As most of you would know we work closely with LumoPro. We’ve featured a heap of their awesome lighting products and today I’m finally allowed to tell you about the LP180. The update to their much-loved LP160 flash unit. As of midnight last night the NDA (non disclosure agreement) was lifted and the LP180 was finally launched.
I’ve had the LP180 now for a few months and I can honestly say that the everything stated in the video above is true. There’s no marketing spin there. Oh and yes I should have been featured at the end of the video however my file mustn’t have arrived on time.
Now on to the important stuff!
- Power Source: Four (4) 1.5v AA size batteries (Alkaline or rechargeable NiMH) NOTE: Do not use Nickel Zinc (NiZN) batteries as they can cause internal damage to the LP180.
- Sync: 3.5mm (1/8”) Miniphone port, PC port, standard ISO hot shoe, and built-in optical slave.
- Bounce Angle: -7°, 0°, 45°, 60°, 75°, 90°
- Swivel Angle: 360° Total: Right: 0°, 60°, 75°, 90°, 120°, 150°, 180° Left: 0°, 60°, 75°, 90°, 120°, 150°, 180°
- Built-in Slave Function: S0 (off), S1 (standard optical slave), and S2-1 through S2-10 (preflash synchronization slave).
- Max. Height: 126.5 inches
- Sleep Mode/Auto Power-off: Sleep mode engages after 20 minutes (if enabled). Auto power-off engages 3 hours after sleep mode.
- Hot Shoe: Standard ISO size, center pin contact, mounting foot lock with drop down locking pin.
- Accessories: Soft case, flash stand, 3.5mm miniphone to 3.5mm miniphone sync cord, pre-cut Rosco gel set.
- Flash Body Dimensions: 8.125” x 2.5” x 2”
- Flash Head Dimensions: 2.875” x 1.75”
- Weight: 15oz (0.9lbs)
- Warranty: 2 Years
The LP160 screamed like a banshee
Pre cut gels Included!!
Not only is this an awesome flash that for the cost of one of the priority Canon or Nikon flashes you could get around 3 LP180’s which would set you up with a pretty good lighting kit, Lumopro have also thrown in pre-cut gels from Rosco!
The Lp180 comes with a built-in gel slot which bends the gel slightly so you don’t end up melting your gel onto your flash. Now that’s thinking!
Colour Correction for Tungsten Colour
- #3407- Full CTO (Converts 6500K to 3200K)
- #3411- 3/4 CTO (Converts 5500K to 3200K)
- #3408- 1/2 CTO (Converts 5500K to 3800K)
- #3409- 1/4 CTO (Converts 5500K to 4500K)
Colour Correction for Fluorescent Colour:
- #3304- Tough Plus Green
- #3315- 1/2 Tough Plus Green
- #3316- 1/4 Tough Plus Green
Colour Correction for Cooler Colour
- #3204- Half Blue
- #3208- Quarter Blue
- #12 Straw Yellow
- #23 Orange
- #339 Broadway Pink
- #381 Baldassari Blue
- #89 Moss Green
- #2001 Storaro Red
- #02 Bastard Amber
- #4815 CalColor 15 Pink
- #347 Belladonna Rose
- #117 Tough + White Diffusion
- #3152- Urban Vapor
- #3402- N.3 (1-Stop)
- #3415 Neutral Density N.15 (1/2-Stop)
Coming in at $199.99 this is a quality flash unit. Everything about it feels like it is a more expensive unit. Having both the LP160 and now the LP180 I can honestly say that this is not just an incremental upgrade with a new housing. It’s a completely new unit that feels as premium as the more expensive proprietary units on the market. For the cost of a SB910 or 600EX-RT you can get 3 LP180’s which is a pretty decent lighting kit that would keep you going for some time.
The only down fall is the lack of TTL. However this is not what these flash units are built for. They are built for the off camera flash crew who want portable, affordable, high quality lighting that can go just about anywhere with a variety of sync options and powering modes.
The High Voltage Battery Port is not something that I’ve personally played with however it allows you to plug an external power pack in, giving you a full power recycle time of 1-2 seconds. With special technology that the flash unit won’t over heat you are safe to shoot away without having to worry about it.
The LP160 had a “ready” light on the back. It was great but at the same time unless the flash was facing you, you had no idea if it was ready. The LP180 has both front and read ready lights plus an audible beep. Trust me this makes a world of difference when out in the field.
Lastly with the edition of the LCD screen for controls it now has a battery indicator. Some of you might think this is not that interesting or special but coming from the LP160 having an idea of how much batter power you have is a bonus!
I can’t highly recommend these units enough, and I know from experience the LumoPro company is great when it comes to support. You have a questions or problem they’ll bend over backwards to get it sorted. Head over to the product page and order a couple of LP180’s today. You won’t regret it.