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Old June 29th, 2011, 03:12 PM
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Ring Flash or Ring Light?

"What to buy?" type question here...

I want to do some macro photography, both animate and inanimate objects. I've got a Sigma 105 EX Macro I picked up a while back, which I'll be using on a Canon 60D and, possibly, a 30D modified for IR. My question is, am I better off getting a Ring Light (i.e. continuous light) or a Ring Flash? I don't have a lot of money to spend on it so I'll be going with one of the inexpensive units like the ones below.

Ring Light
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...gital_LED.html

Ring Flash
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ght_Flash.html

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-K
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Old August 29th, 2011, 04:28 PM
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Re: Ring Flash or Ring Light?

I do alot of macro work,, well,, in the spring time
personally I wouldnt want a light thats on ALL the time, I would recommend the flash,
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Old August 29th, 2011, 08:16 PM
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Re: Ring Flash or Ring Light?

I suppose that the advantage to a ring light (continuous or flash) is that the lighting is more even....but its also flat. While some macro photographers use ring lights, I think most use a positionally adjustable single or double headed flash. The 2nd head can be set to the same, greater, or lesser lighting strength and thereby giving a subtle shadowing or texturing and its associated sense of depth. I'd image continuous lighting to be too hot in that proximity to the creature and potentially making insects etc move prematurely. I also think that flash provides sufficient light by bursting at/near full strength BUT for VERY short periods of time, arguably freezing the action if its the principle light source. Personally, I'd use flash and, if money weren't an object, get a 2 headed flash independently controllable. A single head or single head flash and reflector perhaps are more economical in the short term.
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Old August 30th, 2011, 08:40 AM
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Re: Ring Flash or Ring Light?

I clicked on the link for the ring flash and the two cons for that particular unit that I see is no vari power and a recycle time of six seconds with alkaline batteries. Of course with no vari power you can adjust your exposure with the ISO settings and to a certain extent with shutter speed and aperture. With macro you need a small aperture for DOF and a fairly fast shutter speed to compensate for any movement so I would be inclined to adjujst my exposure with the ISO settings. This unit has drawbacks but when you're on a budget you have to do the best you can.

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