Lomo Ring Flash
Lomo Ring Flash

Lomo Ring Flash

Running off 4 AA batteries it is connected to the camera via a cable that connects to the camera hot shoe.

Flash consists of four lights around a circle.

Filters are supplied which clip over the front of the unit.

Guide number in metres is 8-11 with no filter fitted and 4-6 with a filter.

Obviously it is best used as a close up unit and the trial here is at 500mm, 0.5m with Kentmere 400asa film processed in Tetenal Paranol-S.

Lomo supply adaptors with it for some of their own cameras. On a standard SLR a bit of creativity is required. Fortunately it is not heavy. The Praktica L was chosen as the tripod socket is in the centre of the camera in line with the lens, not the case on all cameras.
Holga at f11
Holga at f11
Taken at 0.5m on kentmere 400 film. The white diffusing filter was in front of the flash lights. A guide Number in metres of between 4 to 6 is suggested .
Lomo Kino at f16
Lomo Kino at f16
Taken with the ring flash without a filter, just the four flash units working. Unit has a guide no of 8-11 in this guise.
Lomo Konstruktor at f11
Lomo Konstruktor at f11
Taken with the red filter on the ring flash giving an effective guide no 4-6
Lomo Sampler at f8
Lomo Sampler at f8
Taken with the yellow filter on the ring flash
Lomo La Sardina at f11
Lomo La Sardina at f11
Also taken with the red filter.
Lomo Spinner at f11
Lomo Spinner at f11
In this image the blue filter was fitted to the flash.
Gallery of examples with the ring flash
All the examples were taken on the same roll of Kentmere 400. The film seems to have a good 3 stop latitude as there was little difference between f8 and f16 with one of the filters in place or f11 and f22 without the filter.

Only on the la Sardina image does the filter seem to have affected the background which for all the cameras was the same red cloth.

The great advantage of the ring flash is to be able to take close ups without the need for the camera being on a tripod for a time exposure in artificial light.

It is obvious why this type of unit is used by scene of crime officers, if TV programmes are accurate.