of subjects- sort of like taking a photograph using higher magnification in the first place. Definitely a handy feature!

3. Size, weight, ergonomics and accessibility-

The ergonomics of your DSLR will decide whether you capture that rare moment or not, and this depends largely on the dimension and weight of your DSLR, and of course, its ease of use. In general, smaller and lighter DSLR bodies are better for Macro Photography, since you can hike and move faster, and you can even operate your Macro System singled-handedly if its light enough.

Lightweight Macro Machine

Size and weight matters when it comes to a Macro-capable DSLR. The smaller and lighter it is, the faster and more efficient you travel, hike and photograph.

Many of the mainstream DSLR bodies, be it APS-C or Full Frame ones, are rather lightweight. However, a decent Macro Rig seldom consist only of a DSLR body and a lens; check out some of my best Macro Rigs and you will get what I mean: My Macro Setup. After every Macro accessory is added to your DSLR rig, even a decently light DSLR can become really heavy, so it is important to choose wisely a DSLR body and a Macro setup that suit you.

Macro Setup- Mark III

A Macro Setup can get real heavy and complicated, real quick! It is therefore best to look for gears or components that satisfy your expectations in price, performance and portability.

Ergonomics basically refers to the design of the DSLR and whether it is comfortable enough for you to use, even for prolonged periods of time. DSLRs, unlike mirrorless and Point-and-Shoot cameras, are designed and built with ergonomics in mind, so most are decent enough. However, larger DSLR bodies tend to have better grip, comfort and control.

Complications

Enthusiast and professional-level DSLRs may be very daunting at first sight due to the vast numbers of buttons and dials, they are a lot faster and efficient to operate, and may just get you that rare capture when the time comes. These DSLRs are of course, a lot more ergonomic as well for prolonged usage.

DSLRs with good button and dial layouts are more efficient Macro cameras since you can switch to desired settings a lot faster. In general, compact and light DSLRs have fewer dials and buttons vice versa. Switching of camera settings become very crucial especially when you are switching in between Macro shots using flash to shots using Natural Lighting; subjects won’t wait.

4. Weather sealing-

A weather-sealed DSLR body or lens can withstand water or moisture if you get stuck in the rain during your Macro sessions, or if you simply want to continue shooting as the rain pours. However, weather sealing doesn’t mean that it is water proof- immersing your DSLR in water will still spoil it :p For casual Macro Photographers, it is okay to not have weather-sealed equipment since most do not shoot in very isolated places with little to no shade. However, enthusiasts and professionals who often hike and journey into treacherous forests and terrain should consider weather-sealed gears.

Hummingbird

Having weather-sealed Macro Gears mean you can keep on shooting even if it drizzles or rain. Took this shot of a hummingbird hiding from the rain.

*Tip: You could always invest in a waterproof bag, which is a lot cheaper than getting weather-sealed DSLRs, lenses and accessories.

5. Available accessories-

The accessories available for Macro Photography is not as diverse as those of other genres of photography., mostly because Macro Photography is not as popular. Deciding which brand of DSLR to buy for Macro Photography is simple, and depends very much on how serious you are in this field, and of course, the type of Macro you intend to photograph.

The most basic macro startup kits

Most of the lenses and accessories for Macro are pretty standard, apart from a few that really stand out from the rest.

Although every brand offers the same type of macro lenses which are more or less similar in terms of performances (i.e. 50mm F2.8; 60mm F2.6; 100mm F2.8 etc.), Canon and Nikon still top the list because of more unique gears that might better your Macro experiences. Canon, committed to show consumers that they don’t only design and built lenses for money, offers the legendary Canon MPE65 macro lens capable of 1x and 5x magnification, which is the only one of its kind in the world. Nikon, more luck than intentional, has the behemoth Nikon D800 series DSLR with medium-format-like 36.3 MegaPixels (MP) counts that aid a lot in crop potential.

So, if you are a professional or enthusiast of Macro Photography, the choice is pretty simple: if you fancy photographing subjects at extreme magnifications (which of course, need you to hurt or kill the subject in the process), a Canon DSLR is the one to go for, followed by the acquisition of the Canon MPE65 lens. It will hurt your wallet, but it is one of the best setup there is to date. Just make sure the DSLR body follows the other aspects mentioned above.

Scholastes Fly

Extreme close-up of a Signal Fly. Since I do not own a Canon nor a Canon MPE65, this is pretty much the higher magnification plus crop I could go with my Macro gears at that time. Those with the right equipment and accessories could of course, get a lot closer!

