The Lomography Ringflash


The Lomography Ringflash is not only about its great looks; sure, it’s a cool looking Lomographic gadget, but the vibrant colors and clarity that it gives to each and every photo make it one of the best flash out there to master your colorsplashing technique.

I joined the Lomography Community in November 2010 and by the end of the month I became the proud owner of a Diana F+ and a Lomography Ringflash. From the first moment I laid my eyes on it, I knew there was something special about the Mighty Ringflash. However it was only after I developed my first roll of film, a Lomography X-Pro Slide 200, that I fell in love with it.

Ringflash Roots

•The Ringflash has been spreading the light since 1952 when it was invented by Lester Dine.
•Amazingly, it was first used in dental photography and only later became popular in fashion and portrait photography.
•It was used by dentists to take photos of the patient’s mouth. This was then the best way to show the patients what the dentist was seeing.
•The modern Ringflash differs very little from the original design.

The Lomography Ringflash is the best accessory for you if …

•You love portrait photography
•You love macro photography
•You love vibrant colors
•You love to experiment with long and multiple exposures

Let’s get down to business!

As I said earlier I am a Lomo newbie who loves using the Ringflash. From the 10 rolls of 35mm film that I used so far, on more than 50% of the shots I used the Ringflash.

So far I mostly used it with my Diana F+ camera and only once with an old Smena 8, both without hotshoe. This means that in order to get the shot, I have to set the camera to B, press the shutter button, hold the camera as still as possible and with the other hand fire the flash. Most of the time I have someone to help me, as I rarely use the Ringflash with the camera adaptor. The following photo shows what happens if you don’t hold the camera still while firing the Ringflash.

However at a party or a concert, this process is a bit annoying and, from experience, the photos won’t come out great unless you’re paying a lot more attention to your camera than the partying. This is why, if you’re somewhere where booze is involved and your camera does not have a standard hotshoe it is best to bring along the Ringflash only with a flash adaptor.

I mostly use it indoors as it’s the easiest way to get great clarity photos.

My favorite way to use the Ringflash is with long or multiple exposures in a really dark room.

Got the best results on my Diana F+ with aperture set to Sunny.

The best film to use with a Lomography Ringflash? I got the most mind blowing results with Lomography X-Pro 200, best clarity-colour ratio with Lomography Color Negative 400 and best clarity with Kodak ColorPlus 200.

Lomography X-Pro 200 + Diana + Ringflash
Lomography CN 400 + Diana + Ringflash
Fuji Superia 200 + Diana + Ringflash
Kodak ColorPlus 200 + Diana+Ringflash
DNP Centuria 200 + Smena 8 + Ringflash
  • Pros
    1.You get lots of color filters (4 color rings and 12 color filters).
    2.You can put a different color on each individual flash which gives you endless possibilities.
    3.Long battery lifespan (I changed the batteries after 4 months of frequent use).
    4.Usable with any camera with or without hotshoe.
    5.Great design and cool inspiring quote written on the back.
  • Cons
    1.Hotshoe sync cord a bit too short.
    2.Somewhat difficult to use without a hotshoe (you often need more than one set of hands to get a great quality photo).

All in all, the Lomography Ringflash is a must have for any Lomography enthusiast who loves experimenting with colors and give a personal touch to each and every photo. And now it’s time to take a look at my favorite Ringflash photos. Enjoy!

The short historical facts about the Ringflash were taken from this site

written by lucretia on 2011-03-31 in #reviews #clarity #review #colorsplash #colours #ringflash #long-exposure #user-review #accessory #pros #cons #multiple-exposure #colorsplashing-technique #lomography


  1. istionojr
    istionojr ·

    Superb article! Totally agreed!

  2. lucretia
    lucretia ·

    Thanks :).

  3. gladys
    gladys ·


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