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The Lumopro® LP180 Quad-Sync Manual Flash

 

About the LP180  |  What's In The Box  |  Specifications  |  Sync Options  |  High Voltage Battery Port  |  Pre-Cut Gels


About the LP180:

Building on the success of its predecessors, the LP180 Quad-Sync Manual Flash provides an essential solution for off-camera flash enthusiasts. The LP180 introduces a new design and updated features incorporating feedback from photographers around the world.

A ¼-20 mounting thread, a high voltage battery port, the ability to make 1/3-stop power adjustments and an audible flash ready tone are just a few of the exciting improvements in this current model. In addition to innovative features, photographers can expect the same high-quality build, reliability and 2-year warranty found in previous models.

The LP180 has been completely redesigned -- not only for a unique look, but with enhanced functionality as well. The LP180's side ¼-20 mounting thread makes mounting the flash directly to light stands or swivels effortless. This mount makes it easier than ever to shoot directly into an umbrella when using an umbrella swivel, such as the LP634. An eagerly anticipated high voltage battery port has been added for photographers looking to gain faster recycle times.

Another LP180 innovation is the built-in gel slot, which allows photographers to change the color of light output without a separate gel holder or system. The brand-new gel slot is specially-designed for the included gels and bows the gels out and away from the flash head to avoid melting or distorting the gels’ shape. Plus, the LP180 includes a built-in wide angle diffuser and bounce card, giving greater control over light output, even without extra modifiers.

What the Pros are saying...

  • "Rugged. Intuitive. Fast. Dependable. Guaranteed." 
    - David Hobby, Strobist®
  • "The new LumoPro flash is legit. Been using it and I love it." 
    - Zack Arias
  • "Lumopro has a habit of making some of the world's most versatile flash units. However with the announcement of company's third-generation LP-180 flash, that habit is starting to look more like an obsession."
    - Dan Bracaglia, Popular Photography
  • "LumoPro LP180 might be the best small flash you can buy today." 
    - Charlie Sorrel, Cult of Mac
  • "The new LumoPro LP180 Quad-Sync manual flash is simply superb." 
    - Oleg, Photo Tips Online
  • "We are blown away by how well this $199 flash performs"
    - Connor Walberg, Action Photo School



The LP180 also features a redeveloped mounting foot fitted with a sliding latch for securely locking the flash on swivels, cameras or triggering devices. The refreshed foot also features a drop-down locking pin that works seamlessly with the popular Frio™ double-locking cold shoe for a secure mounting solution.

An upgraded battery door operates smoothly with improved spring-loaded hinges. The new design also introduces a backlit LCD screen to the LP180 interface for easy flash control and easy use in low light.

The updates don’t stop with a contemporary look; the LP180 insides have been refined as well. All new software powers an updated interface with added features such as an audible flash ready tone and sleep mode. A thermal cut-off slows recycling time instead of cutting off the flash, expanding the limits of safe use with a high voltage battery.

The LP180’s 1/3-stop increments enable finer control over power adjustments. And with minimum power going all the way down to 1/128, photographers can match the needs of any situation. Build quality of the LP180’s internal components has also been improved to make one of the most durable speedlights on the market, even stronger.

As with previous Lumopro® flashes, the LP180 features sync via standard hot shoe, PC port, 3.5mm miniphone port, and optical slave. The optical slave features 11 different settings – one simple slave mode and 10 alternative slave modes that ignore between one and ten pre-flashes. More information on using various slave modes can be found in the included Owner’s Manual.


What's In The Box:

 

1- LP180 Quad-Sync Manual Flash

1- 3.5mm Miniphone to 3.5mm Miniphone (Short) Sync Cord

1- LP180 Softcase

1- Set of Rosco Color Correction Gels (cut specially for the LP180)

1- Set of Rosco Color Effects Gels (cut specially for the LP180)

1- Small Flash Foot Stand

1- Instruction Manual

 


Specifications:

Guide Number: Every company measures guide number differently. At LumoPro®, this is how we measure guide number:
GN= Distance x f/stop,
Distance = 10ft, F/stop at 105mm, ISO 100, Full Power = f/11
10ft x f/11 = 110, GN = 110
The LP180's power is roughly equivalent to the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT or the Nikon SB-900.
Sync:3.5mm (1/8") Miniphone port, PC port,
standard ISO hot shoe, built-in optical slave
Recycling Time:4 seconds at full power with fresh NiMH batteries, 1 second at full power with high voltage battery input
Bounce (Tilt) Angle:-7°, 0°, 45°, 60°, 75°, 90°
Motorized Zoom Settings:14mm (with wide-angle diffuser), 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 70mm, 80mm, 105mmm, 105mm
Swivel Angle:360° Total
Right: 0°, 60°, 75°, 90°, 120°, 150°, 180°
Left: 0°, 60°, 75°, 90°, 120°, 150°, 180°
Manual Power Settings:Full Power to 1/128
Built-in Slave Function:S0 (off), S1 (standard optical slave), and S2-1 through S2-10 (pre-flash synchronization optical slave).
Hot Shoe:Standard ISO size, center pin contact, mounting foot lock with drop-down locking pin.
Sleep Mode/Auto Power-off:Sleep mode engages after 20 minutes (if enabled). Auto power-off engages 3 hours after sleep mode.
Flash Ready Indicator:Front and rear ready LED light, optional flash ready tone
Power Source:Four 1.5V AA size batteries (Alkaline or rechargable NiMH). NOTE: Do not use Nickel Zinc "NiZn" batteries as they can cause damage to the LP180.
Included Accessories:Soft case, flash stand, 3.5mm miniphone to 3.5mm miniphone sync cord.
Flash Body Dimensions:8.125" (L) x 2.5" (W) x 2" (D)
Flash Head Dimensions:2.875" (W) x 1.75" (H)
Weight (without batteries):15oz (0.9lbs) (425 grams) (0.0004 metric tons)
Warranty:2 years from date of purchase through authorized LumoPro® dealers.

