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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Orbis Ring Flash

Ring flashes are great tools. They give you virtually shadowless illumination of your subject and hence provide a very particular look. Many fashion and portrait photographers use them, either as their main light, but often also for fill-in.

Over the last few months I have been trying a “budget” way to obtaining a ring flash that would normally cost you more than 1000 USD.

This budget solution is a ring flash adapter from Orbis.

orbis

 

The flash is an accessory to your normal TTL-flash and effectively modifies the emitted light. In conjunction with an Orbis arm,

orbis arm

 

and a flash cord I eventually pieced together the following portrait rig for my Sony A900 and the 70-200:

Boston-2677

 

works really well. and it is compatible with flashes of any brand and make.

see also this video review:

 

and here are some links to other sites and articles:

http://www.orbisflash.com/

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2009/10/ray-flash-vs-orbis-vs-alienbees-abr800.html

and some sample photos:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/orbisringflash/pool/

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