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orbis ENLORB1A Ring Flash Kit

3.7 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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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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The Orbis Ring Flash uses your existing flash/strobe to create the same beautiful, characteristic ring flash look that has previously only been possible with expensive studio systems. A patent-pending 'one-size-fits-most' dock means that the Orbis works with a huge range of flash/strobes with no need for add-ons. Conceived by a full-time professional photographer and developed by top optical designers, the Orbis Ring Flash is made from durable ABS plastics, weighs around 17.5oz and is totally portable. The patent-pending ‘light-tunnel’ redirects the light from your flash/strobe transforming it into an incredibly effective ring flash. A patent-pending 'one-size-fits-most' dock means that the orbis works with a huge range of flash/strobes with no need for add-ons. The Orbis enables you to take photographs with shadowless quality ring flash light without the high costs associated with buying or renting a bulky studio ring flash. All you need is a standard flash/strobe unit and an off-camera cord (or other remote triggering method). The Orbis is handheld or bracket mountable (bracket sold seperately) 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, and to get the most out of your equipment.

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Product Dimensions 11 x 9.4 x 2.8 inches
Item Weight 1 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds
ASIN B0033WT9TK
Item model number ENLORB1A
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3.7 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #146 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Flash Accessories > Adapter Rings
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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By phototristan TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 12, 2010
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The Orbis Ring Flash works quite well, especially for something that is portable! The results can compare favorably to a more expensive and traditional ringflash unit however it can depend on your flash unit and settings. Traditional ring flash units require AC power and are a pain to use in the field because of that fact. The Orbis performs surprisingly well enough that I was able to get rid of my studio ring flash unit which was a lot more cumbersome to use!

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.
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Is it worth almost $200 for basically a plastic angel food cake mold with a white translucent plastic light diffuser? It depends on what your requirements are. I just finished using it for an in-situ portrait shoot. For me, it eliminated the need to carry either a soft box light kit, or a bounce umbrella. Used as a main light, either shooting through the center ring, as most ring light photography is done, or just using it off camera, slaved to a little strobe like my old Vivitar 283, this Orbis thing was pretty amazing at providing powerful, yet very soft light for photographing a single subject. It totally eliminated that hard edged, precise direct strobe that chisels facial features and leaves those annoying ghost shadows behind the subject. Even with a light box or umbrella, you have to position the lights above the subject and cast the light downward to eliminate those shadows. With the Orbis, you don't have to worry about that.

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.
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OK... Here's the thing... I shoot for a living; I shoot destination weddings... and... PLAYBOY girls... and no, I don't need an assistant. Yes, I use a "REAL" ring flash. However... I have to say this this Orbis ring flash ACTUALLY DOES WORK. IT CREATES THAT "REAL" RINGFLASH LOOK. If I were to put up two different shots; one with my studio ring flash, the other with the Orbis... You can't tell the difference! Now... Pro photographers will poo-poo this little "toy". Ignore them. They're just photo snobs! Bottom line... this thing WORKS!

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.
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Great marriage of ring flash and speedlight. A bit pricey for a plastic light modifier but a very cool little toy to have in the bag.
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Just got this item. Simple to set up and use. Not much to it, a round piece of plastic with reflective coating inside covered by diffused clear plastic. So far it works great, feels solid to use and I like the results of the photos I have taken so far. I'm sure I will be using the Orbis a lot in the future.

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.
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I've used this ring flash for almost a year now. The product is well built and the results are excellent. The sheer versatility of the product is amazing as you can do portraits, product shots, and just be creative in how you mold the light. The only downfall of the product is the overall weight. With the ring attached to a flash, you're looking at a top heavy unit where the ring can fall off on a light stand if bumped. Overall, I love the design and the catch light the comes off of this ring flash. Highly recommended for strobists.
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