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Robert Buckley , Oct 18, 2007; 09:53 p.m.

I need a ring flash for occasional macro photography, not the best or the worst but something in between.

Have Nikon D50, D80, 60MM Nikkor Macro lense


Thanking you in advance.



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Juanjo Viagran , Oct 18, 2007; 10:11 p.m.

there is no best or worst in ring flash for iTTL

R1, or you can just buy two SB-r200 and use them with the commander of the D80..

I have 3 of them, they are awesome, easy and super fun to use.

Paul E , Oct 18, 2007; 10:20 p.m.

I have a NIKON SB-21 from the *bay that works fine in manual mode. It looks like a ring flash, but it has 2 strobes which you can swith left, right, or both. Typically it fits a 62mm threads, but a 72mm attachment is available. I don't think it works in iTTL, but the newer version is a lot more money.

Tommy Lee , Oct 18, 2007; 11:03 p.m.

The SB21 will work fine in manual mode. No iTTL with DSLR. You do limited to 3 power setting (Full, 1/4, 1/16). I suppose technically you get 6 if you include turning off the left or right blank as a power control.

Your other alternative is get a old used ring flash that support the thyristor auto mode. Which is a liitle bit of a pain to use with Macro. But instant checking with digital helps.

Jerry Litynski , Oct 19, 2007; 01:49 a.m.

If you check the back of a Popular Photography magazine, there is one company that makes a LED 'macro' ring flash that runs off a 9V battery. [I think it was in the B+H Photo ad, so it may be on their web site as well.]

Geoff Portas , Oct 19, 2007; 03:52 a.m.

The Sigma EM-140 DG is an iTTL compatible ring flash.

According to the Sigma web site it is suited to the D50 and D80.

See Sigma UK web site

I have one of these and can recommend it.

Vivek . , Oct 19, 2007; 07:46 a.m.

There are after market (not Sigma) i-TTL ring flashes sold on German eBay. I use one. It works. It is cheap. I can't post any links. Search there (ebay.de).

Nick White , Oct 19, 2007; 11:13 a.m.

Do consider the R1 kit or even better the R1C1 kit, if you can afford it - you won't regret it.

Even though you don't absolutely need the SU800 (which comes with the R1C1 kit) it does make it all so much easier/quicker to use and is far cheaper than getting the SU800 as a stand alone item later on.

Failing that I would just get an SB600, which you can use either with a cord or cordless off camera, and will also of course cover all the 'standard' flash usage as well.

JDM von Weinberg , Oct 19, 2007; 02:15 p.m.

I think that the LED ring light referred to from B&H is the Digislave model. Be sure to get the one that is large enough for the lens on a dSLR.

Be aware that the ring LED units have much lower power than flash ones. I tried to start a thread on this some time ago and got only a few responses, but those were not very positive about the usefulness of some of the cheaper LED units.

Keith Durnford , Oct 19, 2007; 05:07 p.m.

If you are going to use it occasionally then, like Geoff, id suggest the Sigma ring flash, its less than half the price of the R1c1 kit and is i-TTL compatable with the D80, I have one and it suits my needs.

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