RayFlash has announced a new universal ringflash adapter for DSLRs. Designed to clamp on to your own hotshoe flash, it utilizes the light from your existing flash unit and bends it through the circular structure around the lens of a DSLR. It's offered in two sizes - one fits most DSLRs (and the Olympus E-M5 O-MD) and another is configured with a longer neck for cameras with a higher body. RayFlash calls it 'small and light-weight,' (each unit indeed weighs 540g) and claims that it doesn't require any other fittings to support it. 

The previous RayFlash adapter used a slightly different design and was only compatible with certain Nikon and Canon flash units. The newly designed universal adapter accommodates a wider range of flash units with its clamping mechanism, though some may require the use of a rubber O-Ring for a proper fit. The original Ringflash adapter has been discontinued on RayFlash's website. The new universal model(s) will retail for £99.00. RayFlash is currently distributed through the UK, Europe and US. Visit their site for a full list of distributors

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NEW Universal RAY FLASH Ringflash Adapter

THE RINGFLASH ADAPTER FOR ALL PORTABLE FLASH UNITS

The Inventor of the original and first ever ringflash adapter, Dalibor Zyka from The Czech Republic, has just released an new and up-dated design of his revolutionary product: The Universal Ringflash Adapter

The NEW Universal Ringflash adapter is a very affordable way to achieve typical ringflash lighting quality normally only available to studio flash equipment users!

The new and unique Universal Ringflash Adapter was developed by a professional photographer from the Czech Republic.  It was designed to be as light and as portable as possible.  There are no electronics, no flashtubes and no cumbersome cables!  It uses a clever system of acrylic light channels and reflectors to distribute the light emitted from the flash unit evenly around the large diameter of the ringflash adapter.  This creates the same lighting effect normally only available from ringflash units made by studio flash equipment manufacturers, which are expensive, heavy and tethered (they have a cable from ringflash to power pack).  The universal, adjustable clamp mechanism holds the portable flash unit (speedlite) safely and in the right position, aided in some cases by a black, rubber O-Ring.  Because of different height camera bodies from the main manufacturers TWO models are available, Short & Long (see chart for listing). Both models have a height-adjustable neck for minor variations in camera height.

The RayFlash Ringflash Adapter creates a very special lighting effect: a "3-d shadow-wrapped look". Because all light originates from the front, i.e. from around the lens, it produces a virtually shadow-less look on the front of your subject, while a soft even shadow appears around the edges. It is ideally suited for fashion, portrait, beauty, wedding & macro photography as a main or fill-in light. 

The RayFlash Ringflash Adapter does not change the colour temperature of the flash that powers it and the additional weight can easily be accommodated by the hot-shoe mounted flash unit.

How to fit the Ringflash Adapter:

The Ringflash Adapter is mounted to the front of a Hot-Shoe type flash unit or “speedlite” and it is small and light-weight enough to allow complete mobility. Therefore no extra support fittings are needed and no strain is put onto the front of your lens.

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