Cokin Creative Flash

I have always been fascinated by camera flash, as it allows for you to capture photographs which would not have been possible due to the available light. This is particularly so for UV-imaging (indoors or in the shade). This post is about an interesting flash – Cokin Creative flash.

Flash head mounted on the Cokin body/control
Flash head mounted on the Cokin body/control

This is a flash I discovered more than a year ago, which is very rare and unique in terms of features. We all know Cokin for the various filters they make. But very few know of or have even heard of the Cokin Creative flash system. This was only made for a short period of time, and hence there are not many of these units out there. But if you look out long enough, they do pop up on eBay every now and then.

Controls of Cokin creative flash
Controls of Cokin creative flash

So what is so special about this flash? Well, it has 3 flash heads in one. And each of these heads can be angled in 5 different positions (directly to the side, two positions angled towards the side, one straight ahead and one angled in for macro). This allows for the effect of having light from three sides (left, right and top), to give an impression of multiple light sources. I have removed the filters (very easy to do) from the flash heads to allow for maximum UV output.

Cokin 'ring flash' head - different angles of the three heads
Cokin ‘ring flash’ head – different angles of the three heads
Cokin flash heads angled in for macro
Cokin flash heads angled in for macro

It has multiple connector pins on its base, as well as a switch to select the camera system you are using it on (Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax and Olympus). Mine is set form OM for my Olympus E-M5.

Switch to select camera system
Switch to select camera system

Weight: about 500g including batteries (4 AA)

Guide number: 28 metres (ISO 100)

Power control: Full to 1/16

Trigger voltage: 10.5V (this is safe for Olympus cameras, but I am not sure about other systems)

Mounting: Cokin A system (can be used with Cokin A step rings to mount onto lenses)

Cokin A mounting ring system
Cokin A mounting ring system

For a ‘ring’ flash, it is actually very powerful (most ring flash do not exceed GN 18 metres). As you can mount the flash heads in front of the lens, it can be even closer to your subject which is important for UV-imaging; the closer the flash to the subject, the more UV will illuminate the subject.

Cokin flash body/control
Cokin flash body/control mounted on camera
Cokin creative flash mounted on lens
Cokin creative flash mounted on lens

This is an example of the Bidens from my garden lit by this flash (ISO 200, f11, 1/60, full power).

Bidens lit by Cokin flash
Bidens lit by Cokin flash

Notice how there is definition of the UV-dark areas due to the directionality of the 3 heads lighting the subject.

This is link to one on eBay(UK) and one on eBay(US):

UKCokin creative flash

USCokin creative flash

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