Saturday, October 15, 2011

Orbis ring flash review

I have been in the market for a ring flash for about a year now. I want to use it for portraiture, product and macro photography. I think for portraits this would be a great source of light for several reasons the shadowless light, the catch-lights and that cool signature ring flash halo, just to mention a few.

I shopped around and found a few ring flashes and I finally settled on The Orbis Ring Flash with the orbis arm (bracket) and is a great piece of gear. I went to, price $237.90 but couldn't get them to ship  to APO, go figure.  I finally ordered from B&H and used my ASMP discount, total cost $239 and got it within 7 days! I followed the directions, assembled the Orbis arm and Orbis ring flash.  It took me awhile to adjust to the weight and bulk of everything but soon I was totally oblivious to entire issue of bulk.

I Picked up my 50mm,  Canon 5D Mark II  and Canon 580 EX II speedlight. set my ISO to 400, Orbis recommends that, set my flash in TTL/auto mode, set my camera to manual and began to document the event. I used f-stops between 1.2 - 4 and got great results which I posted here. I have plans to post more images in the future so stay tuned, thanks for viewing. 

I have more images of a party I photographed while working in Kuwait click here and feel free to comment as well. 

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  1. cool man, i like the pics and think i'll get me one too.

  2. I love this!!! I am so glad you shared this link with me. I am going to do some research on this ring flash. I did review and had my heart on the ABR800 which will set me back $400 buck.

    Thanks again. I will keep you posted.

    1. Glad you liked my review and keep me posted