The new Lux Junior from Godox is a retro-style manual flash

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Godox announced the Lux Junior, a retro-inspired camera flash that will sell for just $69 when it becomes available next month. It looks small, fun and easy to use.

Retro design

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The Lux Junior draws inspiration from the classic flashes of the 70s and 80s rather than the more modern flash designs used by wedding and event photographers today. At just 2.9 inches by 2 inches by 2.8 inches and weighing around 4.6 ounces, it’s much smaller (and less powerful) than something like a Canon 600EX II.

And while we wouldn’t expect it to produce light as soft or flattering as high-end flashes, Godox seems to lean into the idea that photographers using it should “go rogue” and “forget the rule or the norm, and just click the shutter button and enjoy the moment.

As long as you don’t expect $500 flash results, you probably won’t be disappointed.

Easy to use

The flash is designed to look like a retro model from the 70s or 80s with manual controls.

The Lux Junior uses a simple dial to adjust the flash output. There are seven power levels, ranging from “Full” (1/1) to 1/64; these correspond to various combinations of distance, ISO and aperture. For example, if your subject is about 10 feet (3 meters) away and your ISO is set to 200, you can use full power at f/5.6, 1/2 power at f/4, etc.

There’s also an auto mode which defaults to f/2.8 at ISO 100 if you don’t want to worry about dial faff in your settings.

If you want to use Lux Junior in combination with other flashes, there are two optical modes. Setting 1 (S1) fires in response to another flash, while setting 2 (S2) ignores pre-flashes.

Widely compatible

The new Godox Lux Junior flash
Godox says the Lux Junior should be compatible with most cameras. Godox

Although Godox claims the flash is compatible with digital cameras from Fujifilm, Canon, Nikon, Olympus (OM-Digital) and Sony, since it uses a generic sync cable it really should be compatible with most cameras film and digital photography. If you want a fake vintage flash to go with your real vintage camera, this might be a good try.

Likewise, the Lux Junior takes two AAA batteries which you can buy everywhere. Of course, running off a few TV remote batteries means it’s not the most powerful flash on the market. But with a guide number of 12it’s no slouch either and should be effective at reasonably close ranges.

In terms of color temperature, Godox says the output should be 6000 ± 200 Kelvin.

Fun and affordable

The Godox Lux Junior It’s unlikely to win any awards, but it looks like it should be easy to bag and fun to use. At $69, it’s also very inexpensive. Sure, it’s made of plastic with “classic ribbon accents” and an “exquisite texture” of faux leather on top, but that only adds to the silly appeal.

If you like it too, you should be able to pick one up in mid-August at major camera stores.

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