Review: LumoPro LP160 (MOVED)

Categories: Photography, TechReview
Comments: 8 Comments
Published on: 2011.02.19

As of 2013.12.09, I’ve moved this review to a non-blog page. There’s a comment form over there too, but I’ll leave the older comments below for posterity’s sake.

(I’ve had to edit this review several times; it’s just easier for me to edit on a regular html web page; besides, I have fuller control of the presentation over there.)

  1. Marline says:

    You should be a product reviewer for one of those tech magazines. Your reviews are just that good.

  2. Wil C. Fry says:

    Thank you, Marline. The hard part is covering the technical aspects that interest me and other amateur/pro photographers, while still being sensible enough for the beginner. :-)

  3. Ratan Mehta says:

    Good review, I think I’m gonna buy a few of these.
    I have a canon 400d as well and if it isn’t too much trouble can you tell me your lighting gear set up?
    Including :
    cables and cords.
    Wireless triggers
    Any additional lights that you may not have mentioned.
    If you’ve posted info about this before I apologise for asking again. If you can point me in the right direction, that’d be great.
    Going kind of crazy here trying to figure out how and what to buy to start off.
    ps: you may email me your reply as well if I am not going to be automatically reported when you do reply.

  4. Wil C. Fry says:

    @Ratan Mehta:
    Thank you for the comment.

    Cables and cords: only the tiny cable that came with the Cactus V4 triggers and the cable that came with the LP160 flash.

    Wireless Triggers: Cactus V4 wireless flash trigger with two receivers

    Additional lights: The only lighting I currently use is the LumoPro LP160, however I own the following crappy flashes:
    Canon 420EX Speedlite
    ProMaster 5550DX Digital flash
    Vivitar Auto30D

    Almost always, I simply fire the LP160 off-camera with the V4 triggers, and aim the flash at the ceiling or a wall. I have white ceilings in my home, so the bounced light spreads out nicely and has very little color cast.

  5. Ratan Mehta says:

    thanks a ton, Wil.
    I was under the impression I’d have to buy adapters, pc cables, etc etc…
    Thanks for clearing that up..

  6. Wil C. Fry says:

    I thought the same thing at first. :-)

    I don’t use the cables/cords at all. The V4 transmitter sits on your camera’s hot shoe and the receiver attaches to the flash (it’s wireless, so you can put the flash anywhere).

  7. frank says:

    with the lumo pro lp160 can i use this flashgun , will it fit on my canon 400d hot shoe, and fire it , or will i have to buy a hotshoe conversion to fit.

  8. Wil C. Fry says:


    Thank you for reading, and for commenting.

    Assuming those phrases are meant to be questions, here goes:

    “With the LumoPro LP160, can I use this flashgun?”

    The LumoPro LP160 is a flashgun.

    “Will it fit on my Canon 400D hot shoe?”

    My apologies for not mentioning this in the above review. Yes, the LP160 will fit on your camera’s hot shoe. In fact, to my knowledge, modern hot shoes and hot feet are standardized. They should all fit each other.

    “…and fire it?”

    Yes, the Canon 400D’s hot shoe will fire this flash.

    Please note: this flash is *fully* manual and does not use ETTL. You will have to set the flash power manually (or adjust camera settings to match the power of the flash) for a correct exposure.

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