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LastoliteJoe McNally Ezybox Hotshoe - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm)
 
4.6

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

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    (1)

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    (1)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (12)
  • Durable (9)
  • Good color value (6)
  • Attach securely (5)
  • Easy to use (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors (11)
    • Portraits (10)
    • Outdoors (8)
    • General purpose (6)
    • Outdoor events / games (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (8), Pro photographer (8), Semi-pro photographer (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (23)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Love the Ezybox, the kit is incomplete

    The ezybox is my first softbox purchase. Previously I've used reflectors and umbrellas for indoor portraiture. I love the softer light this softbox produces and that the light is more controlled than with the...Read complete review

    The ezybox is my first softbox purchase. Previously I've used reflectors and umbrellas for indoor portraiture. I love the softer light this softbox produces and that the light is more controlled than with the umbrellas.

    The problem with the Ezybox is that the flash / light stand mount kit it comes with does not have a tilt bracket. Unless you plan to shoot with the light straight on your subject or hold the light stand at an angle, the soft box isn't so useful right out of the box - I had to do some work to make a tilt bracket to work with it.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Pretty sweet box, has some limitations

    Great diffusion, great light. Nice setup. Really dig the white interior.

    A couple of things - the box is actually 24"x24". Lastolite only makes one...Read complete review

    Great diffusion, great light. Nice setup. Really dig the white interior.

    A couple of things - the box is actually 24"x24". Lastolite only makes one size of this box, and it's not 21"x21". Some annoying things are that the hot shoe flash does not lock into the back, it is only held there by tension from the mounting bracket. Not that big of a deal indoors, but if you take it on location keep checking on it. Also it's part of the design that makes it so easy to setup and so huge of a hot shoe softbox, but it's pretty awkward piece of gear to pack into any of my gear bags so I end up having to carry it outside of those when I take it on a job. Like any box you need tilt head adapters or a boom to use it any other way than straight up with a pivot and slight tilt.

    3 stars because of the above mentioned +'s and -'s as well as the fact that it only serves one purpose - a hot shoe softbox. You can get something like a Westcott 28" apollo for half the price that you can use in an umbrella adapter with a hot shoe AND studio lights.

    It's a great piece of gear - light quality is #1, but unless you're using it on the regular, it's hard to justify the cost.

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    4.0

    Great Light Modifier!

    By GVojtko

    from Highland, CA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Flimsy

    Best Uses

    • Outdoors
    • Portraits

    Comments about Lastolite Joe McNally Ezybox Hotshoe - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

    This is a wonderful light modifier. It creates a very soft, diffused light when used close to subject. I use it with a flash with diffuser dome in place for the softest light possible, giving me three layers of diffusion. I have two concerns: 1) Flash bracket and modifier don't fit securely together, i.e., the bracket fits loosely into the back of the modifier, and 2) It doesn't fold up smaller, too large to fit in an outside pocket of a rolling equipment case, for example, forcing me to tuck it under my arm and carry.

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    5.0

    Good soft box for shooting on location

    By JustMe

    from Pacific NW

    Comments about Lastolite Joe McNally Ezybox Hotshoe - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

    EZ setup....no surprises.packs well. Sets up solid. What more is needed?

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    5.0

    Good softbox

    By RDP

    from South Fla

    Comments about Lastolite Joe McNally Ezybox Hotshoe - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

    I'm a wedding photographer and wanted a reasonably soft light source when there wasn't adequate ambient light for on location portraits. I'm using this softbox with a Nixon SB910 and pocket wizard TT5 and getting very good results. I'm very pleased with the product.

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    5.0

    Good portrait softbox

    By Miniak

    from Gdynia, Poland

    Comments about Lastolite Joe McNally Ezybox Hotshoe - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

    I love this softbox to take portrait photos. Good quality of materials. Small and easy to travel with.

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    5.0

    Worth the Money

    By MtnMarkPix

    from Boulder, Colorado

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Pack
    • Easy to Use
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits
      • Video

      Comments about Lastolite Joe McNally Ezybox Hotshoe - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

      Bought this because we are shooting more and more portraits at our newspaper. I shoot about 3-4 different assignments everyday and don't have a lot of time for set ups for portraits. This is fast, easy and throws nice light. Packs up flat so fits in my car underneith my other gear. I also use a bright LED light with it for video interviews. Good softbox

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      4.0

      Decent small softbox for a speedlight

      By Ken Bennett

      from North Carolina

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits

        Comments about Lastolite Joe McNally Ezybox Hotshoe - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

        Pros: The softbox sets up quickly and easily. It's large enough for a portrait or headshot. It will hold a large speedlight in the proper position. I do like the white interior.

