Wired’s First Look at Strobist ‘Open Source’ Flash


[Editor’s Note – June, 2010 – This post was about the LumoPro LP120 Flash, which has been discontinued.  The flash has been updated and replaced with a new model, the LP160 Manual Flash.]

For those of you who aren’t aware, the LumoPro LP120 was developed specifically to address the wants and needs of the strobist community.  It is a manual flash loaded with features at a very low price point ($120 at Midwest Photo Exchange).  It’s certainly not a flash for beginners.  I, for one,  would certainly be lost with the LP120 considering my lack of strobe experience, but it is feature list is unrivaled for those of you tweakers who are passionate about strobes.  Wired Magazine’s Gadget Lab managed to get a hold of one for an in-depth review complete with pictures.  An excerpt from their review:

As we mentioned last week, the LP120 contains an embarrassment of options. Not only can you adjust the power down to 1/32, you can trigger it in a multitude of way, all of them open standards: A hotshoe, a slave trigger (which detects the light from another flash firing for wireless use), a PC (Prontor/Compur) socket and a mini-jack socket.

If you’re a strobist, this sounds like a flash worth some serious consideration.

Read Wired’s review:  First Look:  Strobist ‘Open Source’ Flashgun

Product Page:  LumPro LP120 at Midwest Photo Exchange


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D. Travis North is a professional Landscape Architect, a Freelance Photographer and founder of Shutter Photo. Ever since he picked up his first SLR, his father's Nikon N2000, he's been hooked on photography. Travis likes to photograph urban environments, architectural details and has a new-found interest in close-up photography. His work can be found at D. Travis North Photography. Follow Travis on twitter: @dtnorth.

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