Features:

  • Sync Options:

    PC Sync: Also known as Prontor/Compur, the PC sync port has been around synce the 1930s and continues to be a standard in modern DSLRs and flashes. The PC port is a round port with a center firing pin. While electrically reliable, the connection made between synchronization devices and the port have been on shaky ground since 2010. Early PC connections infamously lost shape and inevitably unmounted from their ports, however the LP180 is now equipped with a modern PC port that allows users to connect screw locking sync cords such as the PocketWizard PC5N.
  • Miniphone Sync: 

    A mono version of what appears to look like a headphone plug, the miniphone port allows users a more secure connection than PC. The LP120 Quad-Sync Manual Flash paved the way for the 3.5mm miniphone sync port in flashes in 2009. Ever since, Lumopro® flashes have been proudly featuring a more secure, easily accessibly, and low profile sync option.
  • Hot Shoe Sync:

    The standard ISO hot shoe is a versatile tool not only for mounting, but for triggering flash units as well. The LP180 is equipped with a slide lock hot shoe with center pin firing for manual triggering. The hot shoe can be mounted to a variety of accessories such as the LP633 Compact Umbrella Swivel for off-camera flash or a DSLR shoe mount for on-camera flash triggering.
  • Optical Slave Sync:

    The optical slave is a unique circuit built into the LP180 designed to detect bursts of light from other flash units in order to complete relay and fire the flash. In basic terms, when the LP180 detects a flash going off, it will simultaneously flash. The LP180 is equipped with multiple optical slave modes. It's most basic mode, "S1," is a basic optical slave that triggers the LP180 when it detects another flash. The LP180 has other settings to ignore digital TTL preflash that occurs when using dedicated flash units. The opcial slave mode "S2-1" ignores digital preflashes for Canon dedicated flashes and "S2-2" will ignore digital pre-flash from Nikon dedicated flashes. In addition, "S2-3" through "S2-10" optical slave modes will ignore a set number of pre-flashes that are usually present in using "Master/Commander" modes with dedicated TTL flash units. Note: Using "S2-3" through "S2-10" is an public beta experiment. These optical slave modes can be used for technical advancement or creative applications. For questions regarding these modes or feel free or to report your findings by emailing think@lumopro.com
  • High Voltage Battery Port:

    The LP180's high voltage battery port allows photographers to use a variety of alternative power sources that will give extra life to the additional four 1.5v AA sized batteries and in addition decrease the time it takes to recycle the flashes power. A high voltage battery can increase recycling times up to 1-2 seconds on full power flash. The high voltage battery port on the LP180 is considered a "Canon style" port and accepts the Canon battery pack model CP-E4. In addition, Quantum Instruments manufacturers Turbo Series high voltage batteries that are compatible with the LP180 when used with Quantum cable models CZ, CCZ, or CZ2. If you have questions regarding additional battery and cable compatibility please email support@lumopro.com. Note:  While firing full power flashes with a high voltage battery, the flash has the potential to overheat. Due to the nature of over heating flashes, the LP180 is equipped with a thermal cut off and will slow recycling to protect internal components. When engaged, the thermal cut off is indicated by a thermometer symbol in the top right hand corner of the LCD panel.
  • Pre-Cut Gels:

    The LP180 includes a special set of color correction and color effects gels by Rosco. These gels are cut a specific dimension to work with the LP180's built in gel slot and allow the gels to bow away from the flash fresnel lens. This prevents permanently melting gels on to your flash and let's your gels surive multiple full power flashes. The LP180 includes the following gels:

    Color Correction for Tungsten Color
    • #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)  

    Color Correction for Fluorescent Color:
    • #3304- Tough Plus Green
    • #3315- 1/2 Tough Plus Green
    • #3316- 1/4 Tough Plus Green  

    Color Correction for Cooler Color
    • #3204- Half Blue
    • #3208- Quarter Blue


    Color Effects:

    • #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

    Neutral Density:
    • #3402- N.3 (1-Stop)
    • #3415 Neutral Density N.15 (1/2-Stop)

For questions or comments please contact support@lumopro.com