        There are no real "cons" that are dealbreakers, but a few things to consider:

        The bracket clamps to a stand, but doesn't tilt -- it requires the purchase of a second, tilting, bracket -- pretty much any umbrella stand adapter is fine, but you'll need the proper connector to make it work.

        Folding the softbox is easy enough, but it often (usually?) bends one of the metal springs inside the edge so when it is reopened, one side sags until that spring is twisted back into position. This is not always easy or intuitive.

        The connection between the softbox and the speedlight bracket is just a simple friction fit -- I can see potential for this coming apart accidentally.

        Folded down, the softbox is still quite large -- too large to fit inside a standard carry-on size rolling case. I was hoping it would slide down inside the exterior pocket of my Think Tank roller. Alas, it is not to be. The separate speedlight bracket is light weight, but fairly bulky too.

        Overall it does the intended job and the price is right.

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        5.0

        Perfect for on-location photography

        By Ravi

        from Lincolnshire, IL

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Outdoors
          • Portraits
          • Special Events

          Comments about Lastolite Joe McNally Ezybox Hotshoe - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

          Like the softer light due to the white interior compared to the original silver from Lastolite.

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          5.0

          Joe McNally Ezybox 24x24 Softbox

          By mjhpdx

          from Portland, Oregon

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Pack
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Outdoor Model Lighting
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Lastolite Joe McNally Ezybox Hotshoe - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

            This is my 3rd softbox like this. I frequently gang them vertically for full body lighting. I also use them on a pole for field lighting. I love the white interiors as I see the softer light more compatible with the outdoor stuff that I do in Oregon. It's a great product and can't recommend it enough for flexibility and portability.

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            5.0

            So Far So Good

            By LWink

            from McMurray, PA

            About Me Pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Easy To Pack
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Weak Construction

            Best Uses

            • Portraits
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Lastolite Joe McNally Ezybox Hotshoe - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

            Sets up fast! I'm not totally crazy about the way the ring mounts to the ezybox, but I came from 25 years of only using studio speed rings on softboxes. The whole idea of this is quickness, lightweight portability so I think it's designed with these things in mind. I was worried that my pocket wizard Flex wouldn't fit between the bracket and the Speedlight but there is room for it. It's a neat little box that provides very nice light for head and shoulders shots, the closer the better since it's small, if you want some wrap around light. That said, I have used it farther off which still provides nice light as compared to bare speedlight. I use this with Pocket Wizard Mini/Flex system after a degree of frustration with line of sight issues on occasion. I also bought the Ezybox extension pole with the two grip handles... a nice combo to stick a speedlight/lite in. I may have the newer bracket because while being plastic, it looks like it will last all right if not abused.

            The only two things I worry about is the box blowing off on a very windy day if I'm hanging it over a bridge or something. I don't even know that this is possible but the ring part of the bracket which mounts the to the Ezybox is simply held in place by stuffing it into a sort of cavity formed when the box is opened up. The other thing is the knob that locks the bracket onto a light stand or pole looks like you could crack the plastic if you torqued it down two much. I may file a flat spot on my light extension pole to keep it from swinging or loosening. This would make it so it doesn't have to be tightened overly. I give it 5 stars if neither of these things happen... if it did, I'd have to go 4 stars.

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            5.0

            Beautiful light from a small package

            By ReflectedLight

            from Miami, FL

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Easy To Pack
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Lastolite Joe McNally Ezybox Hotshoe - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

              This softbox is amazingly easy to setup, is very small when folded and stored in the included carrying case and puts out a very beautiful soft light.

              I have not used it out in the wind yet - I am curious how well the 'speedring' remains attached to the softbox itself under those conditions.

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              5.0

              Great, soft light

              By Steve

              from Illinois

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Pack
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Lastolite Joe McNally Ezybox Hotshoe - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

                  This soft box is excellent. I love that it collapses flat for easy transport and the soft light is exactly what I was looking for.

