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Macro Flash-light / Small Flash on Goose-neck

Macro flash-270EX(1)A09A0174

This must be a “You got to be joking” kind of funny, cheap adaptation of a flash for Macro

photography. —– And I would say “Why not” 😀

Since, most of my existing flashes, except Canon 430EX-II are not compatible for the latest DSLR

to give TTL flash control, I needed to buy one for Macro-flash modification which I described

it in a former post.


The flash I found second-hand was 270EX-II, which is using only two batteries hence pretty small and

light enough to mount on top of a Goose-neck, instead to have internal modification I did before.

Decisive fact was that I already have [off the camera flash cable] made by Sunpak more than

20 years ago which was similar to the German SCA300 adapter system used by Metz, Agfa etc.

Sunpak tried to make the adapter for all the cameras which has been started to have new function, not

only ready-light, TTL flash control but even for focus-light for AF which was newly introduced AF camera.

Because of the Camera design was keep changing while adding new function, it was a hard task to

keep-up. —– On the end Sunpak became out of breath and bankrupted.

—– so, on that time lots of Sunpak products became obsolete and sold in a give-away price.

Macro Flash-270EX(3)406-001

Once, Sunpak was a dominant force in the flash-light market with very innovative design and

versatile system such as the interchangeable head system with Telephoto head, Infra-red head,

Bare-tube head etc. not mention they produced very powerful model as well.

So, when I saw a box-full of their [Flash Extension Cable] in a camera shop, I bought all of them at once,

more than 20 cables for every type of cameras. —– Flash shoe is an awkward component to make

ourselves,  (still, I worked to make and modify, such as adding one more TTL contact to Pentax type to

make it Nikon type etc.  🙂 )  therefore, it’s better to keep enough supply of many types in hand,

and it’s got very useful coiled cable as well..


DSLR camera manufacturer is selling their [Flash Extention Cable] and all of their Female connector has

only 1/4” Tripod screw. = Once flash was put on the cable, it has to be mounted on a stand, otherwise it

has to be held by a hand.      In contrast, the best thing of the Sunpak Extension Cable is, male and

female can be coupled, in other words flash can be perched on top of the camera, only 45mm

higher position.   So that, it can be changed Flash on the camera to hand-lighting just by pressing release

button (which can be locked as well)  hence, as far as I know, this is the best designed [FlashE xtention

Cable] in the history and the materials and the construction are also very good.

Macro Flash-270EX(2B)414-001

———– (Photo above:  1″ Aluminium C-channel is the best to make many structures.  

———–  And  3/4 ” Square Pipe will just fit inside, hence they can make best coupling system !  

———–  And they could be easily cut by hand tools, though it’s a very tedious work.  🙂 )

So, my modification was just Epoxy glued  female connector on top of a goose-neck and made a small

piece of aluminium channel to connect the goose-neck to the camera bracket which is the in-hose

standard to connect any of my flash-light systems to the cameras.

Macro Flash-270EX(4)407-001

Macro Flash-270EX(5)408-001

—– To use the 270EX-II flash as a Macro-flash, thanks to the flexibility of goose-neck, flash can be

positioned (more or less) where ever desired, with or without bouncing diffuser.

—– following photos are the Test sample of each lighting.  (Focus and  F  were Fixed)

Macro Flash-270EX-sample(6)409-001

Macro Flash-270EX-Sample(7)410-001

————- (The Lens was CanonEF Macro 100mm F2.8 with home made “Ultra Proxer” / F2.8)

Macro Flash-270EX-Sample(8)411-001

————- (This last set of sample photo was using   F11 —— slight difference of lighting changes

————- the character of the subject ! —– See the difference on enlarged images ) 

(And the sample photos in the field will be followed )  😉

—– those photos are taken in my room (I’m still busy dealing with boxes  🙂 ) of a small visitor,

Beetle, head to tale  6mm or 1/4″ big, using Ultra Proxer on Canon EF 100mm Macro

with 270EX-II flash and extension cable. 

6mm Beetle,EF100mm, Proxer, 270EX Flash 417-001



Small Beetle-416-001(([]

——— (Photo Left : 100mm Macro at F16 + Ultra Proxer, 270EX Flash with Diffuser — taken x2 size.

——— Photo Right : same setting but at F 2.8 ) 



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  1. Lemony (Gr)Egghead said, on July 28, 2013 at 13:30

    Wow, what a great post! The top image is fantastic. As always, I’m awed by your resourcefulness. Comparing the images reveals impressive results.

    • yoshizen said, on July 28, 2013 at 14:03

      Thank you Lemony-san
      The top photo was just a joke, and not a kind of PS. = It was made by just “Make it darker”
      for over-exposed (I forgot to set the power on flash) thin picture. 😀 😀

  2. elenacaravela said, on July 29, 2013 at 23:48

    Oh my! The comparative images your constructed are pieces of art unto themselves.
    I think you have a series here Yoshi!
    Thank you for your time, expertise, and attention to every detail.

    • yoshizen said, on July 30, 2013 at 00:43

      Thank you very much Elena.
      In fact, I expected you are the person to see the point here.
      As an accomplished artist, having the eyes to grasp the character and know how to draw it with phenomenal
      skill, you know how minute difference of the light could make so much differences what the subject would speaks.
      Photography is not just picking up and copy what’s there, but makes the subject to talk what photographer thinks.
      Otherwise, no need to make a photo, but just see the subject own eyes is far better.

  3. drawandshoot said, on July 31, 2013 at 14:03

    An excellent idea, Yoshizen. And you have explained and illustrated it wonderfully.
    this would give you much flexibility with macro shots! : )

    • yoshizen said, on July 31, 2013 at 15:01

      Not so sophisticated idea though, it was the easiest to do.
      The matter is how it works in practice. 😉

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