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#1 sunnyboy010101

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 11:55 AM

Has anyone bought and used the Kraken Ring Light 3000?

 

It looks like a good solution for the macro photographer for creating a smaller rig.

 

I've always liked the ring flash for macro work, and have one for land use. It seems that it would be nice to have underwater as well.

 



#2 JackConnick

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 08:34 PM

Hi;

 

Here's a couple of studio shots I took using an Oly E-M1 MKII and 60mm lens. 125th/sec f/14 so it seems like there's lots of light with the strobe (really quick flash) feature.

 

ring_light_demo-1.jpg

 

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Posted 27 October 2017 - 09:08 AM

Great photos! What are you using for a sync cord?  I love the flash but have a Nauticam NA-7D housing and I hate the price of the Nauticam sync cord compared to the generic (or even Kraken) ones. Is the Nauticam cord really necessary or could something less expensive work?



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Posted 27 October 2017 - 11:19 AM

I did just now find out from Kraken that the connector on the strobe is Sea & Sea plug-in. That's good to know. Now to find a proper sync cord that's not the expensive-Nauticam type. Optical Ocean Sales has a nice selection of 10Bar ones - just need to figure out which one... ;-)



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Posted 27 October 2017 - 11:41 AM

For info, we found that this doesn't work with Red LED fibre optic triggers. I'd be careful with low quality fibre cables too, check first.


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Posted 27 October 2017 - 12:45 PM

I used the less expensive 10Bar one on the tests, SSHL-SSHL.

We have the same with a Nauticam/10Bar screw cap that should work ok.

 

I'll have to see about trying it with a red led trigger. Alex did you try a thicker, multistrand cable? We've found the SS ones to be the best, even better than Nauticam, except they only come in SS plug style.

 

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 08:18 AM

I went and bought one yesterday (Kraken 3000) plus a Kraken optical cord (Sea&Sea ends). I should be able to fashion a Nauticam connector out of some black rubber tubing, or else I'll design and 3d print something that will work.

 

I'm really looking forward to trying this out. I love ring flashes with land macro photography, so this should be a lot of fun.



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Posted 29 October 2017 - 03:58 PM

Yes, I tried the new Nauticam Universal Cables which are very high spec.


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Posted 30 October 2017 - 01:15 AM

There is a tapped fixing point - what is the thread diameter?


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Posted 30 October 2017 - 07:20 AM

That's not used for anything, just in the manufacturing process.


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Posted 12 November 2017 - 07:56 AM

I am interested in this as well. One requirement is to get enough light for the exposure and Jack's test is promising. Another is to get enough light to 'compete with sunlight' which I expect will work at least for objects at close range. Regarding the former point, does anyone know if this LED ring light flash pulse is as short as conventional strobes (so much less than 1/250th of a second so illumination is independent of shutter time). If the LEDs give a longer (let's say 1/20th of a second) pulse, and technically I think they could without overheating, greater illumination can be achieved by using longer exposures up to the flash pulse length. In other works, would Jack's shot at 1/125 sec have been brighter/dimmer at 1/60 or 1/250, respectively.

 

Another question: youtube videos seem to suggest you can run the ring in continuous mode and still use the pulse flash. If so this could be both a focusing light and low-power strobe.


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Posted 12 November 2017 - 09:24 PM

Yes, you can use the light continuously in white, red or uv and have it flash. It is not a true strobe, but a very fast, high-powered flash. It is not TTL, so your camera settings will vary the light exposure.

 

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 07:28 AM

How bright is the flash (as far as I know, LED flashes do not have much power)?

=> Does the power allow to close aperture and reduce exposure time enough, so that one can get a dark background??

 

Wolfgang