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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon MR14 II ring flash review product photos (1 of 14)ISO 2001-50 sec at f - 4.0

Earlier this year, Canon introduced their MR-14 EX II ring flash. As the successor to their aging offering, the new flash brought minor upgrades with it including new ergonomics, a new LED lamp to help with focusing, and new controls on the back. But otherwise, it’s a mostly unchanged flash. To begin with, it was very specialized and the world of macro photography has changed quite dramatically as the years have progressed. Many photographers tend to go for diffusion off of large panels instead of direct light from a harsh flash.

And while you should be excited about the ETTL capability improvement that this flash brings, you should also scratch your head a bit about how it fits into Canon’s ecosystem.

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Macro Flash Adapter

Image courtesy of the Flash Adapter website

We don’t think we’ve ever encountered something this special ops looking in the photo world, but this new Macro Flash Adapter may take the cake. It has an incredibly interesting design that takes light from your hot shoe mounted flash and distributes it to the four panels that you see. It is much different from the contemporary ring flash adapter which ideally is in the shape of a perfect ring. But this adapter fills in the sides, top, and the direct light. This takes the light from a single flash and spreads it out over a smaller area compared to a ring flash but puts the light in the spots where it really counts. There is no word on how much light loss there is but based on previous ring flashes adapters that we’ve worked with, we’re guessing around a single stop of light loss. If you’re shooting in TTL, then get ready to add +1 EV to your flash output. All of the panel are really big too when talking about objects at the macro scale–so the light will obviously be very soft.

The Flash Adapter is of Polish origin and created by photo enthusiasts Agnieszka and Ernest Lysak.

A video of how this crazy contraption works is after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 60mm f2.4 review product photos (5 of 8)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 4.0

The Fujifilm 60mm f2.4 lens was one of the first that Fujifilm released when the X series system was announced. As one of the oldest in the system, it is also in the hands of many users. Marketed as a macro lens, its 90mm field of view also does a great job for portraits when needed.

Sporting a wide open aperture for f2.4 and 10 elements in 8 groups, the lens is further made better with nine aperture blades.

Sadly though, it’s very easy to deem this lens the jack of all trades and master of none.

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Samsung 60mm 2.8gservo-2326140425

What we have here is the Samsung 60mm f2.8 Macro. I love macro photography so I was intrigued when I found out I was going to get to test this. There were initial doubts about it because I never believe that many lenses are going to live up to their DSLR cousins. Macro lenses have even more to live up to because of the nature of the work involved not only with reviewing them but in real life use.

Until recently, I thought I could only get good macro lenses with DSLRs, but I could finally be proven wrong.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Essenials the Walkabout Macro Shooter (1 of 7)ISO 1001-200 sec at f - 4.0

Essentials is a series where we round up specially curated kits for different photographers in different situations. Other items could surely be substituted, but these are what we personally recommend. 

When it comes to shooting Macro images, you often want to get close. But when you get close, you’ll also want to take other measures to ensure that you’re getting the sharpest images that you can possibly obtain.Whether you’re shooting the intricacies of a watch’s interior or a beautiful flower, you’ll also need good lighting and a reliable camera that can help you get the job done.

Luckily, this is now available and you can also keep the package down to something very portable and small.

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Macro photography can be a great hobby to do at home and can even be therapeutic. But getting better macro images isn’t simply a matter of composition and making sure that the subject is in focus–it’s also about technicalities. In fact, it could even be one of the most technical forms of photography.

Here are some tips on how to get better macro shots.

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