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Old Jul 2, 2010, 12:00 AM   #1
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as anyone here tried those cheap macro ring lights i keep seeing on ebay? they dont flash but are constant light from either half or full circle i cant make my mind up if to purchase one or not to try it out as they cost around 30 thought it might be worth a shot

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Old Jul 2, 2010, 3:54 AM   #2
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as anyone here tried those cheap macro ring lights i keep seeing on ebay? they dont flash but are constant light from either half or full circle i cant make my mind up if to purchase one or not to try it out as they cost around 30 thought it might be worth a shot

cheers simon
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I made one of my own a few years back now, it did work fine, and helped to get reasonable exposure speeds with smaller apertures (set for better DOF), the only downside I found was that allround evenly lit pictures tend to be lacking in contrast giving a rather flat appearance. The light source is better set to one side or other so you get some shadowing, this helps contrast a lot. just my thoughts Simon hope they help. ... Jack.
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thankyou jachol ...... i really appreciate the info
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thankyou jachol ...... i really appreciate the info
You're welcome Simon, BTW ring flashes tend to give the same effect, I believe that some models allow application of the flash or light to either side, though to be honest I've no info on this. My preferred approach these days is to use off-camera flash for best results in macro work. ... Jack.
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Although not as powerful as flashes, ring lights have the advantage of being usable as continuous light sources, which enables seeing the effects before shooting. The better ones have variable power settings and can be used as half rings as well as full ones (some better ring flashes have modeling light features, too). I have used the Digi-slave L-ring Ultra II, which has those features as well as an attachable diffuser, and can be used as a (non ttl) flash as well. I have found it very useful as a continuous light source.

http://www.srelectronics.com/

It opens with a monster light - scroll down the opening page to the smaller models.
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Looking around I saw this http://metku.net/index.html?path=mod...ight/index_eng
Im interested in building one too.
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Looking around I saw this http://metku.net/index.html?path=mod...ight/index_eng
Im interested in building one too.
this might be worth a shot .... plus its something to test and play with
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