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Olympus Macro Arm Light (MAL-1)

B&H # OLMAL1 MFR # 260547
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Product Highlights

  • For Use With PEN Micro 4/3 Cameras
  • Lighting for Close-Up Macro Photos
  • 2 Flexible 6.7" (17cm) LED Lamps
  • No Battery Required--Power From PEN Port
  • Perfect for Internet Auction Pictures
  • Improves PEN Macro Photos
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The Macro Arm Light (MAL-1) from Olympus is a portable lighting system that allows you to accurately add accents to close-up photographs taken with a PEN Micro Four Thirds camera. The Macro Arm Light snaps into the camera's Accessory Port and has two 6.7" (17cm) flexible LED lights that are independently adjustable, to shed light where you want it.

The MAL-1 is the perfect accessory for Internet sellers or anyone who wants to take excellent pictures of small indoor objects. Pair it with the Olympus MCON-P01 Macro Converter to turn your PEN into a completely portable macro studio!

Shed light where you want it with two flexible 17cm LED lamps
No battery required - powered by the PEN camera accessory port
Perfect for internet auction pictures
Improves the macro performance of your PEN camera
Olympus Macro Arm Light (MAL-1)
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    OlympusMacro Arm Light (MAL-1)
     
    4.6

    (based on 20 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (14)
    • Lightweight (12)
    • Attach securely (4)
    • Durable (3)
    • Reliable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro photography (11)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (7), Semi-professional (5), Photo enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (16)

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      5.0

      Looks like a bug antenna - works well!

      By Sonny

      from Massachusetts

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography
        • Traveling

        Comments about Olympus Macro Arm Light (MAL-1):

        Sometimes lighting for macto is tricky because you get close enough to block your own light. This nifty gadget solves the problem. Just be careful to disengage it carefully using the unlock button in the front. This even has different light intensities. Because it connects to the Olympus power slot at the back of the hot shoe, I am assuming it cannot be used for any other cameras.

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        4.0

        Great Little Light

        By William - A-PeeR

        from Texas

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Olympus Macro Arm Light (MAL-1):

          I use the MAL-1 for field macro work. I have been using the light to augment ambient light on macro subjects. n particular I find it most useful for lifting shadows around the eyes and facial features. Light weight unit. Very pliable and holds position. Light has clean white cast. I wish Olympus would put a hot shot or PC connector on the unit so one could fire a flash. Would make an excellent focusing lamp for diffused flash macro.

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          5.0

          Great Value for Macro Lighting

          By mcburden

          from Northern Michigan

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Olympus Macro Arm Light (MAL-1):

            It's not super powerful, but the versatility of having two easily positioned lights can't be beat for the cost.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Pretty Sweet

            By JR

            from Vail, CO

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Olympus Macro Arm Light (MAL-1):

              I got this product on sale and it was totally worth it. As some other reviews state, it's not super powerful, but it can add a bit of light and create cool effects.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Clever little gadget

              By birdman

              from Wakefield, RI

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Convewnient
              • Easy To Use
              • Inexpensive
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Not Much Light Output

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Olympus Macro Arm Light (MAL-1):

              This little pair of lights won't do anything that a set of, say, microscope lamps wouldn't do, but as long as all you need is a main and a fill light, it is MUCH more convenient than the alternatives. There are other options-ring light, pair of small strobes attached to the lens, etc., and they will let you stop down for better depth of field, but if your subject is small, and not very "long" on the lens axis, this will do fine--and the price is right.

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              5.0

              Incredible Light

              By r2geek

              from Pasadena, TX

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Olympus Macro Arm Light (MAL-1):

                Excellent tool for macro shooting. It is almost as good as a ring light, but it takes getting used to. It is so easy to manually manipulate each light and get the effecto perfect. Am amazed. It sure beats the somewhat cheaper knockoffs that run off their own batteries. This runs off the camera battery. IT IS WONDERFUL !

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                4.0

                Easy to use but..

                By Tom

                from Jakarta

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • A bit too short

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Olympus Macro Arm Light (MAL-1):

                Nice product, but I wish 2" longer for back lighting

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                5.0

                There Is Nothing MAL About It

                By MajorMagee

                from Dayton, OH

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Olympus Macro Arm Light (MAL-1):

                  It's everything I wanted it to be, Small, Light, Flexible,and Bright. The arms stay where you place then and don't sag or droop unexpectedly. The switches seem a bit meek, but they work just fine, and if I'm careful with them I expect they will last a lifetime. The attachment locking pin is a nice feature that insures that everything stays in it's proper place when you're getting things set up.

