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Phoenix SmartFlash RF-46N TTL Macro Ringlight for Nikon iTTL

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Phoenix SmartFlash RF-46N TTL Macro Ringlight for Nikon iTTL

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  • Guide No. 46'/14 m @ 50mm

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The Phoenix RF-46N Macro TTL Ringlight provides full TTL control (including i-TTL) with both digital and film SLR cameras. This allows for accurate exposures of close-up subjects. When shooting at extremely short distances, relatively minor movement of lighting and subject results in relatively large changes of exposure. TTL metering eliminates the need for lengthy calculations of exposure, because the inherent loss of light at macro distances can automatically be accounted for with ease.

The RF-46 can be used with the camera set to full automatic mode, semi-automatic mode (aperture or shutter priority), or manual mode, giving you the utmost in image flexibility. In automatic and semi-automatic mode the SmartFlash units recycle almost instantaneously allowing you to never miss a shot.

Fully dedicated with i-TTL
Provides approx. 100-200 flashes per charge
UPC: 720916042610
Type Flash
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 46' (14.02 m) ISO100 at 50 mm position
Modeling Light No
Color Temperature 5600 K
Flash Duration 1/700 sec
TTL Dedication Yes
Off Camera Terminal None
Recycle Time Approximately 4 - 6 seconds
Flash-ready Indicator Yes
Filter Thread 55mm
Side Wings No
LEDs None
Charge Indicators Yes
Display No
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, NiCad, Rechargeable NiMH Batteries
Maximum Lens Diameter 2.64" / 67 mm
Ring Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.5 x 3.5 x 1.0" / 11.4 x 8.9 x 2.5 cm
Power Unit Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.8 x 2.8 x 1.8" / 14.7 x 7.1 x 4.6 cm
Weight 8.82 oz / 250 g without batteries
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.5 x 7.0 x 2.8"
Phoenix SmartFlash RF-46N TTL Macro Ringlight for Nikon iTTL
  • 55mm Adapter Ring
  • 58mm Adapter Ring
  • 62mm Adapter Ring
  • 67mm Adapter Ring
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    PhoenixSmartFlash RF-46N TTL Macro Ringlight for Nikon iTTL
     
    4.3

    (based on 41 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (20)
    • Easy to use (19)
    • Consistent output (13)
    • Fast recycling (8)
    • Durable (5)

    Cons

    • Slow recycling (4)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (9)
    • Indoors (6)
    • Macro (6)
    • General purpose (5)
    • Macro photography (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (22), Semi-pro photographer (11)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (32)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Value for money

    I used this new ring flash on my Nikon 105mm Micro f2.8 and took lots of shots of flowers and in each case I was very satisfied with the result. I also learned that...Read complete review

    I used this new ring flash on my Nikon 105mm Micro f2.8 and took lots of shots of flowers and in each case I was very satisfied with the result. I also learned that by underexposing the lens by one or more stops depending on the ambient light I gained more contrast in the images.
    The shape of the flash is shown if one photographs reflective images so be aware.
    I am very happy with this inexpensive product.

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    Pleasantly surprised

    I'll give three stars to this product because I'm afraid of the "made in Singapore", and the all plastic construction. As any other complex and delicate piece of photographic equipment, it...Read complete review

