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Orbis Ring Flash Review
In the 90s "ring flashes" or ring lights were the rage for fashion photography; then they went away for a few years and now they are back with photographers like Jill Greenberg. Ring flashes evenly light a subject in an almost 3D shadowless light. The problem is they are expensive for the most part ($2000-$4000) and who has that kind of money to throw around.
So this new company called Orbis came up with a Ring Flash adapter that goes on top of my regular flash and costs less than $200. So I thought I'd try it out and write a mini review.
1. Beautiful ring light a distances of 10 feet or less.
2. The ring flash looks professional.
3. The ring flash seems well made.
1. You have to hold the Ring Flash Bracket in one hand and the camera in the other. This is really hard to do if you are trying to manually focus.
2. No camera bracket. See #1 if this is unclear. (UPDATE: GET THE ARM HERE)
3. It seems a little loose on my SB800.
You see here a few snap shots I grabbed of Elijah, my son, with the new Orbis ring light.
If you are looking for an easy solution to light macro images or on the go ring flash without all the hastle of a ring light that uses a powerpack (profoto or alien bee) this could be the solution for you. If you for some reason shoot a 50mm 1.2 manual focus Nikon lens, you will need to grow a third arm to focus the lens (I couldn't so I switched to an autofocus 35mm lens) and thus my major annoyance with this device.
This probably will be a hit in the wedding photography market. I'm sure that I will have a lot of fun with it in the months to come. Hopefully the company will release a free bracket and I will change my review to 4 1/2 out of 5 stars (can ya send me one!)
But I do have my doubts of Jill Greenberg ever using this device.
If you recently bought this ring flash adapter feel free to leave comments below on what you think.
Edit: View some engagement photos taken with the orbis ring flash (scroll halfway down post)
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