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LastoliteHot Shoe Ezybox Softbox Kit with Case - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm)
 
4.2

(based on 17 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (7)
  • Durable (6)
  • Attach securely (5)
  • Easy to set up (5)
  • Good color value (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (7)
    • Indoors (7)
    • Outdoors (7)
    • Portraits (7)
    • Low light (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (9), Photo enthusiast (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Fills a need!

    Ever bend an umbrella because of a gust of wind on location? I have and thought this might be a better solution. It has worked out well. Although not wind proof it does...Read complete review

    Ever bend an umbrella because of a gust of wind on location? I have and thought this might be a better solution. It has worked out well. Although not wind proof it does handle it much better than an umbrella and is easier to hand hold if needed. It produces soft gorgeous light as well! On the con side the hotshoe holder fit my 430EX II but not my 580EX II. It is way too tight for the 580. I did have a generic hotshot mount on hand and it was easy enough to swap that one in to hold the 580. However for what this kit cost it should come with a selection of hot shoe adaptors and not make you pay extra for them or come with one that is not too SMALL to begin with! The included Manfrotto tripod is a light to medium duty model but it is nice to have a quality name brand included. The included handle broke on first use but was caused by a manufacturing defect. Bogen replaced it right away under warrantee [...] Over all I'm very happy with this kit.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    GREAT SOFTBOX - kit incomplete/lacking

    The actual softbox itself is great, but this kit is lacking. The supplied Coldshoe does not fit a Nikon SB-900 flash at all - it is too fat. The flash cannot slide...Read complete review

    The actual softbox itself is great, but this kit is lacking. The supplied Coldshoe does not fit a Nikon SB-900 flash at all - it is too fat. The flash cannot slide in - at all.On the other hand, an SB-800 sits completely loosely. The coldshoe is too long for the flash's locking pin to reach the other end - so you need to tie the flash down to the front of the bracket - else it will fall out easily. The coldshoe attachment is almost useless to Nikon shooters.The supplied stand is a Manfrotto 051NB, which is a 7.5' stand, but the kit does not include a tilt-head, which I think is an oversight. I don't see much use for putting the box 7' high without a tilt head. If you did have a tilt-head, you would need a double-length pin in order to get the tilt head mounted to the bracket. The bracket has a female attachment and the screw is quite deep in.[...]. You can't just set it up and start shooting.. Still really a great softbox.. Just very dissapointed that I cannot use my SB-900 before finding something or other to mount it on, which will also mount to the supplied bracket.. (-:

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    4.0

    I would buy this product again!!!

    By Will

    from Dallas,TX

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photography
      • Portraits
      • Strobe Lighting
      • Weddings

      Comments about Lastolite Hot Shoe Ezybox Softbox Kit with Case - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

      Plan to use it for indoor/outdoor shoots and for product photography.

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      4.0

      Good Product, Quality ok.

      By Priceless Moments

      from Iowa

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good light quality
      • Softbox is nice

      Cons

      • Expensive for the quality
      • Instructions could be bet
      • Speedring is poor quality

      Best Uses

      • Photography
      • Weddings

      Comments about Lastolite Hot Shoe Ezybox Softbox Kit with Case - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

      I am using the product to get my Canon Speedlite 580 EX off camera. I was looking for portability, quality, and durability.

      The softbox is a nice size decent quality. Good light quality. It is easy to fold up and store.

      The speedring leaves alot to be desired. It is plastic and I have doubts about how long it will last. It seems very flimsy.

      The carrying cases are really very nice and good quality.

      The Manfrotto stand is decent but also not top of the line.

      The kit comes with a handle to hand hold the softbox. It is too short to be of much use. I put the soft box on my Induro Monopod and it provides much better functionality.

      I was looking at the Quantum Trio. I wished I had saved my money and spent it on the Trio instead. But I needed something quickly and reasonably priced.

      All in all the softbox and carring cases are the only decent quality items. I wouldn't purchase the kit again. I would purchase the pieces separately.

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      4.0

      Light and Portable

      By Joe

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Artificial Lighting
        • Portraits
        • Strobe Lighting

        Comments about Lastolite Hot Shoe Ezybox Softbox Kit with Case - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

        This is my 2nd EXYBOX and I use them both fairly regularly. Works great with the 580 EX II. This kit makes it especially nice giving lots of versatility. I typically am shooting solo so multiple mounting options are essential.

        The only downside is that the bag for the actual soft box is much bigger on this one than my previous EZYBOX. It was always a challenge to squeeze it in to the old bag, but the reduced size made it easier to toss in a bag.

