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ExpoImagingRay Flash 2 Universal Ring Flash Adapter (Large)
 
4.3

(based on 9 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Lightweight (6)
  • Compact (3)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Weddings (4)
    • Family photos (3)
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      • Pro photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    3.0

    A decent update, but has fit issues

    By Fotoman

    from NYC

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Poor Adaptability

    Best Uses

    • Beauty
    • Family Photos
    • Fashion
    • Product
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about ExpoImaging Ray Flash 2 Universal Ring Flash Adapter (Large):

    I bought the original version of the RayFlash Ring Flash Adapter about four years ago. I generally liked using it as an occasional alternate to my larger studio ringlight on location. The problem I had was that the older Ring Flash did not fit the newer Canon Speedlite 600EX. (The flash tube housing was just a little larger.) So I finally broke down and bought the newest version. On the PRO side, it's lighter, seems to have better light efficiency (less light loss in output), works well with the E-TTL. However, on the CON side -- and my reason for only 3-stars -- is that it does not really fit/size well for use with the Canon 1Dx and the Speedlite 600EX. In an effort to economize manufacturing production, they have chosen to go with a "universal" size that fits either the larger cameras, or smaller cameras (RFU-L and RFU-S). And this is the weak link. There is NOT enough play in the stem of the Ring Flash to properly accommodate the Canon Pro body and the Speedlite. The opening for the lens DOES NOT properly allow a correct fit for the lens to slide through evenly. The bottom of the opening of the RingFlash presses against the bottom of the mounted lens, rather than having the lens "float" in the opening. This is exacerbated when using fast lenses, as I do, such as the Canon 85mm/1.2. Depending upon your camera/lens combo, the Ray Flash may work for you, but I am disappointed with the "universal mount" compared to the older, "custom mount" of the ring flash.

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    5.0

    excellent adapter

    By RiverGulf

    from Englewood, FL

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about ExpoImaging Ray Flash 2 Universal Ring Flash Adapter (Large):

    I bought this as an inexpensive adapter to use with my macro lens, rather than the more expensive ring flash. The adapter is a bit clunky but it works extremely well with my flash. I recommend it.

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    5.0

    Works Great

    By a56tony

    from Victorville, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Close-up
      • Family Photos

      Comments about ExpoImaging Ray Flash 2 Universal Ring Flash Adapter (Large):

      This is good for macro and portrait. It makes close up phtoto look even better. I use it with my Canon 00mm macro and the photos come out great. I also used it on some pet photos and the results were outstanding. I am glad I added to my bags.

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      3.0

      Good, but not universal solution for macro

      By loki_msk

      from Washington, DC

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos

      Comments about ExpoImaging Ray Flash 2 Universal Ring Flash Adapter (Large):

      Nice build quality, feels solid. Works fine for portrait photography, but not a universal solution for macro. At least with Canon 24-70mm f/4L in macro mode. Partly the problem is caused by lens, cause in the macro mode the front element has to be very close to the object. While the ring adapter mounted on Canon Speedlite 600EX is approx 2-3 cm closer to camera than the front element and the light from it just can't reach the object. Maybe works better for macro lenses that have longer focusing distance.Sometimes creates red eyes.

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      5.0

      Happy I bought version 2

      By 538z

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about ExpoImaging Ray Flash 2 Universal Ring Flash Adapter (Large):

        Works great for what I need it for. Pretty lightweight. Produces good results when dialed in.

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        5.0

        A great buy for the price

        By ANO Photography

        from Yorba Linda, CA

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        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about ExpoImaging Ray Flash 2 Universal Ring Flash Adapter (Large):

          I planned on getting the original Ray Flash. However, it was discontinued. I then discovered the Ray Flash 2. It was thinner AND cheaper. I got a chance to try it out last weekend in pitch dark with a test subject. I am pleased with the result.
          I plan to test it when there is ambient on a planned shoot in a week. I expect good things based on what I saw from my test shoot.

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          4.0

          Great expectations

          By Photomatt

          from Chicago, IL

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          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Portraits

            Comments about ExpoImaging Ray Flash 2 Universal Ring Flash Adapter (Large):

            I used this product with my SB900 and my Nikon D3. I was completely skeptical at first, but once I tried it, I immediately recognized the creative benefits to this adapter.Used correctly, this creates stunning and dramatic lighting effects for portraiture and macro photography.The unit is easy to attach and lightweight, yet sturdy.

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            5.0

            Great product

            By Color Streak Images

            from Michigan

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about ExpoImaging Ray Flash 2 Universal Ring Flash Adapter (Large):

            I'm a fashion photographer so this ring flash gave the ability to capture great shots.

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            4.0

            Much better than V1

            By TenPoundMonkey

            from DC

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good value
            • Great Light Quality
            • Lightweight
            • Portable

            Cons

            • Long Term Durability

            Best Uses

            • Macro
            • Product photography
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about ExpoImaging Ray Flash 2 Universal Ring Flash Adapter (Large):

            This is drastically improved over the first version -
            1. Cheaper
            2. Improved feel (much more solid, plastic is thicker/stronger)
            3. More universal - each of the 2 models fit a wide variety of camera and flash combos
            4. Flatter form factor - easier to pack
            5. The light disk is slightly larger and so far has given me pleasing, slightly softer light.

            Negatives- I am not sold on the durability of the spring mechanism that locks it onto your flash head… even if this went, it'd be easy enough to strap it on with a velcro strap. And this begs for a lower support that would screw into your tripod stud and support the bottom of the ring. I rigged one up from some old parts and when mounted, it feels much better than without.

            And of course, this won't replace a 'real' ring flash in terms of power, but in almost every other way, it'll do.

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