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Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 Digital

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The ring flash. If you are going into fashion or model photography then at some point you are going to HAVE to buy one of these bad boys. They rock. Not only do they provide really even, flattering light, they also create really cool light reflections in your models eyes. Really makes them pop. Just take a look below!

I couldn’t Find a website to give credit to for that one, but his name on the forum was “cathpa”, so if you know him, say thanks for the example and tell him to put his website in his signature. Self-promote, people! The other main use is for macro photography. Placing the flash around and just behind the lens ensures that the lens it’s self doesn’t cast a shadow. Again, really even light yada yada yada.

So let’s take a look at some rather pricey bits of kit as I introduce you to some great quality ring flash units. Oh and before any of you point out I didn’t mention the Alienbees ABR-800, it’s pretty big and I just want some strobe-equivalent ring flashes. But by all means, Google it.

Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 Digital

Lowest price I could find: AU$499.99 from Gibbs Camera House

From the Metz website:

“A world first! The mecablitz 15 MS-1 digital, a completely redesigned, wireless Metz macro-flash, is equipped with two individually-controllable, swivelling reflectors integrated in the housing. The new ring-form macro-flash thus ensures balanced and precise lighting and also maximises the scope for customising light arrays in the macro area. With its individually variable reflectors (0°-20°) and the highly sensitive light distribution, there are no limits to personal creativity. It is easy to set light accents that are appropriate for each theme. And all this with maximum user-friendliness, because the Metz mecablitz 15 MS-1 digitally regulates light through the automatic wireless TTL*, which provides reliable and precise lighting – or provides differentiated lighting via its special slave function, by means of six different part-lighting levels.”

This one is quite innovative. Unlike all the others where you have a commander that plugs into your hotshoe and the flash on the lens, this unit is fully self-contained inside the flash. It screws on using adapters just like all the others, but it’s completely wireless! There is an option to hook it up using a sync cable if your camera doesn’t have a wireless command mode. While this is quite clever, it might also make changing your setting a pain in the butt. I’m not sure, I haven’t tried one, but I have heard this provides phenomenal results. The unit is powered by two AAA batteries and comes with a couple of accessories. An infrared clip on unit to prevent your cameras built in flash getting in the way, a ring diffuser for close up situations and a little carrying soft case.

Example photos

But if that seems a bit expensive, then you can check out the ringflash I made for $6.50! CLICK HERE

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4 Comments

  1. good review. images are also interesting. i have long been debating on whether or not to buy this flash but hadnt seen too many examples online. so thanks for sharing.

  2. Thank you for reading! If you do get one I’d love to hear your opinions on it!

  3. hi! can i use this flash for portrait?

  4. As a photographer who likes to do things differently i’d say you could and you’d get some pretty cool looking results, but most photographers would probably tell you no. This particular ring flash is more suited towards macro photography, as indicated by the two flashes on the sides and I don’t think it would be powerful enough for what you want. If you want a ring flash for portraiture I’d recommend the Sunpak Auto 16R Pro. Remember that ring and macro flashes are designed to light up just what’s right in front of them, so your backgrounds will be underexposed if you don’t light them somehow. If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

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