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SigmaEM-140 DG Macro Ringlight Flash for Canon EOS
 
4.2

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (16)
  • Consistent output (14)
  • Durable (11)
  • Fast recycling (10)
  • Versatile (10)

Cons

  • Heavy (6)
  • Heavy / bulky (4)

Best Uses

  • Fill flash (8)
  • General purpose (6)
  • Portraits (6)
  • Macro (5)
  • Indoors (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (9), Photo enthusiast (8), Pro photographer (6), Casual photographer (3), Semi-professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (23)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fantastic Value!

Virtually the same as the Canon system for $100 less. Fast recycle times, good ergonomics, deep features andcontrol to let you vary power or turn of lamps. Feels like asuperior product, build...Read complete review

Virtually the same as the Canon system for $100 less. Fast recycle times, good ergonomics, deep features andcontrol to let you vary power or turn of lamps. Feels like asuperior product, build quality is excellent. Adapter ringsare used by retractable grips which make it a breeze todetach the front flash element, great innovation system there.Comes with a bag of very high quality, great addition to analready excellent package.Highly recommended for portraits and specialty Macro work.

Expertise: Photo Professional

Problems Encountered: It would be a good add on to have an AF assist beam, but Iguess that's not the primary use of this flash. AF is speedywith the 30D.Could have a bit more rings than the included two, speciallysince its a grooved system.Manual could be a little more specific on how to turn lampson or off but eventually you figure it out.

Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Canon, Phoenix and Sunpak Flashes

Items I Recommend: More adapter rings and spare sets of AA NiHM Batteries.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not a REAL ringflash

I bought this ringflash to replace a Sunpak DX-12R, which worked fine, but was getting long in the tooth and lacked TTL. As the other reviewer mentions, the biggest drawback to this...Read complete review

I bought this ringflash to replace a Sunpak DX-12R, which worked fine, but was getting long in the tooth and lacked TTL. As the other reviewer mentions, the biggest drawback to this ring flash is the light does not output in a ring, but rather, it bursts from two small spots on either side of the ring-shaped lens adapter. Not only do you not get the "ringflash effect", but you don't get a 360 degree light field on your subject. I shoot insects in the field and a 360 degree light source is essential. The focus assist lamps are weak to say the least and add little to the ability to focus reliably. I found that my once accurate lens struggled to grab a focus point with the meager light coming from this unit. It may be great for portraits and fill-flash work, but in the field and real macro work (not including maxillo-facial and dental photography) this just wasn't what I was looking for. The build quality was excellent, and I liked the all in one construction, but the lighting effect was too meager for my purposes. I'll be listing it on [...] shortly as I'm past the 30-day limit at B&H, otherwise I'd return it for store credit!

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5.0

Great Flash for Food Shots!

By Kansas Kate

from Prospect, Maine

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

  • 58mm Adapter Not Included

Best Uses

    Comments about Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Ringlight Flash for Canon EOS:

    I work in the food industry and this flash is great for taking "beauty shots" of food for publication. It takes the shadows out where you need to and can give you a "three dimensional" appearance as well!

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    1.0

    Macro Flash Adapter size change-Not Good

    By Kansas Kate

    from Prospect, Maine

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Comments about Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Ringlight Flash for Canon EOS:

          I recently purchased the EM-140 DG Macro Ringlight Flash for Canon EOS by Sigma...After installing the batteries, I pulled out the adapter rings to fit on my new Canon 100mm Macro lens which takes a 58mm size filter. Unfortunately, Sigma has stopped bundling a 58mm size in with the 55mm size. I found this out by a yellow piece of paper inside the box telling me that they are now bundling 62mm in with the 55mm. So now I have to order a 58mm adapter to be able to use my ring light. VERY DISAPPOINTED that this has occurred...not to mention being out extra dollars for the part and shipping/handling costs. Since I am not yet able to use the tool, I am giving it a 1 star....maybe after I get the adapter I need, I will change my mind on the rating.

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          5.0

          Great flash

          By Wannabe Great Photographer

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Bulky

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Photojournalism

          Comments about Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Ringlight Flash for Canon EOS:

          This perfectly serves my purposes. I use this for dental photography, and the photos are great. I have read complaints that this ring flash is not a "true" ring flash, but rather, it has two flashes on opposite sides of a circular design. For me, this is enough, but make sure you know what you are buying.

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          5.0

          Good start for a beginner

          By puppydoc

          from Wisconsin

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash

          Comments about Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Ringlight Flash for Canon EOS:

          I'm new to macrophotography and this is my first foray into the specialty equipment. There is an obvious learning curve but that's to be expected. I'm sure there are plenty of features I've yet to learn and/or understand with this flash.

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          1.0

          Not a real ring flash.

          By None

          from New York, NY

          About Me Pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Ringlight Flash for Canon EOS:

              This is not a real ring flash, it's simply 2 flash lights put together right and left. A ring flash is a flash with one round light that gives a continous even shadow, this Sigma flash gives 2 shadows, one on the right side and one on the left, and the result is not the same as what one gets with a real ring flash.

