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LumoPro introduces LP160 shoe mount flash  
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 | by Rob Galbraith
LumoPro has announced the LP160, an all-manual shoe mount flash that offers similar power to Canon's and Nikon's top flashes, four triggering options (including both a 3.5mm sync jack and a slave setting that will ignore other flash's preflash bursts), a tilt-and-swivel zoom head with 24-105mm lens coverage (plus snap-on 17mm diffuser), full to 1/64 power settings and a metal foot.

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Budget Friendly: Views of the LumoPro LP160, including its snap-on 17mm diffuser. Click photos to enlarge (Photos by Rob Galbraith/Little Guy Media)

In a brief look at the LP160 ahead of its release we found it to be well constructed with smooth zoom head operation, an overall sturdy feel and a quiet old school recycle whine.

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We measured flash duration to be in the same ballpark as the Speedlight SB-900 and Speedlite 580EX II. The table at right shows both t.5 and t.1 flash duration data for the LP160; expect the flash to have excellent action stopping capabilities from about 1/4 power and lower.

Only flash recycling seems a bit long, at about four seconds for a full power pop with Maha Powerex AA NiMH installed.

For those wanting a no-frills way to add light to a scene, and can live without both TTL and remote power control, this new unit from LumoPro looks looks like a lot of lighting value.

The LumoPro LP160 ships with a small stand, snap-on diffuser and PC sync-to-3.5mm jack cord. It's shipping today for about US$160 in the U.S. A list of dealers is here; as of this writing it's available in the U.S. exclusively at Midwest Photo Exchange.
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