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Flash cubes and bulbs

  Important!  Flashcubes and Magicubes (X-cubes) are not the same. 
Be sure you choose the right one for your camera..

These products have not been manufactured for decades, and everything we offer is from recently excavated warehouse stocks or out of the back rooms of long-established camera stores for whom inventory control was never a priority. Some packages are shopworn, and some have torn flaps. All are complete and the flashes are probably all fully functional.

Clear bulbs are for black and white photography. Blue bulbs are for properly balanced color with the color films of the '50's, 60's, and 70's, and they work with black and white as well.

Supplies are limited, and when they're gone, they're gone.

Safety note: flash bulbs generate significant heat when fired. Do not fire them close to anyone's face or skin, nor anywhere near flammable substances. Do not touch them with your bare fingers immediately after firing. Do not carry them loose in your pocket, where they might be fired accidentally by static electricity (Ouch!). Flash cubes and Magicubes are shielded, but glass bulbs (AG-1 "peanut" bulbs, and M2 types) are not, so keep a safe distance from people since it is remotely possible that bulbs might shatter when fired.

Click here to watch a wonderful '70's Kodak TV commercial promoting flashcubes. "Newest Instamatic camera outfits from only $18. Only from Kodak!"

Flash Cubes

Your camera uses flash cubes if the flash socket looks like this. The socket shape is a cross, and the pin in the center of the socket is round.

Flash cubes have electrical contacts. A battery in your camera provides the power to ignite the flash.

Flash Cubes

The original flash cube, four "peanut" bulbs arranged as a cube. Your camera automatically rotates the cube as you shoot pictures. The bulbs are blue, so OK for color film as well as black and white. Choose High-Power flashcubes if recommended by your camera manufacturer. High-power flashcubes produce significantly more light than standard flashcubes. All flashcubes require a battery to fire. 

Please note that, as these are quite old, some may fail. We have not had any customers contact us about flashcube failures, but it may be happening and we're just not being notified.

Please be sure your camera takes flashcubes, rather than Magicubes, 
before ordering
. Click here to see what Magicubes look like.

Box of 3 Flashcubes
4 flashes per cube

Box of 2 High-power Flashcubes
4 flashes per cube
Product FLSH-2PACK

Magicubes, also called X-Cubes

Your camera requires Magicubes (also called X-cubes) if the socket looks like this. The socket shape is an X with a square pin in its center. There are no electrical contacts, and the camera's flash socket has four studs (see detail below).

Magicubes do not have electrical contacts, and the camera does not require a battery for flash. 

Magicubes, also called X-cubes
An improved flash cube, four "peanut" bulbs arranged as a cube. Your camera automatically rotates the cube as you shoot pictures. They're blue, so OK for color film or black and white. Because they self-ignite when the shutter button is pushed, no battery is required.

Please be sure your camera takes Magicubes, 
rather than flashcubes, before ordering. Click here to see what flashcubes look like.

Box of three Magicubes, 4 flashes per cube

Flash bulbs, flipflash, and flashbars

M2 and other M-type flash bulbs for many 1960-era cameras, like the popular Brownie Starflash pictured. Blue bulbs give proper color balance with the color films of a half-century ago, and of course they also work with black and white. Clear bulbs are for black and white. A battery is required to fire the bulb.

Both have the same base and fit the same cameras. The M3 gives a brighter flash.

Package of 12 M2B blue bulbs
Product (discontinued item)B

Note: we have a small supply of clear M2 bulbs, "Bond" brand, in distressed packaging. 

Package of 12 M2 clear bulbs
Product (discontinued item)

We have a small inventory of M5 bulbs. Per package of 12.
Product FLSH-M5


These blue color-balanced flashes fit into special flipflash sockets. You shoot half the flash pictures with the bar inserted one way, then remove it and flip it over to shoot the second half. 8 or 12 flashes in all. Most have 12 but some have only 8. 

One Flipflash

These were invented especially for the Polaroid cameras of the day, and since Polaroid films make ten photos per film, flashbars have ten flashes per bar. The fit into a special flashbar socket, and do not need to be flipped over. Blue for color or black and white film.

One 10-exposure Flashbar
Product FLSH-BAR

The best source of flashbulb information on the Internet is Cress Photo.


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