RayFlash introduces universal Ringflash adapter with new clamp design







RayFlash has announced a new universal ringflash adapter for DSLRs. Designed to clamp on to your own hotshoe flash, it utilizes the light from your existing flash unit and bends it through the circular structure around the lens of a DSLR. It’s offered in two sizes – one fits most DSLRs (and the Olympus E-M5 O-MD) and another is configured with a longer neck for cameras with a higher body. RayFlash calls it ‘small and light-weight,’ (each unit indeed weighs 540g) and claims that it doesn’t require any other fittings to support it. 

The previous RayFlash adapter used a slightly different design and was only compatible with certain Nikon and Canon flash units. The newly designed universal adapter accommodates a wider range of flash units with its clamping mechanism, though some may require the use of a rubber O-Ring for a proper fit. The original Ringflash adapter has been discontinued on RayFlash’s website. The new universal model(s) will retail for £99.00. RayFlash is currently distributed through the UK, Europe and US. Visit their site for a full list of distributors

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Press Release:

NEW Universal RAY FLASH Ringflash Adapter

THE RINGFLASH ADAPTER FOR ALL PORTABLE FLASH UNITS

The Inventor of the original and first ever ringflash adapter, Dalibor Zyka from The Czech Republic, has just released an new and up-dated design of his revolutionary product: The Universal Ringflash Adapter

The NEW Universal Ringflash adapter is a very affordable way to achieve typical ringflash lighting quality normally only available to studio flash equipment users!

The new and unique Universal Ringflash Adapter was developed by a professional photographer from the Czech Republic.  It was designed to be as light and as portable as possible.  There are no electronics, no flashtubes and no cumbersome cables!  It uses a clever system of acrylic light channels and reflectors to distribute the light emitted from the flash unit evenly around the large diameter of the ringflash adapter.  This creates the same lighting effect normally only available from ringflash units made by studio flash equipment manufacturers, which are expensive, heavy and tethered (they have a cable from ringflash to power pack).  The universal, adjustable clamp mechanism holds the portable flash unit (speedlite) safely and in the right position, aided in some cases by a black, rubber O-Ring.  Because of different height camera bodies from the main manufacturers TWO models are available, Short & Long (see chart for listing). Both models have a height-adjustable neck for minor variations in camera height.

The RayFlash Ringflash Adapter creates a very special lighting effect: a “3-d shadow-wrapped look”. Because all light originates from the front, i.e. from around the lens, it produces a virtually shadow-less look on the front of your subject, while a soft even shadow appears around the edges. It is ideally suited for fashion, portrait, beauty, wedding & macro photography as a main or fill-in light. 

The RayFlash Ringflash Adapter does not change the colour temperature of the flash that powers it and the additional weight can easily be accommodated by the hot-shoe mounted flash unit.

How to fit the Ringflash Adapter:

The Ringflash Adapter is mounted to the front of a Hot-Shoe type flash unit or “speedlite” and it is small and light-weight enough to allow complete mobility. Therefore no extra support fittings are needed and no strain is put onto the front of your lens.

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Comments

Kodachrome200

This is why I love these new chinese lighting companies. i cant believe they want 200 bux for this. I just bought a similar thing for $25. I have been in photography for a long time and its great to buy 50 dollar soft boxes and the like

Pheonix

Was a bit expensive, the old model, in the UK, and as a Pentax shooter, unlikely to fit. At £99 its a bit more of an impulse purchase.

Tempted to see how well it works for Dance Photography on location… isolation of head/shoulders from the rest of the scene, when Bounce is not available (dark ceilings etc.

Just need to find out when the UK distro will be getting them in stock!

jackpro

this is another option http://enlightphotopro.com/gear/the-orbis-ringflash/

Joseph S Wisniewski

Depends on how you define “option”. The original Rayflash was very uneven, but at least it was hotter on top on a landscape image.

The Orbis is hotter on the bottom. Research “sinister lighting” if you don’t understand why that is unflattering.

KariIceland

Another option? Yes
A good option? Nope

micahmedia

Great! I can wait for the knock off version!

