Which ring light for me?

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  1. Bigfatts

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    Looking for a ring light to shoot macroes with. I shoot with a Canon S5iS and tend to shoot in the evening (after I get home from work). Here are the ones I'm looking at:

    Phoenix DRLLD
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...&sku=425083&is=REG&si=rev#anchorToReadReviews

    Opteka RL-300
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Opteka-RL-300-M...39:1|66:2|65:12|240:1318&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

    This is my price range, $100 or less. I know it's not alot to work with but I'm trying to finish building my car too so it is what it is. Any choices I missed in this range?

    PS- If anyone has a used one they want to get rid of, speak up as well.
     
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    i think you answered your own question when you stated your price range.. however opteka is kind of a low quality... they are kind of a budget company.. you get what you pay for.
     
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    Yea, I know. But unfortunately photography takes a backseat to me car. I have to get it done, I have a certain guy with an SRT-4 Neon that needs his mouth shut. But anyways, so out of the two, the Phoenix would be the better choice? The reviews I've seen on it have been good.

    I don't need anything fancy, I just need portable light that isn't going to be too harsh and wash out my macro shots. My onboard flash is kind of harsh, even on the lower settings.
     
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    Not to thread jack, but what do you drive?
     
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    I drive a 1988 LX Mustang Coupe. It's got a mild 331 stroker in it with a Tremec T5 with a B&M Pro Ripper short throw behind it with 4.10s in the rear. Getting ready to do a head/cam/intake swap. Have a set of Trick Flow Twisted Wedge heads with a matching TFS Track Heat intake waiting to go on with 24lb injectors (might go ahead with 30lbers) and a 73mm mass air. Just making the final selections on my cam. Really what I'm saving money for is a puddle jumper car to drive back and forth to work. My economy is going to take a dive with the new top end. As it is now I get roughly 20mpg if I keep my foot out of it and keep it below 3 grand. When I ran the guy with the SRT4 last time I stayed right with him but he said he was losing boost. Well now it's fixed and he wants to race again. Next time there will be no contest. Here's a crappy pic:

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    Still looking for info on the ring light too.
     

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