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                  4.0

                  Handy size for portable lighting

                  By Jimmer

                  from Northern Colorado

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Soft light

                  Cons

                  • Not The Cheapest Solution

                  Best Uses

                  • Low Light
                  • Outdoors
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Lastolite Joe McNally Ezybox Hotshoe - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

                  This softbox is designed to be used with a speedlight. I mounted my Canon 430EX ii on top of my Cactus trigger and together they fit with adjustment room to spare. This Joe McNally version produces "creamy" light due to the white interior. Hanging the diffusion panels is a little tricky at first, but experience with them is helpful.

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                  5.0

                  Great Product

                  By on location photographer

                  from Huntington Beach

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Outdoors

                    Comments about Lastolite Joe McNally Ezybox Hotshoe - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

                    Very happy with the softbox. I'm an on location photographer and wanted something to soften a hotshoe flash better than a big umbrella. It's lightweight, but I'm getting a stronger stand for it. The basic stand I was using has quite a lean with the softbox attached.

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                    5.0

                    Speedy Softbox

                    By Food Lover

                    from Washington, DC

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Durable
                    • Good Color Value
                    • Lightweight
                    • Long-Lasting

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors
                      • Portraits
                      • Special Events

                      Comments about Lastolite Joe McNally Ezybox Hotshoe - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

                      This is the fastest to set up softbox I have ever used. Popping it open, attaching the diffusion panels, flash bracket, and flash are all a breeze. Adding and removing both diffusion panels is as simple as it looks in Lastolite's videos. More important though are the good quality construction and the beautiful quality of light it produces. I've used it both with my SB-700 and SB-910, and both work great with it.

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                      5.0

                      Joe McNally Ezybox Hotshoe

                      By Green Screen Man

                      from NH

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Lastolite Joe McNally Ezybox Hotshoe - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

                        Nice, simple and inexpensive. Bought it to use as a hair light with my Nikon Speedlight and PocketWizard TT5 receiver.

                        The softbox went together quickly and easily. Works well for it's task.

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                        5.0

                        outstanding soft light

                        By Roger

                        from Newtown Square Pa.

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Lastolite Joe McNally Ezybox Hotshoe - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

                          Good for one or two people shots and makes the light nice and soft

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                          5.0

                          Awesome

                          By Matt

                          from Perth, Australia

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Securely
                          • Durable
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Indoors
                            • Outdoors

                            Comments about Lastolite Joe McNally Ezybox Hotshoe - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

                            Quick and easy to set up and fold away.
                            Light weight, durable and really top quality material.

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                            5.0

                            McNally Ezybox 21x21"

                            By n1r0t

                            from New York

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attach Securely
                            • Durable
                            • Well Designed

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Indoors
                              • Low Light
                              • Special Events

                              Comments about Lastolite Joe McNally Ezybox Hotshoe - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

                              I was immediately impressed with the build quality and professional feel of the Ezybox. Through setup and use it became quite apparent that every detail was well designed. I bought it to use with my small flashes (580exII's) but discovered that it also fits studio strobes. Simply take off the hotshoe mount and you can mount it to the strobe head without any additional hardware. It also collapses easily and can be carried/stored in the provided bag.

                              The quality of light from the Ezybox is quite nice. It can be set up with double diffusion panels if desired to soften the light even more.

                              Great product and I highly recommend it.

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                              5.0

                              Beautiful extra soft light

                              By Honeybee Photographer

                              from Suffolk, VA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Color Value

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors

                                Comments about Lastolite Joe McNally Ezybox Hotshoe - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

                                Before I had this, I used to travel with the Quadra Rangers so I could use the Elinchrom octas for my boudoir photography. With this, I now have the choice of using the Quadras or leveraging my SB-910s. It is so versatile, just remove one of the diffusers for more edge. Use an Elinchrom deflector and you can even get a beauty dish type light all folded down and easy to carry in your carryon luggage.

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                                5.0

                                Very soft light

                                By Fabrice

                                from Rockville, MD

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Good Color Value

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use
                                  • Indoors
                                  • Outdoors
                                  • Special Events

                                  Comments about Lastolite Joe McNally Ezybox Hotshoe - 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm):

                                  Love this softbox. It gives very soft light because of the white interior. Works perfectly with my SB910. Very easy to setup, I carry it almost everywhere.

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