I made the “executive decision” to buy a pair of flashes for my Canon 5D mark III. A number of reasons triggered this decision. Light is important for photography! It is what makes a photo possible.
The first flash that I started looking into was the Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX. This flash is designed for macro photography, which I enjoy. The first lens that I bought was the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM. The Macro Ring Lite fits onto this lens and will expand my macro photography capabilities. An added bonus is that ring lights can add some neat results for portrait photography. I have seen some tips and tricks about how to use ring lights for portraits. With E-TTL capability, it can also be used as the master to trigger other TTL flashes. This makes it a very versatile flash to add to my equipment list!
The second flash that intrigued my interest was the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT. This is the latest flash in the Canon Speedlite lineup. The nice thing about this flash is that I can use it as an on camera flash, or I can use it in conjunction with the Macro Ring Lite for off camera flash with the E-TTL capability! I can also expand with other flash accessories to greatly improve any lighting situation.
Photography is all about managing light. I am looking forward to expanding my creative and technical capabilities in 2014 with the addition of these two camera accessories!