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Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (7 x 8')

B&H # LAHL87 Mfr # LL LB8878
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You Pay: $729.99
Product Highlights
  • Sets Up/Down Easily / Collapsible
  • Great for Hi Key Lighting
  • Provides Even Background Light
  • Free Standing
  • Can Be Used as a Huge Softbox

The Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background is a unique way to achieve hi key photographs. This inventive system, allows the photographer to minimize lighting scenarios while achieving spectacular results.

The HiLite Background is different in that it permits you to place your strobe head INSIDE the background, completely directing the light to the background and filling it with white light. No more worrying about 'spill' or having to test to see if the background light is positioned correctly since the background will be evenly lit. Furthermore, because the background is actually illuminated it means the subject can stand virtually right in front of it without casting a shadow.

This system also works as a rear softbox and can illuminate your subject as well. This means you can simply use use one other light in the front and you're ready to shoot.

Illuminates background evenly eliminating the need for a separate rear light
Free standing
Can be suspended on a Lastolite 1108 background support system
An optional 'wipe clean' vinyl train is also available
Can even be used as a very large softbox
Available in four sizes
Dimensions 7 x 8' (2.1 x 2.4 m)
Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (7 x 8')
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    LastoliteHiLite Illuminated White Background (7 x 8')
     
    4.2

    (based on 9 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (1)

    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (3)
    • Good power output (3)

    Cons

    • Flimsy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Indoors (5)
    • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Portraits (3)
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    4.0

    It works great but it's made cheap

    By TheRunningPhotoMan

    from Columbia, MO

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Color Value
    • Lightweight
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Flimsy

    Best Uses

    • Indoors
    • Low Light
    • Portraits
    • Special Events

    Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (7 x 8'):

    For the price this item is made very cheaply. One of our corners has the fabric turned and there seems to be no way of repositioning the fabric correctly without damaging the backdrop. Now that I have the negative out of the way it really does work well. We use it both for photo and video. We have also used it as a giant soft box and were able to get some great dramatic lighting effects. Great product but it's just made too cheap to be sold at a such an expensive price.

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    1.0

    Don't be fooled by the Video!

    By Jim

    from Hong Kong

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Flimsy
      • Weak

      Best Uses

      • Indoors

      Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (7 x 8'):

      I love Lastolite videos but this product is definitely an oversold. Had it two weeks and the material is very wrinkled. The metal bends quite easily and deforms - much more than any other diffuser. And even after watching the folding video several times - it is a struggle to put this monster away. It looks like it cost $5 to manufacture. On top of this I had to pay a small fortune for the vinyl runway which is also a rip-off!

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      4.0

      Nice Results Very Hard To Fold

      By Tom

      from Draper, UT

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Faster Setup
      • Saves Space

      Cons

      • Centers Droop
      • Flimsy
      • Hard to fold

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Special Events

      Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (7 x 8'):

      I purchased this because I have limited space for placing lights for a high-key white background. The unit resolved that issue.

      Set up was quick and relatively easy. Don't do it alone!

      Results:
      My photos come out just fine. Placing the lights at the sides is easier on space than lighting up my 9 ft. roll of white paper.

      On the background itself:
      I purchased the large version. It can tip easily so be sure to put it against a wall or something. There is some droop in the middle of each side and especially across the top --- which leaves more wrinkles in the surface. I almost deducted a star for this but realized that adding a half an f-stop more light in the background resolves the wrinkles easily enough. I experimented and found that moving my subjects forward 3.5 to 4 feet from the surface of the background avoided blowback. I did see between a 2/3 to 1 f-stop difference across the surface – regardless of the ratios --- but once you are at 1.5 to 2 stops above the key it really doesn't matter to the final result.

      Putting it away:
      Egad! This is where I deducted a star. The company really needs to do something more to help new users "get it." I read the instructions and watched multiple videos that explained how to put it away. I still had a VERY frustrating time and had to get help. Maybe it was so hard because I purchased the large version?

      Suggestions:
      I think it would help if the company marked the unit with places to put your hands and with arrows to show which direction to twist and fold. It would certainly help if the official video were in slow motion and had a voice-over explaining each hold, move, and twist. Finally, be sure to have a demonstration showing how to fold the LARGE version.

      Use as a Large Softbox:
      It worked great. I placed it on one side of the room, set the lights for f 11 at 10 feet (center of the space), sat on the floor in front of it, and shot active children with nice soft wrap-around light.

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      5.0

      Changed my life...

      By LakeHaus

      from 605

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Good Color Value
      • Powerful
      • Size of background

      Cons

      • NONE

      Best Uses

      • Indoors
      • Special Events

      Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (7 x 8'):

      This is another homerun by Lastolite, watch the video with Cleghorn demonstrating the product...speaks for itself.

      it is a little tippy sometimes, but I throw a couple of sandbags in each corner to keep it solid

      It folds up into a big circle about 3 feet in DIA...fits into the trunk of my car easily.

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      5.0

      excellent

      By Darius

      from Melbourne, Australia

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors

        Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (7 x 8'):

        Portraits look amazing and lighting is great

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        • No

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        5.0

        A easier way to achieve high key white!

        By Audie Jeans

        from Casper, Wy

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits
          • Studio
          • Traveling

          Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (7 x 8'):

          I purchased the HiLite 7x8 as a replacement for a 16ft white sweep...I wish I would have done it years ago...it works perfectly, you'll love it. This is ideal for a small studio!

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          5.0

          What a Blessing!!

          By Johnny Clicker

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Bulky

          Best Uses

          • Portraits
          • Studio
          • Traveling

          Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (7 x 8'):

          This is the best for Hi Key photography. It's very easy to use and very portable. Folding it back takes getting used to but once you've got it, it's a cinch. Excellent product!!

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Almost perfect

          By SKY

          from Mahwah, NJ

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors
              • Special Events

              Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (7 x 8'):

              Great for convenient high key. Needs additional support to prevent drooping on 8' side.

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              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Overpriced but extremely cool

              By Nicole Joelle

              from Colorado

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fun
              • Improves Performance
              • Quick Setup

              Cons

              • Bulky

              Best Uses

              • Softbox

              Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (7 x 8'):

              I always wanted the biggest soft box I could buy. I think I came close. This thing is so cool! One light inserted on one side meters exactly the same over the entire surface. Very reliable and even light. Perfect substitute for window light when the sun goes behind the clouds. Deeper than I expected.

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