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   Old Thread  #1616 5 Mar 2012 at 8.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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i agree will be getting a fliker acount !!!!! seam to loose so much in the detail
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   Old Thread  #1615 5 Mar 2012 at 6.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I have Noticed in the past images pasted from photo bucket seem to lose quality
Never had this with Flickr.
Thanks everyone for the advice on ring flashes, Think i will have to look into it a bit more before i splash out
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   Old Thread  #1614 5 Mar 2012 at 12.29pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Is it my imagination or are images uploaded to Flickr sharper than those uploaded to Photobucket when viewed on the forum
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   Old Thread  #1613 5 Mar 2012 at 8.03am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Following on from some of the comments made in respect of the performance of budget `Ring Flashes` the following picture has emerged, no pun intended.

The average flash output is around a guide of 15 at an ISO of 100. This figure is true of a model costing £30- £300+. You do not need a massive flash output when taking macro shots at extreme close distance.
Most of the features in respect of variable flash output and other useful features found in the top of the range models can be got in a model costing £30.

There is a difference between the budget and top of the range models. At the top end they will match up with the cameras electronicsí in respect of auto exposure.

With a budget model you would select manual (M) and set a speed of 125 or less and an aperture of say f11. Take a few test shots and make adjustments. Not that difficult.

Build quality and reliability are a consideration. The budget models use super bright LEDís as opposed to tubes and are made from plastic as opposed to stronger materials seen in the more expensive versions.

It is a horses for courses situation. If I was going to earn my living by taking close up macro shots I would probably invest in a top of the range model. As I donít then the budget version fills the need I have at present.
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   Old Thread  #1612 4 Mar 2012 at 10.09pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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another for orbis or ray flash, if you have some time make your own !!!
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   Old Thread  #1611 4 Mar 2012 at 8.36pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I fished here last night. taken handheld with a muFT Lumix G3 and 20mm 1.7 lens
massive iso on the 2nd one. cleaned up with Topaz Denoise. (thanks keebs)

The idea was to show exactly waht I could see. Or in the 2nd shot, exactly what I couldnt.




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   Old Thread  #1610 4 Mar 2012 at 6.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
My first play with video mode on the new DSLR


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   Old Thread  #1609 4 Mar 2012 at 5.55pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I think things have moved on a bit. I donít normally buy basic entry anything but in this case I was interested to see what you got for a silly amount of money

Basically you get a ring flash which comes with loads of different size adaptors which fit all the lenses I have.

You can have a conventional flash, with 7 power levels or continues light and should you chose left or right illumination only.

On the downside it syncros at 100th which is a bit slow for me but works at 160-200th.
Hand held with a high ISO the effective working aperture is around 5.6-f8. Not tried it as yet with a low ISO on a tripod but as the study posted was the second shot I had taken with it I am not that disappointed with the result

The model is a Meike FC100 and came with a bonus cleaning kit, pen brush, blower, lens cleaner and a cloth This is the cheapest bit of camera kit I have ever brought £27.00 but if it does the job, for now thatís fine by me. I will of course end up with something decent with the resulting hefty price tag, as you do
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   Old Thread  #1608 4 Mar 2012 at 3.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The Sigma one didn't seem too bad when I had a look at it a while ago. Have a look at the Orbis attachment if it isn't going to be in regular use. I haven't played with one for ages, although I was using a Medical-Nikkor 120mm nearly 20 years ago.

I'm going to Focus tomorrow and if I remember I'll have a look at what's available.
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   Old Thread  #1607 4 Mar 2012 at 3.06pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks Allonblack, thinking about the cheaper sigma or even cheaper the nissin jobs might be ok
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   Old Thread  #1606 4 Mar 2012 at 2.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Dave,

I went with a bargain ring flash off of ebay, not worth the money.. and it was only about £20!

Rather than a flash, it's just a constant light, and a very dull one at that.

I'd be happier to go with a quality one from a known manufacturer and know that i'm getting a good piece of kit rather than a cheap flimsy version.

Hope that helps!

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   Old Thread  #1605 4 Mar 2012 at 2.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Nice shot 60sRules, thinking about getting a ring flash.
Nikon jobs are a bit pricey.
what ring flash are you using
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   Old Thread  #1604 4 Mar 2012 at 1.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks dangerousdave i need to get out more and take some pictures but im either at work or at home with the kids

Fishing trip 23rd, 24th & 25th of March to Orchard Place in Kent so camera will coming with me for that
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   Old Thread  #1603 4 Mar 2012 at 11.27am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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hi dave i love that moon fantastic shot and the sun setting
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   Old Thread  #1602 4 Mar 2012 at 11.06am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
First study taken using a `Ring Flash` Decision time do I stick with the bargain basement model ?or is it worth getting the real deal.
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