First “real” stacks

Today I test-drove my first proper stacking system:

  • Canon EOS 1000D (actually a Canon-refurbished Rebel/Xs)
  • Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di lens
  • cheapo adjustable Yongnuo YN560 Chinese flash
  • cheapo Chinese Fotomate macro rail
  • a plastic cup, some foam & one of those sticky rubber mats that they sell to stop rugs moving on laminate flooring.

The exposure is set on f8 @ 1/125th (100 ISO) and the flash is being run off a PC-PC cable in manual mode, turned right down to the lowest power level. The lens has a little electronic fault that prevents it being focused at 1:1 but it will work at just less than that. The sticky mat just prevents any of the equipment sliding on the table and it keeps everything remarkably stable.

The results are really nice … to my mind anyway. The light needs balancing and the sharpness needs improving but it is getting there and these really are the first proper stacks I have ever done.

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