    I'll give three stars to this product because I'm afraid of the "made in Singapore", and the all plastic construction. As any other complex and delicate piece of photographic equipment, it isn't made to be used as a hammer, or any other rough application. This flash has surprised me, from the box out. I've recently decided to go Macro, and started looking for a ring flash that doesn't send me and my family to the public charity, and casually, found this model in B&H.
    Well, to make it short, while waiting the flash to be delivered to the Dominican Rep., all kind of doubts assaulted me, because a very bad review appeared about a model that is very similar to this one, and from the same manufacturer.
    When I received it, I was surprised with the neat presentation. It is very light wheigthed, wich is important when trying to focus in extreme short distances, with depth of fields that are not deeper than a piece of fine paper.
    I've installed it in my Nikon D-80, in front of a 60mm Micro Nikkor, with the supplied adapter ring of 62mm, (adapts to five thread sizes, 52mm,55mm,58mm,62mm and 67mm) and started exploring the possibilities.
    Whaoo! It worked pefectly from the very first shot, nicely adapting the flash output to the changing situations, and changes in camera modes I've used. It provides a very nice shadowless illumination in extreme close ups, and even for interior photography it gives excellent light in full iTTL mode, providing you don't exceed the limit distance of about 20 feet.
    This flash is a must if you want to do macro (or micro) photography, and just expend a modest amount of money.
    Please, don't forget that is only a gadget of a little more than one hundred dollars, but the results are of a flash of a much higher price!

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    4.0

    economy ringlight

    By TopJimmy

    from Oregon

    Comments about Phoenix SmartFlash RF-46N TTL Macro Ringlight for Nikon iTTL:

    Works as advertised.
    I find I need to under expose to get the exposure how I want it.
    Seems not to be very well built but for what you pay for the flash I am not surprised.
    I would recommend this flash with the caveats that you need to adjust exposure compensation and don't be to rough with it.
    Over all I am pleased.

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    5.0

    Great value

    By Cricket

    from Providence, RI

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Phoenix SmartFlash RF-46N TTL Macro Ringlight for Nikon iTTL:

        I use this flash for macro work with insects and it illuminates very evenly and has a fast recycle time. It's a really good ring flash for macro work at a great price, I only wish that it had even the most basic manual intensity adjustment- but that would make it less affordable.

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        4.0

        Smart It Is

        By The Dean

        from Bakersfield, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Flimsy Construction

        Best Uses

          Comments about Phoenix SmartFlash RF-46N TTL Macro Ringlight for Nikon iTTL:

          I have used the 46N for two weeks for macro photos with my Nikon D610 and Tokina 100mm macro lens to shoot insects, flowers, and small objects. It has performed well and my original batteries are still working well. The included size adaptors are handy and I have tried some other lenses, but they do not work as well for macro shots.I have experienced about a one second delay between pressing the shutter and firing of the flash, which does not present a problem on stationary objects but does on moving insects. The build quality is ok, but the battery housing and plastic seem flimsy. Overall, it works as expected and is recommended.

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          5.0

          Surprising

          By RafiB

          from NJ

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to Use
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Phoenix SmartFlash RF-46N TTL Macro Ringlight for Nikon iTTL:

            For the cost this unit is a great surprise. Well built and functions amazingly well for my macro work.

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            5.0

            Well built, great quality, works well!

            By SDubois

            from North Jersey

            Comments about Phoenix SmartFlash RF-46N TTL Macro Ringlight for Nikon iTTL:

            B&H delivers as always, I hadn't heard of this product but I trusted B&H not to offer sub quality equipment. It arrived quickly in excellent packaging, the flash is solidly built and not flimsy at all. It delivers excellent lighting for macro work or close up portraits and works perfectly so far with my Nikon DS7100. Only negative is it didn't come with a ring that fits my 72mm 17-200 lens.

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            3.0

            Small Hole Size

            By CAMS

            from Michigan

            Verified Reviewer

            Comments about Phoenix SmartFlash RF-46N TTL Macro Ringlight for Nikon iTTL:

            We purchased this product for use in our Photography program but found that the hole in the center of the ring is only 52mm - the size of a Nikon kit lens. All of the included adapter rings adapt up which leaves a solid black vignette around your image when using any larger diameter lens.As far as the product itself, it worked as it was supposed to and seemed to be of decent quality for the price. It would be great if the product description indicated what the initial ring size was, and hopefully this comment will help others better understand what they are buying.

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            4.0

            BRIGHT Idea

            By Dr. JTMarvelous

            from Jackson, NJ

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Phoenix SmartFlash RF-46N TTL Macro Ringlight for Nikon iTTL:

                  Excellent quality for the price - compares favorably with higher priced branded models. It ain't no "flash in the pan" - it's the real deal.

