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Lastolite LL LB56GW Collapsible Background - 5 x 6' (White/Mid Gray)

B&H # LABGC56WMG Mfr # LL LB56GW
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Product Highlights
  • Knitted / Crease-resistant Fabric
  • Collapses to a Third Its Size

The white and mid gray 5 x 6' Lastolite Collapsible Background is designed for studio or location work. The knitted crease-resistant textured fabric can be used for individual or small group shots. When not needed, it folds to one-third its size. The background includes a zip up storage bag.

Color White/Mid Gray
Size 5 x 6' (1.5 x 1.8 m)
Lastolite LL LB56GW Collapsible Background - 5 x 6' (White/Mid Gray)
  • Storage Bag
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty on Frame
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty on Fabric
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    LastoliteLL LB56GW Collapsible Background - 5 x 6' (White/Mid Gray)
     
    4.3

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (8)
    • Lightweight (5)
    • Easy to use (4)
    • Good color value (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits (9)
      • Indoors (7)
      • General purpose (4)
      • Outdoors (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (8)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (11)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Stands Well with No Wrinkles

      I used this for one to 3 person 1/2 and 3/4 portraits in relatively small spaces at clients homes. I found the stand easy to clip, requiring just carefully looking at how...Read complete review

      I used this for one to 3 person 1/2 and 3/4 portraits in relatively small spaces at clients homes. I found the stand easy to clip, requiring just carefully looking at how the spring loaded clip works to hold the stiff metal rim of the backdrop. The upper clip should be attached first because it suspends the whole backdrop. Only then raise the stand to above your head and attach the lower clip by sliding the plastic clip ring to the bottom of the backdrop above the bottom tightening knob. Don't try to support the backdrop weight, but suspend it. The bottom clip just steadies the backdrop from twisting. I've used the backdrop in both vertical and horizontal positions for 1/2 and 3/4 poses. It's good for 3 in a family, but not more.

      The Lastolite material is wonderful because it stretches tightly and shuns wrinkles, unlike some muslin and one collapsible Botero units I tried. Wrinkles mean post processing time- you might be better off with Savage paper! There is an almost invisible horizontal cross warp in the Lastolite material which will barely show if you cannot get the subjects 3-4 feet in front of the backdrop and back off to use a 60 or 70mm lens zoom at 5.6 or wider. But the grain is acceptable if you do not clone stamp or blur it much.

      Grey color of this unit is as shown, similar to Savage Thunder gray paper.

      The trick for set up is to start in a room with more than 15 feet of space in front of and across the backdrop wall. Don't worry about what's behind the backdrop, it will not show through as long as it isn't something like a bright window.

      Gray backdrops look good with most clothing and you can drop them to black or to very light gray by changing your background lighting and gels look great with dark tones. I find it a good color to start with formal portraits.

      Excellent product, very light and portable. I'd like to have more of these.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Very disappointed

      I opened it up only to find there were no directions on how to close it. I know it is a knack and technique but directions would have helped. I found it very hard...Read complete review

      I opened it up only to find there were no directions on how to close it. I know it is a knack and technique but directions would have helped. I found it very hard to figure out and to fold back up. Then the band or what holds the band together broke and made it harder to fold up and kept damaging the material. And it would not hold it's shape. The gray color was okay but the white could have been whiter. Very disappointed with the product. Maybe I got a bad one but I returned it.

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      4.0

      A lot of bang for the buck

      By Dom

      from West Haven, CT

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Good Color Value
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors
        • Outdoors
        • Portraits
        • Special Events

        Comments about Lastolite LL LB56GW Collapsible Background - 5 x 6' (White/Mid Gray):

        I take a lot of headshots, so I'm always dragging my gear up & down elevators,
        stairs, and narrow hallways. This background has made my life a lot easier. It's light, it opens easy, and once you learn to fold it back up it takes a few seconds to pack back up. The only complaint I have with it is it doesn't come with directions on how to fold it up. I did a search on youtube and there's plenty of videos that will show you how easy it is to fold it up. I would have given it 5 stars if they did enclose directions, or at least put a video on their website.

