Lastolite, a subsidiary of Manfrotto, has launched a new lighting tool it calls the HaloCompact.

The HaloCompact is a collapsible reflector/diffuser tool that comes in two versions: a double-sided reflector (with silver on one side and white on the other) and a two stop diffuser.

The defining feature of the HaloCompact is its RapidExoframe, a lightweight aluminum frame that slots together multiple sections to create a 85cm/33.5in base when fully constructed. When packed down, alongside the folding reflector/diffuser material, the HaloCompact is small enough to put inside your camera bag or attach to the outside.

The HaloCompact also has standard quarter-inch tripod threads along the frame so it can be attached to various arms and accessories for when you need an extra hand. Below is a video from Lensvid showing off the HaloCompact in person at Photokina 2018.

Both version of the HaloCompact has an MSRP of £71.95, but there's no mention of availability and at the time of publishing this article the HaloCompact isn't listed on the UK or US version of Lastolite's online store. DPReview has contacted Lastolite for more information regarding US pricing and availability and will update this article accordingly when it receives a response.

Lastolite by Manfrotto Launch HaloCompact 85cm (33.5”)

Lastolite By Manfrotto, the world’s leading manufacturer of backgrounds and lighting control systems is proud to announce the launch of the HaloCompact Reflector and Diffuser.

The HaloCompact is a completely new, patent pending design concept that makes the everyday reflector and diffuser panel even more portable than ever!

Unlike many traditional reflector/diffuser panels that incorporate a steel rim pop up design, the 85cm (33.5”) HaloCompact is constructed using Lastolite By Manfrotto’s new innovative RapidExoframe™ technology. The collapsible lightweight aluminium frame quickly slots together and the reflector or diffuser fabric simply clips onto the frame. The cleverly designed RapidExoframe™ construction allows the frame to breakdown into small multiple sections and along with the folded fabric packs into a carry case measuring only 6.5 x 27 x 6.5cm (6” x 6” x 6”) weighing only 335g (reflector and case).

The ultra-compact folded dimensions make the HaloCompact the perfect solution for Photographers on the move or with very limited carrying space. It now means a reflector/diffuser can always be carried in the camera bag rather than having to consider whether to take an extra bag or not. A handy carabiner style clip also allows the user to clip the HaloCompact to their belt if out on location with their camera only and no camera bag.

The HaloCompact also features an ergonomically designed handle so it can easily be held and accurately positioned with one hand. The handle also incorporates a very useful ¼” thread (plus a ¼” to ¼” adaptor), enabling it to be easily attached to various different support systems, to offer secure positioning further away from camera position.

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.

The HaloCompact Reflector Silver/White (LL LR3300) has an RRP of £71.95.

The HaloCompact Diffuser 2 stop (LL LR3301) has an RRP of £71.95.

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