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After completing my first ring flash, I found it to big and cumbersome to be used succesfully in the field, plus the speedlight I used was rather old and basic, so exposing for shots is a hit and miss affair, OK if its still life but for bugs and stuff, no chance. Well, as I said for £20 I shall not worry about it, it can be used as a beauty dish or fine portrait work so it will get used, just not how I intended.
So on to the Mk2, I have decided to use my SB-600 Speedlight, with a careful piece of engineering, I can mount a small box on top of the flash head, cut into the flash tube wiring and through a multipole switch and plug I can have a seperate power outlet to a new ringflash and still use the SB-600 as standard, genius!
The only major problem is getting a true ring flash tube big enough, 90mm is the biggest I have found but I would like one 100mm or even 110mm. so I shall be scouring the internet for Xenon tube manafacturers for said item, unless of course someone knows were I can get one from?
I thoroughly enjoyed making the first one, the second should be better and even more enjoyable as I am acheiving something I thought I could never do, only buy, so there is great satisfaction in doing stuff like this, plus it saves a bundle of your hard earned and hopefully give others the idea to try it themselves?