Oly SRF-11 Ring Flash Kit vs Metz 15 MS

Discussion in 'Lighting Forum' started by Dave in Wales, Dec 19, 2014.

  1. Dave in Wales

    Dave in Wales Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 5, 2011
    West Wales
    Opinions sought please.

    TIA
     
  2. AL904

    AL904 Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 29, 2012
    Jacksonville Beach, Florida
    Allen Forrest
    I would be interested as well.
     
  3. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 13, 2012
    Chicago-area
    David Dornblaser
    I am interested in ring or macro flash as well.
     
  4. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    Australia
    Interested!
     
  5. uberzone

    uberzone Mu-43 Rookie

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    Jan 27, 2014
    I briefly owned a SRF-11 that I came across on eBay. I got a very good deal on it so I thought I would give it a try. It was my first time using a true ring flash and I ended up reselling it because I did not like the results. I looked at the Metz 15 MS as well, but it had just been announced and was not available yet.

    The SRF-11 is really only compatible with two lenses. The 4/3 50mm macro from Olympus and the m4/3 60mm macro from Olympus (you have to buy an adapter). It attaches via bayonet mount instead of using the filter threads. I'm sure there is a hackable solution to fit it on other lenses if you can somehow attach/glue a filter ring to it, but this seems like it would be a pain.

    The Metz 15 MS is not a true ring flash, it is more like a mini STF-22. I suspect I would have liked the twin flash setup more than a ring flash. If I was looking to purchase again today I would go with the Metz 15 MS. It is way smaller and has wireless TTL. The Olympus SRF-11 is a pretty bulky setup as it is based off an FL-50 and requires cords and a large bayonet mount.

    In the end I just decided to get a couple wireless flashes that I could control via my camera and hold off to the side or setup wherever i want. This seemed like a more versatile solution for me.
     
  6. Dave in Wales

    Dave in Wales Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 5, 2011
    West Wales
    Forgive me, but not strictly accurate.

    Olympus only make two adaptors, the adaptors beyonet on to the ring flash, the other end of the adaptor has a filter thread, in the case of the 60mm macro it's 46mm.

    The ataptors can be attached to other lenses via step up,down rings.

    There is no electrical connection twix lens and ring flash.

    Since posting this I have had a very good deal on an Oly SRF-11.

    It goes well with my 60mm macro, as it is intended to.

    Excellent piece if kit, the SRF-11, if a tad expensive.

    Picture borrowed from Google images
    Since posting this I have had a very good deal on an Oly SRF-11.

    It goes well with my 60mm macro, as it is intended to.

    Excellent piece if kit, the SRF-11, if a tad expensive.

    Since posting this I have had a very good deal on an Oly SRF-11.

    It goes well with my 60mm macro, as it is intended to.

    Excellent piece if kit, the SRF-11, if a tad expensive.

    Picture borrowed from Google.
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    RF-11
    by Dave in Wales, on Flickr
     
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2015
  7. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    There's also an adapter for the ZD 35mm Macro.

    My dad had the ring flash, I don't think he used it much, if at all. I tried it and while it got nice results, I wasn't really using it so I sold it on eBay for $400 or 425 complete, including the 35mm adapter.

    Barry
     
  8. Dave in Wales

    Dave in Wales Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 5, 2011
    West Wales
    The RF-11 'Kit' is supplied with two adaptors.
    The FR-100 for an Oly 60mm Macro and the FR-1 for the ZD ED50mm f2 Macro.

    Not too sure where the ZD 35mm Macro fit in.

    EDIT...
    My RF-11 'Kit' was supplied 'used as new' with two adaptors, an FR-1 and FR-2.
    The FR-2 is aftermarket and was purchased by the previous owner of the kit.

    The FR-2 for an Oly 60mm Macro and the FR-1 for the ZD ED50mm f2 Macro, there's no mention of a ZD 35mm Macro in my instructions.
    If the filter threads are the same then it could also be used on the FR-1.

    The FR-100 adaptor is for a C-7070 WideZoom compact (no mention of the C-5060), so it says.
     
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2015
  9. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    found it:
    http://www.olympus.co.uk/site/en/c/...ccessories/dslr_flash_systems/fr_1/index.html
    The FR-1 "flash adapter ring enables the ring or twin flash to be attached to the ZUIKO DIGITAL 50mm 1:2 macro as well as the ZUIKO DIGITAL 35mm 1:3.5 macro lens."

    (Both lenses have the same filter size as well)

    I think you mean the FR-2 is for the 60mm; the FR-100 appears to be for "C-5060 Wide Zoom or C-7070 Wide Zoom".

    The older kits won't include the FR-2 60mm adapter as the 60mm didn't exist when the flash ring set was first sold.

    Barry
     
  10. Dave in Wales

    Dave in Wales Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 5, 2011
    West Wales
    I stand corrected Barry.

    I have edited my previous post to 'try' and clarify the issue ;-)

    Dave
     
  11. fsuscotphoto

    fsuscotphoto Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 15, 2013
    St. Cloud, FL
    Ron
    Is there any way to use the Sigma ring flash with an Oly setup.
     
  12. Dave in Wales

    Dave in Wales Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 5, 2011
    West Wales
    Sorry, I've no idea.