THE ONLY RINGFLASH ADAPTER FOR PORTABLE FLASH UNITS

The Only Ringflash Adapter for Portable Flash Units

 

The RAY FLASH Adapter is a very affordable way to achieve typical ringflash lighting quality normally only available to studio flash equipment users!

 

The unique RAY FLASH 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 RAY FLASH 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 RAY FLASH Adapter does not change the colour temperature of the flash that powers it and the additional weight can easily be accommodated by the on-camera flash unit.


The RAY FLASH Adapter is made to fit the Canon 580EX , Canon 580EXII and Nikon SB-800 , Nikon SB-900 flash units and due to the its large inner diameter the ringflash adapter will accept almost all lenses from Nikon & Canon. For model range see chart below.

 

 

Model Range:  

RAN These models fit the Nikon SB-800 and Nikon SB-900

RAC  This model is for Canon 580EX and 580EX II

 

Nikon SB-800 with Nikon Body

Code


Available

RAN160

Nikon SB-800 &D1,D700,D300,D200,D100,D90,D80,D70

From Stock

RAN170

Nikon SB-800 & D3,D2Hs

From Stock

 

Nikon SB-900 with Nikon Body

Code


Available

RAN179

Nikon SB-900 &D1,D700,D300,D200,D100,D90,D80,D70

From Stock

RAN189

Nikon SB-900 & D3,D2Hs

From Stock

 

Canon Speedlite 580EX with Canon Body

RAC160

Canon 580EX &450D,400D,350D

From Stock

RAC170

Canon 580EX &7D,5D MKII,5D,40D,30D,20D,10D

From Stock

RAC175

Canon 580EX &1D,1Ds,1V

From Stock

 

Canon Speedlite 580EX II with Canon Body

RAC160-2

Canon 580EX II &450D,400D,350D

From Stock

RAC170-2

Canon 580EX II &7D,5D MKII,5D,40D,30D,20D,10D

From Stock

RAC175-2

Canon 580EX II &1D,1Ds,1V

From Stock

 

Exposure control:  when using Canon or Nikon cameras (or their derivatives) all TTL functions are operational as usual, as well as manual mode. In MANUAL control of the exposure is by use of a light meter or through test-shots on a digital camera.


Light output:  The Ringflash Adapter is very efficient and the loss of light is  surprisingly low! There is a difference in light efficiency between the SIRC and the RAN/RAC models, the latter being more efficient.

 

POWER OUTPUT GUIDE for RAC & RAN models

 

ISO

 

Flash Power

 

Distance

f/stop
Canon 580EX II

f/stop
Nikon SB800

100

1/1

0.6m/2ft

22.6

16.5

100

1/1

1.2m/4ft

11.1

11.2

100

1/1

1.8m/6ft

8.0

7.5

100

1/1

2.4m/8ft

7.2

4.9

100

1/1

3.1m/10ft

4.5

4.2

 

How to fit the Ringflash Adapter:

The Ringflash Adapter is mounted to the front of a portable flash unit, for example Canon 580 or Nikon SB800, and it is small and light weight enough to allow complete mobility!

 
 
Line up the flash unit with the rear receptacle of The Ringflash Adapter   Push the flash unit in as far as it will go   Turn the pressure plate at the top of The Ringflash Adapter clockwise to lock

 

 

Technical Specification

 

Code

Outer Diameter

Inner Diameter

Centre of ringflash to centre flash unit

Weight
Gram

RAN160

175

103

160

462

RAN170

175

103

170

478

RAN179

175

103

170

 

RAN189

175

103

180

 

RAC160

175

103

160

462

RAC170

175

103

170

478

RAC175

175

103

175

495

RAC160-2

175

103

160

462

RAC170-2

175

103

170

478

RAC175-2

175

103

175

495

All measurements in millimetre & gram

 

Guide to the model range and suitability of different camera models:

Canon & Nikon each make a large range of camera models and they have different body heights, which affects the difference between the centre of the bayonet mount (optical axis for the lens) and the hot-shoe. We list the camera models with the RA that gives the best position for the lens, i.e. lens is in the centre of the RA or as near as possible to the centre.  But actually you can use almost all camera/lens combination with most of the model range! In fact people often buy a different RA model to that recommended,  because the model they want is not available yet and they don't want to wait OR a photographer might have several different bodies or he/she may be planning to buy a different body soon.  For instance the D1/D2 can be used with the RAN160 and the 170 (the lens would be more central with the 170). The fact that the lens is not central is only a cosmetical issue, but technically makes no difference to the light output or quality. The new D3 is the highest body that Nikon have made so far and that can realistically only be used with the RAN170 to accommodate almost all lenses. BUT we have used the D3 with a few lenses that are relatively small in diameter and that works fine, however the "fatter" zoom lenses would not fit physically into the RAN160.  


To illustrate this we have checked a few Nikon bodies with a RAN160:
D300  lens is central,  good for all lenses
D80   lens is slightly upwards of centre, good for all lenses
D60   lens is slightly upwards of centre, good for all lenses
D3     lens is below centre, but all prime lenses will be ok, and some zoom lenses, but the "fatter" zoom lenses will not fit into the ringflash adapter.  The D3 should ideally be used with the RAN170!

 

At the moment there are no plans to introduce a RAY FLASH Adapter for other types & makes of flash units. 

 

Radiation diagram

 

Measurements

 

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