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  1. #1
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    Macro tube and ring light question

    I have decided to buy some macro tubes and a wondering if it is worth getting the tubes that have electrical contacts over the ones that do not? I suppose it depends partialy how much light is getting to the sensor or else the autofocus will not work anyway?
    This brings me onto a ring light; for macro work I assume its good to have a light on all the time to focus etc. but if you are using the ring light for other things like photographing people a flash ring light is better?

    Any opinions on the above would be interesting.

  2. #2
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    For most macro stuff you will want to focus manually so whether the tubes have electrical contacts or not is probably not of major concern.
    The people I know who use ring lights for macro use flash style ring lights (Metz or Nikon or Canon)

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    Thanks for the reply K1W1 - I have asked santa for the macro tubes and a ring light that is also a flash. I am not sure exactly what I need and so am not spending a lot to see how things go.

    I have found a lot of different ways to do things since I posted this; for instance instead of puttng the camera on a focusing rail put the sample on a focusing stage instead.

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    If you are really serious about macro a focussing rail is a good idea but at that stage you will also be wanting to buy a $1000 tripod to get the stability that you crave so I personally wouldn't be bothering with one at this stage.

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