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Nikon Ring Flash for Macro

Pete Appleby , May 14, 2013; 02:33 p.m.

Hi,
I'm a D7000 user and for macro I've been using a Tamron 90mm DI 2.8 lens which for the money can produce some amazing results. I do have an SB-600 flash but wondered if anyone could recommend a cheapish ring flash that would provide better results than the SB-600.
thanks

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Howard M , May 14, 2013; 02:40 p.m.

how about the AlienBee?

http://www.paulcbuff.com/abr800.php

Doesn't Nikon make a flash accessory (2 small units and the controller) just for macro?

S. Prior , May 14, 2013; 03:21 p.m.

Why not get a flash bracket and mount the SB-600 off-camera. That will produce better results than a cheap ring flash. The cheap ring flashes have a single tube while the more expensive ones have dual tubes that you can control the ratio with.

Joseph Smith , May 14, 2013; 05:24 p.m.

Nikon does make the R1C1 macro flash. It works wirelessly. It is not cheap. It comes with two flashes, a commander unit and other accessories. Goggle Nikon R1C1 and read about it. By the way, I have it, and it works very well. I do not use the rings that that come with it but use a fash bracket from Realy Right Stuff.

Joe Smith

Bernard Miller , May 14, 2013; 05:34 p.m.

Why not shop around and find an original Nikon flash for macro work? If you're actually shooting closeups, particularly in the field, a real ring flash is going to be a bit awkward.

If you're looking for cheap, you could do what I did--track down an SB-21B, which can probably be found for under a hundred bucks if you look around. It won't do TTL with Nikon DSLRs, but you really don't absolutely have to have that feature, since you can see right away what you got--and after a bit and with practice, you should be able to adjust your aperture instinctively based on your shooting distance. There was also the later SB-29 and SB-29s, but those are likely much more expensive.

The SB-21 is, I see available on *Bay currently for quite cheap. Check it out, might be just what you're looking for in your price range.

Bernard Miller , May 14, 2013; 05:34 p.m.

Why not shop around and find an original Nikon flash for macro work? If you're actually shooting closeups, particularly in the field, a real ring flash is going to be a bit awkward.

If you're looking for cheap, you could do what I did--track down an SB-21B, which can probably be found for under a hundred bucks if you look around. It won't do TTL with Nikon DSLRs, but you really don't absolutely have to have that feature, since you can see right away what you got--and after a bit and with practice, you should be able to adjust your aperture instinctively based on your shooting distance. There was also the later SB-29 and SB-29s, but those are likely much more expensive.

The SB-21 is, I see available on *Bay currently for quite cheap. Check it out, might be just what you're looking for in your price range.

Ellis Vener , May 14, 2013; 07:02 p.m.

There are number of pseudo ring flash adapters that will work with your SB- 600. Essentially they redirect the light into a circular reflector that goes around your lens.

Frank Skomial , May 15, 2013; 01:43 a.m.

Michael Kohan , May 15, 2013; 01:50 a.m.

After looking around at various ring flashes, even the Nikon R1C1, and since I already had two SB600 strobes, I came up with this bracket system that is infinitely adjustable with the mini ball heads and not very expensive, especially if you eliminate the quick release units, there is one set on the camera and top of the bracket, another set on the bottom of the bracket and on a tripod. I find it to be an extremely versatile system, easy to pack, especially compared to the RayFlash type units, and all in all, only around $100 US.

Michael Kohan , May 15, 2013; 01:57 a.m.

Oops, forgot the photo. This is a D300s and Tamron 60mm f/2 Macro lens.


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