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About Olympus 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.

The perfect accessory for internet sellers or anyone who wants to take excellent pictures of small indoor objects. Pair it with the MCON-P01 Macro Converter to turn your PEN into a completely portable macro studio!

One reason why the Olympus MAL-1 is popular is because of its Lightweight

Summary of Customer Reviews

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Lightweight (5)

Olympus MAL-1 Features

  • Shed light where you want it with two flexible 17cm LED lamps
  • No battery required - powered by the PEN / ZX1 Accessory Port
  • Perfect for internet auction pictures
  • Improves the macro performance of your PEN and ZX1

Olympus MAL-1 Reviews

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4

(based on 5 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Works great for the price

Very handy macro light. Powers off of the camera, so no need for an external battery pack. Very light-weight, easy to carry in your camera bag. The light output isn't going to break any records, but that's not what this is for. If you need more light, then you would lose the portability.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good idea, execution marginal

In theory.this is a good idea, but the actual product is just ok. The arms won't stay set where you place them and you have to be especially conscious of them showing the photos. The amount of light and the ability to eliminate shadows is definitely a plus. The unit is lightweight and easy to carry and install, another a plus. If the covering sheath could be made a little stiffer so that once you get the arms exactly where you want them and they stayed, the unit would move up to four to five ...

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In theory.this is a good idea, but the actual product is just ok. The arms won't stay set where you place them and you have to be especially conscious of them showing the photos. The amount of light and the ability to eliminate shadows is definitely a plus. The unit is lightweight and easy to carry and install, another a plus. If the covering sheath could be made a little stiffer so that once you get the arms exactly where you want them and they stayed, the unit would move up to four to five stars.

Reviewed by 5 customers

 
3.0

Useful, within limits

By

from Honolulu, HI  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

This product is easy to use, light, and compact when folded. Coverage is adequate for macro photography. It does not give out much light. With no other light source, exposure at ISO 200 is f6 1/80 for a Zuiko 12-50 mm lens in macro mode at closest distance. This limits its usefulness for hand-held photos. I would rate it higher if it were brighter.

 
5.0

Works great for the price

By

from Los Angeles  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Very handy macro light. Powers off of the camera, so no need for an external battery pack. Very light-weight, easy to carry in your camera bag. The light output isn't going to break any records, but that's not what this is for. If you need more light, then you would lose the portability.

 
5.0

A must-have accessory

By

from Maryland  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use the Macro Arm Light on my Pen E-PL5 for fill-in lighting in close-up shots. For the price, the MAL-1 is an absolute winner. I particularly like the ability to control two settings (hi and lo)for each light.

 
4.0

Nice Little Tool For Macro Shots

By

from New York, NY  -  Photo Enthusiast

Very good for shooting small objects. i use mostly as secondary light to light up the corners. But the arms are a bit too easy to change position if you accidentally bump the camera a little. Overall I'll say this is one of the cheapest lighting solution if you are looking for shooting small objects

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good idea, execution marginal

By

from NY, NY  -  Photo Enthusiast

In theory.this is a good idea, but the actual product is just ok. The arms won't stay set where you place them and you have to be especially conscious of them showing the photos. The amount of light and the ability to eliminate shadows is definitely a plus. The unit is lightweight and easy to carry and install, another a plus. If the covering sheath could be made a little stiffer so that once you get the arms exactly where you want them and they stayed, the unit would move up to four to five stars.

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Cassandra R  Will the Olympus Macro Arm Light work with my GH3?
JAMES G  I am sorry but can not help with that question I use it on my Olympus OMD.
JOHN B  will this work with the OM-D E-M5?
JAMES T. R  Yes, the MAL-1 works fine with my E-M5, and my PL5. It plugs into the hot shoe of each camera. The arm bends nicely to illuminate small objects up close. I think it works for some applications, but I am sure the more expensive ring lights will do a better job. The light is cool, and may require some post shooting processing to bring the light temperature in line with the situations. However, I would purchase it again.
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