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Westcott Recessed Mega JS Apollo (50 x 50")

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Product Highlights
  • Largest in Apollo Line
  • Recessed Front Edge
  • Fits Virtually Any Studio Light

The Westcott Recessed Mega JS Apollo (50 x 50") is a softbox based on an umbrella frame. It needs no speed ring to attach it to a studio flash head. Simply open it, and slide the shaft into the umbrella receptor on the flash head. You can also use the Mega JS Apollo with your on-camera flash by purchasing Westcott's 5015 Shoe Mount Bracket (BH# WESMMA).

Perfect Paired
The convenience of an umbrella meets the control of a softbox. Built on an umbrella frame, the Apollo light modifiers set up in seconds.
Perfect on Location.
No additional parts and pieces to lug around as these units simply open up just like an umbrella and set up in seconds making them perfect for any on-location photographer.
No Adapter Ring Required.
Most softboxes require expensive and heavy adapter rings to properly set up. Built on an umbrella frame, these units simply pop open like an umbrella and fit into the umbrella receptacle found on virtually all style "studio" lights.
Perfectly Paired with Speedlites
The Apollo light modifier is a perfect pair with speedlites offering soft box control with the set up ease of an umbrella. An optional 5015 Shoe Mount bracket is required to mount the speedlite and Apollo onto a light stand with full tilting capability.
104 Degree Light Spread
The larger the light source, the softer the light. That is certainly the case with this extra large 50" JS Apollo. Perfect for portraits and couples, this unit also offers a recessed edge allow better control of light.
Pure Color
Fabrics are pure in color so the color temperature going into the fabric is the same color temperature coming back out.
Recessed Edge.
The large recessed edge provides even greater light control allowing feathering of light to see exactly where the light is starting and stopping.
Size 50 x 50" (127 x 127 cm)
Shape Square
Compatibility Flash only
Removable Face Yes
Removable Baffle No
Accepts Grids Yes
Requires Speed Ring No
Westcott Recessed Mega JS Apollo (50 x 50")
  • Apollo Softbox Body
  • Diffusion Panel
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    WestcottRecessed Mega JS Apollo (50 x 50")
     
    4.6

    (based on 128 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (86)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (33)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (50)
    • Lightweight (46)
    • Easy to use (34)
    • Good color value (26)
    • Reliable (24)

    Cons

    • Flimsy (9)
    • Heavy / bulky (3)

    Best Uses

    • Indoors (60)
    • Portraits (55)
    • General purpose (34)
    • Studio (33)
    • Low light (29)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (31), Semi-pro photographer (27), Professional (22), Semi-professional (17), Photo enthusiast (15)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (72)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Super versatile but quirky

    I use the 50" Apollo regularly for location shooting with a studio strobe but have used it with my speedlights on occasion.

    Likes:
    1) Collapses like an umbrella...Read complete review

    I use the 50" Apollo regularly for location shooting with a studio strobe but have used it with my speedlights on occasion.

    Likes:
    1) Collapses like an umbrella so it travels easy and sets up super quick.

    2) You can use this with any kind of light: strobes, power packs, speedlights, etc.

    2) Provides great light. The price is right for what it is.

    Dislikes:
    1) Should come with at least a cardboard tube for storage. You'll need to find one- try a mailing store- otherwise you're going to break it if you travel with it.

    2) If you use it hard (set up and tear down daily) the zippers will eventually blow. You can keep using it but I'm just sayin'. Wish it were a little more rugged but for the price I'm not complaining. If you keep it set up in your studio it will last forever.

    3) There is very little ability to tilt the box up or down. 95% of the time I use it on a boom or with an assistant had holding it on a pole- both of which work fine.

    NOTE: You should understand that you need to tear away the velcro front of the box to adjust the power of your light. Don't freak out. You'll get really fast at this after a while. While it is a bit of a pain that's the trade off you make to get a softbox you can use with any kind of light. (strobe, speedlight, flor, etc.)

    You'll also need a cold-shoe fitting for a light stand to hold your strobe. They cost around $15.

    Overall a highly versatile piece of gear for the price. Treat it gentle and work with its quirks and you'll be digging it.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good but there are some limitations

    I bought this for speedlight portraits on location. The size of this softbox attracted me so I could light more than headshots like my smaller modifiers.

    The real killer for me...Read complete review

    I bought this for speedlight portraits on location. The size of this softbox attracted me so I could light more than headshots like my smaller modifiers.

    The real killer for me is the very limited down-angle you have with this softbox. It is fine if you want to fire parallel to the ground or even slightly upward. The tripod enters the box through a zippered opening on the bottom side. The downward angle is limited to the tripod hitting the end of the zipper. This is a problem if you care about catchlight location in the subject's eye.

    It is constructed well, opens like and umbrella and easy to put up and take down. Too bad there is no case available because this is not a cheap tool. I contacted Westcott about purchasing a cover or carrier and they told me to purchase a shipping tube.

