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LumoPro LP180 and Nikon CLS


Use this Setting to sync with Nikon CLS

This is a total Photo Nerd Post. If that applies to you, please read on :cool:.

So I was doing an advertising campaign shoot yesterday and I decided it was high time to try out my new LumoPro LP180 flashes on a real job. I was shooting a high key setup that required 4 flashes to do. I setup my Nikon SBs as key and backlights and I wanted to use the LP180 as a kicker.


Susan’s Basement Studio setup

So I set it up and took some test shots. Nothing worked. It was like the LP180 was killing all the other flashes’ signals. So I turned it off, everything worked perfectly. Weird. 😈 Then I remember that I must have the slave mode in the wrong setting. So I changed it and still the setup wouldn’t work. I was totally buffaloed. I was able to borrow an SB-910 to help me finish the shoot but when I got home, I had to figure out what the heck was going on. I setup the flashes and started running through the slave mode settings on the LP-180. When I got to S2-3, thats when the magic happened. Everything was working perfectly and my two LP180s were triggering just fine within the Nikon CLS. I was using my SU-800 commander remote which I love, but I tested it also with the pop up flash on camera. Worked perfectly. So, if you shoot Nikon CLS and want to use the awesome LumoPro LP180 flash alongside your Nikon kit, fear not! It works flawlessly in the S2-3 slave configuration. Cheers! 😎


2 SB-600s, 2 LP180s, 1 SB-900




3 responses

  1. Pingback: LumoPro 180 and Nikon CLS PART 2 | schultzphotographic

  2. Robert Stephenson

    I am testing the lp180 as well with my d5300, su-800 setup. The only time the lp would fire is when ALL the flashes in the CLS (2x sb900, 1 sb800) were set to manual mode on the su-800. The setting for my LP was S2-2 not -3 as in your write up. I’m not sure what’s going on but it does indicate that there is inconsistency. One factor that may may a difference is that I ‘m using the d5300 to control the whole thing. I’m not sure what the differences are in the software, but there are bound to be some. Were your Nikon flashes in ttl or manual on the su-800? Also do not work in AA mode.

    BTW – background – I’ve been shooting nikon for 2 decades and used to be a wedding photographer with a Mamiya RZ Pro 2 and Metz potato mashers. No problems with manual flash but would like to know why the differences.

    January 1, 2014 at 9:52 am

    • Hi Robert – yes, since I made this blog post I also have come across strange inconsistencies with using the LP180 and Nikon CLS. I’ve only ever used the Nikon flashes in manual so I cannot speak for TTL compatibility. I’ve had to S2 and S3 and S4 if one of the Nikon flashes is set to full manual power. For whatever reason, full power on one flash goofs with the settings. More extensive testing is definitely required, especially in regards to TTL which I haven’t tested at all.

      Oh and be sure to check out this post that has more info on the matter:

      January 1, 2014 at 6:51 pm

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