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Macro Arm Light (MAL-1)
The Macro Arm Light is your portable lighting system, letting you add precise accents to your close-up photography. Snapped into your camera's Accessory Port, the Macro Arm Light has two 17cm-long, flexible LED lights that you can adjust independently of each other to shed light where you need it. Works with all cameras that have an accessory port (just below the hot shoe) including all previous PEN models up to the E-PL8, XZ-1 & XZ-2, OM-D E-M1 and OM-D E-M5. It is NOT compatible with the PEN-F, OM-D E-M10, OM-D E-M10 Mark II, OM-D E-M5 Mark II and OM-D E-M1 Mark II.
Flexible and adjustable light for scientific photos
External medical, bio/ag, and mineral photography, including movies, works with these steady lights. Each have settings for off/low/high. You can bend these for front light and side light. They are small and portable and you can easily fit a tiny polarizer to them. With the steady light, you can see your illumination highlights easily in setup, ideal for gemology. Better for my work than the flat light of a ring light. I use these on OM-D E-Mxxx. Color temp, unmeasured is around 6000K, white. Send a close-up picture to your MD to avoid the wait for an office visit.
Great little device if it is compatible with your camera.
I got these little light for my camera recently, for my EP5. The minus of these lights is if you have upgraded to a newer Olympus camera, these don't work. But, if you have the camera, these are a great little accessory if paired with a macro lens. The light is enough to take close up small objects and unlike a ring flash you can still hold the camera with one hand and the item in the other. I took this and shot food on plates. They came out great and I was able to do it with little set-up which was necessary, cause I was at a crowded event.
Bendable, great for getting light into tight places to eliminate shadows on models. Easy to attach to accessary port. Allows me to take some macro shots I could not otherwise get. Not something I use everyday but when I need it, nothing else would work for this application. an inexpensive accessary even if you only use it occasionally. I sue it on PEN PM1, PM2, PL7, because I can get in close with them.
Great lighting accessory for both macro and creative close shots. The independently controlled lights allow for a lot of versatility. You can illuminate both sides of a subject or just one. Or you can increase the power to one light and lower it on the other from some creative lighting. Another bonus is that they are powered by the camera, not a battery so one less thing to worry about or forget! My only suggestion would be to improve the 'strength' of the arm flexibility. If the lights are stretched out straight they have a tendency to droop. If they are curved, they don't droop as much or at all. Still, it's a very minor issue. Great accessory for those into macro photography or product shots.
I have occasionally had trouble getting good close-up pictures of items I wanted to sell online. In particular, small details would not show very well because of insufficient light at close range. So, when I bought my new PEN E-PL2, I bought the MAL-1 light to complement the camera. The MAL-1 works great! It is powered by the accessory port, so no extra batteries are required; and the flexible arms make it incredibly easy to aim the light where you need it most. It is a big help when you need to show detail on a dark-colored object.