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Ring Flash

WildLight 13 145 3 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2009 3:42PM
Hi everyone,

I'm looking to buy a ring flash to use for macro work.

Can anyone recommend one?
If so then does anyone have any photos taken using it that I can look at?

I'm thinking about the Sigma EM-140 DG but I know Canon and Metz make ring flashes too so I'm not sure which one to go for.

Thanks very much for your time!


scotdiver 18 261 1 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2009 6:13PM

This fossil image was taken with the RayFlash adaptor - there is a version for Canon also.

It's a bit bulkier than a dedicated ringflash but gives more power by using the larger flash.

User_Removed 17 17.9k 8 Norway
20 Apr 2009 7:48PM
The Sigma EM-140 DG is excellent; I have the Nikon version.
LeighRebecca 13 267 10 England
20 Apr 2009 8:12PM
I made an adaptor that looks very similar to that rayflash adaptor using silver card, black sticky backed foam and some white diffusing plastic all for a few quid from hobbycraft. I adapted a design I found online via flicker or strobist or somewhere. It didn't take long, and it's pretty durable and the light is very even all round. Worth a try if you're a bit creative and/or strapped for cash! Smile
Paul Morgan 19 19.5k 6 England
20 Apr 2009 8:25PM
A quick google throws up lots of options for DIY

here`s one using LED`S
WildLight 13 145 3 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2009 10:22AM
Thanks everyone!

robertt Plus
15 142 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2009 6:46PM
Hi Joe I made my own macrolight for about 30. There is a foto and details on my portfolio.
park my ferret 17 1.0k United Kingdom
24 Apr 2009 2:06AM
jessops used to do a 'centon' one for about 70 - I think I have one somewhere -it's pretty basic though
WildLight 13 145 3 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2009 10:50AM
Okay, thanks for the info!

Wayne47 14 43 United Kingdom
9 May 2009 4:43PM

Recently bought a Orbis ring flash & canon 430ex its fantastic excellent results...must admit I used it with rechargeable battery's today I think they are rated 2700 (power am) or something and they are alot better than standard batts plus cheaper in the long run.

Highly recomended.

Regards Wayne
classcams 11 117
21 May 2009 8:29AM
One does not require lots of power for ringflash macro. As you are so close to the subject a small flash is ok. The one I made is not a ring flash, but three flash tubes , left right and top. Thinking big I boobed as the shots where 12" distance and for correct exposure F45 which was ridiculous. so I brought it down to F16.

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