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              4.0

              A great buy

              By Jake

              from Florida

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Fast Recycling
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Ringlight Flash for Canon EOS:

              I used this for macro work.
              The flash recycling time is great. Fits well on my lens with the adapter.
              A bit on the heavy side.

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              5.0

              Perfect for Dental Photography

              By Kill Bill 82

              from Brooklyn NY

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Intraoral

              Comments about Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Ringlight Flash for Canon EOS:

              I Did not buy a good macroflash at first and paid the price - aweful photos.
              The Sigma flash is an excellent choice for all intraoral photography needs
              Crisp clear photos, and good recycling time

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              5.0

              Works well so far

              By Lou

              from Manteca

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Fast Recycling

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Ringlight Flash for Canon EOS:

                  Price was right and seems to work well.

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                  5.0

                  Macro ringflash

                  By Mo

                  from Turks and Caicos Islands

                  About Me Casual Photographer

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro

                    Comments about Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Ringlight Flash for Canon EOS:

                    Does exactly what it is supposed to, fits well to lens with additional adapter ring

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                    3.0

                    Good

                    By Luciano

                    from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Bulky
                      • Weak Output

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash

                      Comments about Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Ringlight Flash for Canon EOS:

                      Good But Not as easy to operate.

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                      4.0

                      A lot of value for the money!

                      By kenfa

                      from Oslo, Norway

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Ringlight Flash for Canon EOS:

                      Very easy to use, easy setup, and very high quality lighting for portraits. Easy to create my own effects with individual settings for left and right lighttubes. Two tumbs up!
                      One little drawback, though: the adapter ring has no possibility to attach a filter on the outside. This means you have to set the adapter outside of the filters, and this makes it difficult to control the settings with an adjustable filter type.

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                      5.0

                      Great Flash

                      By ZL

                      from CT

                      About Me Casual Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Flash

                        Comments about Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Ringlight Flash for Canon EOS:

                        Use the product for close up shots for orthodontics, give great picture everytime. I highly recommend product!

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                        5.0

                        I would buy this product again and again

                        By Renato

                        from Québec, qc, ca

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                              Comments about Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Ringlight Flash for Canon EOS:

                              I already had the Canon and I bought it for my other macro lens and I find it as good as I use mostly the Sigma than the Canon.

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                              5.0

                              Just as I expected & as described online

                              By cliffhanger

                              from Phoenix, AZ

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                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                              • Slow Recycling

                              Best Uses

                              • Medical photography

                              Comments about Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Ringlight Flash for Canon EOS:

                              Decent control over lighting

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                              5.0

                              Exactly what I was hoping for

                              By Jessica

                              from New York, NY

                              About Me Pro Photographer

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                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Powerful Output

                              Cons

                              • Slow Recycling

                              Best Uses

                              • Fill Flash
                              • General Use
                              • Night Photography
                              • Photojournalism
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Ringlight Flash for Canon EOS:

                              I've been using this flash for close-up portraiture and it has a surprising amount of power AND battery life.

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                              5.0

                              Great, just what you need

                              By Martyplay

                              from Quebec, QC.

                              About Me Pro Photographer

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Ringlight Flash for Canon EOS:

                                  This is a great accessorie for Macro photography, I'm a medical photographer and this is a must have. It is a little fragile, plastic hot shoe. just be carefull.

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                                  4.0

                                  so far it works

                                  By el che

                                  from West Chester PA

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

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                                  Pros

                                  • Attach Securely
                                  • Durable
                                  • Good Color Value
                                  • Powerful

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Bracketing
                                    • Close ups
                                    • General Use
                                    • Indoors
                                    • Low Light
                                    • Night Time
                                    • Outdoors
                                    • Special Events

                                    Comments about Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Ringlight Flash for Canon EOS:

                                    I'm not getting the pupil round reflection i was expecting, for close up bracket exposures it works great. i just got it but so far i'm happy with the purchase.

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                                    5.0

                                    Good item for correct exposures

                                    By Jim Larson

                                    from Pensacola, Fl

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                    Pros

                                    • Attach Securely
                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy to attach and use

                                    Cons

                                    • Somewhat expensive

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Use
                                    • Indoors
                                    • Low Light
                                    • Macro
                                    • Outdoors

                                    Comments about Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Ringlight Flash for Canon EOS:

                                    Use it for Macro. Have tired it with a 60mm and 180mm lens on my Cannon 60D. Worked as described right out of the box. No problems.

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                                    4.0

                                    I would buy this product again

                                    By Omni

                                    from Canada

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                    Pros

                                    • Attach Securely

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Special Events

                                      Comments about Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Ringlight Flash for Canon EOS:

                                      Nice to have

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                                      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Boo Yeah

                                      By Dan

                                      from Edmond, OK

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                      Pros

                                      • Attach Securely

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Ringlight Flash for Canon EOS:

                                          I use this flash along with a Sigma 105mm macro lens and a Canon T1i body to take intraoral and portrait photographs. It works very well for this purpose, and I would happily buy it again if I need another one.

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