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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2012
Color Name: 48 LED Ring LightVerified Purchase
I bought this ring light (yes, it's a continuous light, not a flash) to use with my 100mm Canon macro lens and Canon Rebel Xsi. As another reviewer wrote, macro photography requires the use of a small aperture in order to get the sharpest image, and with a small aperture a lot of light is needed to keep shutter speeds high enough to shoot handheld. This light definitely does NOT deliver a lot of light.

After using it for a few days, I was disappointed. I decided to test this light by taking three photos - one with my mounted Metz 58-AF1 flash alone, one with both the Metz flash and Neewer ring light mounted, then one with just the mounted Neewer light. I took all three shots with the same shutter speed, aperture and ISO. The results were clear as day!

I've uploaded the comparison shots to the Customer Image section for this product. The shot with my Metz flash alone was well lit, while the photo with the Neewer light alone it's horribly underexposed. When using both flashes together the Neewer added minimal fill light, but nothing to write home about.

The only use to a macro photographer that I can think of for this light may be to add some fill. I had visions of taking it and my macro lens to the flower show, but I guess I'll be saving another $400 for a Canon ring flash first.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2012
Color Name: 48 LED Ring LightVerified Purchase
I only used this light twice and the second time half of the bulbs on one side of the light went out. Better to invest in a proper flash or other lighting device.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2013
Color Name: 48 LED Ring LightVerified Purchase
This may work for you if you always use a tripod and you don't mind very slow shutter speeds. I like shooting hand held at times and it is useless for that. In my test I shot just after dawn so there was a little ambient lighting. The flash had fresh batteries, was set at full power, and I was 2 Inches from the subject. Canon T3i, Sigma 50mm Macro lens (a real winner in my opinion).

What I wanted/needed was: Shutter Speed 1/125-1/250, Aperture f9.5-f11, ISO 800-1600.
The best I could achieve was: Shutter Speed 1/60, Aperture f5.6, ISO 3200.

This time I tried to get by "on the cheap" and it didn't work out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2013
Color Name: 48 LED Ring LightVerified Purchase
While it functioned, it functioned well. Eventually he unit I received would just start flashing. Not rapidly, at least not at first, but eventually it would. This only happened when powered by batteries. When plugged in it behaved just fine. So I gave up and returned it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2012
Color Name: 48 LED Ring LightVerified Purchase
It stopped working after few hours of using it. I can only use it now with the batteries......I am really disappointed
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on October 19, 2014
Color Name: 48 LED Ring LightVerified Purchase
I'm not quite sure it even rates two stars, but the design and adapter rings and ac and dc power make it almost well thought out. Just one little tiny problem...not even close to enough light. It is not a flash, it is a light to illuminate, and assist in focusing. That is understood. That was the game plan. Here is the deal: I simply is not bright enough! I have 90mm and 180mm prime macros. f/2.5. and f/3.5, respectively. There just isn't enough light!

@ Neewer engineers: Come back when you have at least 4 times the lumens. I would humbly suggest having someone who takes macros a lot test out your prototype and then tell you if it was useful in a broad range of situations. People like me still get better results holding a flashlight, or wearing a headlight. Oh, well!
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on February 18, 2014
Color Name: 48 LED Ring LightVerified Purchase
You get what you pay for. This makes some cool looking pictures, but cheap plastic makes me feel like I'm going to break it.
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on January 14, 2014
Color Name: 48 LED Ring LightVerified Purchase
This is just a steady light, not a flash and the light isn't very bright - helpful for filming closeups in dimmer light but that's about it. If I'd purchased this at a store I would've returned it. It moves A LOT as well because of how it attaches to the camera. Pretty inconvenient because you have to put the attachment piece on each lens - except if you need another attachment piece or a filter on your lens then you're out of luck.
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on August 29, 2013
Color Name: 48 LED Ring LightVerified Purchase
This ring flash is what it is. It's cheap but it works. I bought one to use doing macro photography and it greatly improved the lighting and the photo. It also works for taking regular photos doing away with some of the harsh shadows you get with built in flash. It comes with rings that screw onto the end of your lens and it just slides over the ring. Ring sizes are 49,52,58,62 and67 mm. Works with AA batteries or electric. It's not a Canon or Nikon but if money is tight or if it's just a hobby for you it works.
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on April 21, 2013
Color Name: 48 LED Ring LightVerified Purchase
Most Macro lenses are very large in size, unfortunately this did not have a ring large enough to fit my Macro lens.

I really wanted to keep this as the light from it is really bright but it just didn't work.

Seller was very understanding and returned without a problem, review is for product ONLY.
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