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LP180 Quad-Sync Manual Flash

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LP180 Quad-Sync Manual Flash


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Quick Overview

- Rugged build quality
- Side 1/4-20 mounting thread
- Four ways to sync
- Is NOT powered by uranium

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About the LP180  |  What's In The Box  |  Specifications  |  Sync Options  |  High Voltage Battery Port  |  Built-In Gel Slot

About the LP180:

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 Quad-Sync Manual Flash provides an essential solution for off-camera flash enthusiasts and incorporates feedback from photographers around the world.

The LP180’s durable body design and improved internal components are built to hold up under heavy use in the toughest environments. Every unit is backed up by a 2-year international warranty, when purchased from an authorized dealer.

A ¼"-20 side mount gives photographers flexibility in mounting the flash. When shooting into an umbrella, use the LP180’s side mount with your swivel and get your light near dead center of the umbrella. Don’t have a light stand? No problem – just use the side mount to attach the LP180 to any tripod or accessory with a ¼"-20 screw.

The LP180’s high voltage battery port allows the use of alternative power sources to give extra life to those AA batteries and decrease recycle time. A high voltage battery can reduce recycle times to 1-2 seconds at full power.

Photographers can enjoy full control over their light with 1/3-stop power adjustments and a built-in gel holder. And flexible features like an audible flash-ready tone, sleep mode and a backlit LCD screen.

As with previous LumoPro flashes, the LP180 features four ways to sync: standard hot shoe, 3.5mm (1/8”) miniphone port, PC port and built-in optical slave. For more information on the LP180’s quad-sync capabilities, check out “Sync Options” below.

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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



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.

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.

Built-In Gel Slot

The LP180 includes a built-in gel slot, which allows photographers to change the color of light output without a separate gel holder or system. The 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.

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:

Daylight to Tungsten Conversion
  • #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)  

Daylight to Fluorescent Conversion
  • #3304- Tough Plus Green
  • #3315- 1/2 Tough Plus Green
  • #3316- 1/4 Tough Plus Green  

Color Temperature Blue
  • #3204- Half Blue
  • #3208- Quarter Blue

Neutral Density
  • #3402- N.3 (1-Stop)

  • #3152- Urban Vapor (Effect, not Correction)

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

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

  • #117 Tough 1/2 White Diffusion

For questions or comments please contact support@lumopro.com

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