    Light quality seems o.k. after a few sessions. I am not disappointed or thrilled but I am still experimenting with power and placement.

    Reviewed by 128 customers

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    3.0

    Too expensive for what you get

    By Rana

    from Minneapolis, MN

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Good Color Value
    • Lightweight
    • Pretty Light

    Cons

    • Expensive
    • Flimsy
    • Made Of Plastic Parts
    • No bag
    • No case

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Indoors
    • Portraits

    Comments about Westcott Recessed Mega JS Apollo (50 x 50"):

    The good:Creates a beautiful, soft light. Fits through the AB umbrella portion. Good feathering. Nice size. Easy to set up. Easy to tear down. The bad:For the $ this is SUPER flimsy, and doesn't come with a carrying case or even a simple drawstring storage bag (guess Westcott is being extra stingy). For the $ a bag should be included. It is not NEARLY as nice of quality as the Paul C Buff modifiers... but it was the size I needed. The "umbrella" portion (the frame of the box) of the soft box is plastic which means it isn't nearly as durable as my Paul C Buff, which is made from metal.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Fantastic

    By Moments by Mel

    from Brisbane, Australia

    Comments about Westcott Recessed Mega JS Apollo (50 x 50"):

    This is one of the best investments we have made.
    It provides a large soft even spread of lighting which is fantastic in newborn and maternity shoots.
    Highly recommended.

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    4.0

    Excellent modifier.

    By Lex D

    from Detroit, MI

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors
      • Outdoors
      • Portraits
      • Special Events

      Comments about Westcott Recessed Mega JS Apollo (50 x 50"):

      A couple things set this softbox apart. First, it's bloody huge, yet deeply recessed enough to have some direction. The light's as soft as a comparably-sized umbrella, but it provides considerably more control. Let me reiterate; this this is huge. I can curl up inside it, and I'm 6'4". Second, it's remarkably small when stored. Somewhat bulkier than a folded umbrella, but much more compact than a collapsible rigid-panel softbox. It does not get a 5-star rating for two reasons; first, I can't vouch for its durability yet. Second, the umbrella shaft tapers from 8mm to 10mm halfway up its length, so I can't place most strobes as far into it as I'd like. Still beautiful light, but the shaft's larger portion is a bit of a pain. On the upside, this is compatible with strobes and brackets using 10mm shafts (none of which I own). Overall, this is my new go-to for soft light. Looks like large-window light, but with added control and portability. Excellent, as long as you have the flash power to fill it.

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      • No

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      5.0

      i would buy this product again

      By lori the photographer

      from wisconsin

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits

        Comments about Westcott Recessed Mega JS Apollo (50 x 50"):

        it works great!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Easy set up and quality materials

        By John Wong

        from San Jose, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Long-Lasting

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Low Light
          • Night Time
          • Outdoors
          • Portraits

          Comments about Westcott Recessed Mega JS Apollo (50 x 50"):

          Wow, right out of the box, this exhibits great construction and materials. No cheap metal ribs but very sturdy fiberglass rods is definitely a big plus.

          Smooth operation and the light quality the Apollo produces is quite beautiful. Plus the recessed frame allows me to feather the light very well on my subject.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Highly recommended

          By Darren Francis

          from Singapore

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Quality of light
          • Quick Setup

          Cons

          • Very Long

          Best Uses

          • Outdoors
          • Small Studios

          Comments about Westcott Recessed Mega JS Apollo (50 x 50"):

          This product is great for onsite shoots. It's quick to setup and the light is super soft.

          We also use it in our studio. This is a good solution if you are running out of space as it's very compact when brought down for storage.

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          • No

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          5.0

          I LOVE THIS SOFTBOX!!!

          By jorjaellise

          from Australia

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Professional

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors
            • Low Light
            • Portraits

            Comments about Westcott Recessed Mega JS Apollo (50 x 50"):

            I am so please with my 50x50 Westcott, it is the best soft box I have ever used, the light bounces off so soft and natural perfect for my newborn portraits.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Very Happy

            By EMP

            from Orlando, FL

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Good Color Value
            • Lightweight
            • Long-Lasting
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Westcott Recessed Mega JS Apollo (50 x 50"):

                Works great in my newborn studio.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Wow!! Fast Setup beautiful light perfect

                By Tyler

                from Huntsville, AL

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Durable
                • Good Color Value

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Low Light
                  • Night Time
                  • Outdoors
                  • Portraits
                  • Special Events

                  Comments about Westcott Recessed Mega JS Apollo (50 x 50"):

                  Using a speed light or mono block this is my go to lighting modifier. Setups in seconds and light is always perfect. I shoot portraits, product photography, and more with this amazing product. Even though this lighting modifier is large, it can still be placed into smaller space than you might expect. Simply collapse it down to fit through doorways. Sets up quickly just like and umbrella with no need for speed rings.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Awesome!

                  By Megan

                  from SK, canada

                  Comments about Westcott Recessed Mega JS Apollo (50 x 50"):

                  I love this soft box! It sets up very easily and is extremely portable.

