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Old Mar 23, 2011, 6:25 AM   #1
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I wanted to ask if a SB600 mounted on a D5000 with 105mm Nikkor micro would work fine or will it end up casting a shadow?

Do I need to invest in a macro-specific flash?

Will appreciate any help.
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Old Apr 1, 2011, 6:39 PM   #2
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You may have problems, but may also be able to get around them by using reflectors or other light modifiers. There are also light pipe type units which mount to your flash, and deliver the light to a circular section around the lens, acting as a macro flash.
Try different things and then decide.

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Old Apr 2, 2011, 1:57 PM   #3
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Even if you don't get lens shadow you will get very flat lighting as you would with a ring light. This may be fine if you are shooting stamps or medical images but can be dull otherwise. You may even get glare hotspots on shiny subjects because the flash is so close to the lens axis.

I was using an SB600 with a Lumiquest pocket Bouncer http://www.lumiquest.com/products/pocket-bouncer.htm with the head at 45 degrees on a D70s with a Sigma 105mm Macro to get this:
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I use a diffuser on mine angled at 45 or wireless from above with my D90, sb600 and tamron 90mm...works great. I just got an SB700 and I've been playing with the bounce card at 45 and it seems to work out nice as well. The SB700 also makes switching to wireless a breeze when I need to get light in a tight spot...
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