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        5.0

        Very Good Quality

        By ThePhotoSoup

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Good Color Value
        • High Quality
        • Long-Lasting

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Outdoors
          • Portraits

          Comments about Lastolite LL LB56GW Collapsible Background - 5 x 6' (White/Mid Gray):

          Well, this thing worked flawlessly. Unpacked it and opened it up and it looked perfect. The fabric is nice and thick. Almost like a blanket or sweater. A lot more heavy duty than I thought. Just make sure you watch a couple youtube vids on how to fold the thing back up before you take it out on location. LastoLite is well worth the extra money. Find more of my reviews at YouTube/ThePhotoSoup or ThePhotoSoupCom

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          • No

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          1.0

          Very disappointed

          By Dissappointed

          from New York and San Fran, Calif

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Band Broke
            • Flimsy
            • Hard to fold up
            • No Folding Directions
            • White Needed To Be Whiter

            Best Uses

            • Portraits

            Comments about Lastolite LL LB56GW Collapsible Background - 5 x 6' (White/Mid Gray):

            I opened it up only to find there were no directions on how to close it. I know it is a knack and technique but directions would have helped. I found it very hard to figure out and to fold back up. Then the band or what holds the band together broke and made it harder to fold up and kept damaging the material. And it would not hold it's shape. The gray color was okay but the white could have been whiter. Very disappointed with the product. Maybe I got a bad one but I returned it.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Sturdy, compact and easy to fold

            By Moonhawk Images

            from San Francisco, CA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Indoors
              • Portraits
              • Special Events

              Comments about Lastolite LL LB56GW Collapsible Background - 5 x 6' (White/Mid Gray):

              This is my third 5x6 background from Lastolite. Their products aren't cheap, but they hold up very well. The spring steel is strong. The stitching and the stretchy fabrics work well. Unlike many folding backgrounds, the folding is pretty easy. Even the carrying case is well made.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great Portable BG

              By KirkVZ

              from Brackney

              About Me Pro Photographer

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Color Value
              • Lightweight
              • Neutral Gray
              • Portable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Location Portaits

                Comments about Lastolite LL LB56GW Collapsible Background - 5 x 6' (White/Mid Gray):

                I bought this background for location headshots so I wouldn't have to set up a seamless. I was pleasantly surprised when I opened it the first time and it popped open with no wrinkles. The white side can be used as a background or reflector. The gray side is neutral and can be used for white balance. It has ties on the long sides to attach to light stands.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Easy Popup Background

                By Benji

                from Los Angeles, CA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Easy-to-use

                Cons

                • Texture

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Portraits

                Comments about Lastolite LL LB56GW Collapsible Background - 5 x 6' (White/Mid Gray):

                Works as described. Not as good as a paper because there is a definite texture to it as opposed to smooth roll of paper.

                Also be careful for puckering of fabric in the corners (which you seldom see in a photo).

                Easy to popup and easy to fold. Works perfectly with the manfrotto lastolite stand.

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                4.0

                Almost flat

                By Ernest Becker

                from Earth

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Color Value

                Cons

                • Pricey

                Best Uses

                • Indoors

                Comments about Lastolite LL LB56GW Collapsible Background - 5 x 6' (White/Mid Gray):

                Works well. Unfolds to a nearly flat background. Another less expensive brand came out very warped. To keep it really flat two stands are really best to support this item... not one. Several ties and two handles.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Collapsible Background 5x6

                By bijouxlover

                from south florida

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Lastolite LL LB56GW Collapsible Background - 5 x 6' (White/Mid Gray):

                  Worked great, but having a bit of difficulty closing it up. I have lots of circular, collapsible reflectors, but this one doesn't collapse easily. Guess I'll need to find the Youtube video for instructions, as no instructions came with the background.

