Introduction:\n\nHello,\n\nI'm a newcomer to this group, but I have been an amateur photographer \nfor about 45 years. Within the last few years, I had done some photo \narticles for "Radio World," Cover for "Sight and Sound," "MRT magazine," \nand BE Radio. Mostly technical. My day job WAS software development.\n\n***Looking for a Ringlight flash for nature macro closeups?***\n\nForget the Digi-slave L-Ring Ultra II LED Ring Light if you want depth \nof field and low ISO numbers.\n\nI was looking for an inexpensive alternative to Canon's 0.00 E-TTL \nRinglight flash. I was attracted to the Ultra II for it's 0.00 price \ntag. I ultimately returned it, possibly with 15% restocking fee.\n\nReason, WEAK!\n\nThis Ringlight flash might be good for setups like eBay photography \nusing a tripod, but when I tried to use it on some outdoor plants, the \npower just isn't there. Even with ISO 3200 on my Canon 20D, I had to \nuse either a fairly wide f stop or lower speed. It just doesn't cut the \nmustard. It would make a good night flashlight also.\n\nIn the meantime, I tried using my Sunpak 383 in manual mode with remote \ntrigger chord, holding the camera with one hand and the flash with \nanother with pleasing results. I was able to move the flash anywhere I \nwanted, next to the lens, below the flowers, backlight, etc. All things \nyou can't do with a ringlight flash. I was easily able to shoot at ISO \n100, f32, 1/200 second. Not only that, I was even able to stack the \nCanon 100mm macro lens on the end of my complete set of extension tubes \nfor significantly more magnification. The Sunpak did the job.\n\nI was still interested in a ring light, so after returning the Ultra II, \nI thought my only option was to go for broke on the Canon MR-14EX TTL \nRing Lite Flash. Then I decided to allow myself a cooling off period, \nwhich lasted about 4 hours. After doing some of the research that I \nshould have done in the first place, I found recommendations to use an \nextension arm flash bracket with references to ("Close-ups in Nature" by \nJohn Shaw) such as the Kirk Macro Flash Bracket\n[URL]http://www.kirkphoto.com/brackets.html#extenarm[/URL]\nThis would accomplish what I had already done by twisting myself into a \npretzel to hold the flash in various positions.\n\nI had tried to find a review of the Ultra II, but found none. So, if no \none has said it as yet, let this be a mini-review.\n\nMy newest page: Butterfly Milkweeds [URL]http://www.j-hawkins.com/BFMilkweed.html[/URL]\n\nMost close-ups were done by either using ISO 400 or pushing ISO 100 in \nPhotoshop. I discovered it was a better idea to use the higher ISO \nspeed (400) if you don't have enough light. But it's even better to use \na good flash setup and use ISO 100.\n\nEnjoy,\nJim Hawkins - Part time freelance writer/photographer.\nHome: [URL]http://www-j-hawkins.com/[/URL]\ne-mail: radiopage01 (AT) j-hawkins (DOT) com\n\nPS: Using a high enough ISO to get a proper exposure with some noise is \nbetter than pushing a low ISO because the lack of detail data is \nreplaced with a less desirable, plaid like pattern, which is harder to \nget rid of than evenly distributed noise.