GEAR REVIEW - LASTOLITE TRIFLECTOR MKII
One of my favourite additions to the studio was the Lastolite Triflector. Its been about for a couple of years now and is in its second incantation. It comes in its own heavy duty fabric blue carry case, that Lastolite equipment is now synonymous with.
The first thing you notice is how lightweight the whole thing is. The reason being is that it consists of just three bars, three reflectors, six rubber clamps, two swivel adapters and a 5/8" inch stand connector. For £125 you don't seem to get much for your money. Not even a cheap light stand to fit it on. Don't let that fool you though.
The beauty of this kit is that it's so simplistic. The lack of weight means it's highly portable and everything collapses down quickly and easily. You can take it anywhere and the system acts like you have an assistant with you angling reflectors and holding them in place. Of course, you might run into trouble if you're out in a cornfield and there is a strong breeze but otherwise it works flawlessly.
The fact that you can use one, two or all three reflectors gives you the ability to create a range of dynamic lighting styles from just a single light source. With silver/white surfaces from each side and the option of gold/white and translucent panels available separately, you can control the specularity of the light, whilst filling in shadows under the eyes, nose and chin.
In the studio it's great for headshots, creating wonderful box lighting. It also serves as a second pair of hands. No more struggling to hold the camera in one and a reflector in the other, or balancing haphazardly on random bits of equipment. If you're fortunate to have an assistant in the studio, the Triflector frees them up to do other things, like holding fans, props or a model's dress to create movement in it.
If you need to justify the cost of the Triflector, ask yourself how important it is to get the types of looks possible with it? Also, if you did employ an assistant, how much would you pay them each day or time you needed them? I'm pretty sure that figure would soon surpass the £125 mark. It's also not going to turn up late, or not show up at all due to flu, injury or getting plastered the night before and being too hungover. I'ts so fast and simple to setup and it also seems to have a positive effect upon people when they see it too.
If I were to score it out of ten, I'd give it a 9/10. The only thing that lets it down is that it doesn't come with its own stand, which could have caught me out, had I not of had a few going spare. Apart from that, this is one of the best bits of kits you can add to your lighting kit. The versatility, simplicity and transportability of the Triflector is just fantastic and will be reflected in your photos - pun not intended.