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Old 04-23-2017   #1
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Question The Aputure Amaran Halo AHL-HC100 CRI 95+ LED Macro Ring Flash Light for Canon DSLR

Does anyone have any experience with the new Aputure Amaran Halo AHL-HC100 CRI 95+ LED Macro Ring Flash Light for Canon DSLR - https://www.amazon.ca/Fotga-Aputure-...re+amaron+halo ?

I am curious as it would seem to be a nice alternative to the high priced flash that Canon, and others, sell. The only limitation I can see now is that it is limited to working with lens 77mm and smaller.

I would be interested in hearing of anyone's experience - good bad or indifferent. Thanks.

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No experience with that particular model but then I am not much for single taskers if I can help it. To save money I use a twin flash system with a macro bracket and a single cord.
I use a pair of these: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ..._270EX_II.html
On something similar to this: https://www.amazon.com/Manfrotto-330...AW53830GXF9E9E

It's more expensive but I have the advantages of a twin flash macro flash along with the ability to use one or both flashes interdependently for other applications. My little travel camera is a G1x MkII and this makes a perfect little flash to go with it.
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gryphonslair99, thanks for sharing your setup. The thing that intrigues me about the Amaran Halo, is that it is based on LLD lighting and not the traditional flash. It can behave like a flash, or a continuous light. I guess that in the long run, it really depends what your are trying to do with it. I see that it might be of benefit to those who shoot video, but not sure about those of us who don't do much, or any, of that.

I don't know if LEDs are the thing to come in "lighting", but I am thinking that this may be the way the world is going. It will be interesting to see if one of the big camera manufacturers will go this route.

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The thing I don't like about LED lighting, especially that sort of lighting is it only produces flat light. With my setup I can dial one flash unit back and actually create a bit of shadow on my subject, even subjects as small as bugs.
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You can do something similar by covering the part of the LED head that you don't want shining on your subject. The output is low and spread out, so you don't have to worry much about heat buildup.
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The thing I don't like about LED lighting, especially that sort of lighting is it only produces flat light. With my setup I can dial one flash unit back and actually create a bit of shadow on my subject, even subjects as small as bugs.
From what I have been able to find out, this unit will fire on the left or right as well as the full unit. It does not seem to have the ability to regulate both sides independently, such as you would have with the dual flash, so that is one possible shortfall. Maybe it is only a matter of time though, before they figure out how to do this.

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