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10-31-2011, 08:52 AM   #46
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I do really need to pick up a flash.

10-31-2011, 09:27 AM   #47
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I'll echo Lowell. Filters and optical strap-ons can be more-or-less cheap fun. Use a yellow filter when shooting glaring neon lights at night. Use a violet filter in B&W for early-emulsion effects. Use cheap close-up adapters -- a +1 is good for close portraiture. Use split-dioptres and split-ND and maybe even split-color filters, as well as cheesy effects filters.

And get your lighting in shape. A good on-camera flash, and a bunch of cheap thrift-shop flashes sitting on five-buck optical trigger cubes, and umbrellas and reflectors and stands, that sort of stuff. For close work, maybe a ringflash.

For me, must-haves include: bellows, macro tubes, enlarger-projector-copy-process lenses; thread- and mount-reversal rings; step-up and -down rings; narrow- and wide-flange M42-PK and M39-PK adapters, and M39-M42 rings; body caps, for projects; a Dremel with metal-cutting blades; caliper-gage and micrometer; tabletop tripods; gray card; etc.

But it all depends on what you want to do.
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