Sigma EM 140 DG Macro Flash
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.
Sigma EM 140 DG Macro Flash
Lowest price I could find: AU$446.00 from Electronic Bazaar
From the sigma photo website:
“The EM-140 DG Macro Flash is ideal for photographing subjects in fine detail when the shadowless mode is used, and is extremely effective for scientific and medical applications. Dual flash tubes can fire simultaneously or separately. Using only one flashtube creates modeling, which can give a three-dimensional feeling to the subject. The flash features a guide number of 14 w/ISO 100. The Modeling Flash function makes it possible to check for reflections and shadows before actually taking the flash picture. A wireless flash function is also available, where the EM-140 DG is used as master and the EF-500 DG SUPER as a slave unit for creating fine shadow details. High Speed Synchro and Exposure compensation functions are also available for advanced flash photography. 55mm and 58mm adapter rings are included with the flash. 52mm, 62mm, 67mm, 72mm and 77mm adapters are sold separately.”
These are built tough and solid and it comes with a heavy duty carrying case. It’s compatible with the SA-STTL system from Sigma, the EO-ETTL system from Canon and the NA-iTTL system from Nikon. Don’t be confused, this will work with pretty much any camera (make sure you try it with your camera before you buy it) but THOSE are the creative lighting systems inside the camera that they are compatible with. The controller slides into your hotshoe and is powered by four AA batteries. The flash screws into the end of your lens using adapter rings. There are a range of flash modes and options in the controller, just like a regular flash and they can all you can see it all on the controllers LCD screen.
But if that seems a bit expensive, then you can check out the ringflash I made for $6.50! CLICK HERE