Okaaaaaay! I am going to stop right here to keep the article short (just lazy to be honest :p). I will cover examples of DSLR models to buy from each common brand in Malaysia which will hopefully help those who are interested in getting one for Macro Photography. Of course, I will also cover the long debate on whether Full Frame or Crop Sensor DSLRs are better for Macro Photography~

Until the next article, please take care and Happy Macro-ing!

** I apologize for not being able to show any Canon gears in this article since I do not have access to them, will update again when I have some.

** All photos in this website are taken and owned by me. The use of any photos here is not allowed without my permission. 

Macro Photography- 6 Things About DIY Flash Diffusion You Should Know

If you have read the series on Taking Better Macro Shots (link to the 1st article of the series here: Choice Of Subjects) in this site, you would know that lighting is a core component to better macro photographs. Regardless of photography genre, most require the use of good quality soft light in order to produce flattering final images that are nice to look at (in contrast to harsh light and shadows that we often see while using compact digital cameras).

Jumping Spider ♂ (unidentified)

A male jumping spider. Your path to taking great macro photos relies very heavily on light diffusion. In Macro Photography, the only way to get there is to design and build your own DIY diffuser.

As covered in Using Flash In Macro Photography, we know that flash cannot be avoided if you want good macro photographs as it helps to keep photos sharp and detailed. The trick here is of course, on how to diffuse the light for better photos.

Jumping Spider- Menemerus bivittatus 1 ♀

Poor diffusion. This was one of my first flash macro shots, taken directly with my SB700 + bounce card. The lack of diffusion resulted in very harsh lights and shadows- not very pleasant to look at.

That said, things become complicated since Macro Photographers prefer the flash to be compact i.e. integrated into the macro rig itself; unlike in Portrait Photography where dedicated light stands can be placed anywhere you want.

Macro Rig- Portability

Maintaining portability and weight is the main challenge in designing a macro rig with great light diffusion.

Because of the limited space available, and also the lack of excellent readily available diffusers in the market, designing a great DIY diffuser becomes very challenging; which is why this article will point out several aspects to look out for during the designing and construction of a DIY diffuser:

1. Stock diffusers just don’t cut it.

The flash diffusers, be it 1st or 3rd party ones are designed to work for “normal” photographic shots i.e. portraits, wedding shots, where the distance of the subject is large. Macro Photography requires the flash to be right up onto the subject’s face, which becomes a big problem since stock diffusers don’t diffuse enough to produce the desired softness of light. Most stock diffusers are often wrong in terms of dimensions as well- too big, too small, too long, too short etc. These are the reasons why most will resort to DIY diffusers, they are more effective, and they give you a chance to show off your creativity as well. Maybe, just maybe one day the manufacturers will decide to come up dedicated light diffusing systems for Macro as well.

Stock flashes and diffusers are not efficient

Stock flashguns and diffusers are designed for larger subjects (e.g. humans) taken from a farther distance, and will tend to produce harsh lights when used for Macro Photography. This is why DIY diffusers are needed for better images.

2. There are no fixed BEST diffusers or Macro Rigs.

One should understand that different photographers have different expectations towards their macro setup: Some may be willing to go for a heavier setup so long as the light diffusion is excellent, whereas others prefer lighter, and more flexible setups at the expense of performance. The way and the things you photograph will thus affect the size and design of the diffuser you choose for your rig.

Your macro rig might be the best for your usage, but it might not be the same for others, which is why you can try to imitate flash diffusers designed and used by Pros within the field, but still not getting similar results as they do.

3. Light diffusion depends on many factors.

Unfortunately producing soft light is not as simple as putting a flash stofen on. Many people prefer to rely on trial-and-error until they get the best diffusion for his or her macro system; but personally I think it is good to know a bit of theories that will help you in getting there faster. The following are several aspects that affect light diffusion (arranged randomly):

    • Material used– different substances i.e. soft fabric, polystyrene or polyethylene foams, paper, plastic bags have different ways of diffusing the light passing through them, resulting in different quality of light. Polyethylene foams appear to be some of the best materials for diffusion due to the somewhat rough surfaces that helps spread light better. Of course, there may be other alternatives out there, and only through trial-and-error will you be able to find out which materials are the best for you.
Different materials provide light diffusion

Different materials offer different quality of light diffusion, and it relies on some trial-and-error to find out which works the best for you!

  • Amount of diffusers– The amount of diffusers (not necessarily made of the same materials) you use will affect the final quality and direction of light as well, since one diffuser alone might not be enough for the task.
  • Effective surface area– The larger the surface area of your diffuser, the more the spread and softness of light. This is the main reason why Macrographers don’t just use flashguns directly for shots. This is also the reason why most use large studio umbrellas (instead of just firing flash directly) for professional portrait shots.
  • Direction of light– The direction of light is important if you are to channel enough light onto the subject without it being too harsh. The light is often harsh if fired directly onto the subject, even with diffusers. Conversely, bouncing the light, on top of diffusion, will effectively reduce harshness. Additionally, photos will look better if light is channelled evenly onto the subject from different directions (the more the directions, the better as it will cancel out shadows).
Diffuser shape affects direction of light

The shape of your diffuser will determine how light is channelled, which may work for, or against you. Properly planning is thus required in the designs.

