I lead a workshop in macro photography and of course, Alan is spot-on with his review.
Lighting is a real concern because we are so close to our subjects that we're blocking the light source. Solutions include off-camera strobes and reflectors (I'm generally a fan of white over silver because the light from the reflector is much more even).
And if you're interested in getting *very* close, try out extension tubes. The magnification is amazing.
B&H sells them so do a quick search. Your macro work will never be the same!
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