Macro Setup- Mark III
Mark III represents a big jump in terms of accessories to solve the problems faced in Mark I and Mark II setups.
The setup basically combines the 105mm micro lens with Extension Tubes (ET) i.e. 36mm + 20mm OR 36mm + 12mm.
A dual flash bracket is included to help hold the flash in place so that I can use both my hands in handling the DSLR body and lens. Since I only have one flashgun, the unused flash bracket is used to support the weight of the SB700 flash.
A softbox is used to help diffuse light.
- This setup is still lighter than those with dual flashes.
- The inclusion of extension tubes to the 105mm F2.8 lens allows magnifications over 1:1. Smaller subjects will appear larger through the viewfinder, thus easier to see what is in focus.
- Even with ET, the 105mm is still able to zoom in and out to a decent degree, and hence still capable for use on a majority of sensitive insects.
- The softbox diffuse light magnificently, resulting in well lit photos, regardless of the positioning of the subjects.
- Heavy (duh!). One hand shooting is close to impossible.
- The big softbox can sometimes be a hindrance when subjects are in a secluded location.
- Depth of Field (DOF) is very thin in this setup, which is normal for high magnifications. Of course, higher magnification = higher prone to hand shakes.
- This setup is not suitable for flying subjects.
- No support of the long lens plus ETs, which might strain the inner connections between the lens and DSLR body.
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