Lomography Ringflash: A Ringing Endorsement

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The Ringflash is an amazing piece of kit and well worth getting, but don’t make the mistake I made, of thinking it is an everyday flash. This thing is special.

Credits: simonh82

I bought the Lomography Ringflash when I got my Diana F+ camera some years ago. At the time I thought I could use it as a standard flash and therefore didn’t get the normal Diana flash. In truth, it is a bit bulky to carry around every day, but nonetheless it’s a lot of fun.

Traditionally ring flashes were used for macro and fashion photography where even illumination was needed of close subjects. If you use a top mounted flash at close distance you often find the lens of the camera casts an unwanted shadow. The ring flash avoids this by mounting a circular flash around the lens. Traditional ring flashes may be great, but they are also seriously expensive.

The Lomography Ringflash is a comparative bargain and comes with a range of mounts to attach to most Lomography cameras. Also included are a set of large ring shaped colour gels and some smaller individual gels to cover the four flash units that sit within the ring. The larger ring gels will allow you to flash your friends, pets, or what ever you choose with a bright burst of colour, whilst the smaller gels allow for the fun of multi-coloured flashes.

Like the pro version, the Lomography ring flash works best close up and in this sense the Diana isn’t the best paring for the flash. The minimum focus distance of 1m means you don’t really see the glowing ring in people eyes (the trademark of a ring flash portrait). It also means that if you use four different coloured gels, the light has mingled by the time it reaches your subject and you don’t see distinct colours.

My favourite photo taken with the Ringflash (the cover photo to this article), was when I paired it with the fisheye lens for the Diana and then held the shutter open on B mode to pick up some background tracer lights.

The Ringflash would definitely work best with a fisheye camera, or maybe something like the La Sardina which allows close focusing. Be warned though: this thing is bright and you will end up with some photos of startled looking friends.

Here are a few other photos I’ve taken with the Ringflash:

Credits: simonh82

The Lomography Ringflash is the most amazing electronic flash you’ll ever encounter. It completely surrounds your lens and throws a burst of perfectly even light onto your subject. Don’t wait to experience this – get your own at the Shop now!

written by simonh82 on 2012-07-10 in #reviews #close-up #accessory-review #ringflash #lomography #colour #portrait-light #user-review #flash

3 Comments

  1. lokified
    lokified ·

    What settings do you end up using when you use a ring flash on a Diana? Sunny vs Cloudy? N vs B?

  2. simonh82
    simonh82 ·

    @lokified You can change the settings depending on how far you are away from your subject. 3m-infinity use cloudy, 2-3m use part cloudy, 1-2m use sunny. You can use B mode to get interesting tracer effects like the one in the photo at the top of this article. Bear in mind that if you use B mode in anything other than a dark environment you will really over expose the film.

  3. lokified
    lokified ·

    @simonh82 Thank you, that was exactly what I was looking for *writes that down*. I find that with my Diana Flash, I tend to overcook my subjects if I'm not careful, and it's often tough to remember what you did on a good one to replicate it.

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