The Hotrod Strip Softbox is Lastolite’s newest softbox for hotshoe flashes. It’s long length makes it ideal for rim lighting fashion portraits and product photography catchlights. It has a good solid mount and hotshoe plate, but the main difference between this and lastolite’s ezybox range is that it doesn’t fold down and pop out. I have one of each size, 40x120cm and 30x120cm.
It takes about 5 mins to construct using a few plastic pieces, metal rods and the fabric reflection and diffusion material. Since I got them I haven’t packed them away, when they’re not in use I have them hung on my studio wall. They’re really really light, and are easily supported by my smallest light stands.
At first I was worried about it giving a hot spot with using a small flash, but the inner diffusion panel makes sure there is an even spread of light. I tend to use a sto-fen diffuser on the flash head too, just to add a bit more diffusion.
- Lightweight, sturdy design
- Good performance, provides great quality light
- Only strip softbox available for hotshoe flashes
- Doesn’t fold up/down quickly
- Quite a lot of light spill from the back
- Quite expensive if you don’t use rim lighting a lot
This has become one of my most used light modifiers and I’m really glad I bought them. Hopefully Lastolite will add pop-up functionality to the next version!