I am not competing with those cheap plastic, I just wanted to do something by myself. On the market there are several LED macro lights to buy. The only thing what I don't like in most of them, that they have those converter rings screwed on to the filter ring of the objective and that ring slides in to the macro light frame.
Most of the cheap versions are not stable at all. Slipping, turning around and not to mention about the weight and force what that poor, mostly plastic filter thread has to take because of that macro light. Depending of what kind of lens you use it might give unwanted pressure and force to the optical element, which is not good at all especially for zoom lenses with a moving front element.
My version is attached to a particular lenses lens hood, which holds very strong and it is attached to the lens housing not to the optical elements.
So lets see what I had to start with:
Step 1: Necessary components
- camera with the lens, in my case Nikon 85mm f1.8 with 67 mm filter thread,
- close up+ filter set,
- 36 pcs. bright white 5mm LED,
- 3 mm clear acrylic,
- 3 mm opal acrylic,
- 8 mm black acrylic,
- 3 mm black acrylic,
- an old flash unit to disassemble,
Tools I used: laser cutter, circular saw, glue, sandpaper, soldering iron, drill.
The most important thing is to have the correct measurement of the lens hood which will hold the ring.
Two important diameters needed to make the light ring body, one on the end and one 8 mm higher, just because my ring body is cut from an 8mm thick acrylic.
This lens hood is cone shaped therefore it's easy to place this ring without worrying that will fall off.
I wanted to find a cheap lens hood to fix permanently but unfortunately I could not find any, that is why I have this solution. These lens hoods are rather expensive, I did not want to damage the one what I have.