View Full Version : Macro ring lighting unit (not a ring flash)

Loup Garou
6th July 2012, 06:49 PM
A friend sent me this link and the competitive price looks too good to be true. Other JJC products are OK but this is the first time I heard of this one. With adapter rings for 52mm, 58mm and 67mm, it should work with my 12-50mm, 40-150mm and 100-300mm lenses.

I am no good with light strength calculations and so will someone (or more) take a look at the specs and tell me what they feel? Can this be used as a light source for macro?


Phill D
6th July 2012, 07:58 PM
I've wondered about something like this in the past too but never actually bought one so can't really advise. However, I have seen them cheaper than this probably down to 26 and also some of them have more continuously adjustable light levels and also allow side to side light switching to give shadow lighting effects. So this may not be the bargain it first appears. Try ebay for alternatives.

6th July 2012, 10:52 PM
I made one from a twin ring LED Ring Light from eBay 2.99 and powered it with an old phone charger. The colour balance needed to be corrected, but so do many of these LED "Illuminators"

Stewart G
7th July 2012, 01:52 AM
I bought something similar from a company called Neewer. Its battery pack sits in the hotshoe, or you can just let it dangle. The construction is light weight but adequate. I had to reinforce the strain relief where the wire exits the housing but otherwise, no complaints. Includes a mains adapter for home use. Very nice light, but just a couple of stops worth. I don't use mine above f8 or so unless working with a close up subject. The light also works as a focusing aid in poorly lit condition. Despite the multiple ring adapters, (the Neewer unit) doesn't work on a lens wider than about 35mm, I suspect this one has similar limitations, due to the depth of the housing. Overall, a very good value, so long as one doesn't expect it to replace a true flash unit.

Stewart G
7th July 2012, 02:03 AM
Oh, I should have added, if you go to my website (technopeasant.org) and scroll down fourteen galleries you can see a picture of the Neewer unit on my 620 and seven images of fungi shot with that light. This unit should produce very similar results, I'd think.
I think I was using the 50mm, but have also used it on the 40-150 in mild shade at about a meter distance. That seemed to be about the limit of its light output.

Ross the fiddler
7th July 2012, 07:49 AM
As Stewart says, it makes a good focus aid, but I found it (or something very similar) pretty low in light power & not good enough for any decent macro shots (even with the 35mm lens), so I just used it for night focussing assistance as seen with this set-up & twin flashes for the exposure.
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1006/PB139541s.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/28449)

With results like this (using a Sigma 150mm macro lens).
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/506/PB142761as.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/28575)

Hope that helps.

Stewart G
7th July 2012, 01:52 PM
Ross, that's a fantastic shot and a dreamy rig, looks like a perfect set up. I should have added better particulars to my post:
I hit a vignette limit around 35 mm focal length using the 12-60 with a 72-67 step down ring so the led light could fit (poorly) on that lens. Not a good test at all. I imagine the 35mm macro would be a decent match for these led ring lights, makes me wish I had one.
That spider is beautiful!

Harold Gough
5th November 2014, 07:05 PM
You need flash.


6th November 2014, 08:02 AM
A freind bought one of these things for £20 or so. He was very impressed with the results.