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ExpoImagingRay Flash Ring Flash Adapter for EOS/Olympus/Sony DSLRs
 
3.7

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (20)
  • Lightweight (19)
  • Reliable (8)
  • Strong construction (7)
  • Consistent output (5)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (10)
  • Weak output (3)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (12)
  • Fill flash (11)
  • Close -ups (5)
  • Photojournalism (4)
  • General purpose (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (12), Semi-pro photographer (8), Photo enthusiast (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Works as promised

I use if for portraits and events.Ray Flash can't fully replace studio ringflash because of following limitations:- less output (approx 1 stop loss compared to 'naked' 580EXII);- absence of light direction...Read complete review

I use if for portraits and events.Ray Flash can't fully replace studio ringflash because of following limitations:- less output (approx 1 stop loss compared to 'naked' 580EXII);- absence of light direction management (best studio ringflashes allow to adjust the flash optical axis vs. lens optical axis and light beam narrowness), and Ray Flash, while being tightly tied to the flash, however, does not prevent the hot shoe flash head itself from some side play (this can be barely noted with naked flash, but when you put more load on it, with Ray Flash, or with Fong's WhaleTail, you will find that there is some side and end play there);Ray Flash compared to hot shoe flash:- you can't bounce;- usually can't use hood;- access to on-the-lens switches can be limited (depends on lens);- if lens has tripod collar installed (70-200 f/2.8 IS), you have to remove Ray Flash first to take lens off body.However, Ray Flash is awesome addition to hot shoe flash:- no need to carry separate heavy power pack (and Ray Flash itself is not heavy);- shadows are very soft compared to hot shoe flash;- TTL functions as well as with genuine flash;- it costs [$] only. - while it can't replace true macro ring flash, because it does not allow to set a ratio between left and right parts of 'ring'. With Ray Flash you always get a flat even illumination. However, it delivers that flat even light at less than 5" distance.It is definitely better then direct hot shoe flash; light reflections on oily/sweaty skin are not as harsh and shadows are much more pleasing.I would mention following suggestions for events:- remove tripod collar from your lenses if you are gong to switch lenses during event. Otherwise, you would have to remove Ray Flash every time you put lens with collar on or off the camera;- Ray Flash can restrict finger access to on-the-lens switches (AF, IS, etc) to some degree, and to use these switches you would better have some short but strong tool (a lock key might work).Ray Flash might look fragile, but it is not; it is made from high quality plastic. My main concern is storage; it would be great if retail box included some kind of storage bag, because it is hard to find appropriate bag yourself because of Ray Flash shape and dimensions.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Works well sometimes

This flash adapter is well thought out, but for two things. It's single point of attachment is to clamp on to an existing flash unit that was never designed to hold that much weight...Read complete review

This flash adapter is well thought out, but for two things. It's single point of attachment is to clamp on to an existing flash unit that was never designed to hold that much weight or fight that much leverage. I am thinking of fastening something to the bottom of the ring that could anchor on the tripod screw socket of the camera to make the entire outfit more rigid.
The second problem is that the flash unit emits red light for focusing and the upper arm of this ring completely blocks the red light from hitting the subject.
My intention for this unit is two fold 1. using it with a macro lens 2. using it for flash fill in outdoor portraiture. When shadowless light is wanted it works well.
It is not very durable feeling and it seems to be costly.

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2.0

Disappointed

By Drewskie

from Santa Fe Springs, Ca

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Bulky

Best Uses

  • Portraits

Comments about ExpoImaging Ray Flash Ring Flash Adapter for EOS/Olympus/Sony DSLRs:

It does give a softer shadow around the object, even with as many as 3-4 people, but cannot be too far from shooting it. Overall, I was expecting a lot better material since it's plastic. Or, for [$] I think it may be selling better. It's a bit bulky, but manageable.

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4.0

Love it!

By helkiban

from Old Greenwich, ct

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Not Interchangeable

Best Uses

  • Fill Flash
  • General Use
  • Night Photography
  • Portraits

Comments about ExpoImaging Ray Flash Ring Flash Adapter for EOS/Olympus/Sony DSLRs:

I used the Ray Flash for a wedding as an alternate to the speedlight ... light was soft and made beautiful porttraits. It is a bit difficult to take off (very tight fit)

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5.0

Great piece of kit!

By News Shooter

from Orlando, FL

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Pack
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about ExpoImaging Ray Flash Ring Flash Adapter for EOS/Olympus/Sony DSLRs:

      This takes the place of my ring flash. I'm getting great consistent results with the Ray Flash. Saves having to pack out a ton of kit.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Try before buy

      By Slava Druk

      from Singapore

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about ExpoImaging Ray Flash Ring Flash Adapter for EOS/Olympus/Sony DSLRs:

      I have not had time to play with this ring. In general I'm happy with result. I look forward to use it with wide angle lens to make funny pictures. Also I want to try micro with it.

