Vello Ringbox Ringflash Adapter

Vello Ringbox Ringflash Adapter

Vello Ringbox Ringflash Adapter

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Product Highlights

  • Diffuses Flash into Ring-Shaped Light
  • Compatible with Most DSLRs and Flashes
  • Fits Lenses up to 3.9" in Diameter
  • Attaches to Lens and Flash Head
  • Collapses Down to 8"
  • Magnetic Rod Setup
  • Weighs 1 lb
  • Zippered Carrying Bag Included
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Vello Ringbox Overview

  • 1Description

Convert your shoe-mounted flash into a diffuse ring light with the Ringbox from Vello. The portable, collapsible softbox produces an even, soft light that encircles the lens well-suited to close-up fashion, macro, and medical photography. It is compatible with most DSLR and flashes since it attaches to lenses up to 3.9" in diameter with adjustable elastic cords in center opening and secures to the flash head via a strap with hook-and-loop fasteners.

For maximum portability the Ringbox collapses down to an 8" disc and slides into an included zippered carrying bag. Magnetic rods positioned around the ring allow for quickly collapsing or opening the softbox. Additionally, it weighs 1 lb.

Securely attaches to lenses measuring up to 3.9" in diameter and can work with select wide-angle lenses, though vignetting is possible. Also, smaller lenses can benefit from the use of a lens hood or step up ring in order to keep the Ringbox secure.
UPC: 847628579965
In the Box
Vello Ringbox Ringflash Adapter
  • Masking Strip
  • Carrying Bag
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Vello Ringbox Specs

    Modifier Type Ring Flash
    Softbox
    Attachment Method Strap
    Dimensions : 6.5 x L: 18.0" / : 16.5 x L: 45.7 cm (Open)
    : 4.0 x L: 8.0" / : 10.2 x L: 20.3 cm (Collapsed)
    Weight 1.0 lb / 454 g
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    Package Weight 1.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.3 x 6.2 x 3.9"