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        4.0

        Yes!

        By Joe

        from upstate, NY

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Artificial Lighting
          • Photography
          • Portraits
          • Strobe Lighting

          Comments about Lastolite Hot Shoe Ezybox Softbox Kit with Case - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

          As a one man (most the time) photog shooting models outdoors, this is exactly what I needed. It is light and well made. The only thing I wish is that the softbox head could be adjusted. Sometimes the neutral/slightly downward orientation is not the ideal. Maybe there is an additional accessory I can purchase to make this happen, need to look into it more.

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          5.0

          Works fantastically with my Nikon SB-900

          By Jack

          from Chicago

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Beautiful light
          • Consistent
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Artificial Lighting
            • Photography
            • Portraits
            • Strobe Lighting
            • Weddings

            Comments about Lastolite Hot Shoe Ezybox Softbox Kit with Case - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

            Works perfectly with my Nikon SB-900. Has a swivel / double cold shoe mount. Rotate for whichever size you need for your flash. Has a smaller cold shoe for SB-800 and a larger cold shoe for the Nikon SB-900. My SB-900 was able to lock in with the lock on the speedlight. The softbox provided exactly the diffused light I had hoped for. Worth the money for portability. Excellent product.

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            5.0

            Just as advertised

            By Jim

            from Duluth GA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Artificial Lighting
              • Photography
              • Portraits

              Comments about Lastolite Hot Shoe Ezybox Softbox Kit with Case - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

              So easy to set up and works perfectly, even with my Nikon SB-900 - no special connected needed. Nice soft light, and very sturdy. Would buy another one without hesitation.

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              5.0

              A must have!!

              By wynlim

              from Sellersburg, IN

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy Setup
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Expensive

              Best Uses

              • On-location lighting
              • Portraits

              Comments about Lastolite Hot Shoe Ezybox Softbox Kit with Case - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

              I use this mainly for on-location portraiture and portability and ease of set-up makes it worth the money I paid for it!!!

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              4.0

              WORKS AS ADVERTISED

              By JGP

              from Orlando, Florida

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Portraits

                Comments about Lastolite Hot Shoe Ezybox Softbox Kit with Case - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

                I had not used a soft box before, only umbrellas, for location this was the perfect solution for me. It went together easily. Works great even with wirelessTTL. The soft directional light is really nice, and it is very portable even when it is fully assembled. Overall one of my better buys.

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                4.0

                Quick and easy

                By Studio RB

                from Chicago

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attach Securely
                • Durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Low Light
                  • Night Time
                  • Outdoors
                  • Special Events

                  Comments about Lastolite Hot Shoe Ezybox Softbox Kit with Case - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

                  This was easy to set up right out of the box. Compact for traveling on photo shoots.

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                  5.0

                  Can't live without it...

                  By daphodil

                  from Albemarle NC

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attach Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Good Color Value
                  • Long-Lasting
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors
                    • Low Light
                    • Outdoors
                    • Special Events

                    Comments about Lastolite Hot Shoe Ezybox Softbox Kit with Case - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

                    The simplest, most cost-effective way to take your studio lighting on-the-go. Dramatically changed the way I use my TTL lighting system. You won't regret this purchase.

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                    4.0

                    Nice quality but alittle expensive

                    By JeffP

                    from Miami,Florida

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attach Securely
                    • Durable
                    • Good Color Value

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors
                    • Outdoors

                    Comments about Lastolite Hot Shoe Ezybox Softbox Kit with Case - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

                    The ezybox is very well made and has 2 layers of diffusion[the 15 Ezybox has one layer].The Mark II adaptor works perfectly with my Nikon SB600.The provided extension handle is very short. The manfrotto light stand is alittle flimsy. You can also buy the Ezybox and Mark II adaptor and add a better stand and tilt bracket and probably save afew bucks.

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                    5.0

                    Top Quality, Great diffused light

                    By JeffP

                    from Miami,Fl

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Attach Securely
                    • Durable
                    • Easy assembly
                    • Good Color Value
                    • Long-Lasting
                    • Portable
                    • Powerful
                    • Top quality

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy Stand

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors
                    • Low Light
                    • Night Time
                    • Outdoors
                    • Special Events

                    Comments about Lastolite Hot Shoe Ezybox Softbox Kit with Case - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

                    I am using the Ezybox with an SB600. I wasn't sure the SB600 would have enough power for the 24 " but I have power to spare. Easy to assembly. Everything included, Mark II adaptor, Tilt bracket (026),mounting angle bracket,2 bags, 2 diffusers,handheld, stand. Stand is alittle flimsy but no worries. It would cost you more to purchaes seperately. I paid [$]

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                    4.0

                    product good [...]

