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Ezybox II Octa and Speedlight Bracket

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This review is for two separate pieces of kit, but you will likely use one with the other so they work well as one review in my opinion, anyway I hope no-one minds.


Ezybox II Speedlight Bracket


The Ezybox II speedlight bracket is designed for use with Lastolites new range of Ezybox II Square, Octa and Switch softboxes, it is designed to hold two flash units for quicker recycling and more power.


Setting up


Sometimes you need a degree in engineering to set up photographic accessories, this wasn't the case when using the speedlight bracket, it was pretty straight forward to know which bits to clip/slide where. and once in place everything seemed solid enough. (Fortunately once setup most people will be able to leave ready for use).


Attaching the speed lights was also really easy, simply sliding in the hot shoe of the flash unit and they were ready to go.


Equally attaching to a light stand was very easy, all told the setup process was pretty easy.


Quality


Made of mainly moulded plastic everything seemed to fit where it should and felt pretty solid, was light weight enough to be portable and seems of a good quality.


The Ezybox II Octa


This octagonal pop up softbox is designed specifically for use with speedlights and is supposed to be easy to setup and use. Available in two sizes (medium and large)


Setting up


Lastolite claim "Fast to assemble, the softbox simply pops open and is secured using four support rods and our unique Ezybox II softbox frame." now while it does indeed secure with four support rods and the frame I did NOT find it fast to assemble (although I guess with practice this might change). I found the instructions tricky to follow at first.


However once the unit is set up it is easy to use in conjunction with the speedlight bracket, and use so this kind of negates the initial setup speed issues (and I guess in fairness this could be an issue only I face).


Quality


I say this a lot but Lastolite seem to me to make quality products, they look like they are built to last (I've not owned a product of theirs long enough to say how long but they seem good to me).


In Use


Both items were used with each other when testing and they fitted together seamlessly (not literally). The bracket worked really well and was simple to use (not really much to say about that) with one or two flash units.


Both items were used with each other when testing and they fitted together seamlessly (not literally). The bracket worked really well and was simple to use (not really much to say about that) with one or two flash units.


The Ezybox II Octa I found was quite heavy on the light stand (I only tested the medium the large must be a beast), and while this was OK inside if you think of using it outside you WILL need a really good stand and might be advised to have an assistant to help out with stability.


The light produced was nice and soft as you would expect from a Lastolite softbox and very even which was good.


Portability


Lastolite more than any company really seem to tailor their equipment towards portability, everything here can be stored in their own bright blue bags for easy of storage or transport. They seemed light enough to carry and can easily be used in conjunction with things like the collapsible background for a studio on the go.


Conclusion


The system as a whole (the bracket and the softbox) worked really well together and were simple enough to use. If you are in need of a speedlight specific light setup then you could do worse than use the Ezybox II system (there are other softboxes available as part). They are not cheap units but this is reflected in the quality.


Available from Lastolight - Ezybox II Speedlight Bracket - Ezybox II Octa


Ashley Beolens


Created: 27th Feb 2013