As my experience grows I’ve made a few changes to my macro setup. Recently I added the focus rail to make life easier working in a very confined space. I’ve removed the Godox XT1 flash trigger and the Ring Flash controller from the camera’s hotshoe and connected the X1T using a sync cable to the camera’s PC sync socket to remove some weight which frees up the hotshoe enabling me to attach one of my spirit bubble levels, which I prefer to the camera’s own level display. The trick with the X1T is to hold down the CH/OK button and change the F3 option to in from the default setting of out. This switches the sync socket on the X1T from firing a flash connected to it by a sync cable to being triggered by a camera sync cable connection.
My after market AC adapter for the camera finally turned up and thus no more endless battery charging. 🙂 Lastly there’s a handy setting in the OM-D cameras’ menu named “reset lens” which I’ve turned off. I’ve never changed this setting as it resets the lens to infinity every time the camera powers on, something that, for my landscape work, isn’t important, it’s a boon, but for the macro work it speeds things up as the lens is left at the last set focusing distance.
Oh, and one other vital piece of kit, the old After Eight mint chocolates tin which helps me raise the height of close up objects!. As the saying goes “necessity is the mother of invention” 🙂