Seriously though, I would prefer the legit one, regardless of price, if only they supported their product better. I bought one of their original Ray Flash units that had internal elements fall apart and rattle around. When I called, they told me to go swap for a new one at the brick and mortar store I’d bought it at. So I did, but that one gave uneven illumination, and they didn’t have any more that fit my flash in stock.

So I returned it.

A year later I bought a knockoff version. Same quality of light. Not perfectly symmetrical, but for under $50, I’m not going to complain. Unlike the Ray Flash which cost me $200. Not falling for that again. No, I’ll just wait for the knockoff again.

GaryJP

I live in Hong Kong. All I have ever seen in the stores is the Chinese knock-off.

grock

For people poo-pooing the RayFlash, I have a one, and though I don’t use it nearly as much as I hoped I would, it’s a pretty good device. Actually, the fact that I don’t use it as much as I hoped kind of highlights one of its better features- I don’t need to switch out my 580EX flash and put on a separate ring flash if I just want to take a couple shots. Removing the rayflash is much simpler. I’ve been really happy with the results, and it’s a lot cheaper than most good ring flashes. Only real downside as far as I can tell is that the flash is about one stop less light since it uses the Speedlite light. But after looking into a lot of ring flashes, I thought the RayFlash was a good choice for a hobbyist who didn’t need a more expensive, dedicated ring flash. That, and the fact that I had to change adapters when using the 430EX instead of the 580. But this adapter seems to solve that.

rayflash

Hello,
your information is inaccurate, chinese fake for 20 USD does not function,light loss minus 4-5 EV, compared to the RAY FLASH original.Llight output power of chinese fakes is insufficient for serious shooting.therefore the choice of every customer,what light quality will be use for photo shooting.

new universal adapter for all types of DSLR cameras

YouDidntDidYou

Does this work with the Panasonic L10 if it works with the Olympus E5 and also will it work with the forthcoming Olympus E-M1

micahmedia

The comment by “rayflash” is an utter lie. I’ve used both and the knock off branded “Coco” is spot on for 1/4 the price (less then $50). There is no more loss of light with the Coco than the “Ray” branded version.

There are other versions that do not so closely resemble the Ray, and they are indeed not as good. But there is at least one that fully replicates the form and function for much less money.

Had the makers of the Ray Flash branded unit actually stood by their product and gotten me a working unit when I bought one, I’d have never learned about the knock off brand.

Also, the Ray Flash is anything but original in design. So there is no RAY FLASH “original”.

Joseph S Wisniewski

Indeed. I’ve measured two different Chinese ring flashes and they’re within half a stop of the Ray Flash. And they all had nearly identical imbalances between top and bottom.

Pierre Daigneault

Now what about an aluminium foil plate with a hole cut in it (crumpled to defuse) put onto the front of the lens. Then direct the regular flash at the plate and use the reflected light with the main light as back lighting……
…voila….$0.20…..

Joseph S Wisniewski

The plate surrounds the lens, right?

So, how do you direct a flash at the plate without directing it at the lens?

Are you familiar with “veiling flare”?

BJN

DIY? Yeah, right. If the light quality is good, it’s very reasonable at a couple hundred bucks.

Potemkin_Photo

Give it 3 months and every Chinese me-too shop will have this for $19.99 with free shipping from Shenzhen. Just wait, you know it’s going to happen.

grock

The RayFlash has been out for years. If this adapter was in such large demand, I think the Chinese knockoffs would have been out there already.

micahmedia

They are. But this design is slightly tweaked. I’m sure the tweaks will make it into the Chinese ones soon too.

Joseph S Wisniewski

Grock, there are many knockoffs of the original Ray Flash. They came out a few months after it was launched, and perform virtually identically.

The new Ray Flash addresses (we hope) the serious flaws of the old one, by borrowing from some existing fiber-optic products. Give the cloners a chance: we’ll be seeing knockoffs in a couple of months.

CameraLabTester

This gadget has got to reduce it’s retail price drastically to be interesting enough.

