This DIY Ring-Flash works!

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  1. lextalionis

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    If you enjoy shooting macro like I do and if you use a hot-shoe mounted flash such as a Canon Speedlite 430/580EX or Nikon Speedlite SB800 and find yourself wishing you had a ring-light or twin macro flash unit, but just can’t spring the several hundred dollars, then maybe this DIY Ring-Flash will work for you. The total material costs run around $50. You will need some power tools and a workbench with a vise.

    Before reading further, please reference my Favorite shots of the summer with the DIY Ring Flash and see for yourself the lighting quality of this device.

    I can't say exactly how many emails and PM's I've received asking me if I would consider building a DIY Ring-Flash for them, but I know it has been a lot. It's just not that simple of a build...it would take me 50 builds to even begin to become consistent. Not to mention, there are just too many variances with camera/lens/flash combos. Don't let this scare you though; it's a relatively easy build, especially if you watch the two videos below.

    But when Kenj8246 (Kenny) sprung the question, I returned the offer if he would come up and visit me (about a 2 hour drive for him). Well it worked...I spent a few nights building the ring-flash part and then when Kenny arrived this morning with his Nikon D200, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Macro, and SB 800 Flash, we finished the bracket-stay and completed a DIY Ring-Flash for him.

    I took this opportunity to try my best to create two 10-min videos detailing the build process. I really want to help those out there interested to understand how it's built.

    A few last points, this was never my original idea, I would like to thank this flickr user for publishing his photo tutorial. Also, it's important to understand that you can not use manual focus with this DIY Ring-Flash...even so, all of my past 2 months of summer macro photos were taken in AF with my Canon 30D and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.

    My favorite shot this summer using this DIY Ring-Flash:
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    Here are the build videos:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5b-Jozf7CAA"]Video Build 1 of 2[/ame]

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfvKH68NVnc"]Video Build 2 of 2[/ame]

    Any questions, help, experiences, then please let us know.

    Hope this helps!
    Roy
     
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    Sweet! Thanks!

    Is this you too? [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikLIGMdxmIc&feature=related[/ame]

    LOL!!! :lmao:
     
  3. lextalionis

    lextalionis TPF Noob!

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    Yea that's me too...honestly I really liked the beer can version better...it just had that real DIY flare about it ;-)

    Honestly though, the DIY Ring-Flash is 10 times better.

    -Roy
     
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    I'd really like to give this a go (if I had the tools :() I tried a DIY ring-flash once and had very crappy results. lol. Thanks for posting this. It is now bookmarked. :D
     
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    Hey that was fun! I love the spontaneous nature of it, especially the FAN noise and people coming into the garage... Great DIY spirit! Rated *****

    -Shea
     
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    Thanks for the comments. I really hope to see someone soon make one of these and give some feedback.

    -Roy
     
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    F-Stop1.8 TPF Noob!

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    I'm going to talk to a buddy of mine and see if he has all the needed tools. If so, I'll give it a go.
     
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    I wouldn't mind modifying the design for on-camera flashes. ;)

    That might be fun! :D
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Interesting... I may do something like it this winter in my off time. I'm not a big macro shooter, nor am I a big fan of beauty dishes (prefer off camera strobes), but it may be fun.

    It is definitely not difficult to do... well done!
     
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    I am not into Macro stuff yet. But I do think your ring flash ROCKS!!! And I like your macro photos as well.
     

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