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Old Feb 14, 2013, 11:13 AM   #1
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Saw this in my email from Olympus, seems like a good deal if you are into the macro thing. Only downside is that you can't use a VF-2 with these at the same time.

http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/macr..._mal1_buy_link
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Old Feb 14, 2013, 11:33 AM   #2
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Saw this in my email from Olympus, seems like a good deal if you are into the macro thing. Only downside is that you can't use a VF-2 with these at the same time.

http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/macr..._mal1_buy_link
I've looked at that a few different times. Seems interesting but I don't know about not having a viewfinder when doing macro/closeup. I'd be interested in hearing about what people think.

I've also looked into some kind of "off camera" solution, but when I start researching I can't follow it whatsoever. It's like the flash people are speaking a different language. I'm just getting the hang of "f stops" and stuff so maybe I should just stick to one thing at a time, haha.
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B&H has it for that price also and its free shipping. If I ordered it through Oly, the final cost is nearly $49.00 with shipping. Mmm, might want to think about ordering one to go with my Oly 4/3 macro lens.
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I've looked at that a few different times. Seems interesting but I don't know about not having a viewfinder when doing macro/closeup. I'd be interested in hearing about what people think.

I've also looked into some kind of "off camera" solution, but when I start researching I can't follow it whatsoever. It's like the flash people are speaking a different language. I'm just getting the hang of "f stops" and stuff so maybe I should just stick to one thing at a time, haha.
I just ordered one of these lights and hope it will do what I need.

As for your question about not having a view finder.
whenever I do macro work, my camera is always on a tripod, and the camera is set to live view. I then can use the 7x or 10x magnification feature to really fine tune the lens. And use manual focus if need be.


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The more I think about it the more I think it's going to go into the cart. I am not "serious" about macro, but I've had fun using my Raynox DCR-250, and this should be an easy way to expand its use so I can see if I want to get into it a little more. From my experience, to use the 250 well you really need to close the lens a lot (at least I do, haha) and this will let me actually use it inside.
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It is a neat-looking little accessory. The ability to vary the power and distance independently for both lights should make it a very versatile tool for anyone doing a lot of closeup work.

Looks like a lot of people are thinking along those lines too, since it's out of stock right now at the Olympus site.
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As of 5 minutes ago, B&H is out of stock also.
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As of 5 minutes ago, B&H is out of stock also.
adorama and amazon both still have it with free shipping

http://www.adorama.com/IOMMAL1.html


http://www.amazon.com/Olympus-MAL-1-...mal-01+olympus
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I just ordered from adorama and got a message saying it's on backorder.

That's not a problem, though. It's not a hurry or anything.
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