  • Shape of diffuser– the shape of your diffuser will affect the reflections off reflective parts of your subjects e.g. eyes of jumping spiders etc. Choosing different shapes might affect the effective surface area of your diffuser (for example a round diffuser has less surface area compared to a squarish diffuser), thus also affecting softness and spread of light. The shape of your diffuser also determines how you channel your light onto your subjects.
  • Flash power– The more powerful your flash is set at, the more diffusion is required to soften or spread the light. The key is to balance diffusion and flash power for a properly exposed macro shot, without wasting unnecessary battery power. For example, if you could get a similar light softness by (i) Firing flash at full power using 5 diffusers and (ii) firing flash at 1/16 power with 2 diffusers; always go for the more power efficient one.

Most of these factors can be easily designed, applied and improved one-by-one. It is often the connection in between one another that is the challenging part. After all, who doesn’t want a power efficient performance macro rig?

4. The amount of light and diffusion require changes at different magnifications.

Macro Rigs designed optimally (settings, flash, diffusion) for Extreme Macro Photography may have problems photographing large or distant subjects due to the flash not having enough range.

Nisitrus vittatus ♀- Common Bush Cricket

A higher flash power (or different DSLR settings) are required to photograph larger or farther subjects. The settings used here are usually not suitable when you switched to photographing tiny but very up-closed subjects.

Similarly, setups suitable for distant subjects might result in harsh or overexposed images when taking up-closed shots.

Thiania bhamoensis ♂ upclose - Fighting Spider

A highly magnified male Fighting Spider; note the magnificent metallic green scales on the body. A different set of DSLR and flash settings are required for extreme shots.

Of course, it is virtually impossible to design one single setup with light and diffusion suitable for all situations, so one should bear in mind to adjust flash or camera settings whenever changing magnifications; or design two different setups for both up-closed and distant shots.

5. Cheap materials don’t mean they are bad.

Unlike most goods out there; when it comes to DIY flash diffusers, some of the best materials are sometimes the cheapest! In fact, some may be so common that you might have problems finding some. Most of the stuffs required to build an effective diffuser can be found among normal households, it just takes a little bit of effort and creativity to get you there. In fact, I have seen some DIY diffusers out there that are so darn impressive that you just got to salute the creator for his efforts!

6. Light leak is light lost.

A good light diffusion system is one that is efficient in both lighting and power saving. Due to the nature of DIY components- most of which are adhered together by means of tapes and super glue, often there will be minor crevices or holes in which light might escape, leading to loss of light. Therefore, it pays to put in more craftsmanship to produce a higher quality diffuser.

The usage of reflective materials i.e. aluminium foil will also help reflect and channel light out of the diffuser with minimal loss of light. Similarly, as pointed in Point (2), the material used for diffusion will affect the efficiency of your system as well.

Light reflection and channeling

Aluminium foil linings within this DIY diffusers help reflect and channel light properly from the source to the subject, with minimal light loss or leaks.

A macro system that is not power efficient will drain the battery of your DSLR and flashgun faster. Of course, if you have to shoot at very high flash power due to the mediocre diffusing system, the recharge time for the flash will be affected (not capable of burst shots). This will not only affect battery consumption, but also the quality of your shots.

That said, unfortunately the designing and building of a better diffuser system is a continuous process: you can’t get it perfect in just one try. You will have to test your systems one by one, and make necessary adjustments to improve the system; and more often than not, the macro rig you are using will evolve according to your macro skills. Anyway, you can find the progression of my macro systems or perhaps gain some ideas here if interested: My Macro Rig.

Macro Setup- Mark VIII

My current Macro Setup (Mark VIII)- Came a long way in terms of light diffusion. Still, this setup is far from perfect, with several drawbacks to attend to. For details of my macro setup, please read here: My Macro Rig.

Okay, I have listed the 6 things you should know about DIY Flash Diffusion. Unfortunately it is not easy to show you guys how to make a DIY flash diffuser via text, what’s more you might be using a different setup than I am, so this is the best I could do for now. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to share them, after all, no DIY diffuser is perfect, there is always new things to improve!

Thank you for reading and have a nice day ahead!

** All photos in this website are taken and owned by me. The use of any photos here is not allowed without my permission.