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                  4.0

                  Perfect light

                  By Mantamoon

                  from Humble, Texas

                  About Me Semi-Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography

                    Comments about Olympus Macro Arm Light (MAL-1):

                    I bought this light to use when taking macro images. I have used it and it works to my specifications. It is light weight and maneuverable allowing you to put the light exactly where you want it.
                    My only wish is that the High setting be a bit brighter.

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                    4.0

                    try this before a ring flash

                    By MDW

                    from Idaho

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography

                      Comments about Olympus Macro Arm Light (MAL-1):

                      Works great, but light is cool. Consider a sticky CTO gel. Only good for macro.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Flexible Light

                      By Dave

                      from New Zealand

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • High A Bit Low

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Olympus Macro Arm Light (MAL-1):

                        A great help - as long as you do not need a floodlight. The ability to put light on a macro subject, exactly where it's needed - with a tripod or hand held - is great. I often find that all that is needed is a bit of shadow fill, or a nudge up the ISO scale, and this does that very well. I love it. The only reason I haven't given it five stars is it would have been slight better had the light output on high been a bit better. I'm niggling here though.

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                        5.0

                        Great

                        By Olyguy

                        from West Texas

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Macro Photography

                          Comments about Olympus Macro Arm Light (MAL-1):

                          Simple to use, great results!

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Fun macro accessory

                          By Bragtrack

                          from Oslo, Norway

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attach Securely
                          • Bright

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Macro

                            Comments about Olympus Macro Arm Light (MAL-1):

                            Decent brightness for macro. Lightweight, but feels sturdy. Could have had a little bit longer arms, perhaps. Unlike VF-2, it locks to the hot shoe.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Excellent little accessory for macro

                            By [@]

                            from Calgary Canada

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attach Securely
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors
                              • Low Light

                              Comments about Olympus Macro Arm Light (MAL-1):

                              I bought this device for taking outdoor and indoor macro photos. Works as promised and works well with my macro lens. The adjustable arms allows for trial and error to create highlights or eliminate shadows. The 3 power settings are useful in fine tuning the shots. I would have liked the arms to be an inch longer though to be able to get more side light when using my 45mm lens with a 10x zoom filter.

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                              5.0

                              Great item for close ups

                              By AVG

                              from Spring Hill. Florida

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attach Securely
                              • Durable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Low Light

                                Comments about Olympus Macro Arm Light (MAL-1):

                                Great item, great price

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                The most awesome macro tool in 50 years

                                By Close Up

                                from Lacey, WA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attach Securely
                                • Durable
                                • Powerful

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Olympus Macro Arm Light (MAL-1):

                                    This is the most sensible and usable macro accessory I have ever purchased, and I have purchased dozens of macro and close-up devices over the years. It is straight forward, takes no instructions to use, and puts the light right where you need it for perfectly lighted macro shots.

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                                    5.0

                                    Brilliant and clever.

                                    By Paul19

                                    from Sydney, Australia

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to use
                                    • Light to carry
                                    • Very Effective

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Macro work

                                      Comments about Olympus Macro Arm Light (MAL-1):

                                      At last I don't have to use a ring flash for macro work - small, handy and brilliant as I can cast (or not cast) shadows wherever I want!

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                                      4.0

                                      A little light on the subject

                                      By Jacques Couteau

                                      from Minneapolis, Minnesota

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy to use
                                      • Reasonable cost
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                      • Light can be harsh
                                      • Needs adjustment often

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Forensic photography
                                      • Still macros

                                      Comments about Olympus Macro Arm Light (MAL-1):

                                      Simple, straightforward operation. Slides into place easily. Arms bend as you would expect, although they sometimes need tweaking to stay in place. Separate power levels are nice, with fine adjustments left to positioning. Light is hard -- ideal for forensic photography, but a bit harsh for living things. Definitely worth the retail price.

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                                      5.0

                                      Easy, Well-lit Macros

                                      By dovy

                                      from Israel

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Portability

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Olympus Macro Arm Light (MAL-1):

                                          Anybody attempting to make a macro photograph knows that lighting is critical: lots of light enables smaller apertures and a good depth of focus. Also, changing side-lighting without having to move large lamps makes good modelling easier to achieve. MAl-1 does all this very conveniently.

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                                          5.0

                                          If I need I woulke to have second

                                          By apon

                                          from canada

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Comments about Olympus Macro Arm Light (MAL-1):

                                          Excellent , easy to use,

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