Callum McInerney-Riley tests a redesigned softbox that can be used with big or small flashes
Lastolite Ezybox Speed-Lite 2 at a glance:
- Versatile light modifier for on and off-camera flash
- Designed specifically for flashguns
- Inner and outer diffuser to allow very soft light
- Price: £49.95
- Website: www.lastolite.co.uk
Lastolite has redesigned the original Ezybox Speed-Lite softbox to bring us the Ezybox Speed-Lite 2. It’s now much sturdier than the previous version and has a vastly superior construction. A flashgun is inserted via the plastic block at the rear, which has hinged side walls to allow the softbox to fold completely flat. At either corner tensioning rods ensure that the walls of the softbox remain rigid even in windy conditions. While it measures only 22x22cm, it does give enough light for head-and-shoulder portraits or smaller subjects.
A silicone strap with a ratchet-knob fastening system takes care of mounting the flash, and allows big or small flashes to fit. This is a lighter and more portable option than having to carry a bracket, so it can be used on and off-camera. While it might mean that some flashguns could tip forward if they aren’t in the locked position,
I found that most flashes I tested it with were stable and well secured.
Lastolite Ezybox Speed-Lite 2 – Key features
There are two diffusion panels, one outside and one inside. One or the other, or both, can be used, allowing you to vary the softness of light.
Ratchet gear system
A ratchet gearing system and silicone band allow the flash to be mounted. This secures most flashguns, regardless of their size.
A handy case comes included, which allows for easy carrying of the softbox on location.
Lastolite Ezybox Speed-Lite 2 – Verdict
The Ezybox Speed-Lite 2 is now 30% lighter, features excellent build quality and sits better on the flashgun than the original model. It gives better quality light, and it doesn’t block the AF-assist beam and metering sensors on your flashgun. The tensioning poles keep the material tight, allowing light to pass through evenly. The result is a soft and evenly distributed light that doesn’t reduce the power of your flashgun.
SCORE: 5 out of 5
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