We Review the Godox Lux Junior: This New Flash Works With All Cameras

Looking for a competitively priced compact flash that will fit in your pocket and work with your Fujifilm X-T4, Sony Alpha and Leica M6? Discover our opinion.

You’re lucky. The new Godox Lux Junior is a new retro flash that works with all digital camera systems and even film cameras. Plus, the Lux Junior looks like it’s straight out of the 60s, so it’s sure to be a hit.

One flash to rule them all?

It may seem like a dream come true for many photographers, but there’s good news and bad news.

The good news is that the Lux Junior can be used with just about any camera because it uses a single pin to trigger the flash. The bad news is that this single pin means the flash can’t read your cameras settings; in other words, you cannot use it in TTL mode.

This sets it apart from other flashes on the market, including its Godox stable mates.

For example, take the Godox range of flash strobes, like the V860 III. With this flash, a letter after the model indicates with which system it is compatible: F for Fuji, C for Canon, N for Nikon, S for Sony and O for Olympus and Panasonic. Each brand has different pins and software that communicate with the cameras and operate in TTL mode.

Although there is no TTL, make no mistake. The Lux Junior packs a mighty punch and is very capable of delivering fantastic results, especially for something so small and competitively priced.

Specifications at a glance

  • Light and compact
  • Dimensions: 3 x 2.8 x 2″ (74 x 50 x 72mm)
  • Weighs 4.5oz (130g)
  • 28mm fixed flash focal length
  • GN12 (ISO100)
  • Emits light at a correlated color temperature (CCT) of 6000K ± 200K
  • Powered by two AAA batteries
  • Compatible with Fujifilm, Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Sony digital cameras
  • Works with film cameras via hot shoe or cable sync cord
  • Full power manual mode up to 1/64 power
  • Automatic mode

What’s in the box?

Like other Godox products, the Lux Junior is attractively branded and presented. Inside the box you will find:

  • Flash Junior Lux
  • storage bag
  • Sync Cord Release Cable
  • Manual in Mandarin and English

First impressions

First impressions of the flash itself were positive. Small and light, it fits in your pocket and weighs only 4.5 oz (130 g). It has a nice clickable dial on the back to control the flash output in manual mode.

The top of the flash has a nice texture, although of course it’s all plastic. The storage bag is a nice touch to protect it from scratches. The sync cord seems quite short at first, but it was long enough to work on both my Contax G1 and Nikon FM3A film cameras.

As with other Godox products, I find the manual text to be quite small. Maybe it’s my advanced age and declining eyesight, but I wish they would expand the text a bit. Luckily for me, they also post a PDF copy of the manual online so I can enlarge the text and read it comfortably.

With a positive first impression, I wanted to put it into action. The first step was to put in 2 AAA batteries, but that turned out to be a little more difficult than expected. I felt like I had to be a little rougher than I would have liked just to get the blanket off.

Once the batteries were charged, we were off. I put the flash in manual mode and pressed the test button several times. I then mounted the Lux Junior on my Fujifilm X-T4 and started taking some test shots.

Flash recycle times varied depending on the state of the batteries and the power of the flash I was using, but in general it was nearly instantaneous. Battery life was pretty good too, but I’d recommend having a few spare AAAs on hand.

Flash dials, manual mode and automatic mode

There are two dials on the back of the Lux Junior flash: an inner dial and an outer dial.

The outer dial controls the flash output in manual mode. Flip the flash to M and you’re away. Control the flash output by turning the dial, which has a nice click. You can change the flash power to seven values, ranging from full power to 1/64 power.

Shooting in manual mode is quick and easy: take a test shot, review the results, then increase or decrease the power depending on the results. I did this by guessing combinations of flash power and aperture that would look good, but if you’re a more technical photographer, help is at hand.

The inner flash dial is really just a cheat sheet of light values ​​so you can find combinations of aperture, shutter speed, ISO, distance, and flash power. You can spin this inner dial a million different ways, but it has no effect on flash power.

The automatic mode intrigued me: remember that it is not a TTL flash. It turns out there’s a small light sensor on the front of the flash that changes the flash output based on ambient light. You can test this by pressing the test button, then covering the light sensor and pressing the test button again. As you can see in my video, you will notice the difference.

The user guide lists some defaults for ISO, aperture and distance, although I just winged it. The automatic mode is not very sophisticated, but at the same time it worked quite well in my tests.

Using the Lux Junior on film cameras

There are two ways to use the Lux Junior with film cameras, either on the shoe as with digital, or with the sync cable that comes in the box. I have tried both with great results.

Of course, with film you don’t get the instant feedback of digital, so I was worried about the outcome of my Kodak 200 roll. In the end, I was pleasantly surprised. There were a few underexposed shots, but the rest looked great. I also took a few shots using my Sekonic light meter, and they turned out perfect.

Although it was fun, with the increased cost of film, I’d rather stick with my Contax TLA140 over the G1 next time.

S1 and S2 optical modes

The Lux Junior has some nifty tricks up its sleeve. On one side of the flash, there are S1 and S2 settings to trigger other Godox flashes.

Using S1 will trigger the Lux Junior in response to another manual or TTL flash. Using S2, the flash will respond the same way, but ignore the initial flash.

Is this the best photography accessory you can buy for $69?

I think it is. I really enjoyed using the Godox Lux Junior flash. It is lightweight and compact and can fit in your pocket. Despite its small size, the flash is powerful. I have always had good results in manual and automatic mode.

If you like your flashes even more retro than this, also check out Godox’s other new flash: the cool-looking Lux Senior, which retails for $119.

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