For the last year or two I’m been busy viewing videos about photography—specially about macro photography. I marveled at the view of weird-looking creatures like flies, wasps, butterflies, insects, worms or small cubes of sugar or salt. How could they do that? How could they capture a honey bee covered with hairs that look like fur? It was a wonderful spectacle to watch. Macro photography rocks!
The only problem is that the gear to do that is so expensive, or at least that is what I thought. Until, out of the blue, one rainy afternoon I happened into a YouTube video created by Marius van der Westhuizen.
Marius is the author and host of the Digital Today Photography website, where you become the master of your camera. On his episode 27, he skillfully detailed how you could get your toes wet with macro photography without paying a bundle. The gear that he suggested in this video was the Travor RF-550D macro LED ring flash which can easily be had at Amazon online for $27.95. Even with my budget constraints this great was within my reach. Faster than a blink of the eye, I clicked into Amazon online and ordered the device on October 20, 2014. It was delivered by Aeropost from Miami, FL to Panama City, Panama on P.M. October 29, 2014.
This R-550D marco LED ring flash is specially designed to use in the field of macroshot, scientific research, medical and personal photography in a very close distance shooting. It can provide continuous and stable semi light or full light to meet higher photograph needs. The plastic gadget also includes 8 Mounting Rings (49-77mm) and consist of 48 pieces LED, higher luminance and lower static power consumption. It is ideal for any model of Nikon or Canon brand DSLR.
With a pounding heart, I opened the box yesterday afternoon. With the help of the manual and reviewing Mr. Westhuizen’s video, I was able to unpack the gadget, assemble and mount it on my DSLR camera. I pressed the On button for five seconds, and device came to life. Everything came out fine, exactly as instructed in the Owner’s Manual.
Even though Neewer says it’s a ring flash, it is not. It’s a ring light. It’s also very cheap and feels cheap. The plastic feels weak and fragile. Therefore, if you are not careful handling it, it can easily crack with a slight fall to the ground or a bang against a solid surface. On the other hand, you get what you pay for. There’s no such thing as a free lunch.
Contents of the box:
- One macro ring head with 48 small LED lights
- One power control with LCD display
- Eight (8) adapter rings: 49, 52, 55, 58, 62, 67, 72, and 77 mm
- Four (4) flash diffusers (orange, blue, oyster white and transparent
The main specifications of the ring flash are:
- Effective distance: 15-150 centimeters
- Sync speed: 1/100 seconds
- Power rate: Semi Power and Full Power
- Power: Four AA batteries
- LED: 48 PCS
- Color temperature: 3000-15000k
- Weight of the kit: Approximately 200 grams
- Origin of the product: China
- Brand name: Neewer (Copyright)
Below are several pictures of the unpacking of the LED ring flash. I still can’t believe the kit was so inexpensive. Screwing the flash holder to the lens is a bit tricky due to the low quality of the plastic. You have to be extra careful or you’ll run the risk of ruining the thread of the plastic adapter. Other than that, everything is pretty much intuitive. Now, here we go.
This is another step up the ladder of my hobby as a photographer. Can’t wait to take my first macro pictures with it. Good Day.