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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.

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:

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

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 :)

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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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