    Vello Ringbox Reviews

    Ringbox Ringflash Adapter is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 39.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Remarkable versatility! I have always liked the look of ringflash portraits. There have been several times in my career that I wished I had one. But because I find their use in my work so specialized I didn't want to commit to purchasing a studio unit. My partner had tried several of the on camera flash types but I didn't like their light output. So to replicate the look of a ringflash I often used my 86 diffused parabolic reflector, stood directly in front of it and photographed the talent. Last Christmas some friends gave me a gift card to B&H photo, something that would never go to waste. Early in 2015 I was made aware of a ring flash adapter, the Vello Ringbox Ringflash Adapter. I had seen some of the work produced by the unit so I checked on the B&H site and guess what..they carried them. What intrigued me most was the size of the unit. Most ring flashes are rather small and I'm a big believer in larger modifiers which produce a softer light when close to the talent. The one other concern I had was using the modifier with a speedlight, how much light and the quality of light would it produce? So Add to Cart was in order and about a week later the Vello arrived. I was shocked at how small the unit packs down into its supplied bag. Which is another advantage I hadn't discussed previously. Because I travel with my strobes, a ringflash is much larger and more awkward to store and transport via airlines. The fact that the Vello can pack down so small and fit into my camera bag was a real plus. But I didn't buy it for its compact size, I bought it for how it performs. After trying it at home with my reluctant girlfriend I felt comfortable enough with its light output to use it on an upcoming commercial shoot. Using my Canon 1DX, a 580II speedlight and an EF-85mm f1.2 L II lens the Vello produced some stunning images. The instructions suggest to use your speedlight at 1.3 stops higher in ETTL. I'm sure this is to produce an even coverage of light coming out of the adapter. So here are two examples of using the Vello in a commercial session. As you can see the light output is fantastic as is the coverage. And for my work it's quite the value. My next experiment will be to use the Vello with my Pentax 645Z paired with a Neewer 360ws bare bulb flash unit. Since the Neewer displaces about four and a half times the amount of light as my 580II I will be able to increase my aperture or distance to the talent to obtain the results I need. Stay tuned.
    Date published: 2015-03-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am stunned. I do a lot of headshot photography and finding that soft even light has always been a challenge. I have tried some DIY options and even borrowed a friends ABR-800.The simplicity, value and results of this product are just amazing. I'm just starting to put it through it's paces but so far I don't have any reason to think it won't perform superbly. Build quality is excellent. If you're looking for a ringlight, start here. You may not need to go any further!
    Date published: 2014-12-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from When it's good, it's really good I like this product quite a bit, but I don't *love* it the way I hoped I might. First thing first, it casts a quite lovely light and I can see it being useful for a range applications. I most definitely have plans to use it often when doing portrait work, which is the primary thing I think it will prove useful for. I'd hopped it might be good for macro as well, but its bulk is considerable. Here's the BIG downside for me: it only really works on ONE of my lenses. I'm a Fuji XT-1 shooter, so my gear is on the smaller side. That's a serious issue when using the Ringbox. Due to its considerable depth, you need a pretty long lens (by mirrorless standards at least) to properly attach the box; and that lens needs to have autofocus, and NOT have the lens barrel turn during focusing. I use it with my 18-55 f2.8-4 and it works quite nicely. However, the Fuji 35mm 1.4 has a turning lens barrel and the way the Ringbox attaches causes the camera to panic and shut down (also you could see the edges of the Ringbox in some of the shots. Most of my adapted lenses (Minolta MC) are too short to make focus or aperature adjustments with the Ringbox in place. I'll also add that at least for me, this is not a product that works so great outdoors if there is any wind at all.
    Date published: 2015-01-25
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not for Mirrorless or small lenses I bought this to use for portraits, and in fairness, it *can* produce nice lighting. However, I shoot with a Fuji X-T1, so my lenses are on the smaller side. That makes this product virtually useless. It can *just* barely mount to my Fuji 18-55, and while it *could* mount to my 35mm 1.4, the lens then couldn't focus. And of course, the aperture rings on those or on legacy lenses are inaccessible. You *could* use it with long legacy lenses with a pre-set aperture, though thus far I haven't. The lower deck height of mirrorless cameras also makes it challenging to get the flash head into position. It is also extraordinarily irritating to fold and put away. Similar to a reflector, but notably more challenging.
    Date published: 2016-03-07
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Limitedusability Pros: Makes ring-shaped highlights in your subjects eyes. Cons: everything else (bulky, you look ridiculous standing behind this clumsy contraption), clumsy, does not produce very good light. If you want to get your subject's face nicely lit without washing out the features by this direct light, you'd have to learn how to use it properly. And there's not much you can do in that regard except putting it at a certain distance between the camera and your subject. This means you can't use telephoto lens like 200mm. A fellow photographer bought this reflector and we tried it in my studio. We did not like the results. You can't angle it in any way to make the light from the flash less direct, and all it does is wash out all the features of your subject's face. Also due to the position of the flash on the top, the light is not even. I admit, this could be used under certain circumstances when your goal is to create a washed out look, but even at that, it's not very good enough used alone. You need additional lights. The worst thing is the bulk and clumsiness it imparts to your photography. In one word, if you are a very demanding photographer looking for perfection, stay away from this contraption.
    Date published: 2015-12-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful light, a little clumsy though Great alternative to achieve that beautiful ring flash light we all learned to love since the 90s for much less money than buying an actual ringflash. The elastic bands that hold it to the lenses will give you a hard time getting stuck between the focus ring and the lens hood, specially if youre focusing manually. I bet that adjustable silicone straps would solve the problem.
    Date published: 2015-07-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good ring light I've owned a couple of ring lights before... I got this one because of it's portability. It folds down into a pack that is easy to take along. It works fine as a ring light. It does the job. The only thing that bothers me is that when you turn the camera to vertical, the Ringbox tends to flop down a little bit because the flash isn't up on top to help hold it in place.
    Date published: 2015-01-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE my new Ringbox by Vello The even light the Ringbox by Vello provides is awesome. I never would have thought such an inexpensive device would be so effective. The only negative is the bulky size, but I don't think it is possible to make such an effective device smaller. The results are well worth the small inconvenience of the bulky size.
    Date published: 2015-01-07
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    question

