The 8 Best DSLR Ringlight Flashes

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This wiki has been updated 12 times since it was first published in October of 2016. Invented by Lester A. Dine in 1952 for use in dental imaging, these ringlight flashes are now widely used in all sorts of photography. They are particularly adept at providing even illumination with few shadows in the resulting shots. We've put together a selection compatible with a wide range of DSLRs, but make sure that the model you've got your eye on works with your camera. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best dslr ringlight flash on Amazon.

8. Coco Ring Flash Adapter

7. Neewer Macro VK750II

6. YongNuo YN-14EX TTL

5. K&F Concept KF-150

4. Mcoplus 14EXT-C 5500K

3. Sigma EM-140 DG

2. Meike iTTL MK-14EXT

1. Canon MR-14EX II

Editor's Notes

July 25, 2019:

The Canon MR-14EX II remains our top pick for a pair of reasons. It's an excellent unit in its own right, but it's also intended for use with a camera system that's generally considered superior to the likes of Nikon when it comes to macro photography — the primary style for which a ring light is employed. We saw fit to remove one of our two previously included Neewer models, as they were remarkably similar to begin with, and as the one we cut had suffered from some availability problems.

We added a few great options to the list this time around, most notably the Sigma model at number three. In addition to coming from a well-respected third-party lens manufacturer, it's available for Canon, Nikon, and Pentax cameras. We also found a great budget model from Meike, which landed at number two, and that can divide its ring into left and right flash functions for added depth.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on July 26, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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