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Ring flash

Discussion in 'Sony Chat' started by jhill, Oct 23, 2001.

  1. jhill

    jhill Well-Known Member

    I'm thinking of buying a Centron ring flash for my Dynax 7.
    Has anyone used these two together and if so how well do they work as a pair?
    Would I be better off saving up for the dedicated Minolta one? (very pricy!)

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  2. RonM

    RonM Alpha Napper


    It really depends upon your budget and what you intend using the ring flash for but as far as I am aware the minolta dedicated 'macro' flash units are more powerful than the Centon and are designed to be fully dedicated to the minolta range. Minolta recently introduced a new version of the 1200 ring flash & controller and a new 2400 ring flash you can find details of these products at http://www.minoltaeurope.com/magic_frame.shtml?pe/nav2_pe.html?magic_choose.shtml?pe/lensesaccessories_up.html?pe/lensesaccessories_stage.html
    I have the 5600 HSD flashgun for the Dynax 7 and the results I've had using it have been excellent (much better than those using a Cobra 700AF flashgun) personally if I were considering a ring flash I would opt for the power and quality of the Minolta units.

    Hope this is of help, do check out the link I gave, the info will give you a better chance to compare against the Centon


  3. jhill

    jhill Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the link. I had tried to find the info on Minoltas site myself but got fed up looking.
    I went and had a look at the Centon and it did indeed look and feel a bit cheap and nasty though thats not to say it won't do a decent enough job.
    they don't hold the Minolta one in stock so I couldn't compare it, but they did have a canon one and the difference in quality (and price) was obvious, so if that is anything to go by I think I'll take your advice and save up for the Minolta one. I have the 3600 HS "D" flash and I too am very happy with it.

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  4. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    I was going to buy one of these, but found a second-hand Canon one instead (not the current model) for the same price. I'm very happy.

    Nick CRIPN
  5. jhill

    jhill Well-Known Member

    I am very jealous :¬[

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  6. RonM

    RonM Alpha Napper


    I also remembered seeing on the odd rare occasion a Minolta 1200 Macro flash being advertised in the 'dealers' adverts in AP, the prices as I remember were still not 'cheap' as in the centon price bracket, but nevertheless more affordable than the new Price for a 1200, it may be worth your while checking out the advert pages in AP occasionaly and see if a 1200 is advertised

    Just thought I'd pass it on

    RonM FRIPN
  7. jhill

    jhill Well-Known Member

    I did see a ring flash for about £250 from some place Near Southend I think. At the time there was no way I could afford it. I'll keep looking though.

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