    Is the light an even out put both top and bottom? It looks like there would be more light at the top because that's where the light comes from the flash? Is the bottom light just as well as the top of the image?
    Asked by: Art
    The light is even top an bottom because it travels thru a few cleverly designed prisms Made of reflected fabric ... Money well spent I hope my answer was convincing. :-)
    Answered by: Alex D.
    Date published: 2018-08-25

    question

    CAN I USE THIS FOR A GROUP OF PEOPLE? I ALSO WANT TO KNOW HOW FAR CAN I STAN TO TAKE PICS WITH A GOOD RESULT.
    Asked by: GLORIA Z.
    This is ideal for headshots and product shots for 1-2 subjects. Its effective range is somewhat dictated by the particular flash being used, but in general as mentioned expect 4-6 feet of effective working distance.
    Answered by: Yos O.
    Date published: 2018-08-25

    question

    Will this work with the pop up flash?
    Asked by: Angela H.
    After examining the images in B&H's on-line catalog, I can verify that the Ringbox will NOT work with a camera's pop-up flash, an external flash unit is required. The opening for the flash itself is a good 2 inches too high for the pop-up flash to reach it. The only thing I can recommend (if you really want the Ringbox) is an external flash unit with a swivel head that's compatible with your camera (if your camera has an external accessory hot shoe), or you can look into something like a Bolt VM-110 Macro LED Ring Light that also requires standard hot-shoe but brings it 's own light source, so you don't have to buy a separate external flash unit (the Ringbox and the Bolt VM-110 are about the same price). The VM-110 is AA battery powered and LED driven and has adjustable camera/lens mounts that adjusts to many different DSLR and 35 mm SLR cameras. If you have a standard DSLR, this ring-light will probably work on it.
    Answered by: DONALD S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25

    question

    Can I use my Canon 17-40 L with this?
    Asked by: Mehi S.
    Mehi S, I have a 16-35mm Canon lens and it will fit, but you'll need to use the auto focus option since you will not be able to manually focus. My lens is 82 mm wide. I do't know how wide your 17-40 L mm lens is so you'll have to judge for yourself. The one thing that I should point out about the Vello Ringbox Ringflash head is that a grommet holding the spreader arm which hold the form when this soft box light ring is open up pulled out after just two uses. Kind of makes the item useless. Haven't used it since. Very disappointing.
    Answered by: Paul M.
    Date published: 2018-08-25

    question

    This seems like it's intended for portraiture, for which I'm nearly always using manual focus lenses. Does this unit make access to the focus ring as difficult as the product photos suggest?
    Asked by: Adam S.
    It does make it somewhat difficult to manually focus the lens, especially if the lens has a thick stock associated with zoom lenses. It is easier to use on auto focus, where you are choosing the f-stop for depth of field selection. My disappointment comes at getting the flash in place while placing the lens in the center of the hole. I am also disappointed in the cheaply made Vello ring's construction in that a grommet dislodged from on of the collapsing braces after only one use. Hasn't displayed durability very well.
    Answered by: Paul M.
    Date published: 2018-08-25

    question

    can your flash still meter with ttl or do you have to go manual ?
    Asked by: Ricky R.
    I read somewhere though thatthey suggest setting to 1.5 X rather than TTL for its use. i have the item but have not tried it yet.
    Answered by: Randy G.
    Date published: 2018-08-25

    question

    Can this be used with the camera mounted on a tripod?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    yes, can be used with camera on a tripod
    Answered by: markus m.
    Date published: 2018-08-25
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