DIY Ringlight.

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  1. K_Pugh

    K_Pugh No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Well i finally got round to building one. I had been meaning to for a while but always put it off.. after reading the DIY thread and icassell's (i think) enthusiasm towards his recent build i decided to build one.

    I wanted mine to work with the flash on the camera shoe and be light weight, and fairly big. It all fell into place. I used an old CD spindal for the inside hole and there was a plastic mixing bowl in the kitchen which was perfect for the job (so i scavanged that).. just waiting for the paint to dry now but it seems to be working ok.

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    quick snap, i'm too ill for anything better at the moment.

    I'll get pics of it up tomorrow once it's all done. glad i built one though, pretty nice.
     
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    Kewl! Put up some shots of the ring flash you made. I wanna see. :D
     
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    Yea. I am thinking of making one myself
    When you feel better put up some of the pics of it sounds like it should be easier to make then the first one
     
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    Sorry about the silver duct tape, i just added it to take away any rough edges. I don't really need the bracket on the bottom but added it for a little extra support, it's pretty rigid though, which is good.

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    Doesn't look professional but it's good enough for me - solidly built so it'll last a good while.

    I'll try get one on-camera if i can... 2 secs.

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    poor quality, dust on filter etc.. meh, what can you do (clean it?).
     
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    Apologizing for duct tape? Isn't that like breaking a mirror or something? :D

    Awesome shots! Cool ring flash! Good job :thumbup:


    BTW: to get a profile shot of a camera you need one small mirror in font of the lens (very close to the lens) at about a 46˚ angle all in front of that large mirror you just used.
     
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    ^ i'll try that mirror thing later, will need to find another smaller one first.. hmm, i'm thinking screwdriver and bathroom cabinet lol.
     
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    not got round to doing the profile shot yet.. here's a few for fun.

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    was about a foot from the wall, camera about 2 foot from me (roughly).
     
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    Can you list the supplies used
    What I am lost on is what did you sue to make the bracket and where did you find the screw to attach it to the mount
     
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    CD spindle cover for the inner diameter.
    Mixing Bowl for the parabolic dish/outside diameter.
    Flexi Chopping Board for the diffused front panel.
    Sticky Back Silver Reflective Tape for all the inside reflective surfaces.
    misc: paint, duct tape, glue, screws, cardboard (for the flash mount), oh and some brass plate i had in my toolbox for some reason was used to make the bracket.

    The screw i used from an old camera case for a FED.. i only use that screw as it's less obtrusive when holding in vertical position with the battery grip. If i'm sticking it on a tripod i just use the tripod shoe (if that's what you call them).
     
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    Pretty much any photography shop worth it's rent will have all kinds of tripod socket screw accessories. Step up, step down, male/female on either/both ends, male with thumb turn ring, etc. If they don't have it you can officially scoff at them and call them opportunistic bubblegummers! :D The bracket material is found at any and all hardware stores. Thick in prebent shapes, thin, straight, T shaped, L shaped, etc.
     
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    That is cool...Can you post a link to the DIY thread you mentioned above.
     
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    well go on this thread and look through it for other DIY threads
    This DIY thread is the original (or the first one I've see on this website) for the ringlight/ ring-flash
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