Slapping forehead ...
Wow, I must be speaking in tongues or something. :eek:
My point was ... that just because something is NO LONGER PRODUCED by whatever manufacturer decided to quit the product, its inherent utility and value still exist. Buying add-ons makes perfect sense, extending the life and utility of this foregone product.
I suggest that the SONY HVL-F56AM flash will be working long after many "idiot"-erations of the underlying DSLRs have been produced. They are available on ebay, along with the earlier and identical Minolta 5600HS D flash. This tool just does not lose its respective value, especially since it is a proprietary item for the hot shoe involved. If you have one, this ring flash adapter would be an valuable asset.
If you, instead, have a HVL-F58AM ... you will probably have to figure something else out. The way this item is constructed, it does not appear to be very flexible and would require specific configurations. A solution for a select few. :)
So why not just buy a much cheaper ringlight flash.
$75 Bower Macro Ringlight Flash
BTW I don't think you can seriously compare an old Minolta lens to a flash gun in terms of longevity.
I know some of my lens' are a bit long in the tooth (like 30yrs) but in that time I've gone through several flash guns.
Fortunately the lens' don't have a deteriorating tube and all those electronics and capacitors to go wrong.
OK, OK I know it was tongue-in-cheek, I just had to say it.
Don's propensity to spend money aside, you can get those ring-light adapters for $30 on eBay, and you can get versions that will work with about any current flash.
Well, there it is. Why support B&H if you do not have to. LOL
Thanks for the suggestion. :D
well i'm sticking with my modified HVL-F20AM..best 60 buck flash for macro