Review by Mary -
(Posted on 9/21/12)
I have six of these now purchased for hummingbird photography. Recycle really fast so far ver happy with them. Only neg is the are hard to lock down on flash stand.
Ain't pretty but it's a work horse
Review by R Mac -
(Posted on 9/11/12)
Have had mine for about a year and use it constantly, never had a single problem. I have dropped it in mud, and had it fall off a stand and land on a rock, didn't effect the light what so ever.
Good Till It Wasn't Good
Review by Nicholas G -
(Posted on 8/27/12)
The LumoPro LP160 offers everything it says it does. Mine, however, worked for only a handful of portrait sessions. It never fell and was only triggered wirelessly. I never fired at full power. Then, suddenly, the LumoPro would turn on, ready to fire, but would not fire. Neither the test button, nor hotshoe or wirless trigger could fire it. It just... well... stopped working for no reason at all. I'm reluctant to buy another one due to the unpredictable unreliability of the flash. Very disappointed.
-MPEX Note: "Adam (adam [at] mpex.com) will be happy to arrange a replacement for you. These flashes are covered under a 2 year warranty.
For $160 yes it's fully worth it.
Review by czechphotoguy -
(Posted on 8/13/12)
If you think you are going to get features on this flash that normally are on ones priced betweeen $400-550 get a different flash. Plain and simple, you get a lot of nice features for not a lot of money.
If you are going to use this as a primary flash you might want to look elsewhere. It will work, but it's main strength is as a manual slave and if you are looking for that you have found a gem!
Think about it you get not only one but two syncing jacks on the side of it that are reserved for units that are twice the price.
The optical sync modes have never failed me in the short time that I used them. As a test I placed them in two other separate rooms (around a corner for each) and had the sensors pointing in the direction of each other and stood in another room and fired off my SB-900 and not once did they not fire as I had two other people in those rooms confirming.
David Hobby swears by them paired up with his SB-800's (watch his lighting in layers DVD's and you will hear his love for them).
Only thing I can say negatively is pitch the included hot shoe foot as it's going to keep only a toy army man stabalized at most.
I have (5) SB-900's and when I heard about them (and now that I have used them) I plan on purchasing another (2) and I will never have a problem putting them out in the field.
I have yet to experience the hot shoe issues others have been talking about. But I mount these to the Frio cold shoes and will pair them with Pocketwizards if I need to have them really far away.
OK, Im done preaching...
Review by Wolfmann Creations -
(Posted on 8/11/12)
Received the flash a couple of days ago and it is what I'd hoped for. Good solid manual flash.
GREAT for the price
Review by supraman215 -
(Posted on 7/25/12)
As for the rating system on these reviews, price and value are almost the same measure.
Anyway, functionality is the only thing lacking on this flash. Extremely annoying to have to hit the power button 6 times to go down one stop. Same with the head zoom adjustment.
Refresh speed and power are great. Refresh speed is near instant on 1/4 and lower. At full power it's definitely the 4 full seconds as specified. Build quality is great. TONS of light.
good but there are issues
Review by chaim01 -
(Posted on 7/24/12)
I agree with some of the reviews. I have missed important shots even though the flash is in the hot shoe. It has to be taken out and put back in. Also sometimes the flash resets itself to FP, This only happens off camera.
Greeat Flash but...
Review by JJ -
(Posted on 6/14/12)
Wonderful, fantastic flash operation. Love these lights. I recommend them over the Canon Speedlight series EVERY time someone asks me about what flash to buy, for operation, but especially for the value ( I have 2). Optical slaves work perfectly, much better than many monolights out there. Only 3 stars on quality though, as the hotshoe mount does not hold well, and wears over time, slipping in the hotshoe and losing connection. One of my units will no longer hold at all, and I have to use gaffer's tape to keep it on the off camera mount.
Review by Steve L -
(Posted on 5/16/12)
I use 3 of these in optical sync mode as fill, rim, hi-key, room , , list goes on and on. Easy to use, optical sync never misses a beat, and plays well with TTL preflash and studio strobes. MPE has spare parts, and Quantum makes adapter for portable power.
LOVE This Flash
Review by Don L -
(Posted on 5/1/12)
I'm about to purchase my second LP160 and plan to buy at least two more in the very near future! One would be crazy to pass these up, especially at their price and fantastic light output. They're very simple to use and they've never misfired for me, I HIGHLY recommend them!
Love these things. They go all over Africa with me.
Review by Bob -
(Posted on 2/9/12)
Im a huge fan of these bad boys. They are so cheap in comparison to TTLs and they get the job done. I own several and take them all over Africa with me.
Here is a shot of one of them getting pulverized in a market in Uganda.
Amazing Modern Manual Flash
Review by Davis D -
(Posted on 11/21/11)
I just got my LP160 to replace a broken SB600. WOW, this thing pumps out the light compared to the little SBs. Great build quality too, it's not nearly as creaky as my little SB600, which always felt a bit fragile.
Review by Danny M -
(Posted on 11/21/11)
I got this as a holiday gift last season. I love the feature set and value for the price. The only reason I took off a star for the quality is the hot shoe. It doesn't lock in as securely as I would like it to. It hasn't fallen off but I'm very mindful of it possibly slipping out. I was thinking of rigging a small piece of rubber between the shoe and flash to make sure it doesn't slip out. Another issue is once in a while it doesn't fire and I have to unmount and reset the power on it. Even if I press the manual flash button it doesn't fire so its not a hot shoe issue. This hasn't happened often so its not a big problem for me.
Great for Portraits
Review by paul -
(Posted on 11/14/11)
I have had my LP 160s for about a year, and have produced very professional looking portraits with them. For the value, these are a must in anyone's arsenal. I have been able to take better portraits than photographers that have visited my school. I plan on buying 2 more LP 160s in the future to use as background and hair lights. I love the portability.
Easy, Effective, & Hard Working
Review by AndyM -
(Posted on 10/14/11)
I've used an LP160 for about 6 months while photographing off road motorcycle races. My 160 has been bounced around in the bag, knocked to the ground, dusted, and rained on. I had to use it once in the pouring rain and it performed flawlessly while my 430 and 285 didn't. It's simple to adjust and it just works.
Best manual flash on the market.
Review by Noah -
(Posted on 10/1/11)
Every hotshot flash in my kit is one of these. They're the toughest, most reliable, most robust flashes I've ever used.
Must have for your bag
Review by Charles Tibbs -
(Posted on 9/20/11)
I have several of these flashes and absolutely love them, they are super powerful and match my SB-900. The 2 slave modes work flawlessly, have never had an issue with them misfiring even in bright daylight.