Is a macro ring flash and a ring flash the same thing?

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Re: Is a macro ring flash and a ring flash the same thing?
In reply to jesuisdanny, 5 months ago

Ring lights for macro photography are small, generally just bigger in diameter than a typical lens.  Since the flash is very close to the subject it doesn't need to be very powerful which is why you can now find many macro ring flash units that use LEDs, not flash tubes.

Ring lights for portraiture are larger in diameter and more powerful.

These images show the size of a typical macro ring flash and the Paul C. Buff AlineBees ABR800 ring flash.

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