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

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (14)
  • Durable (9)
  • Good color value (6)
  • Attach securely (5)
  • Easy to use (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors (12)
    • Portraits (11)
    • Outdoors (8)
    • General purpose (6)
    • Outdoor events / games (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (9), Pro photographer (9), Semi-pro photographer (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (25)

    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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    5.0

    Probably the last softbox ill buy

    By bottaphoto

    from Cleveland, Ohio

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • On Location

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

      I dont see myself needing any other portable softbox. My work is never inside of a studio and never near power supplies so having a high quality light and portable softbox is key. I dont like the snappiness the silver version makes, so the white interior is the best for my style.

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      5.0

      Love it

      By stevieb

      from New York City

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors
        • Portraits

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

        Easy to assemble and use. Love the included spreed ring, the presence of which saves a good deal of money. The only quibble I have is the shape when folded and put away. Would have preferred if this folded more compactly to make it a lttle easier to transport.

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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

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            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

                Verified Buyer

                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

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                            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

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                              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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