orbis ENLORB1A Ring Flash Kit
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- A patent-pending one-size-fits-most dock means that the Orbis works with a huge range of flash/strobes
- The Orbis enables you to take photographs with shadowless quality ring flash light without the high costs associated with buying
- The Orbis is handheld so neither impedes your camera system's functionality nor relies on the fragile hotshoe connection
- The Orbis was designed to give passionate photographers an edge by enabling you to quickly and easily take beautifully lit photographs
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|Package Height||2.7 x 9.5 x 11.1 inches|
|Shipping Weight||1.4 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
I find the Orbis pretty easy to use once you get the hang of holding it in front of your camera. One plus is that you can use it when you want to and easily put it down when you don't want to use it (it's not permanently attached to your camera). I like that it uses my existing flash unit as well. Further, I can hold it out and away from the camera and use it like a mini softbox too.
I tried the Orbis Arm but didn't like it. You cannot change lenses easily while using that and it added a lot of bulk to my already heavy DSLR system. For me, it's much easier to have the Orbis Ring Flash be a separate piece that I hold up in front of the camera when I want to use it. Since I use Pocket Wizard wireless system. The Orbis/flash combo is not attached to my camera at all while shooting and I can just grab it when I want to and then set it back down. If you use a flash cable, this becomes slightly more of a hassle, although not that bad.
Note that I believe the Orbis performs better than it's nearest competitor, the Ray Flash. The Orbis is also more universal in that it can fit almost any camera and flash combination.
When I opened the box the first time I thought, "Jeez, it's just a piece of plastic!" I was almost tempted to send it right back. I didn't and I'm glad. Closer inspection reveals that this ring had a lot of technology put into its development. The flash unit of your choice slips into the bottom of the ring. Inside, there are silver plastic baffles that evenly distribute the light around the ring with no hot spots. I'd say without checking with my flash meter, that it only absorbs about 1 stop of light or less.
Just one little snag that can be overcome with some gaffer tape: This plastic is slippery and if not secured to your flash unit, believe me, it will do its best to fly off and hit the floor, hard! You better gaff it good. I see that Orbis is trying to fix the problem, but until they do, you are better off taping your flash to the Orbis.Read more ›
Oh... also... GET THE BRACKET. It allows you to shoot with the Orbis using BOTH HANDS on the camera. Shooting with one hand on the Orbis and one hand on your camera is not a realistic way to work. Yes, it's heavy... Get over it!! It's no heavier than when we (pro shooters) shot with a big, Mamiya 67.
OK... Now why not five stars? Simple; it's made of plastic. Eventually this thing will break or fall off. Then I'll simply buy another. No big deal.
You know it seems a bit pricey (around $200) for what it is but I guess that's just the way it is. I wanted it, I paid for it and now I get to use it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good quality, but not easy to use, must be purchased bracket can.Published 14 months ago by zevin zeng
This is a great ring flash! From portraits to product images this ring flash does a great job!Published 15 months ago by Opie A.
I wish a little more development had gone into how the ring flash would be applied.
As is, it will not fit a 430ex or 580ex solidly. Read more
The build quality of this flash modifier is fantastic, and the light produced is great. Best part? By modifying your existing flash it preserves your E-TTL (or I-TTL) capabilities! Read morePublished 21 months ago by SBTarheel
I really, really like the effect of the Orbis Ring Flash kit and my customers do, as well. What I am struggling with is getting the ring part onto my flash unit (Canon 430ex ii... Read morePublished 24 months ago by D Sheridan
From the reviews I read I had high exceptions for this product. I did like it, it just didn't meet my personal needs. Read morePublished on January 2, 2014 by super skinny calves
This thing is ingenious. It's a stylist in a box. It puts out soft and flattering light, except with a paparazzi edge. Such a simple thing, such a great result.Published on November 14, 2013 by thejane
I've only used the Orbis Ring Flash for a few shoots but I am quite satisfied with the results. I'm using it with a Nikon SB900. Read morePublished on October 3, 2013 by TMH
I love the Orbis flash. I used it at a prom pre-event and the color of the fill flash using the Orbis came out great. Read morePublished on June 6, 2013 by P. Smith