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Old 04-13-2007, 02:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay, gonna show my dumbness here. I have a 5 or 6 foot Lastolite reflector, color doesn't matter. My problem.... how do you get the damn thing back in the bag, sometimes I can nail it pretty quick and other times... I just want to destroy it.
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Re: Frustrated with reflector
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Did you try viewing the folding video on the Lastolite website?

http://www.lastolite.com/originalreflectors.php

At the bottom of the page this is a "folding demo" graphic that links to a video menu. There they demonstrate how to fold two basic types of reflectors.

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Old 04-13-2007, 02:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Okay, gonna show my dumbness here. I have a 5 or 6 foot Lastolite reflector, color doesn't matter. My problem.... how do you get the damn thing back in the bag, sometimes I can nail it pretty quick and other times... I just want to destroy it.
Help !

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Are you saying that its one of those ones that has a metal frame, that you then twist to fold up into a smaller bundle. If so, here are is a video of the directions:

http://www.lastolite.com/ezybox.php

Click on the little folding link in lower part of page.

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Re: Frustrated with reflector
Old 04-13-2007, 03:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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See, showing my dumbness, didn't know they had website, Thanks!
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okay thanks again guys. I'll go visit their website.
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Hey dustylenscap,

Did you see their website. Looks cool!
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I just fell off my chair laughing. I can just see you wrestling with that thing, trying to stuff it back in to its bag and then it flying across the studio!

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Thanks to all who linked the lastolite website, you'll never guess what happened, when I tried it......it worked. Hard to believe all this time and struggles and the time I tied it on top of my truck and drove home.




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I understand your frustrations, glad you got it sorted.

I always first grab a reflector with opposite hand grips. Left hand fingers under, right hand fingers over, and twist and collapse. It seems to be more natural, to twist your grip first, rather than at the end of the motion.

The challenge was even harder, on the large lastolite panels, they are about 72" x 48".

Just when I thought I was out of the woods, I bought a change tent. Its a tent, like a camping shower tent, made of reflector shaped walls. Picture 4 rectangular reflectors sewn together, 72" high. It is some challenge closing that puppy up.
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I purchased a "pop up" hunting blind to photograph birds from. Pulled it out of the bag and POP I had a little house. It was laying on its side, in the mud, but it did open easy.. Had fun all day.

Late afternoon, I'm tired and its time to put my blind back in the bag. It folds up just like my reflectors so no problem. WRONG Its four rings instead of one, they are 3/4 inch instead of 3/8 and they are FIVE FEET in diameter.

45 minutes later, I crammed the thing in the back of my van and went for help. Took three of us (because at least one was laughing too hard to help) to fold the stupid thing back up....

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