The ring flash is attached to the lens and is closer to the subject than any other, making it ideal for macro photography. This model has both manual settings and TTL mode. Thanks to the TTL mode, the flash receives information from the camera and sets automatic settings. The ring is divided into two parts, which can be used both jointly and separately from each other, completely disconnecting one of the sides or adjusting the power you need.
Flash Meike MK-14EXT
- Control block
- flash ring
- Recycle time: about 3s
- Color temperature: 5500K
- Flash Duration: 1/200–1/2000s
- Light induction: indoor 15m, outdoor 10m
- Flash ratio adjustment
- Various flash settings
- Suitable for macro photography, portrait photography, jewelry photography, etc.
- Power supply: 4 x AA batteries (not included)
Weight: 398 g
Size: 191 x 77 x 60mm
The flash comes in a box made of thick cardboard, which contains an image of the device, its name and characteristics. The box is dense, thanks to which it withstood all the hardships of moving from China.
The flash is additionally equipped with an Oxford fabric storage and carrying bag and adapter rings for attaching the flash to the lens. The instruction is in English, I highly recommend it to those who have never worked with flashes. The bag is dense and able to protect the contents from moisture. There are seven rings in the kit, designed for different lens diameters. I used rings on an 18–55 kit lens and a fifty-fifty lens, both fit without problems.
The flash consists of a control unit and a ring with LEDs. The device is quite complicated for a beginner, but you can always figure it out, I’ll tell you about everything in order.
The settings are controlled by pressing the buttons located at the bottom of the block.
- PILOT. Test run button. The button is made in a transparent case, after releasing the shutter or pressing it, you can see the readiness of the flash for the next frame. It takes 2–3 seconds to prepare for the next shutter release.
- LAMP. Activates the two LEDs on the flash ring to illuminate the subject. Helps a lot with focusing in low light.
- MODE. button to enter the flash mode settings and move through the settings items.
- A\B. Pushbuttons for setting the power offset from one side of the ring to the other.
- ON/OFF. Flash on/off button.
Under the buttons there is a ring with which the parameters are set, in the center of the ring there is a button for confirming the selection.
Below is the flash release lever on the camera’s hot shoe.
On the front of the flash is the company logo and the serial number of the instance. A thick wire comes out on the side, connecting the control unit and the flash ring. On the opposite side is the battery pack. The flash is powered by four AA batteries or rechargeable batteries.
All connection interfaces are hidden under rubber plugs. Since the flash supports TTL mode, there are not one (center) contact on the site, but several.
The flash ring is divided into two working areas, which are configured separately from each other. One could say that the workspaces here are right and left, but the ring rotates freely in the plane and can be rotated to any angle you need. Two LEDs are installed between the working parts of the ring to illuminate the object.
The backlight of the button separately displayed on the control unit turns on. The light from them is enough to illuminate the object a few meters from the flash.
There are two spring-loaded buttons on the side of the ring. By pressing the buttons, you remove the hooks inside the ring, this is necessary to install the flash ring on the lens. Thanks to four retractable parts, the flash ring is securely held on the lens, and also freely rotates in a plane to set the desired illumination angle. On the reverse side of the ring there are markings of sides “A” and “B”, when setting the power difference of the sides on the control unit, you need to focus on these markers.
Adapter rings are designed to connect the flash ring to the lens. There are seven such rings in the set, each of which is signed with a number indicating the diameter of the lens. A thread is used to install the ring on the lens, and on the other side there is a groove along which the flash ring rotates during operation. The flash ring is held in a vertical position due to the rigidity of the wire connecting the ring to the control unit, and in order for the ring not to move in a plane after you turn it, you have to hold it with your fingers, which is not very convenient.
Fitting on lenses 50 and 18–55
There will be little text and many photographs. At first, it seems that there are a lot of settings, in fact, everything here can be easily understood by dividing them into points:
- -TTL. Automatic tuning mode.
In the left corner, information is displayed that this is TTL mode, in the right corner, the value F.
The first thing to do is to add or reduce flash output from ‑3 to +3.
The second and last adjustment in this mode is to change the ratio of power from side “A” to side “B” and vice versa.
- -M. Manual mode.
As in automatic mode, there is a flash power boost from 1\128 to 1.
Setting the power ratio of the sides: the same, shines “A” or “B”.
You can also not just turn off one of the sides completely, but configure it more or less powerfully. Select side “A” or “B” and unscrew the value we need.
My first acquaintance with the flash went quickly and painlessly, at first it seems that there are a lot of settings that you will never figure out, but in reality everything turned out to be simple. It takes a long time to get used to the weight of a camera equipped with a flash, it becomes twice as heavy and at first it causes some discomfort, but you get used to it and when you shoot the flash, the camera becomes already unusually light. As for use, reloading between frames takes 2–3 seconds, which will be a minus for those who want to shoot living creatures, this fact does not interfere with me for shooting objects. I took it for myself only so that I could completely close the aperture for clarity of shots, I was pleased with the result
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