Join ePHOTOzine, the friendliest photography community.
Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more for free!
Lastolite's Ezybox Speed-Lite is a collapsible softbox for portable flashguns such as Nikon and Canon Speedlights or any other independent flash from the likes of Sunpak and Metz or older Vivitar, National etc. It sells for around £45.
To attach to the flash head lay the box face down and poke the flash head into the elasticated neck. It expands to approx 80x40mm to take modern Speedlights from the likes of Nikon, and Canon, but is too small for the larger Metz 45CT and Sunpak G4500 Hammerhead types. Then wrap the gripping strap around the back and Velcro fasten. And a secondary Velcro strap prevents the box tipping downwards over the lens.
The output provides a fairly direct light that has softer shadows than bare flash, so the results are more pleasing and the catchlights in the eyes are slightly larger.
It means you can shoot with the flash on camera for better lighting. But it could also be used off camera for small product photography such as jewellery etc, where a panel light would be better than bare flash tube.
|Without the Ezybox the shadows have hard edges, especially around the nose.||With Ezybox the result is a slightly warmer and more diffused output.|
Likewise when shooting with the flash from above the shadow under the chin is hard with bare flash and far more appealing with the Ezybox in place, also notice the larger catchlights brighten the eyes.
Value For Money£45 for a softbox is a reasonable price to pay. The similarly priced Gary Fong Lightsphere is more portable but won't be as effective when shooting outdoors where there's no walls to bounce light back. Other softbox options tend to be off camera stand mounted affairs, so the Ezybox is fairly unique.
|A really useful studio style diffuser for flash photographers who prefer to shoot direct flash.
Lastolite Ezybox Speed-Lite ProsLightweight
Easy to assemble
Fits most modern hot shoe flashguns
Larger catchlights in eyes than bare flash
Lastolite Ezybox Speed-Lite ConsBlocks AF assist light and sensor on older flashguns
|VALUE FOR MONEY|
Lastolite EzyBox Speed-Lite Specifications