looking for a ring flash

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  1. keystervr6

    keystervr6 TPF Noob!

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    so i got a D40 back in July, and will be adding a SB900 soon, but I am wondering if I need to look at investing in a ring flash, or perhaps make one. I will mostly be doing automotive photography, with the ocational portraits and macro....

    what is available for the D40, and what are your thoughts about what I should be looking to get/do...

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    Ring flashes do have some application in portraiture, little in automotive and lots in macro work, however good ones are pricey. The full-on Nikon system weighs in about $800+, and the Sigma about $450. There are some cheaper non-dedicated units you can get, and you can make your own, but I would spend some time becoming more familiar with the type(s) of work you intend to do before I looked at a major investment like that.
     
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    gryphonslair99 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Try this. Easy and cheap. If it doesn't work for you, you can invest more.


    http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=133076

    Ian
     
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    Alleh Lindquist TPF Noob!

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    I belive there is something called rayflash that may work for you.
     
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    I bought a Sunpak ring flash which mounts on the lens. Difficulty is that I needed to step down from the filter size it was suitable for it still wasn't very big. I'm not confident it would work very well with my 77mm filter size lens (maybe - not tried it yet). So my advice is work out what lens you want to use it with. The other thing is - because it is a manual flash - the flash isn't fast enough work with rast shutter speeds and is quite bright even when turned down. It works nicely when used properly but it's a very difficult skill to master.
     
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    keystervr6 TPF Noob!

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    i think i'll try my hand at making my own ring flash, seems to be an inexpensive alternative... plus i wont use it all that frequently so doesn't have to look so prety
     
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    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Macro- yes, the rest- not so much. For the rest try using your flash on a stand (yes in manual- it's not hard you just move the flash to fine tune exposures) and shooting through a diffuser on a frame. Think big soft box. Be sure to get or make a flag to shield your lens.
     
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    keystervr6 TPF Noob!

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    what do you mean sheild my lens?
     
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    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    A flag is just a black or dark cloth that hangs (or on a frame if you like) between your light source and your lens to block the light. Like a lens hood only much better. You won't like your shots looking washed out or trying to get rid of lens flare in post. ;)

    You can get a much better idea of all of this with Google, the hard part is in knowing what to ask.
     
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    keystervr6 TPF Noob!

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    oh ok...that makes sense, and i tried to google it, but didnt know what i was looking for :p
     
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