      One problem then using in low light the ring is blocking IR assist beam from 580EXII so autofocus does not work.

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      4.0

      Bang for Buck!

      By fotomedotca

      from Canada

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Pack
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Blocks IR on flash

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about ExpoImaging Ray Flash Ring Flash Adapter for EOS/Olympus/Sony DSLRs:

      Excellent attachment if you want to achieve soft and even spread lighting for portraits. Adjusting your flash will also allow for Light Ring effect in the eyes.

      It is, however, quite heavy and at times hard to fit over certain lenses. Not an excellent choice if there is a lot of movement.

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      5.0

      Absolutely AMAZING!!!!

      By Twophotography

      from Boise, Idaho

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Photojournalism
        • Portraits

        Comments about ExpoImaging Ray Flash Ring Flash Adapter for EOS/Olympus/Sony DSLRs:

        It is so easy to use! I use it for added fun photos for my clients for their wedding books! Great lighting and perfect turn out every time!

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        4.0

        Don't judge a book by its cover

        By Bruno Bezerra

        from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • Portraits

          Comments about ExpoImaging Ray Flash Ring Flash Adapter for EOS/Olympus/Sony DSLRs:

          Very good light solution!

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          • No

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          5.0

          Does what is says...good product

          By CME

          from Kansas City

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Nicely built

          Cons

          • Bulky

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • Portraits

          Comments about ExpoImaging Ray Flash Ring Flash Adapter for EOS/Olympus/Sony DSLRs:

          Very nice lighting, kind of awkward looking (but how else can you get light around the lens), does what it says it'll do. The only problem, IMO, is this type of light can only do so much before it's repetitive.

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          1.0

          Don't judge a book by its cover

          By cristafor

          from Miami, FL

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Bulky
            • Weak Output

            Best Uses

              Comments about ExpoImaging Ray Flash Ring Flash Adapter for EOS/Olympus/Sony DSLRs:

              The ring is not evenly distributed light in the foreground, where better should work. It's too big and I think it could damage the flash.

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              4.0

              It is what it is...

              By miami305

              from Miami

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • Portraits

                Comments about ExpoImaging Ray Flash Ring Flash Adapter for EOS/Olympus/Sony DSLRs:

                Portraits.. a little macro.

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                • No

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                2.0

                It's OK, value considering the price

                By GSL

                from Orlando, FL

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about ExpoImaging Ray Flash Ring Flash Adapter for EOS/Olympus/Sony DSLRs:

                    It's ok. It's design makes it kind of rickety. I think for those who want the look, they'll find value in it if they don't have a big budget for something professional grade.

                    I don't love it or hate it, but I think there will be those who either love it or hate it.. I wouldn't recommend this to a friend, but wouldn't talk him or her out of buying it either..

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                    3.0

                    Good idea, very bulky.

                    By KRF Photography

                    from Idaho

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • Bulky

                    Best Uses

                    • Fill Flash
                    • Photojournalism

                    Comments about ExpoImaging Ray Flash Ring Flash Adapter for EOS/Olympus/Sony DSLRs:

                    I was really excited about this idea, but it's extremely bulky, and much bigger than I think it needs to be. The quality of light and flash was good, but I also felt like my clients were seeing stars for much longer than 'normal' flashes or even an actual ring flash.

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                    4.0

                    Well made product!

                    By JE

                    from Houston, TX

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Powerful Output

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about ExpoImaging Ray Flash Ring Flash Adapter for EOS/Olympus/Sony DSLRs:

                      Even though it just feels wrong paying [$] for a piece of plastic, I must admit it is a good product... It is solidly built. It fits my 580EX II perfectly.Provides a very powerful, even flash.Looks pretty cool, too.I don't like that it blocks the auto-focus assist light, however, which makes focusing in low light tricky, but that's unavoidable due to the design.

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                      4.0

                      Beautiful

                      By John

                      from Garden Grove, Ca

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast Recycling

                      Cons

                      • Bulky

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits

                      Comments about ExpoImaging Ray Flash Ring Flash Adapter for EOS/Olympus/Sony DSLRs:

                      It's not as powerful as a ring light, but this baby comes in handy. It is cumbersome to carry around especially if you plan on shooting weddings with this. It sticks right around your lens so that's great, but I fear if i drop it then it's game over for the ray flash. Overall the photo quality paired up with the canon 580 ex II is great. It just takes some time getting used to.

