Lastolite Hotrod Stripbox Review


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.

Pros:

  • Lightweight, sturdy design
  • Good performance, provides great quality light
  • Only strip softbox available for hotshoe flashes

Cons:

  • 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!