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Ray Flash: The Ring Flash Adapter

 
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Dec 03, 2010 20:31 |  #1

Has anyone tried one of these? I stumbled upon it while looking at the ExpoDisc. I would like to buy a ring light for macro but they are pretty expensive. This one is $199 but I'm not sold on it.

http://www.expoimaging​.com …h:_The_Ring_Fla​sh_Adapter (external link)


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Dec 04, 2010 07:28 |  #2

I've bought a clone for $35 here (external link) but you can find some other for less than $30 on eBay.

The light is a little bit weaker on the bottom on the flash than on the top, but it's far better that what I had when I'm doing macro. I probably wouldn't use it for portrait, but for macro it's perfect. And for the price that's a nice tool to add in your bag.


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Dec 04, 2010 09:56 |  #3

If you are just trying to do macro, go for a cheap ebay alternative, but if you are shooting people, the Ray Flash is the largest one I have seen and the most effective.


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Dec 04, 2010 10:04 |  #4

Like the other's have mentioned it's a great tool to have in your bag, i use it for people/fashion shots, gives a different type of effect,

i do use it sometimes for macro on my 50/2.0 MP not 1:1 but mainly for food photography, nice evenly spread out light

i do find it pretty $$ but i think the canon dedicated ring flash is even more expensive, but I use mine with the 580ex2


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Dec 04, 2010 14:28 |  #5

I think I'll pick up one of the clones that you suggested photopat and give it a try. Worst case I'm out $35. Thanks for the input everybody.


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Dec 05, 2010 05:17 |  #6

If you're getting a clone, I would suggest the Coco Ring Flash Adapter. It's the closest clone to the Rayflash in design




  
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Dec 05, 2010 05:47 |  #7

In my quest for a ring flash, I opted for the Orbis. With the Orbis, you're able to incorporate mostly all different flash head sizes, 430, 580, SB's etc. It doesn't have a bend on the attachment itself to accommodate a flash on-camera. It has a straight channel (better I think in it's distribution/spread of light, in fact pretty even from top to bottom) so you can only use it with the flash attached via a Hot Shoe Cord or wireless trigger and hand hold the set-up to your lens. That might be a deal breaker for some, but as mentioned above, I believe it has better distribution of light, and it's even more useful because you're not limited to using it on axis only...it produces beautiful light off axis as well.

If you think a ring flash is going to be useful in your arsenal of light modifiers, I highly suggest you consider the Orbis, especially if you intend to spend a good amount of money. Better in so many ways over the Rayflash, imo.




  
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Dec 06, 2010 01:57 |  #8

Thanks for the two new options.


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