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                  4.0

                  Great box!

                  By Lcp

                  from Dallas, tx

                  Comments about Westcott Recessed Mega JS Apollo (50 x 50"):

                  Great light, very natural looking, but it is huge! I have used it at another studio but had forgotten how big it is!

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                  5.0

                  So Dang Great!

                  By Zero

                  from Philadelphia

                  Comments about Westcott Recessed Mega JS Apollo (50 x 50"):

                  I can't fathom how great this is. I use my canon Speedlight with it, and it works wonders! I don't have any complicated photography terms to accompany my review, it's just.... AWESOME

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                  5.0

                  LOVE IT!

                  By Shutterbug

                  from Ohio

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors
                    • Portraits
                    • Special Events

                    Comments about Westcott Recessed Mega JS Apollo (50 x 50"):

                    I absolutely LOVE this! I have a small space and this is all I need. I only shoot littles due to limited space so it's perfect.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Giant - worth the money

                    By A

                    from Oregon

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors
                      • Outdoors
                      • Portraits
                      • Special Events

                      Comments about Westcott Recessed Mega JS Apollo (50 x 50"):

                      Good softbox for the money. Could use a better quality diffuser though.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Beautiful soft light

                      By Mark

                      from New Jersey

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Good Color Value
                      • Lightweight
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                      • No carry bag

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors
                      • Low Light
                      • Night Time
                      • Outdoors
                      • Portraits
                      • Special Events

                      Comments about Westcott Recessed Mega JS Apollo (50 x 50"):

                      I use this for portraits. It gives off beautiful wrap around soft light. When using either continuous light or flash you will not be disappointed!

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      LOVE THIS PRODUCT!

                      By Tnuolbk

                      from Honolulu, Hawaii

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Good Color Value
                      • Lightweight
                      • Long-Lasting
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Westcott Recessed Mega JS Apollo (50 x 50"):

                        This is a must have for an in home studio!! Easy assembly! You will not be disappointed!

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Softbox. Love mine

                        By Jess

                        from Illinois

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Durable
                        • Good Color Value
                        • Lightweight
                        • Long-Lasting
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Westcott Recessed Mega JS Apollo (50 x 50"):

                            Love mine.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Great Soft light

                            By AJ

                            from New Hampshire

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Big
                            • Good Color Value
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Indoors
                              • Low Light
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Westcott Recessed Mega JS Apollo (50 x 50"):

                              it's big. it sets up easily. Some have complained about the length of the center pole- it is so short, you have to thread it through each time you set it up and that makes it feel less stable while you're opening it. I don't like the instability either, but if the pole were longer, you would not be able to put the diffusing panel over it. I also don't like that it can't be tilted down (limited by the lightstand needing to fit through the zipper opening.) You can tilt it down if you buy the speedlite attachment they recommend and if you don't use the diffusiong panel (or cut a slit in the diffusion panel) or if you have a boom arm which may be one of my next purchases. i wish it came with a travel case of some sort.

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                              5.0

                              Vraiment super !

                              By Moussa

                              from Réunion french Island

                              About Me Photography Student

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Artificial Lighting
                                • Boudoir
                                • Photography
                                • Portraits
                                • Strobe Lighting
                                • Weddings

                                Comments about Westcott Recessed Mega JS Apollo (50 x 50"):

                                Je suis vraiment content de l'avoir après avoir vu zackarias ( one light dvd) et après avoir acheté le livre (one light field guide ) je rêvais de le posseder ...je suis super satisfait , i love it so Much ...I have a good satisfaction

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                                4.0

                                Not perfect, but useful

                                By Diana

                                from Kansas City, MO

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Lightweight
                                • Portable

                                Cons

                                • Challenging To Adjust
                                • Droopy Appearance

                                Best Uses

                                • Location Shooting
                                • Photography
                                • Portraits
                                • Strobe Lighting
                                • Weddings

                                Comments about Westcott Recessed Mega JS Apollo (50 x 50"):

                                I have been shooting portraits with an alien bee octobox and wanted something easier to disassemble for location shooting (that still had beautiful softbox quality light). The Apollo definitely fits that need. I have also been using it in the studio because it doesn't tip over as easily (my octobox mounts to the light in a way that makes it front-heavy while the apollo is centered around the light). The downsides to the Apollo are the way the fabric attaches to the front and how it's designed to attach to the light. These make it difficult to adjust light settings and direction quickly. Every time I need to change something (including tilt or height adjustments for the light stand) I have to unhook the velcro panel to access it. After my first child shoot with it, my arm was all red and scratched from scraping across the velcro repeatedly. I preferred the way my octobox panel attached smoothly around the edges, but the Apollo doesn't have enough tension when fully open to allow for this...so the panel just kind of limply hangs, which doesn't look as nice. My only other complaint is that the center post of the umbrella gradually widens in diameter, so I can't attach my lights all the way...they kind of push against the fabric panel. It's not a perfect solution, but it is very portable and does get the job done.

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