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                      4.0

                      Great for fill!

                      By FKVPhotoGraphics

                      from Ocala, Florida

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Weak Output

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash
                      • General Use
                      • Photojournalism
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about ExpoImaging Ray Flash Ring Flash Adapter for EOS/Olympus/Sony DSLRs:

                      I bought this unit for on location fill light. In that respect it works very well. I used it in a studio setting hoping to make my workflow easier but it fell a bit short in that respect. However if your budget doesn't allow for the bigger studio size units this will fill in quite well. It just takes a bit more work when balancing your lighting.

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                      4.0

                      see the small things

                      By tooth Dr

                      from Brooklyn NY

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast Recycling
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Feels a little flimsy
                      • Weak Output

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash
                      • Macro
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about ExpoImaging Ray Flash Ring Flash Adapter for EOS/Olympus/Sony DSLRs:

                      great light source for macro photography + high-fashion shots

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                      5.0

                      I recommend this product.

                      By Mohamed El Ashmawy

                      from Alexandria, Egypt

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                      • Bulky

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use

                      Comments about ExpoImaging Ray Flash Ring Flash Adapter for EOS/Olympus/Sony DSLRs:

                      This flash is built to last a lifetime. If you're an engineer you'll like the design and quality of this product. I'm a little surprised that the price isn't higher.
                      I recommend this product.

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                      2.0

                      Not great

                      By David in LA

                      from Los Angeles, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about ExpoImaging Ray Flash Ring Flash Adapter for EOS/Olympus/Sony DSLRs:

                            This flash does concentrate light to the middle of the face, but it isn't strong enough to have the effect of a real (far more expensive) ring flash. There is too much fall-off of light in back of the subject and most shots looked pretty ordinary. I returned it.

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                            4.0

                            Big but beautiful

                            By Buddy4344

                            from Allentown, PA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Powerful Output

                            Cons

                            • Bulky

                            Best Uses

                            • Fill Flash
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about ExpoImaging Ray Flash Ring Flash Adapter for EOS/Olympus/Sony DSLRs:

                            I've only had this a week. I am using it with a 580 flash. With this flash, I need to use one of the included shims - which is a little rinky dink, but the flash is suppose to fit the ver II model perfect. Works well, but it is large and bulky. Should best be used in conjunction with other general lighting. Shots to date show good potential.

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                            4.0

                            Works as promised

                            By Vlad

                            from NJ

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Bulky
                            • No storage bag provided

                            Best Uses

                            • Close -ups
                            • Portraiture
                            • Special Events

                            Comments about ExpoImaging Ray Flash Ring Flash Adapter for EOS/Olympus/Sony DSLRs:

                            I use if for portraits and events.Ray Flash can't fully replace studio ringflash because of following limitations:- less output (approx 1 stop loss compared to 'naked' 580EXII);- absence of light direction management (best studio ringflashes allow to adjust the flash optical axis vs. lens optical axis and light beam narrowness), and Ray Flash, while being tightly tied to the flash, however, does not prevent the hot shoe flash head itself from some side play (this can be barely noted with naked flash, but when you put more load on it, with Ray Flash, or with Fong's WhaleTail, you will find that there is some side and end play there);Ray Flash compared to hot shoe flash:- you can't bounce;- usually can't use hood;- access to on-the-lens switches can be limited (depends on lens);- if lens has tripod collar installed (70-200 f/2.8 IS), you have to remove Ray Flash first to take lens off body.However, Ray Flash is awesome addition to hot shoe flash:- no need to carry separate heavy power pack (and Ray Flash itself is not heavy);- shadows are very soft compared to hot shoe flash;- TTL functions as well as with genuine flash;- it costs [$] only. - while it can't replace true macro ring flash, because it does not allow to set a ratio between left and right parts of 'ring'. With Ray Flash you always get a flat even illumination. However, it delivers that flat even light at less than 5" distance.It is definitely better then direct hot shoe flash; light reflections on oily/sweaty skin are not as harsh and shadows are much more pleasing.I would mention following suggestions for events:- remove tripod collar from your lenses if you are gong to switch lenses during event. Otherwise, you would have to remove Ray Flash every time you put lens with collar on or off the camera;- Ray Flash can restrict finger access to on-the-lens switches (AF, IS, etc) to some degree, and to use these switches you would better have some short but strong tool (a lock key might work).Ray Flash might look fragile, but it is not; it is made from high quality plastic. My main concern is storage; it would be great if retail box included some kind of storage bag, because it is hard to find appropriate bag yourself because of Ray Flash shape and dimensions.

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