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Lastolite reinvents its portable reflector

Lastolite HaloCompact in action

The pop-up design of the Lastolite reflector has become an iconic accessory for the photographer. Its neat pop-into-action opening system has made it a must-have companion for every portrait photographer. And the secret of how to fold the device back into its pouch is a badge of honor that every owner needs to earn.

Now Lastolite has launched an alternative design in the HaloCompact - which allows the reflector (or diffuser) to fold even smaller when not in use. 

Instead of the steel rim pop-up design, the 85cm (33.5”) HaloCompact is constructed using its RapidExoframe  which allows the frame to breakdown into small multiple sections, which along with the folded fabric, packs into a carry case measuring only 6.5 x 27 x 6.5cm (2in x 6in x 2in). With an all-up weight is 335g, the HaloCompact reflector (or diffuser) then fits neatly inside your camera bag or backpack.

Lastolite HaloCompact folded

Lastolite HaloCompact folds to size of of a travel umbrella

The HaloCompact also features an ergonomically designed handle so it can easily be held  with one hand. The handle also incorporates a  useful ¼” thread enabling it to be easily attached to a tripod or studio stand.

The HaloCompact is available in two versions – the first is a double-sided reflector, with silver one side and white the other. The second version is as a 2 stop diffuser.

Lastolite HaloCompact

Fabric detaches from the collapsible rim when not in use

Pricing 

The HaloCompact Reflector Silver/White (LL LR3300) has an recommended retail price of £71.95 / $79.99. The HaloCompact Diffuser 2 stop (LL LR3301) also costs £71.95 /$79.99.

Diffuser or reflector fabrics are available separately for £29.95 / $34.95– allowing you to have both light-modelling tools available with just the one frame. 

Video: See the Lastolite HaloCompact in action

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 


His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 8 Plus RED.