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Jun 30, 2013 15:20 |  #1

any opinions on the ABR800 Ring Flash




  
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Jun 30, 2013 15:33 |  #2

Nice light. does what its supposed to do.


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Jun 30, 2013 23:00 |  #3

^^^ agree.
I had one for several years and found it was a great resource. Especially with the 30" Moon Unit.
I also had the larger Moon Unit which worked well too.

It is also, with the moon unit installed, a creditable soft light source on a light stand, although I'd not buy it for that.

I generally used it for fill, put it on a tripod and then just stuck the camera through it. That way I could also do off angle shots easily.


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Jul 01, 2013 13:16 |  #4

Agree with the above and I also use it with the 30" moon unit. The plastic housing is a bit on the flimsy side. Getting the moon unit on and off can be a pain.


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Jul 01, 2013 14:50 |  #5

Good strobe light!




  
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Jul 02, 2013 13:54 |  #6

I was ordering stuff on their site a couple years ago, and on impulse, I added the ringflash (and gels)

I have played with it a little... mostly at home with daughter... and not used for anything I was envisioning yet....

but it is fun to play with... and now I want to pull it out and head to beach with my daughter to play some more!


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Jul 02, 2013 19:16 |  #7

Homer, its a great fill light.
And on the beach it should be fun, sun over shoulder for kicker and nice smooth ring light from the camera. Do you have the Moon unit? Its big and bulky but the light is outstanding.


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Jul 02, 2013 21:12 |  #8

dmward wrote in post #16085707 (external link)
Homer, its a great fill light.
And on the beach it should be fun, sun over shoulder for kicker and nice smooth ring light from the camera. Do you have the Moon unit? Its big and bulky but the light is outstanding.

No moon unit - I knew if I made it big and bulky I'd never use...


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Jul 02, 2013 21:43 |  #9

^^^ True, but it is great light.


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Jul 03, 2013 00:16 |  #10

lots of bang for your buck, but terrible ergonomics. A real pain in the ass camera mount when compared to Profoto.




  
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Jul 03, 2013 00:18 as a reply to  @ ramair455's post |  #11

Hmmm looks like something I also may have to invest in if it's as good as you are all saying.


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Jul 03, 2013 10:24 |  #12

ramair455 wrote in post #16086324 (external link)
lots of bang for your buck, but terrible ergonomics. A real pain in the ass camera mount when compared to Profoto.

I added a manfrotto plate - makes it a snap now to mount camera or long lens to it
also have some markings for where things have to be moved to for various lens/body combinations


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Sep 08, 2013 23:38 |  #13

SMP_Homer wrote in post #16087328 (external link)
I added a manfrotto plate - makes it a snap now to mount camera or long lens to it

What's the P/N of the plate you used, SMP_Homer?




  
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Sep 10, 2013 09:47 |  #14

I used one of THESE (external link). Mounted the bottom part on the top for the camera and the top part on the bottom of the ABR mount for the tripod. Worked like a charm.


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Sep 10, 2013 10:06 |  #15

dmward wrote in post #16284643 (external link)
I used one of THESE (external link). Mounted the bottom part on the top for the camera and the top part on the bottom of the ABR mount for the tripod. Worked like a charm.

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