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                  • No

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  A quality collapsible background

                  By GGP

                  from NY metro area

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Long-Lasting
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • It's got some weight

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Outdoors
                  • Portability
                  • Portraits
                  • Use as reflector

                  Comments about Lastolite LL LB56GW Collapsible Background - 5 x 6' (White/Mid Gray):

                  While I've been using collapsible reflectors for quite awhile now, this is the first collapsible background I've owned. It's perfect for shooting up to 3/4 length portraits of single subjects.
                  The subject can be posed several feet in front of the background leaving room for a background light while keeping your subject lighting off the background if so desired.
                  If shooting in landscape mode, the background can be rotated horizontally allowing two subjects to be framed up quite nicely.
                  Another great feature is that this product provides either a clean white or a middle gray as background options.
                  Just last week I put it to use as a large front reflector while doing a group shot in the studio.
                  The only downside is that with the quality build comes weight.
                  All in all, a versatile product that should prove useful in many situatons over a long period of time.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great product!!!!!!!

                  By Les

                  from Omaha, Nebraska

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                  • NONE

                  Best Uses

                  • Studio

                  Comments about Lastolite LL LB56GW Collapsible Background - 5 x 6' (White/Mid Gray):

                  I am a professional photographer and I love this background.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Handy backdrop!

                  By Redfern

                  from Calgary, AB, Canada

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Wrinkle-resistant

                  Cons

                  • Bit heavy
                  • Hair magnet

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors

                  Comments about Lastolite LL LB56GW Collapsible Background - 5 x 6' (White/Mid Gray):

                  Perfect for on-location shoots where you need to set up and tear down quickly, or need to be able to move a backdrop around. The material is kind of stretchy and taught enough that wrinkles are minimal. Cheaper than comparable Lastolite white/black backdrops. Kind of wish I had gotten one with a "tail", but overall this works great.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Stands Well with No Wrinkles

                  By colorist48

                  from Austin, TX

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable
                  • Wrinkle Resistant

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Lastolite LL LB56GW Collapsible Background - 5 x 6' (White/Mid Gray):

                    I used this for one to 3 person 1/2 and 3/4 portraits in relatively small spaces at clients homes. I found the stand easy to clip, requiring just carefully looking at how the spring loaded clip works to hold the stiff metal rim of the backdrop. The upper clip should be attached first because it suspends the whole backdrop. Only then raise the stand to above your head and attach the lower clip by sliding the plastic clip ring to the bottom of the backdrop above the bottom tightening knob. Don't try to support the backdrop weight, but suspend it. The bottom clip just steadies the backdrop from twisting. I've used the backdrop in both vertical and horizontal positions for 1/2 and 3/4 poses. It's good for 3 in a family, but not more.

                    The Lastolite material is wonderful because it stretches tightly and shuns wrinkles, unlike some muslin and one collapsible Botero units I tried. Wrinkles mean post processing time- you might be better off with Savage paper! There is an almost invisible horizontal cross warp in the Lastolite material which will barely show if you cannot get the subjects 3-4 feet in front of the backdrop and back off to use a 60 or 70mm lens zoom at 5.6 or wider. But the grain is acceptable if you do not clone stamp or blur it much.

                    Grey color of this unit is as shown, similar to Savage Thunder gray paper.

                    The trick for set up is to start in a room with more than 15 feet of space in front of and across the backdrop wall. Don't worry about what's behind the backdrop, it will not show through as long as it isn't something like a bright window.

                    Gray backdrops look good with most clothing and you can drop them to black or to very light gray by changing your background lighting and gels look great with dark tones. I find it a good color to start with formal portraits.

                    Excellent product, very light and portable. I'd like to have more of these.

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                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Near perfect portable background

                    By Markantony

                    from DC Metro Area

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • Difficult to collapse

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits
                    • Studio

                    Comments about Lastolite LL LB56GW Collapsible Background - 5 x 6' (White/Mid Gray):

                    This is a great background for location portraits.
                    The only issue I have is the difficulty in collapsing it. Perhaps I just need more practice.

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                    5.0

                    Functions as advertised

                    By Ed

                    from Illinois

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors

                        Comments about Lastolite LL LB56GW Collapsible Background - 5 x 6' (White/Mid Gray):

                        Easy to use as a portable background. Will support itself when leaned against a wall if need be. Folding it up is not difficult after minimal practice. Strongly advise watching B&H video demo, very helpful. Have no experience with lesser priced alternatives from other makers. Purchased because of favorable experience with other Lastolite products.

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