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    Default Feasible flash?

    Hi all.

    I've never really used a flash unit before, so my question is:
    Is it feasible for a macro ring flash unit to be used as a substitute for a normal flash unit?

    I would be using in low-light situations and in close proximity with subjects (3-4m) so a really high powered flash unit is unnecessary.

    It would very likely to be used for: small group photos(5-7 people), portraits, macro work(duh. lol.), oh and I love the effect it gives.

    I don't want to jump the gun.
    Buying it and not being able to fully utilize it really hurts the wallet.

    The units I'm eying at are:
    "Opteka RL-600 ETTL LCD Macro Ring Flash" and "Brilliant Macro Ring Flash DMAF 20ETTL".
    I can't afford the canon ring flash.

    Additional info (not sure if it this will make your judgment call easier):
    Equipment: tamron 28-75 f2.8, sigma 70-200 f2.8, 5D2. Loves shooting at f8.

    Constructive input will be greatly appreciated.

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    Jan 2010
    Ha Noi, Vietnam, Vietnam

    Default Re: Feasible flash?

    I've seen people using it for portrait, but only as a fill light to soften the shadow. I don't think it's nearly powerful enough to use as a light source in low-light situation, unless you're doing macro, of course.
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