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Lastolite Collapsible Backdrops - A pain in the jock!?

 
chokeslamcena
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Feb 28, 2012 10:01 |  #1

Hey all,

Bought the Lastolite Hilite. Love it. Couldn't fault it. Springs up, works like a charm, folds down without hassle.

I'm wondering if anyone owns any of the collapsible backdrops that have the trains attached? Like these;

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I got one today (Lastolite 67CA) and I am shocked at how poor it is. It's frame is so weak that it just continuously collapses in on it self, and outright refuses to hold it's shape. Its supposed to be 7x6 foot in height, but it looks more like 10x3 foot (it just elongates when you put a stand behind it).

I'd expect better quality from a 3rd party Hong Kong knockoff website, let alone Lastolite.


What I'm wondering is; are they all like this, or did I get a faulty/weak one!?



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chokeslamcena
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Feb 28, 2012 10:47 |  #2

Lastolite reckon the frame might be bent inside it and it needs to be straightened out. I can do this myself, apparently. Must check when I get home.




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Feb 28, 2012 12:16 |  #3

I have at least one of these with the train and haven't had the problems you're describing.


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Lighting: 580EX, Elinchrom 600 RX's, D-Lite 4's, ABR800, 74" Eli Octa, 100cm/70cm DOs, Photoflex Medium Octa and reflectors, PW's, Lastolite Hilite, Newton Di400CR bracket

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chokeslamcena
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Feb 28, 2012 21:11 |  #4

Cheers for the reply sdipirro.

Turns out the frame was bent and they were right. It needed to be 'straightened' out. Only took a minute or two, but it was a pain in the ass before that.

Can I ask you, are you using one of he 6x7 foot ones? Mine is the 67CA and I don't know where Lastolite got their measurements from at all. It's easily 8.5ft tall. Nuisance of a backdrop won't fit into the space I was planning to use it in, and I know lastolite know about this, because they made the stand nearly 9ft tall. Bastards. (stand im looking at is Lastolite 1116).


Quality of the material is good though. Size issue is very annoying though. Wonder if there's a fix for that (aside from sloping it)? All of these backdrops should just be made as hilite bottletops.




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Feb 29, 2012 13:03 |  #5

That's weird about the size. I have the "blue" version. Can't remember what they call it, and mine is also the 6'x7' with train. And the size seems about right, even though I've never measured it, because my ceilings are 7.5' in the room where I use it most...and it's pretty close. I actually prop it up against my Lastolite HiLite that's also 6'x7', and while they're not exactly the same size, they're close...But I've never actually measured the HiLite either!


Cameras: 1DX, 1D4, 20D, 10D, S90, G2
Lenses: Canon 10-22mm, 16-35mm f2.8L II, 24-70mm f2.8L, 70-200mm f2.8L IS, 300mm f2.8L IS, 200mm f2L IS, 50mm f1.4, 50mm f1.2L, 85mm f1.2L, 1.4x TC, 2x TC, 500D macro, Zeiss 21mm
Lighting: 580EX, Elinchrom 600 RX's, D-Lite 4's, ABR800, 74" Eli Octa, 100cm/70cm DOs, Photoflex Medium Octa and reflectors, PW's, Lastolite Hilite, Newton Di400CR bracket

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chokeslamcena
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Feb 29, 2012 19:18 as a reply to sdipirro's post |  #6

Hmm... never thought of that (just laying it against the hilite).

Does the hilite not fall backwards with the weight of the backdrop pressed against it? It'll be tomorrow before I get a chance to try that. Great idea though.




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Mar 01, 2012 13:45 |  #7

It's not super sturdy, but it stands upright and holds the background that I actually clip to the HiLite with a couple of heavy-duty grips. My HiLite is standing up right now with a 6'x7' gray Lastolite background pinned to it. I have small lightstands with Dlite-4's on both sides of the HiLite. That might give it more support and stability too.


Cameras: 1DX, 1D4, 20D, 10D, S90, G2
Lenses: Canon 10-22mm, 16-35mm f2.8L II, 24-70mm f2.8L, 70-200mm f2.8L IS, 300mm f2.8L IS, 200mm f2L IS, 50mm f1.4, 50mm f1.2L, 85mm f1.2L, 1.4x TC, 2x TC, 500D macro, Zeiss 21mm
Lighting: 580EX, Elinchrom 600 RX's, D-Lite 4's, ABR800, 74" Eli Octa, 100cm/70cm DOs, Photoflex Medium Octa and reflectors, PW's, Lastolite Hilite, Newton Di400CR bracket

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StephenHutchinson
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Nov 28, 2016 14:14 as a reply to chokeslamcena's post |  #8

I know this is an old post, but I recently bought Lastolite background and right out of the bag it is bent. Can you tell me how you "straightened" yours out? I'm afraid of braking it. This isn't the first Lastolite product I've had that's become bent, as I had a large reflector a few years ago have the same issue and I gave up on it after trying to "cure" the metal frame for a few days by lying it flat with weights on it. Any help in this regard would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


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Rachpeat
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Dec 12, 2017 04:03 as a reply to StephenHutchinson's post |  #9

Hi!! I am having the same problem with my hilite. Did you find out how to straighten the frame? Thanks




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