With the current price, it is trying to do a Nikon 1 pricing policy, or an EOS M pricing policy and we know what happened to those goodies…

CypherOz

Yeah! http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/F160-O-Flash-Ring-Adapter-for-Canon-Nikon-Pentax-Sony-Olympus-Camera-/271257388355?pt=AU_Cameras_Photographic_Accessories&hash=item3f28334543

marike6

See, it is possible to crowbar an arbitrary slam against Canikon into a random article about a Ring Flash adapter.

People are so creative. 🙂

Rooru S

How much does Optical Fiber cost? Maybe I can put some cables and wrap them around a lens with aluminum foil behind to direct the light to the front…Or maybe try this…MMMMM

whitecue

These are not normal optical fibers but the type that can direct light while emit it sideways in one direction through internal reflection srufaces. I know 3M has this kind of product but don’t know if you can find them on retail market.

micahmedia

There is no optical fiber. It’s all plastic. Optical fiber, I might consider the price justified. This is just injection molded and glued plastic. Even so, it performs pretty well. Just not for $200 and crappy customer support!

rockjano

The problem with this kind of ring flash that it weeeeek.

And you can get a similar one for a to-lot less..

grock

It’s only about one stop less than what the flash is set at.

Clyde Thomas

Now try grabbing the focus ring.

micahmedia

…and then try using the AF. Unless you’re shooting with AF-D Nikon lenses, AF will work just fine.

offertonhatter

This is good news. A friend has one and works great with her Speedlight 580 and EOS 1D mk4. However as a Pentax user I have never had the luck to get one that fits my 540, until now. The Manufacturer did say that they were looking at other mounts at Focus 3 years ago. Looks like they have finally produced.

I will get one, as for £99.00 it seems good value.

FoveonPureView

I’m wondering, whether I could use this newly introduced RayFlash universal Ringflash adapter on the Sigma DP3M (possibly also DP1/2M, and also an old DP-series-cam), when supposedly using it in combination with the Sigma EF 610 DG Super flash.

Would it also likely work on the SD1(M) when the new 18-35mm 1.8-lens is attached, in combination with that same EF 610 DG Super flash?

I just haven’t any clue whatsoever, which is why I’d happy, if someone here (or wherever really…) could tell me or at least attempt taking an educated guess on this matter.

Thank you so much in advance for your truly valued and assumedly helpful replies 😉

babalu

A very specialized item; those who need such a ring flash , mainly professionals like doctors or researchers in need of accurate macro lighting, will rather stay with their present ring flash equipment . Also it looks awkwardly big and intrusive.. and needs a flash unit on top of the DSLR .

mr.izo

big is usualy good ehn comes down to artificial light… would be nice to see some test, i can imagine use of this gizmo on two or three flashes off camera..

Stu 5

This is not designed for macro use. It is more similar to a studio ringflash. It is designed for portraits and fashion work.

Glen78

Man, I was really interested in this until I found two things:

1. It costs $200 US! I imagine the manufacturing cost is no more than $20.

2. They do not have a model that fits the SB-700, only SB-800 or SB-900.

For $200 you can get a dedicated ringflash and not have to fool with this contraption. For $50 and compatible with SB-700, D600 and a 105 VR micro I would have bought it.

Kinematic Digit

What ringflash can you get for $200 with TTL?

PenGun

The very similar Cowboy Studio device goes for $35.

Kinematic Digit

PenGun, I have those LED ring flash lights as well. They do not have TTL on them and have a very quick fall off. Pretty much useless for anything but macro work or low light venues.

Ben Ramsey

Kinematic Digit, I don’t think he was referring to an LED ringlight but to one of these: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0032CBTF8, which does indeed seem very similar.

yabokkie

they have to price it high because they won’t sell many.

Glen78

Kinematic Digit, there are quite a few TTL capable ring flashes for under $200.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.Xttl%20ring%20flash%20nikon&_nkw=ttl%20ring%20flash%20nikon&_sacat=0&_from=R40&_udlo=0&_udhi=200

skyrunr

$200 pass… DIY

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