Or­bis £149, $199

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The ring flash is a favourite among fash­ion pho­tog­ra­phers want­ing flat­ter­ing il­lu­mi­na­tion with min­i­mal shad­ows. Ded­i­cated ring flashes are pricey, but the Or­bis cre­ates the same ef­fect from your flash­gun, fun­nelling its flash-burst into a ring of light sur­round­ing your Nikon’s lens.

Get­ting ev­ery­thing into po­si­tion means your flash­gun needs to be hung be­low your Nikon us­ing an op­tional bracket, or you can sim­ply hold the Or­bis around your lens, but ei­ther way, you’ll need an off-cam­era flash cord.

The end re­sult is a pretty un­wieldy set-up that’ll cer­tainly ex­er­cise your arms on long shoots, but the qual­ity of light is worth the work­out. The near-shad­ow­less il­lu­mi­na­tion is stun­ning to be­hold, though it will sap around two stops of light power.

If you love your Nikon, then per­haps you should put a ring on it?

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