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                  4.0

                  Great results

                  By John

                  from North Carolina

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Great Picture Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Phoenix SmartFlash RF-46N TTL Macro Ringlight for Nikon iTTL:

                      Great price and great close-up results with Nikon D7100 and 105mm lens. Helped darken background exposure of close-up flowers (even in bright sunlight) thus requiring less editing. A great first-time ring flash purchase. Slightly concerned about its durability, particularly in my photo backpack with other equipment. Time will tell.

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                      4.0

                      Excellent ring flash for the price

                      By Daffyfoto

                      from Salem, OR

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro

                        Comments about Phoenix SmartFlash RF-46N TTL Macro Ringlight for Nikon iTTL:

                        I do a lot of flower photography, and bought this ring flash to enable me to achieve a fast enough shutter speed to shoot very small (one-inch) flowers from close enough to fill the frame with my 105 mm macro lens and get tack-sharp images. (There's too much breeze here even at dawn to shoot flowers that small in natural light without cranking up the ISO so high that the resulting noise ruins the image.) This ring flash did the job from the very first shot. I found it easy to mount on my lens and secure on my camera's hot shoe. It works seamlessly with the TTL flash function on my Nikon D5100, and I have successfully used various adjustments of the flash compensation to get perfect lighting without glare. I withheld the fifth star for two reasons. First, I would prefer a separate cable from the ring flash to the power unit rather than the integrated cable provided, because cables tend to be vulnerable and if this cable is damaged the unit becomes worthless. Second, because of the plastic construction -- to be expected on a unit of this price -- this flash will not be as durable as the far-more-expensive ones with metal casings. But I handle my camera equipment gently, so I expect this to hold up just fine. All in all, I find this to be an excellent product at a great value.

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                        5.0

                        Worth the money

                        By David

                        from Irving, Texas

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Macro Photography

                          Comments about Phoenix SmartFlash RF-46N TTL Macro Ringlight for Nikon iTTL:

                          I am using this with a Nikon D5100 and the Nikon 105mm, f2.8, macro lens. I bought it primarily to take pictures of documents in remote places. I liked the fact that it was TTL enabled and I can charge it's internal battery using a USB connection. I also plan to use it for close-up nature photos. I only use it occasionally and for the money it does what I need. Some people have complained about having trouble with threading it on to their filter rings, but I haven't had any trouble with this. An old trick I learned about threading devices was to turn it backwards to start and then it falls into place and you don't have any trouble.

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                          3.0

                          Decent macro flash ring

                          By kwiksilber

                          from Minot, ND

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast Recycling
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Cheap plastic material

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash
                          • Macrophotography

                          Comments about Phoenix SmartFlash RF-46N TTL Macro Ringlight for Nikon iTTL:

                          I just got this last night (6/4/2014) and I seem to notice that the adapter ring that attaches to the front thread of the lens is difficult to unscrew after use (minus 1 star for that). The manufacturer should have at least created a knotch or something for the users to grasp on for the adapter to easily be removed. What I do is to remove the lens from the body first, then unscrew the adapter ring. Mostly cheap plastic in construction (another star less). Overall, it will do the job for my macro hobby (d7100/nikkor 105mm).

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                          4.0

                          Value for money

                          By TIE

                          from Winter Garden, Florida

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • Slow Recycling

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Phoenix SmartFlash RF-46N TTL Macro Ringlight for Nikon iTTL:

                            I used this new ring flash on my Nikon 105mm Micro f2.8 and took lots of shots of flowers and in each case I was very satisfied with the result. I also learned that by underexposing the lens by one or more stops depending on the ambient light I gained more contrast in the images.
                            The shape of the flash is shown if one photographs reflective images so be aware.
                            I am very happy with this inexpensive product.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Best Buy for the Buck

                            By Jim P.

