Ray of hope

Amateur Photographer - - Your Letters -

I’m an AP sub­scriber and have re­cently be­come a grand­fa­ther which has rekin­dled my in­ter­est in por­trait pho­tog­ra­phy. I was in­ter­ested in the ar­ti­cle re­gard­ing the best light­ing ac­ces­sories ( Light me up, 19 May) and par­tic­u­larly the Ray Flash Uni­ver­sal Ringflash adapter. Hav­ing re­searched the web­site quoted in the ar­ti­cle I found that the item could not be pur­chased di­rectly from the man­u­fac­turer. In fact I was un­able to find any sup­plier in the UK of this prod­uct, and Ama­zon has it listed as a dis­con­tin­ued item. I would there­fore ask that be­fore rec­om­mend­ing equip­ment in sim­i­lar ar­ti­cles your re­searchers en­sure that the gear is read­ily avail­able for pur­chase.

Keep up the good work. Mal­colm Gibbs Be­fore run­ning any group test or round-up in AP we al­ways make sure that any prod­ucts we list or rec­om­mend are avail­able for read­ers to buy. As you men­tion the Ray Flash Uni­ver­sal adapter has now been dis­con­tin­ued, but it is still avail­able from some on­line stock­ists such as the Flash Cen­tre (www.the­flash­cen­tre.com) who are sell­ing the Ray Flash Uni­ver­sal adapter (short neck) RFU-S (Short) ver­sion for £99. I also found a cou­ple of ex­am­ples on eBay, but th­ese are gen­er­ally more ex­pen­sive and tend to sell for around £150. When a prod­uct is seem­ingly un­avail­able to buy, it’s worth typ­ing the full prod­uct name into Google and click­ing on the shop­ping link just be­low the search bar. If that fails there’s al­ways eBay or Gumtree to fall back on – Michael Topham, re­views ed­i­tor

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