Object of Desire: Ray Flash Universal Ringflash Adapter

November 18, 2013

By Jesse Will

When it first debuted in 2008, the Ray Flash caught plenty of attention among photographers for its ability to create the unique lighting effect of a much more expensive ring flash unit—a near shadow-less halo on a portrait subject—despite just being in essence a reflector attached to a digital SLR’s hot shoe-attached Speedlight. While the Ray Flash could do some pretty impressive stuff, the chief knock against it was the limited number of flash units it was compatible with (all of them Canon and Nikon). Now the Czech outfit responsible for it has remedied the problem with a new version of the Ray Flash. The new unit uses similar acrylic light channels and reflectors to evenly distribute light, but its design now clamps to most every Speedlight and DSLR body. Though it’s called the universal adapter, there are actually two sizes: one for most DSLRs and the Olympus EM-5 OMD, and one for DSLRs with taller bodies. The new Ray Flash’s other big development? A price that’s half of the old unit’s.  

Price: $99