                    By jww

                    from miami Fl

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attach Securely
                    • Durable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors
                      • Low Light
                      • Night Time
                      • Outdoors
                      • Special Events

                      Comments about Lastolite Hot Shoe Ezybox Softbox Kit with Case - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

                      comes with the softbox, manfrotto light stand, manfrotto angle bracket, extention arm for hand holding the softbox, cases, mount and ring for the flash . You could probably piece this together for less. [...]

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                      4.0

                      Fills a need!

                      By Reflective Dreams

                      from OC, California

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • More wind resident
                      • Quick setup and take down
                      • Ultra portable
                      • Wonderful soft light

                      Cons

                      • High cost
                      • Too small hot shoe mount

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors
                      • Low Light
                      • Night Time
                      • Outdoors
                      • Special Events

                      Comments about Lastolite Hot Shoe Ezybox Softbox Kit with Case - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

                      Ever bend an umbrella because of a gust of wind on location? I have and thought this might be a better solution. It has worked out well. Although not wind proof it does handle it much better than an umbrella and is easier to hand hold if needed. It produces soft gorgeous light as well! On the con side the hotshoe holder fit my 430EX II but not my 580EX II. It is way too tight for the 580. I did have a generic hotshot mount on hand and it was easy enough to swap that one in to hold the 580. However for what this kit cost it should come with a selection of hot shoe adaptors and not make you pay extra for them or come with one that is not too SMALL to begin with! The included Manfrotto tripod is a light to medium duty model but it is nice to have a quality name brand included. The included handle broke on first use but was caused by a manufacturing defect. Bogen replaced it right away under warrantee [...] Over all I'm very happy with this kit.

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                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Quality light, missing accessories

                      By Nick Adams

                      from Seoul, Korea

                      Comments about Lastolite Hot Shoe Ezybox Softbox Kit with Case - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

                      This is a well-made, easy to setup and transport softbox that is missing a tilthead and possibly a cold shoe bracket that will fit your battery strobe.

                      I really like the quality of light it produces with or without the supplied diffuser. Softer, more directional light than an umbrella for sure. Folds up into a small package.

                      The problem is I find it difficult to position in the way I want it to. I only had some (non-tilting) Manfrotto cold shoe adaptors when I bought it, so I often had to have someone hold the softbox or position the box straight on a lightstand (when I would prefer to angle it downward).

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                      4.0

                      Works Well With Canon Flashes

                      By SuzyView

                      from Northern VA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Durable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Indoors
                        • Low Light
                        • Outdoors

                        Comments about Lastolite Hot Shoe Ezybox Softbox Kit with Case - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

                        I found this set up very useful, would be better with a video to put it together and take apart, but it's pretty easy. The speedlites fit in easily. You can use either the ST-E2 or master to set it off, but PW's are better.

                        The price is the only problem. The kit is expensive and I like to have everything together.

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                        3.0

                        GREAT SOFTBOX - kit incomplete/lacking

                        By SydneyPeter

                        from Sydney, Australia

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Good Quality overall

                        Cons

                        • No tilt head w 7' stand
                        • SB-800 Loose in shoe
                        • SB-900 Does not fit shoe

                        Best Uses

                        • Location shooting

                        Comments about Lastolite Hot Shoe Ezybox Softbox Kit with Case - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

                        The actual softbox itself is great, but this kit is lacking. The supplied Coldshoe does not fit a Nikon SB-900 flash at all - it is too fat. The flash cannot slide in - at all.On the other hand, an SB-800 sits completely loosely. The coldshoe is too long for the flash's locking pin to reach the other end - so you need to tie the flash down to the front of the bracket - else it will fall out easily. The coldshoe attachment is almost useless to Nikon shooters.The supplied stand is a Manfrotto 051NB, which is a 7.5' stand, but the kit does not include a tilt-head, which I think is an oversight. I don't see much use for putting the box 7' high without a tilt head. If you did have a tilt-head, you would need a double-length pin in order to get the tilt head mounted to the bracket. The bracket has a female attachment and the screw is quite deep in.[...]. You can't just set it up and start shooting.. Still really a great softbox.. Just very dissapointed that I cannot use my SB-900 before finding something or other to mount it on, which will also mount to the supplied bracket.. (-:

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