Accessories

Godox Lux Senior with B/W negative film – by Phil Harrison

December 14, 2022

The photo above shows a Voigtlander Vito B with bulb flash, which was the kit I used in the 60’s for my interior photos and my current camera with what looks like a very similar bulb flash. However this is a very clever electronic flash that collapses neatly into its own body after folding up the reflector petals. The Lux Senior has both Manual and Auto settings, it does not have TTL. It is perfect for film cameras but is also safe on digital cameras. I’ve been using an old Cobra auto flashgun with a piece of white card as a reflector to get a soft light, which is a bit messy and slow to use, but gives a nice light. The Lux Senior doesn’t give as soft a light as the card reflector but its big reflector is not as harsh as most direct flashguns.

The Lux Senior has a fair amount power for its size, I use 400ISO films and with Auto the f number is f5.6 up to a maximum of 4 metres. If you use 100ISO films then in auto you get f2.8, which is a bit limiting, a lot more power is available in Manual especially when closer than 4 metres. The Manual mode has 7 power settings for full control of the flash output. The inbuilt rechargeable battery has the capacity for 150 full power discharges, according to the instructions and I have no reason to disbelieve that claim, it recharges using a phone charger. The flashgun can be set to operate as a slave gun.

To operate the Lux Senior first open the front flap, push the red button to pop the flash tube out then rotate the reflector petals round to create the reflector, switch on to either Auto or Manual. Included is a cable to connect to non hot shoe cameras. It comes in a nice presentation box.

So how did the Lux Senior perform, have a look at these photos:

With flashguns I always assume that the Auto exposure mode is set to get a correct highlights exposure, required for slides or digital cameras and this is the case (having checked with a digital camera), the Manual settings also.  For some of the test photos, not shown here, I took two shots on Auto, one at f4 and the other f5.6, looking at the negatives the f4 exposure looks the best for negatives. I also opened up by one stop with the Manual settings. The photos at the forge were shot in a large badly lit room using the Manual setting and f4. The boiler room was on Manual full power at f4 mixed with low level daylight. The pipework was at f4 on Auto mixed with daylight. The instruction manual says that the angle of lighting coverage is equivalent to a 28mm lens, I would say it’s more like 50mm. I was using a 35mm lens and there was light drop off at the edges but this can be shaded or cropped when printing. You can see the drop off in the 2nd photo, the man at the forge. The film was Delta 400, lab scanned and processed in Ilfotec DD.

This is a fun flashgun and specifically for film cameras, for which I have to praise Godox. It is ideal for family photos at home and for when you need a boost to natural lighting. Small enough and light enough when folded to be always carried in your camera bag. A 400ISO film or higher is advised.

Phil

More info here. For an in depth review on 35mmc here.

Contribute to 35mmc for an Ad-Free Experience

There are two ways to experience 35mmc without the adverts:

Paid Subscription - £2.99 per month and you’ll never see an advert again! (Free 3-day trial)
Subscribe here

Content contributor - become a part of the world’s biggest film and alternative photography community blog. All our Contributors have an ad-free experience for life.
Sign up here.

3 Comments

  • Reply
    Ted Ayre
    December 14, 2022 at 11:50 am

    Great photos Phil – really useful to see the Godox Snr in action, and what a setting to create some pictures! I feel the look of this flash is in-between those reflective/soft lights and the harsher on-camera flashes, and that really gives a nice quality to the photos. Thanks for your post!

    • Reply
      Phil Harrison
      December 14, 2022 at 12:55 pm

      Many thanks Ted.

    • Reply
      Phil Harrison
      December 14, 2022 at 12:57 pm

      Many thanks Ted.

Leave a Reply

This site uses User Verification plugin to reduce spam. See how your comment data is processed.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.