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Old Mar 1, 2013, 6:15 AM   #1
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Default Image taken using an MAL-1 macro light

The MAL-1 macro lighting tool came in via Fed Ex yesterday.
The unit looks good, is packaged well and as usual with Olympus, has no supporting documentation.
It actually is a fairly sturdy device, very simple in design with two on/off switches each one controlling one of the lights. Each switch has a hi power and low power setting and can be set independently.

I didn't have much in the house in the way of subjects I wanted to try it on so
took this image of and orchid. The camera used is an EP-2 coupled with a fourthirds 35mm macro + adapter.



A couple of observations;
It really is for macro or close up shooting as the lights themselves dont throw a lot of light. In this situation,with the lens face being about 7" away from the flower( so I could fill the the entire flower into the frame), I used the lamps to remove shadows that would otherwise be present with a flash or an external lamp.

I used a black foam core board for the background.

Will try some other smaller subjects as time allows.

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Very nice, Zig. The macro usefulness is quite obvious with this subject. I'll definitely be ordering one sooner rather than later.

I would guess for closeups outdoors, if the subject is close enough, it might also help to some degree in filling shadows.

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Zig, does it use camera power?
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Very nice, Zig. The macro usefulness is quite obvious with this subject. I'll definitely be ordering one sooner rather than later.

I would guess for closeups outdoors, if the subject is close enough, it might also help to some degree in filling shadows.
Hi Greg,

Are you in NJ visiting your daughter? Otherwise, what the heck are you doing up so early

Hadn't thought about the possibility of outdoor use. Trust me when I say this device doesn't throw a whole lot of light. But, it may very well fill in shadows in some situations. I've got to wait at least 3 weeks before I see anything blooming at all around here.

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Hi James,

Yes it does. It slides into the flash or viewfinder port on the top of the camera.

I made a point of shutting off the camera in between adjustments etc. as I imagine that it drains a fair amount of battery life

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Hi Zig!

Yes, we're boarding the train right now in NJ to head into Manahattan.

Great time so far. 8pm show tonight to see "The Book of Morman" so it is going to be a long day in the city.

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Hi Zig!

Yes, we're boarding the train right now in NJ to head into Manahattan.

Great time so far. 8pm show tonight to see "The Book of Morman" so it is going to be a long day in the city.

Have fun!!
I'm going to love to hear your thoughts about the show. It's supposed insult just about everything on the planet.

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That's what we hear. Hanging out in a coffee shop in Battery Park right now. For a thin-skinned Texan, this is darn cold.
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Zig, does it use camera power?
Just a follow up to James' question about the macro arm light using camera power.

Yes, it sure does use camera power. And it uses a lot of it. I drained my battery after about 30 images.
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I'm going to love to hear your thoughts about the show. It's supposed insult just about everything on the planet.

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This show was for religion what BLAZING SADDLES was to the western.
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