During my experience with the new Lomography Lomokino, I have to say I’m really impressed with the results. I’ve worked with her in different circumstances - That’s why I want to give you some advice now on how to use the camera in low light conditions and when to use the flash as a fill light when shooting in natural light.
Nikon SB 30
First of all, to use a flash with the LomoKino, you need to consider that the flash must have a very fast loading speed (approximately 1-2 seconds). I’ve done many tests with different flashes and in the end I found the best option thanks to a good Lomographer friend. I’m talking about this tiny amazing thing, the Nikon SB 30 flash. It’s very small and compact, it just weights 92g and it only measures 83.5×36mm; so it’s definitely a very fun tool that fits perfectly to our Lomokino.
This flash has a guide number of 16/ 52 and it covers 28mm. Besides that, it has this amazing small diffuser, that allows you to cover 17mm; which is perfect when working with portraits or shooting a subject less than a meter away with your Lomokino. It also gives us a very interesting option; I’m talking about the little black plastic tab that allows you to cover the flash and have a manual control of its power.
Fritz the Blitz
The LomoKino has a 5.6 diaphragm and a shutter speed of 1/100; therefore, it needs to work with 400 or 800 ISO films when shooting indoors or in situations with poor light conditions. That’s why I recommend you always use a flash with a fast loading speed in order to synchronize the movement of your Lomokino’s handle with it. The best Lomography flash for using with the LomoKino is definitely Fritz the Blitz – He’s got a fast recharge time (about a second) and can keep up with the LomoKino well – susielomovitz has made this video with Fritz the Blitz and the LomoKino:
If we don’t have a flash that fast, we’ll have to move the Lomokino’s handle more slowly and wait for our flash to reload. I’ve used the flash outdoors with natural light and I have to say I really love the results; it gives an interesting fill light and besides that, if you put the Diana F+ color filter on it, you’ll be amazed, it’s totally great!!!
Using flash with our Lomokino will give you endless creative possibilities and you’ll be able to shoot in every environment you could think of. I’ve attached a film that I made to a mine using the Nikon SB 30 flash and a backlight sunset. Hope you like it.
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