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Looking at Getting a Ring Flash
show user profile  Sylverstalker
Hey guys,

When I manage to find the time I like to take pictures of bugs and the like. At the moment I rely on natural light and awkwardly diffusing my on camera flash.

I have been offered a ring flash for the anniversary of my birth this year and I have done a bit of research to see what the best option would be but I would love some advice from any of you guys who have experience with macro photography/the ring-ed flash.

I shoot with the Canon 550D with the 100mm f/2.8L




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10/27/2012 10:27:11 AM (last edit: 10/27/2012 10:27:11 AM)
show user profile  weemink
hi there,

i was Calumet's ring-flash bitch once upon a time, but i cant find my high res copy of the full article, the one on my website was just a rough draft they sent me and i chucked it up as i was making it - i'll defintely look it out for you and update it.
http://www.nickywebsterphotography.com/Nicky_Webster_Photography/News/Entries/2011/4/29_Dental_Photography_Article_Calumet_Focus_Magazine.html

We use nikon so i cant comment about the canon version, but i guess theyre similar - we're useing this one at the moment and we dont really like it:
http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-sigma-em-140-dg-flash-macro-for-ittl-nikon-fit/p1007794

after about 1 year, only one side will fire, has happened to about 3 of them - it does get fired hundreds of times a day, 5 days a week though so bear this in mind.

also its got 2 flashes at the side, and isnt a continous ring, so if im photographing inside a body cavity then i can get shadows, so thats something you need to think about on whichever one you go for.

the manual settings are thorough but fiddly and a bit of a pain if im in theatre or something where i have to be really quick, you can control each flash's power but its a pain in the erse, we did have one where there was a switch on the back that took you from using the left, both flashes, or right flash very quickly but it isnt made anymore,

we also have this http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-nikon-r1c1-close-up-speedlight-commander-kit/p1011547

its really good for doing macro skin cancer on location...that doesnt help you much though sorry! but you can put gels and filters on the flashes and i like it if i have time to faff about.

just last week my manager brought over a pile of printed specs for other ring flashes and i never got around to looking at them - i'll get the specs at work on monday for you - all i can say at this point is i dont likes the sigma one.

oh and at one point there was a sunpak one in the department that was a continous ring but didnt have any manual settings so that sucked balls.

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11/3/2012 7:10:44 PM (last edit: 11/3/2012 7:10:44 PM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
Ring-flash eh? Oooh saucy..



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11/3/2012 8:50:03 PM (last edit: 11/3/2012 8:50:03 PM)
show user profile  DannyMax
Sylverstalker have a look at the link below it maybe of some help to you :)
http://www.talkphotography.co.uk/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=50




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11/4/2012 2:18:01 PM (last edit: 11/4/2012 2:18:01 PM)
show user profile  Sylverstalker
Thanks guys.

@weemink, I'm just a hobby photographer really so I hopefully wont wear mine out too quickly. I've actually been told that the flash has already been purchased now. It is a similar to the one you linked:

@ScotlandDave, yeah, I like to flash a little bit of everything.

@DannyMax, thanks, I'm not sure why but I ask all of my questions here....I guess I should dign up to more forums on other topics.




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11/5/2012 12:17:59 AM (last edit: 11/5/2012 12:17:59 AM)
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