Flash Mode

A project log for L2 Camera

Fully manual twin-lens reflex instant film camera

Vladimir GorsheninVladimir Gorshenin 05/01/2021 at 19:082 Comments

An ideal scenario for party or reporter mode - is when one can (almost) forget about manual controls of the camera. The following setup does it.

What I particularly like about the L2Camera design is the ability to combine it with the existing photo gear. The picture below shows one of the L2Camera prototypes with an external handle and an automatic flash unit attached. A remote release cord is used for convenience.

L2Camera with an external flash attached
L2Camera in flash/party/reporter mode

Lubitel shutter, thanks to its design, can be used with flash on any speed. Even a flash unit which is not powerful enough, combined with Instax high ISO film, together can easily give small apertures, like f/11, f/16. These apertures, in turn, provide large depth of field - and the photographer can be less worried about precise focusing.

My recipe for indoor party/reporter mode with L2Camera and flash is:

  1. set shutter speed to 1/30 or 1/60
  2. use an automatic (computer) flash unit and set it to ISO 800
  3. set focusing distance  to 2.8 m
  4. set aperture according to the distance and the settings of the flash (it should be around f/8.0 or f/11)
  5. use the frame viewfinder (as in the photo above)
  6. point and shoot!

With these settings L2Camera works almost the same way as conventional Instax camera: fixed focus, fixed aperture, frame viewfinder and automatic flash.


Keigo Moriyama wrote 09/16/2021 at 08:01 point

great idea Vladimir!

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Vladimir Gorshenin wrote 09/17/2021 at 08:07 point

Keigo, The handle in the photo above is handy especially when using the frame viewfinder. There is a hole in the handle for a release cord. Releasing the shutter becomes very convenient with a cord attached. Way better than the Lubitel's small release lever.

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