The well-known Fritz the Blitz flash, the trustworthy companion to any La Sardina camera, recently got an update to version 2.0. Check this review for the capabilities of the updated flash unit and some sample photos.
Most La Sardina cameras come with a dedicated Fritz the Blitz flash in a matching color scheme in the box. But some editions of La Sardina come without a flash, or if you want a powerful flash for use on various cameras, this is where the separately sold versions of Fritz the Blitz can help you out.
When I bought my La Sardina, I wanted the sleek black 8Ball version. However, this version comes without a flash, so I ordered the new *Fritz the Blitz 2.0* as an addition to it. An extra advantage of the Fritz the Blitz 2.0 kit is that it comes with brackets and cables to connect it to most cameras. As a slight disappointment, the flash has a more glossy black finish than the 8Ball camera, nevertheless it is a good match.
When connected to La Sardina, every Flitz the Blitz attaches directly to the camera by means of a robust screw. This also connects the flash to the camera by a proprietary connection. In this setup the flash is firmly attached and in one piece with the camera. The flash uses a CR123A battery which is not included in the package. That’s a pity because this type of battery might be hard to find and can be rather expensive, too.
The Fritz the Blitz 2.0 version reloads faster than the first version, and has an additional LomoKino mode which flashes with every exposure at 1/16 of the total capacity. As I don’t have a LomoKino, I have not been able to test the flash with that mode. The LomoKino mode is exclusive for the 2.0 version of Fritz the Blitz. The other three modes are at full power for group portraits (up to 1.6 meters at ISO 100), half power for single portraits and 1/8th for close-up/macro photography.
To allow for use with other types of cameras, the Fritz the Blitz versions that are sold separately are packaged with brackets and cables. The previous 1.0 version comes with a bracket to connect the Fritz the Blitz with the tripod mount of the camera, and an extension to that bracket for use with the Sprocket Rocket. The package also includes a cable to connect the flash to any hotshoe camera. The 1.0 version cannot be used with cameras with a PC flash connection for the flash like the 110 format cameras of Lomography, for that specific goal you need the 2.0 version.
The 2.0 package also includes also a special bracket for the Lomography 110 cameras, which needs to be attached between the camera and the regular bracket. All of these makes the combination with the Diana Baby or Fisheye Baby pretty bulky and not very pocket-able anymore. But if you want, you can use it at night!
The bracket is made out of plastic and includes an option to turn the flash backwards for indirect lightning. However, this connection is rather flimsy and the flash has the tendency to fold back by itself when you turn the camera backwards. So I have now put some tape around the turning point to fix it permanently and make the bracket a bit more robust.
Rounding up this review, my conclusion is that the Fritz the Blitz 2.0 is a fairly powerful and flexible flash which comes with all the required accessories to work with almost all cameras, including the Lomography 110 cameras. Also three color filters and a milky filter are part of the package. The plastic bracket however can be improved to make it more robust for quick and rugged shooting, and should be handled with some care. And when you have a Fritz the Blitz already, all the cables and brackets can be bought separately also.