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Tag: ring flash

Calumet Ring Flash

The Ringflash is back and it’s better than ever. A classic lighting accessory for the fashion photographer, the Ringflash gives a unique, full-frontal lighting effect. And right now, the Ringflash is one of the most sought-after accessories by fashion photographers around the world. The light comes from two semicircular flash tubes, each handling up to […]

Ray Flash: The Ring Flash Adapter for 580EX II

The Ray Flash is a unique adapter for your Canon 580EX II flash unit designed to replicate the lighting effect produced by traditional, expensive, and heavy powered studio ring flash units. The Ray Flash is portable and lightweight, and has been designed to take advantage of a camera’s TTL metering capabilities. Because the Ray Flash […]

Ringflash – the pros and cons

Pros of Ring Flash Shadowless image The flash is so close to the lens that the light is very even and relatively shadowless. Pleasant and even lighting for small subjects The even light is good for small subjects and essential for close ups as normal flash would be obscured by the lens. Hard edged outline […]

Ring Flash Adapter sell off

Mark Cleghorn Photography has secured a deal on the last of the original Ring Flash Adapter for the Canon 580EX so they have arranged a sale price of £116.33 (£99 plus vat). This offer is on a first come first served basis and a saving of almost £50.

The invention of ring flash

Dental photography experts, Lester Dine invented the Ring Flash in 1952 as a tool to pinpoint light directly into a dental patient’s mouth and provide full illumination. Their invention revolutionised dentist/patient communication as the ringflash photograph made it easy for the patient to see what treatment needed doing,unlike the view of an x-ray. The invention […]

Vivitar MacroFlash 5000

The Vivitar Macroflash 5000 was a popular option in the 80s and the specific unit was badged by Vivitar and was also available in various brand names from the likes of Cobra, Starblitz and Centon. It’s a fairly low power basic unit but the price makes it an affordable entry into the world of ring […]

SR Electronics RF-50 Ringflash test

I stumbled upon a review of a ringflash that looks remarkably like a Cobra, Vivitar, Starblitz ringflash. With the guise of digital Digi-Slave. It’s by Tom Beardmore and appears on Digital Camera Resource. Tom’s sums it up as Anyone who has a need (or a preference) to photograph close-up subjects should give serious consideration to […]

I made a ringflash (well not flash)

I’ve been meaning to post this for ages attempt at making a ringflash (tube), but never got around to it. With a desire to get a much larger ring flash catchlight and shadow effect than those created using commercial mini units I decided to look at the household lighting options in my local DIY store […]

What is a ringflash?

A ringflash, also sometimes called a macro flash, is a flash gun with a tube that’s doughnut or circular (ring) shaped. It is usually larger than the diameter of the camera’s lens and is positioned in front of the lens so you shoot through the centre of the circular tube. The benefit in doing this […]

Metz 15 MS-1 macro ring flash

Press release: The Metz 15 MS-1 digital, is a completely redesigned and wireless macro flash that’s equipped with two individually-controllable, swivelling reflectors built in to  the housing. The macro-flash ensures balanced and precise lighting and also allows customisable light when shooting macro. With its individually variable reflectors (0°-20°) and the highly sensitive light distribution, there […]