                            from York, pa

                            Comments about Phoenix SmartFlash RF-46N TTL Macro Ringlight for Nikon iTTL:

                            For the price, it can't be beat.
                            You can spend hundreds more,but for occasional use it is the best buy.

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                            4.0

                            Just what I needed!

                            By Dane

                            from The West

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Slow Recycling

                            Best Uses

                            • Macro

                            Comments about Phoenix SmartFlash RF-46N TTL Macro Ringlight for Nikon iTTL:

                            i use this for macro shots and I do not need a real fast refresh rate. Nice even lighting and works well with my Nikon

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                            5.0

                            Good solution, Good price.

                            By Charles

                            from Minne-Snow-ta

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Macro Photography

                              Comments about Phoenix SmartFlash RF-46N TTL Macro Ringlight for Nikon iTTL:

                              This flash has worked very well for me. Other reviewers mantioned areas of concern - durability, ease of use, and consistency of output.

                              Durability:
                              This device is made of plastic. As another reviewer mentioned, I don't think I'd just throw this in my camera bag. I'd want to pack it a little more carefully.

                              Ease of use:
                              One reviewer mentioned having difficulty mounting this to lenses. I haven't had any such difficulties. There are adapter rings for just about any size filter mount, and mounting the flash to the lens is easy if you use a little care aligning the adapter to the filter ring. I found that if you mount the adapter ring to the flash first, then mount the flash to the lens, the process is easy. You can also mount the flash to the lens, then mount the lens to the camera.

                              Consistency of output:
                              This flash has delivered very consistent output. It is NOT the brightest flash around, but it is more than adequate for macro photography. I haven't tried using it for portrait shots, but it seems to be bright enough for portraits taken at a reasonable distance, for example 1 to 1.5 meters.

                              Overall, I am quite happy with this flash. It provides good performance for a very good price. It works for me, and I have money left over pay the rent!

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                              4.0

                              Even lighting for Macros

                              By Daytripper

                              from Laguna Woods, CA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Phoenix SmartFlash RF-46N TTL Macro Ringlight for Nikon iTTL:

                                  This unit provides even lighting of macro subject as advertised. It is, however, very difficult to attach to the lens. Be prepared to spend some time mounting it and be patient. While difficult, it can be done and, then, the results are good.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great unit

                                  By Eddie

                                  from Cincinnati, Ohio

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Fast Recycling
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Medical photography

                                    Comments about Phoenix SmartFlash RF-46N TTL Macro Ringlight for Nikon iTTL:

                                    I am using this for medical photography. It works as well as units costing much more. It is made of plastic and will likely not take the beating of more expensive units, but I like it. It is meeting all of my needs

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                                    5.0

                                    good quality ringlight

                                    By TandemBob

                                    from Springfield, VA

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Fast Recycling

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Phoenix SmartFlash RF-46N TTL Macro Ringlight for Nikon iTTL:

                                        Easy to setup and use

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                                        4.0

                                        Great for the money

                                        By Photo Imp

                                        from Pine Beach, NJ

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attaches Securely
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • General Use
                                          • Low Light

                                          Comments about Phoenix SmartFlash RF-46N TTL Macro Ringlight for Nikon iTTL:

                                          I use this ringlight primarilly for macro floral photography. The flash offers nice even lighting with no prominent shadows. The unit appears a little shabby, thus one less star rating, but you get what you pay for. Works surprisingly well considering the price.

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                                          5.0

                                          Excellent Ring Flash

                                          By MitchW

                                          from Brooklyn, NY

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Attaches Securely
                                          • Durable
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • General Use
                                            • Indoors
                                            • Low Light
                                            • Outdoors

                                            Comments about Phoenix SmartFlash RF-46N TTL Macro Ringlight for Nikon iTTL:

                                            The Phoenix SmartFlash is attached to my 90mm macro lens. It is performing beautifully. It is a quality product and highly recommended.

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