Remember how old-fashioned photographers like Weegee used flash bulbs with big silver dishes? Well, if you’ve ever wanted to take photos that make you look like a news reporter from the 1930s, rejoice!

Meet the Senior Retro Camera Flash, which was put out by Flashpoint in the US and by Godox everywhere else. This cleverly made flashgun looks like the old flash bulbs from the Prohibition era, but when it goes off, you don’t have to worry about magnesium phosphorus.

Canon and Sony can both use the Flashpoint/Godox Senior Retro Camera Flash. It works with Nikon, Olympus, and Pentax cameras and fits in the hot shoe like any other standard strobe. It also has a sync port for older cameras. So it’s perfect for old cameras like the Nikon Z fc, Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III, Fujifilm X-Pro3, and classic film cameras like the Canon AE-1 (opens in new tab).

The flash comes out of its small folded state, which looks like an oversized car remote key fob. It has a nine-blade flash dish and a bulb that pops out.

It can be used manually or automatically, and it only has one dial that controls ISO, aperture, power, and distance. This makes it easy to use. It has a fixed focal length of 28mm and a Guide Number of 46ft/14m at ISO 100. Its internal 1700mAh battery can power 150 full-power flashes. It can be set off by light for both S1 and S2, but there is no radio system built in.

“Instead, consumers need to know how to use Guide Numbers and understand distance,” says Flashpoint. “The Automation is also a throwback to the days before camera TTL, when thyristor sensors placed carefully on the flash did the job.

“The light has 7 levels of brightness that can be set by the user and are reliable and consistent. The flash exposure is controlled by auto, but the photographer must set the right f-stop on the camera body or lens. The photographer needs to know the range of the flash-based on ISO, distance, and the tonal value of the subject.

Pre-order the Godox Senior Retro Camera Flash from B&H

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