It’s been seven years since the Orbis Ring Flash Adapter was first launched. In that time, it’s become one of the most popular passive speedlight modifiers available.
Unfortunately, it’s been announced that the Orbis has ceased production, with all remaining units being sold as close-outs at almost half-off their retail price.
For those unfamiliar with the Orbis Ring Flash Adapter, it’s a speedlight attachment that uses intricate internal baffling to wrap the light around its circular design. The idea, like any other ring light, is to shoot through the center of the donut-shaped device to provide a nice, even light on the subject matter.
Ring lights are most commonly seen in macro setups, but portrait photographers have also had plenty of success dabbling with them in the studio.
The reason for its discontinuation is that Enlight Photo, the company that manufactured the Orbis, has officially gone into liquidation after nine and a half years of operation. In a Facebook post, Elighten Photo said:
After 9 1/2 years in business, the massive changes in the way people take photos has proven too much for Enlight Photo to survive, despite our best efforts […] To all our tens of thousands of customers and supporters, thankyou thankyou thankyou. We’re doing all we can to ensure ongoing support if you’re one of the many photographers still enjoying our gear
Over the years, we’ve shared a couple of features on how to use and hack the Orbis to make the best possible light modifier available. Hopefully, this won’t be the last we hear of the Orbis.
To pick up your close-out Orbis, head on over to Amazon, where they’re being sold for $129 with free shipping.
PS: Enlight Photo also manufactured Frio, a universal locking cold shoe mount, which has dropped in price as well.
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