Lastolite Hotrod Octa 90cm softbox tip

I have been a fan of Lastolite photographic products for a long time and, by coincidence, live not far from their Leicestershire facilities in Coalville and Ashby-de-la-Zouch. My oldest reflector, dating from the mid 80s, may be a mark I model. Still going strong now, even if its zippered cover has been knelt on once or twice too often.

Anyone who has tried to assemble one of their ‘hotrod’ softbox products, such as the Lastolite Hotrod Octa 90cm softbox, may well recognize my more recent frustration, however. One step in the process requires the reflector’s rear circular cutout to be evenly positioned around the rotating mount. It looks so easy in the videos. In real life, when new, the fit is incredibly tight. As you try and complete the circle in one quadrant it pops off in another. So you chase it round and around the mount.

Here’s a tip. Once you’ve got half off the reflector in position on the mount, insert the reflector support rods over it to hold it in place. It’s then much easier to coax the other half over the mount’s rim.