Friday, July 2, 2010
Orbis Ring Flash
There are several makes and models to choose from which made the process a little more difficult than I expected, but I made a decision based on my shooting style, what would work with what I already have, and what my pocket book could let go of.
I decided on the Orbis Ring Flash adapter for quite a few reasons. Number one, it will work with my speedlights ...all of them. There are a few other ring flash adapters made for speedlights but some of them will only fit specific models. The Orbis is designed to be a universal fit, and it does indeed fit both sizes of my speedlights.
Yet another reason I picked the Orbis is that its small and light weight. I was considering buying a self contained ring flash unit. However, I know me and if its too much trouble to haul around, I simply won't use it. Plus, with a self contained unit, you would need additional power such as A/C or a battery pack, which is pretty inconvenient in most cases.
The last reason I picked the Orbis is cost. Pure and simple it seemed to me, to be the best bang for the buck that I could afford. It cost me $200 which in my book, is more than fair enough, considering the quality of the product, and what it enables me to do. No other light source I have will give me the look the Orbis does.
Why not just use and on camera flash or the pop-up flash on your camera for on axis fill you say? Because its just not the same quality of light, believe me I've tried it. A mounted, on camera flash will throw off a funny angle when shooting portraits and is also pretty harsh light. The pop-up flash will do the same somewhat and is not nearly as powerful as a separate flash unit. So the answer is definitely the Orbis!
So in a nutshell, this is my overall impression and view of the Orbis Ring Flash adapter. I absolutely love using it and hope to experiment more with it soon. Hope this helps and if there are any questions about using the Orbis or on axis ring fill, sound off in the comments section and I'll try to answer them the best I can.
The Orbis Ring Flash Adapter
I have to admit, mostly what helped me to make my decision about purchasing the Orbis were many different posts on the Strobist blog. Below are several posts that might help you in deciding for yourself.
Ray-Flash vs. Orbis vs. Alien Bees ABR800 Part 1
Ray-Flash vs. Orbis vs. Alien Bees ABR800 Part 2
Ring Flash Week Intro and Resources