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LumoPro 180 and Nikon CLS PART 2

ATTENTION: PHOTO NERD POST – if this is not you, please move aside. 😎

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In my previous post on this, I had Nikon’s Creative Lighting System working flawlessly with my LumoPro 180s. But then, all of a sudden it didn’t work anymore in the S2-3 slave mode. I was buffaloed once again. So, I determined to figure out why (in my home office, not during a wedding shoot when it was critical. Doh.). 😉  So anyways, I tried all the configurations of Nikon’s CLS system triggering from an SU-800 commander on camera. Here’s what I came up with. The LP180s will work with all the configurations, they just have to be set in the appropriate slave mode as per your CLS configuration. I made up a cheat sheet to keep with you. Feel free to download and share it as you wish. Cheers! 😀



ADDENDUM EDIT: I’ve had an anonymous commenter (H. Simpson, no wait, that’s too obvious, Homer S.) inquire about what the settings would be for CLS combinations not listed in the chart – precisely a BC group.  Given that Nikon’s CLS system makes the most sense when used as A Group for Key, B Group for Fill and C Group for Accent/Kicker lights, a BC Group configuration doesn’t make any sense at all ever. Just use an AB Group in the S2-2 setting, it’s accomplishing the same thing as  2 setting group like BC.


2 responses

  1. Tom Winger

    So what’s your rule of thumb for when you use CLS optical slaving and when you use your Pocket Wizards? Indoors v. outdoors?? I often have trouble with CLS in auto mode outdoors and in large rooms, but not so much with CLS on manual exposure.

    September 3, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    • I love CLS and use it all the time indoors and out. I’ve never had troubles syncing in sun. The only time it failed me was at the last wedding we did. The DJs lights were messing with the signal. Pocket Wizards saved the day. Radio is better than CLS when you really want to finesse the light. Hiding flashes around corners, dialling in manual exposure to perfection. But for grunt lighting on the move, CLS wins every time.

      September 3, 2013 at 9:16 pm

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