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What Ring Flash do I need to get?
Old 01-17-2005, 05:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Any recommendations? I have a Canon 20D
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Re: What Ring Flash do I need to get?
Old 01-17-2005, 07:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a 10D and I'd like to know as well.
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Re: What Ring Flash do I need to get?
Old 01-17-2005, 10:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have a 10D also and I would like to know what Ring Flash will do the best job for macro and close portrait work. Any samples of the differences between the two Ring Flashes available would be appreciated.

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Re: What Ring Flash do I need to get?
Old 01-17-2005, 10:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It all depends on how much money you want to spend.......Profoto makes a very good one but very pricey.......Andy pearlman bought this up in a previous post about ring flash and mention that norman makes a portable one....I have the one that he was talking about...i got it from calumet and i get very good results with it.....it works for a norman but i had it convert it for a lumedyne system...you have to buy a special adapter that screws into your lens and then you attach it to ring flash...you also get the adapter from calumet...here is the link to the one i have...i also see theses on ebay from time to time.....Hope this help http://www.calumetphoto.com/ctl?PAGE....itemNo=ce2315

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Re: What Ring Flash do I need to get?
Old 01-17-2005, 11:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It has less to do with your camera, and more to do with your current strobe system and your wallet. A Profoto ringflash will work with any camera from a Nikon to an 8x10 if you set it up right, but it needs a power pack to plug in to. If you're like me and use Norman packs, you'd need to have an adapter made, or have the cable connector changed. I had an adapter made years ago so I could rent the ringflash and use it with my Norman packs, rather than also having to rent a Profoto pack. The two basic types of ringflash are the inexpensive (relatively!) ones that screw onto the front of the lens like a filter, and might be hard to find for Canon lenses with the larger diameter front elements. A Profoto will fit on anything since it doesn't actually touch the lens. You mount the camera on a bracket and the lens pokes through the ring. I don't have any shots with the small ringlights, but here's one with the profoto:



I did a couple of long posts about getting ringflashes modefied, see if you can find it in the archives.

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Re: What Ring Flash do I need to get?
Old 01-18-2005, 07:19 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Does anybody have a Canon ring light for the Canon Macro 100mm lens. I know they make two. Which one is the best for portrait and Macro use?
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It's gone!!

Oh well.

I asked what you wanted to do with the ring light.

If you want to do close up/macro work, then a battery powered ring light would work fine. I think either of the two Canon ring lights would work fine. Both work with E-TTL and claim compatibility with all E-TTL cameras, which I believe, includes the 10D and 20D. One of the flashes is significantly more powerful than the other, you'll probably need to read up on them to see which is the best buy.

It's about $450 and it looks like Canon has a rebate too. Here are links to UniquePhoto.com's web site.
The MR-14EX



If you don't want to deal with guide numbers of under 75 and want more distance than the few inches these flashes will provide, like if you're shooting people full length, then you need a more substantial unit. Like the Profoto Acute Ring Light. Of course you'll need a power pack to go with it, but as Andy said you can (probably) have it adapted to any power pack you own. Plan on spending around $1400 on this puppy with pack.



Here's a link to B&H. I wish this pic would show the light attached to a camera, you don't get the idea of how BIG it is from this pic. It's 8" in diameter and maybe a foot deep. I'll try to remember to get a shot next time.
The Acute 2 Ring Light

I don't know how useful the Acute 2 is for closeup, but I think there's a reflector you can get for it which allows close up work.

I hope B&H and UniquePhoto don't hunt me down for linking to their pics.
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Re: What the heck happened to my post????
Old 01-18-2005, 03:41 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks.. that looks like the one to get..... Now I'm taking donations....
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