Forums > Photography Talk > Has anyone tried the R-300 ring light?

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Joe Miglionico

Posts: 1183

Worcester, Massachusetts, US

It's fairly new, I have yet to find any real reviews of it. It looks pretty interesting and it's only 200 bucks, but I'm curious as to just how much light it puts out, how it would work for, say, a fill light at the beach or something similar. Oddly, the few youtube videos and articles I've seen about it seem to all use it as an off camera light, which sort of defeats the purpose to me. Anyway, just wondering if anyone here has used one.

Feb 02 13 07:41 pm Link

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robert christopher

Posts: 2680

Snohomish, Washington, US

looks like it might be good for video, i haven't really figured out the lumen thing yet so i am not sure how strong it is but it sounds like it may not be too bright.

Feb 02 13 11:31 pm Link

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-JAY-

Posts: 6689

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

robert christopher wrote:
looks like it might be good for video, i haven't really figured out the lumen thing yet so i am not sure how strong it is but it sounds like it may not be too bright.

Going by this test video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UObn7Ltzdrc

It seems fairly moderate - ISO400 - f/5.6 - 1/60 ---- though this was probably at 2-3 feet (head and shoulders with 6.5mm fisheye) - and even that close, the light's just a pinpoint in his eye.

Feb 02 13 11:57 pm Link

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WMcK

Posts: 5286

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

robert christopher wrote:
looks like it might be good for video, i haven't really figured out the lumen thing yet so i am not sure how strong it is but it sounds like it may not be too bright.

If their figures are truthful, (and manufacturers often exaggerate light outputs) at one meter distance this light would be six stops down on sunlight, or at two meters eight stops. Or put it another way. At two meters, a typical shooting distance for portraits, at ISO 100 you would be shooting at 1/8th at f/4, or at ISO 400 1/30th. This is not a very high light output.

Feb 03 13 01:26 am Link

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redbanana

Posts: 777

Lexington, Kentucky, US

I know they are meant for different things but I'd like to see this light compared to an Ice Light.

Feb 03 13 05:29 am Link