Flashback to the future! The Godox Lux Cadet is a new “retro-style” flash

Nov 29, 2023

Sagiv Gilburd

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Flashback to the future! The Godox Lux Cadet is a new “retro-style” flash

Nov 29, 2023

Sagiv Gilburd

Sagiv Gilburd

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Sagiv Gilburd is an Israel-based commercial photographer and videographer with extensive expertise in studio work, event photography, and managing large-scale photography projects.

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Godox announced a new retro-style strobe, the Lux Cadet. It’s a new camera flash that will be the perfect pair-up for a retro or an actual film camera. Why go with modern when you can go classic, right?

Positioned between the Godox Lux Senior ($119) and Godox Lux Junior ($69), the Godox Lux Cadet is a small, stylish, affordable strobe at $94.90.

Compact and slim design

The Godox Lux Cadet is a small beauty. It has a metal and hide look, and if you ignore the sync port and USB-C port (and squit a bit), you could kind of forget it is a modern flash.

Despite the metal build, it is small and light, with just 171 grams of weight.

Godox Lux Cadet design front

Auto and Manual flash modes

Users can switch between manual and automatic exposures using a convenient switch on the back. You can use auto mode, and the flash will guess the correct power, or switch to manual when you need more creative control.

Godox Lux Cadet a/m flash modes

Classic flower-type reflector

You can pop a small stylish reflector by sliding a side switch. Godox says they were inspired by the design of the classics and made a flower-shaped reflector. Judging by our review of the other retro-style flash, the Godox Lux Senior, those reflectors are pretty efficient.

Stylish pair-ups

This design will complete the retro look if you use a film camera like the Nikon FM2 or a modern film-like camera like the Nikon ZF. If you are a fan of companies like FujiFilm or Olympus, then all the better, as you have a never-ending supply of cameras you can stylishly pair with this flash.

Godox Lux Cadet specs

ModelLux Cadet
GN(1/1 step)GN10(ISO100, in meters)
Lithium Battery3.7V 1700mAh
Input Parameter5V⎓⎓2A
Flash Power7 steps:1/1-1/64
CCT6200K±300K
Focal Length28mm(fixed value)
Panel DisplayPower:Full, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64

Aperture:F2-16

Distance:0.5m, 0.7m, 1m, 1.5m, 2m, 3m, 4m

Auto f2.8 ISO100 (default value in A auto flash mode)
Optical FlashS1 optical control/S2 optical control
Working Environment Temperature-10℃~50℃
Recycle Time(1/1 step)≈2.5s
Full Power Flash Times(1/1 step)≈620 times
Battery Charging Temperature Range0℃-60℃
SYNCHotshoe,SYNC cable
Dimension(when the reflector is taken in)3.7″*2″*2.8″
Net Weight≈171g

Price and availability

It makes me happy to see modern gear with old looks. We don’t have many retro-looking lenses, but we have plenty of vintage-looking cameras from the likes of Fujifilm and Olympus. Godox, meanwhile, does a good job of continuing the theme in the world of camera flashes.

The Godox Lux Cadet is available now for $94.90.

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3 responses to “Flashback to the future! The Godox Lux Cadet is a new “retro-style” flash”

  1. Libby Sutherland Avatar
    Libby Sutherland

    Not nearly as stylish as the Senior, which I own. Looks really cool on the Nikon zfc and the Olympus Digital PEN F.

  2. Don Navarro Avatar
    Don Navarro

    Recycled pencil sharpeners? 😂

  3. ZEISSIEZ Avatar
    ZEISSIEZ

    The prettiest Godox Lux series of flash so far