Lumopro’s LP-180 is the successor to the very well acclaimed LP-160. As an all manual and well built hot shoe flash, you’d be surprised to know that this flash isn’t designed for the hot shoe. Instead, it is designed for the strobist looking for an affordable, manual solution with excellent build quality and lots of power. Indeed, the LP-180 is a flash that many are currently in love with.
For the past month, we’ve been testing in flash in various situations–and we have to do nothing else but agree.
No, this isn’t the frame of the next starship Enterprise. Rather, it is a speedring. Profoto released its speedring specially designed to be used for Speedlites and hot shoe flashes earlier on this year. And while many companies out there have their own, Profoto is a company that has always thought a bit differently from the others. This mentality has positioned them as a leader in the overall photo industry when it comes to lighting.
And while this Speedring has a lot going for it, its practicality in real life isn’t always so peaches and cream.
The Exppdisc 2.0 can meter for 18% incident exposure and has 2 levels of warming gels, which can be inserted into a recesses on the face of the ExpoDisc. The user can select for warmer skin tones in portraits. With the original version you had to purchase a second expodisc for warmer tones.
The Mount design has been improved as well with a low profile thread. Initially the Expodisc 2.0 will be released with a 77mm filter size. This size can be used with smaller threads by holding the Expodisc in front of the lens. Smaller filters sizes will be available in the future. The best part of the news is that the newer version is cheaper. It will be priced at $49.95.
A new flash has recently become available. It’s the Godox Ving V850 Speedlight, powered by a lithium battery. This hot shoe flash offers remote control and HSS as well. The battery for this flash is not as easy to get as raditional AA’s however this power pack has 3x the lifespan and quicker recycle times, according to Godox. You can keep an eye on the battery with the available indicator on the LCD.The Flash is manual. The Godox Ving V850 has stroboscopic functions and optical slave sensor built-in. It has output adjustment down to 1/128. With Godox’s 433MHz FT-16S or Cells II radio triggers (sold separately)wireless power control is available. The Godox Ving high-speed sync up to 1/8000 second (with certain cameras).
Essentials is a series where we round up specially curated kits for different photographers in different situations. Other items could surely be substituted, but these are what we personally recommend.
They appear all over the web: street fashion blogs and images are the thing of Tumblr and Instagram amongst many of the images that you see on Pinterest. The street fashion world is one of finding cool locations out in the busy streets of a city and capture a moment that looks candid. And to do that, you don’t need the most sophisticated of gear. However, the details and a vision can surely help.
Earlier this year, Phottix announced their brand new Mitros+ flashes that incorporate TTL metering with their Odin transmitter. As the first affordable TTL compliant flash to work with an integrated radio system, we’re positive that many photographers were just as excited as we were. We’ve been testing the flashes for a while and were quite amazed by how well they performed for the price point.