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LumoPro LP180

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Well shut my mouth! My new dynamic duo of LP180 flashes by LumoPro just arrived today. Shazam!! These flashes ROCK THE SET. This blog post will not be a lengthy review as the gurus and the wannabes have already put them up on YouTube. Here’s a cool vid from LumoPro!

I shoot Nikon CLS because it is convenient to us my SU-800 commander to control flash output from camera, and I won’t be leaving that system anytime soon. However, I wanted a couple more flashes. The problem is, Nikon CLS is an expensive premium to pay on every flash you buy. I thought about getting another SB-900 or 910, but they’re over $500 bones. The SB-700 is a good flash but still pricey at $350. And at most, I’d want the flashes to be accent lights or background lights or some such thing. But then LumoPro makes the best flash in the history of the world that you can quad sync (4 different ways), that comes with 2 sets of rocsco gels, that offers perfect, simple manual control, and I was totally sold . . . for $199 each! EACH! That’s awesome! It means that I bought 2 of these amazing flashes for less than one SB-910. Pure awesome! :cool:

Here’s the best thing in the world about these flashes besides all the above mentioned awesomeness:

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LumoPro LP180 flash mounted directly to stand on axis through the mod, triggered by a Nikon SC-29 cable shot on a Fuji X100s. How’s that for multi-camera-cultural?

Uh huh. That’s right sports fans! That LP180 flash comes with a built in 1/4 x 20 mount on the side so you can just attach the flash directly to a stand and blast light right down the axis of the umbrella/light mod. THAT’S AWESOME!!!!! :D The light comes directly to the center of the mod instead of upright on a hot shoe, which is always precarious at best anyways. This system makes SO MUCH sense. I wish Nikon would add it to all their flashes.

The optical slaves work awesome, I tried triggering them with my D800 and SU-800 and they work perfectly. Which means they can be triggered by the infrared commander I use for my normal lighting setups. Which means they will seamlessly integrate into my workflow, other than having to be adjusted manually for power output. Big whoop! I’ll walk the extra 5 feet for what I saved in not buying Nikon CLS speedlights.

And lastly, the awesome attention to detail in the packaging. Pure awesome! LumoPro, you’ve made a dandy product! :cool:20130720-LP180-003

 

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4 responses

  1. Who are you calling a ‘wannabe’? That’s not very nice!

    July 22, 2013 at 8:20 am

    • YouTubers who make videos of new products that consist of reading specs off the manufacturer’s website with no real user insight. That’s who the wannabes are. Gotta get all the 1st video hits!!!

      July 22, 2013 at 6:22 pm

  2. Have you tried triggering LP180 with x100s’s commander flash mode? How different is to trigger it as an optical slave with x100s’s normal on-camera flash mode and the commander flash mode?

    November 8, 2013 at 4:53 am

    • Yes – it’s misleading. The Fuji’s commander mode isn’t like Nikon’s. The Fuji’s flash doesn’t function as a commander per se in that it always contributes to the exposure, even if dialled down in flash compensation. Maybe a firmware update will allow it to function as a pre-flash, which would be sweet. But that said, the built in flash on the Fuji will certainly trigger the optical slave in the LP180.

      November 8, 2013 at 9:19 am

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