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FR-2 Flash ring for the 60mm Macro

Hi there Everyone!

Not sure which part of the forum best fits this question, so I've put it here. Does anyone here on the forum use the FR-2 flash ring adapter with their 60mm Macro and the olympus twin flash kit?

Camarthen Cameras have one in stock for 59 pounds, which seems a little steep but if it is a similar quality to the FR-1 I have on the 50mm Macro I could probably push the boat out.

The FR-1 mounts onto the lens hood mounts on the 50mm Macro and gives a very good stable attachment. Looking at the FR-2 it looks from the pictures as though it just screws into the filter ring on the front of the 60mm - which is only plastic and might not stand up to knocks from the flashes making contact with things accidentally (which has been known when I've been chasing insects across walls.

Any thoughts and info about the FR-2 greatly appreciated before I part with my cash.

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Re: FR-2 Flash ring for the 60mm Macro

I have the FR-2 and paid a similar sum for it.

It's constructed of metal and plastic, the metal part being the end that screws into the filter ring at the front of the 60mm.

The FR-2 is a different design to the FR-1 and whilst up to the job it's intended to do, I don't think it's as sturdy as the FR-1.

The FR-2 is worth the money if you own the ring flash and twin macro flash kit and want to use it with the MZ 60mm macro lens.

I hope this is of some help.

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Re: FR-2 Flash ring for the 60mm Macro

Thanks Dave! I have the twin flash so far - I do look out for a ring on ebay every so often. Is the FR-2 significantly stronger than a normal filter adapter ring? The twin flash has a 67mm ring thread on the mounting ring so in theory I could just get a cheapo adapter ring from 46mm to 67mm.

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Re: FR-2 Flash ring for the 60mm Macro

You're welcome Ralph.

I don't know if the FR-2 is stronger than an adapter ring however, it is designed specifically to do the job.

If you're only planning to use it with the twin flash, I'd be tempted to try the cheaper adapter ring first, if it works to your satisfaction you'll have saved a few quid.

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Re: FR-2 Flash ring for the 60mm Macro

New to macro here, can anyone recommend a ring flash that won't break the bank for a newbie?
thanks
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Re: FR-2 Flash ring for the 60mm Macro

You might want to look at the LED macro lighting. It isn't flash, but it is much cheaper, starting at 15.50 on a well known online retailer's site.

And back to the suggestions above re the FR-2 and fitting the ring flash using filter step up rings instead - beware of a fitting which is so strong that sideways pressure on the ring flash itself causes damage to the lens!

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Re: FR-2 Flash ring for the 60mm Macro

Hi there Surface!

I started off using a starblitz ring flash which I bought second hand for less than 20. It works ok for lenses up to 58mm front thread, but works best with an E-M1 or 5 as they have the flash trigger port as well as the normal flash mount. If I get chance I'll post a picture on this thread to show you how it looks later on.

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Re: FR-2 Flash ring for the 60mm Macro

Hi Ralph,
thanks, I'm using the E-M10 and the 60mm macro
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Re: FR-2 Flash ring for the 60mm Macro

Hi there Steve!

Sorry for the delay - life gets in the way sometimes!

Here are some photos of the starblitz ringflash on the 60mm macro and e-m1 - as you can see it is connected through the sync port rather than a hotshoe. For the e-m10 you would need to get a hot shoe to sync port adapter but they are only a few pounds. You also need to get a 46mm to 55mm ring to fit the ring flash as they don't normally come with that size (normally you get 49mm and 52mm).





In comparison for size - here's my other macro setup - the E-30 with 50mm macro and olympus twin flash



The difference in size is quite obvious, but the other big difference is the weight - the E-M1 and 60mm with ringflash weighs in at 975g, whereas the E-30 and 50mm with twinflash and EX25 weighs in at a massive 2125g - which is a massive difference when held at arms length for a while!

Just to show what the 60mm / ringflash set-up can achieve here's a picture of a cookie my daughter made tonight while I was taking pictures - I didn't venture outside to take one due to the thunderstorm!



I hope this is of some help, but also have a look at AlfBranch's macro setup - he uses a large normal flash with a home made modifier to diffuse the light and position it above the subject - if you have a large flash already (the flip up on the E-M10 wouldn't have the power) then this might be the cheapest and most effective option.

One more thing about the starblitz is that it is not a TTL flash - you have the option of setting it to automatic, but that just uses the reflected light from the subject to shut the flash off when it thinks it has given enough, you still have to set up your camera to the amount of light it provides which can take some getting used to.

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Re: FR-2 Flash ring for the 60mm Macro

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