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The Phoenix RL-59 Ringlight – Beautiful Work

The RL-59 consists of two main pieces, connected by a coil cord. The control unit mounts in the camera’s hot-shoe, and looks much like any hot-shoe flash unit, except there’s a cord coming out of a black plate where the flash tube normally would be. There’s even a tilting “bounce” head and a red AF-illuminator window, although neither serves a function with the RL-59: They’re there because the control unit shares a body shell with another Phoenix flash unit. The ring flash head measures about 3.6×4.5 inches, and screws into the adapter ring on the front of the camera lens.

ringliteSpecs include an ISO 100 guide number of 59 (in feet), an auto distance range of 1-10 feet, a flash duration that runs from 1/1000 at 10 feet to 1/40,000 at one foot (great for freezing skittish insects), a color temperature of 5600 K (daylight), and a recycle time of 0.5-6 seconds. The unit operates on four easy-to-find AA alkaline batteries, and provides 120-2000 flashes per set, depending on shooting distance. The wide (and symmetrical) 80 [degrees] angle of coverage illuminates the entire area seen by a 28mm lens (on a 35mm camera), and covers