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 #gear #ringflash #colours #lomography #clarity #long-exposure #accessory #user-review #pros #review #cons #colorsplashing-technique #multiple-exposure #colorsplash


  1. istionojr
    istionojr ·

    Superb article! Totally agreed!

  2. lucretia
    lucretia ·

    Thanks :).

  3. gladys
    gladys ·


More Interesting Articles

  • 20% Off LomoChrome Purple and LomoChrome Turquoise Films (Plus Even More Special Film Savings!)

    written by shhquiet on 2015-08-10 #news #gear
    20% Off LomoChrome Purple and LomoChrome Turquoise Films (Plus Even More Special Film Savings!)

    Summer is the best time to try some fun Lomography films! The sun heats up the colors, making everything super vibrant and colorful. How about transforming those sunny colors into crazy and amazing hues? It's as easy as loading up a roll of LomoChrome Purple or LomoChrome Turquoise into your favorite film camera! Good news - they're on sale!

  • 50 Electrifying Light Paintings From The Lomography Community

    written by tomas_bates on 2015-08-17 #news #gear
    50 Electrifying Light Paintings From The Lomography Community

    Light Painting is a cool technique that we love to do when we're in the mood for experimenting with photos. It's super easy and fun, and it only requires a dark room, a friend or two to collaborate with, a camera with long exposure mode and a light painting tool to get started. Check out 50 of the most vibrant light painting photos taken by your fellow Lomographers after the cut!

  • Lomo In-Depth: Do you need a photography degree?

    written by lomographymagazine on 2015-09-07
    Lomo In-Depth: Do you need a photography degree?

    Lomography is a network of working photographers and serious hobbyists. It gives equal space to both clusters; after all craft is the main attraction, whether it is Mark Andersen’s thoughtful framing or Hodachrome’s vibrant doubles. And when technique and skill are the topic, questions about the photographer’s training also crop up.

  • Shop News

    Additional Member of Diana F+ Family is Here!

    Additional Member of Diana F+ Family is Here!

    Snap your happy memories with the medium format Diana F+ Cortina! This special edition camera is a nod to fun winter holidays: snow-capped mountains, skiing and good times with friends and family!

  • Colors of Winter with the LOMO LC-Wide

    written by tomas_bates on 2015-12-10 #news #gear
    Colors of Winter with the LOMO LC-Wide

    There's something about winter landscapes that warms the heart; it gives off a vibe that is equally calming and captivating. Make sure to seize the moment with the Lomo LC-Wide! Take a look at some of our favorite community shots after the cut.

  • Blue for Hue: Day and Night Visions on Kono! Donau Film

    written by Lomography on 2015-10-19 #news #gear
    Blue for Hue: Day and Night Visions on Kono! Donau Film

    Not all photographs are meant to be seen in vibrant, saturated colors, and neither are they always suitable for in black and white. Lomography welcomes yet another innovation from KONO! The Reanimated Film. Without diminishing the aesthetic value of images, KONO! Donau 35mm Film casts a distinct blue tone to photos. It is ultra-low ISO film that is best used for long exposure shots. Check out this fine selection of uniquely tinted images.

  • Timothy Tan Plays with Perspective in PERSPECgifs

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-08-13 #people
    Timothy Tan Plays with Perspective in PERSPECgifs

    Young visual artist and film photographer Timothy Tan brings back a technique considered practically obsolete by many not only to give his photography a fresh outlook, but also to help revive interest in it.

  • Shop News

    Introducing the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens Now Available on Kickstarter!

    Introducing the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens Now Available on Kickstarter!

    We're thrilled to present our new Kickstarter project—the New Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens! Inspired by the bold brass design of the world's first photographic optic, the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens is a versatile tool seeking the great return of dreamy imagery.

  • Reviews on Rewind: Lomography Ringflash

    written by lomographymagazine on 2015-11-27 #gear
    Reviews on Rewind: Lomography Ringflash

    Looking for a reliable flash? Consider the Lomography Ringflash, which throws an even burst of light around your subject! We scoured the Magazine and found these community-written reviews for you to peruse.

  • December 15th Advent Offer: Stock Up with 3-for-2 Film for Your Holiday Parties! (Online Code: THREE4TWO)

    written by Lomography on 2015-12-15 #news #gear
    December 15th Advent Offer: Stock Up with 3-for-2 Film for Your Holiday Parties! (Online Code: THREE4TWO)

    Today we want to make sure that you've got the film you need to take picture perfect holiday photos, so our Lomography films are three-for-two! Whether you're looking to create classic winter portraits or snap some great, snowy panoramas, today's Advent special will help you ensure you're prepared to capture it all!

  • Doug DuBois on My Last Day at Seventeen

    written by anamartaml on 2015-09-15 #people
    Doug DuBois on My Last Day at Seventeen

    Doug DuBois spent five summers photographing the small neighborhood of Russell Heights in Ireland to capture the essence of coming of age: the inevitable loss of youth and the imminent transition into adulthood. Those four years resulted in his latest book, My Last Day At Seventeen. The book is a visual tale told through a collection of photographs and gives an alternative perspective through a comic narrative around the same subject. This creative combination of two distinct narratives in one book not only works wonderfully in visual terms; it also serves as an essential tool that lets the reader dig deeper into the story being told, making one go back to the book over and over again, yet from a new perspective, every single time.

  • Shop News

    LomoKino on sale!

    LomoKino on sale!

    Embrace the magic of movie making and capture 144 frames of glorious analogue action on 35mm film with the LomoKino! Get it now at a incredibly low price while supplies last!

  • Top 5 Travel Tips for the Lomo'Instant

    written by lomographymagazine on 2015-07-29 #gear
    Top 5 Travel Tips for the Lomo'Instant

    It helps for regular travelers to be mindful archivists. They tend to be the best storytellers, supplying every turn with accurate names and vivid descriptions. The Lomo'Instant offers a wildly fun and efficient way to transfer these memories to paper, plus the nostalgic colors and ready-to-write-on frames are a major bonus. Read up on these great tips for capturing your travels in truly Lomo'Instant fashion!

  • Trending Newcomers of 2015

    written by lomography on 2015-12-30 #news
    Trending Newcomers of 2015

    2015 is one eventful year for Lomography and the entire community. Not only did we get to move into a brand new website, welcome fresh and exciting products, and be part of each other's analog adventures, we also had the chance to meet these amazing and talented newbies. Let's all give a loud round of applause for our most popular newcomers of 2015!

  • Memorable Quotes From Our 2015 Photographer Interviews (Part I)

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-12-19
    Memorable Quotes From Our 2015 Photographer Interviews (Part I)

    In 2015 we had been fortunate enough to talk with photographers, with practices and insights unique from one another, from all over the globe. And not only were we able to see their works; we were also able to dig a little deeper and find out what makes each one of them tick. In this special recap, we present a handpicked selection of insightful quotes from some of our most memorable interviews this year.