Flashpoint VL-48, Macro Ring Light with Adapter for 49-77mm Diameter Lenses

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About Flashpoint VL-48

For limited time only, save 28.59% on the Flashpoint VL-48 dropping from 69.95 to 49.95 and Shipping is free! . Bonus: No sales tax either, unless you live in New York or New Jersey.

Designed for macro-lens, the LED light may be used with other types of lenses, but please take note of the following: Some lenses may turn after the installation of this macro ring LED light (which may affect camera focusing, with results being unsatisfactory). Please use manual focus with such a lens.

This is a continuous light unit, but turn off power when not in use due to high power consumption.

The Flashpoint VL-48 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Flashpoint VL-48 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Flashpoint VL-48: Attaches securely, Consistent output, Durable, Easy to use, Good power output, Lightweight and Versatile

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Lightweight (14),Easy to use (9),Good power output (7),Attaches securely (4),Consistent output (4),Durable (4),Versatile (4),Fast recycling (3)
Flimsy (3)
Best Uses:
Indoors (3),Low light (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (9),Semi-pro photographer (6),Pro photographer (3)

Flashpoint VL-48 Features

  • Unit has Flash mode AND Constant mode
  • orange, blue, oyster white, and transparent diffusers included
  • Visual LCD display with high definition
  • Swich for left and right light function. This feature make the picture appear mor dimensional

Flashpoint VL-48 Specifications

200 grams
1 Year
48 color temp 3000-15000K
Effective Distance
5cm-130cm- -Guide #15
Power Rate
Semi Power, Full Power
Service Time
Using 4 AA Batteries: Appx. 1.5 hours

Flashpoint VL-48 Reviews

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(based on 19 reviews)


of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review


Very Good LED ringlight

This is a well-designed device for close shots, it provides permanent lighting for subjects. And you can adjust it three ways: all light, half left light, and half right light. With the power controller, you can choose two different power input modes: 2 AA batteries (I recommend that you use rechargeable batteries) or AC adapter input. Very useful for macro photographing. My set came with a Adapter for 67mm lens to :-)


Most Liked Negative Review


Not bright, very limited usefullness

Not very bright. I bought this for macro photography and its barely adequate for some uses. Not useful at all for fill in light and its not bright at all, so its not a big aid in macrophotography.

Reviewed by 19 customers


VL-48 LED Macro Ring Light


from Portland, OR  -  Photo Enthusiast

Use the ring light for close up macro photography. The build is very solid inspire of light weight and seems very durable. The illumination can be set to Flash or constant on which is very useful. Put out a lot of light. I purchased it for use with a Nikon 105 mm f2.8 macro lense. For the price, I was very surprised at the high quality. I recommend it.


seem good


from Oregon  -  Photo Enthusiast

I sent it back as it did not work Adorama was great to work with!!


Great Value


from Silver City, NM  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Better than I thought. It is sturdy and reliable. The only negative I might say is that the instructions could have been better written.

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


It's ok for the price.


from Mobile, AL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

It's very easy to use. Flash sits in the hot shoe and the adapters fit your lenses nicely. It adds a white glare to your pictures. It's very bright and completely washes out your subject in closeup shots. Closeups were a selling point in the description, but I have to back up several feet to keep from washing the shot. That in concert with the white glare forces you to clean up your picture with a photo editor.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Macro Ring Light


from College Station, Texas  -  Photo Enthusiast

Easy to adapt to various diameter lenses. Great for the price. I have been using this Macro ring light to photograph bugs in my garden during daylight hours. You have to be a bit carefull not to cross the threads when using the adaptors. I would like to see the adapter rings made out of aluminum but this would only add to the price. The various lenses included with the kit provide for some unusual photos. Overall, I have no complaints about this ring light when you consider the price. This ring light has the same if not more features as a $400 set.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Weak, but usable


from NYC  -  Photo Enthusiast

Works well with primes and lenses with low f-stop. Cannot work if an extension tube is used for macro work. Need dedicated macro lens for best results. Need to be near subject. It works well under limited conditions.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)




from Eastern Washington State  -  Photo Enthusiast

Bought mostly for Macro use. That works.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great for the money


from Montana  -  Photo Enthusiast

Love that it can be a continuous light source and not just traditional flash - i can see why people may say it's a bit weak - but for macro photography it's great. A good value.

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Does not sync with Nikon D3100


from Austin, TX  -  Casual Photographer

I purchased this flash unit because it was cheap. But it did not sync with my Nikon D3100. It might sync with higher end nikons, but I wouldn't recommend you to try it... read more reviews first. It will work with constant light mode as the camera's light meter will adjust to the light and that also decreases your eye-strain in low light situations, but it will consume your batteries like candy! Think twice before buying it!

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Not for Pentax


from Harrisonburg, VA  -  Photo Enthusiast

The Flashpoint VL-48 appears to be a repackaged Marco RF550 ring flash. What the description does not tell you is that it is for Nikon, Olympus and Panasonic DSLRs. They also make a Model RF-550E for Sony. The flash does not sync well with the Pentax DSLR, but will work in the manual(always on) battery burning mode.


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Ed J  will this flash mount on a canon g16?
PAUL C  I'm not sure. I think that you need an interchangeable-lens camera to do it right, but I might be wrong.
Shopper  Will this work with Nikon 105mm macro lens?
RICHARD H  It will work with any lens that has a diameter between 49-77mm. If you do not know the diameter of your lens and it doesn't give it on the lens anywhere, check the underside of the lens-cap, which often shows the diameter.
Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
JAMES M  A great alternative to strobe ring flash. What you see is what you get. Easy to use. A good dollar value.
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