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Westcott 28" Apollo with 8' Stand and Bracket Kit

B&H # WEAFK Mfr # 2331
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You Pay: $149.90
Product Highlights
  • 28 x 28" Softbox
  • No Speed Ring Required
  • 8' Light Stand
  • Adjustable Shoe Mount Umbrella Bracket

The Wectcott 28" Apollo with 8' Stand and Bracket Kit is the quickest, easiest way to provide main or fill light in the studio, for weddings or other on-the run events.

The unique design of the Apollo allows it to open and close like an umbrella; no speed ring is needed. An adjustable shoe mount umbrella bracket is included to hold the box and accommodate your flash. A lightweight 8' light stand completes the kit.

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Westcott28" Apollo with 8' Stand and Bracket Kit
 
4.3

(based on 93 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (78)
  • Easy to set up (60)
  • Reliable (40)
  • Consistent (30)
  • Easy to setup (14)

Cons

  • Short lifespan (5)
  • Not durable (4)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (80)
  • Photography (56)
  • Strobe lighting (39)
  • Artificial lighting (31)
  • Weddings (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (34), Photo enthusiast (27), Pro photographer (18), Casual photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (79), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This is a MUST BUY softbox kit.

I've only taken a few preliminary shots, but so far this kit has met my expectations. The light stand is made of lightweight aluminum but provides a good sturdy base. The soft box...Read complete review

I've only taken a few preliminary shots, but so far this kit has met my expectations. The light stand is made of lightweight aluminum but provides a good sturdy base. The soft box is an umbrella style box - so it collapses at that push of a button, but it doesn't expand that easily. Visualize a regular rain umbrella - when you go to open it, you'll push the rib ring up to the tip of the umbrella. Then, usually there is a spring loaded fin that holds the ring up and keeps the umbrella expanded. The problem with this soft box is that the rib ring, when the umbrella is collapsed, will come off the center shaft of the umbrella. This makes expanding the umbrella tedious, you've got to spread the (4) ribs of the soft box apart and then thread the shaft through the rib ring. Then, like a rain umbrella, you expand the soft box until the spring loaded fin is engaged and secures the umbrella open. It's not a deal breaker, but it's also something to consider when you go to purchase a soft box.

Other than that one thing, I really like this soft box. The materials match the function - the shell is a medium grade nylon lined with reflective mylar(?). The front diffuser panel is recessed a few inches, I"m not really sure why, though. There is only one diffuser panel and its a thinner white nylon. The diffuser is sewn to the inside of the box on one side and the other three sides attach with hook and loop fasteners. So anytime you need to make adjustments to the flash, you'll need to detach the diffuser panel.

The stand actually penetrates through the bottom of the softbox via a 4-way zipper opening. This positions the flash unit directly in the center of the soft box.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good, not great

I purchased this softbox kit in Jan 2014. I planned to use this kit for on-site shooting, so quick setup/takedown and being able to pack it to go was important to me. ...Read complete review

I purchased this softbox kit in Jan 2014. I planned to use this kit for on-site shooting, so quick setup/takedown and being able to pack it to go was important to me. To start, the idea of an umbrella based softbox is brilliant, but the execution could have been better.

As other reviewers have mentioned, the center shaft is not long enough, so the runner that glides along the shaft as you open the umbrella will come off the shaft as you collapse the box. To open the box, you have the guide the runner into the shaft, and then you can push it to the end to expand the box. I've seen older versions of the kit that has a hollow shaft, so some users have extended the shaft by using a wooden dowel, but in my kit, the end is sealed so it cannot be extended.

As for the diffuser, old versions have the top side stitched in, but in the kit I received, all four sides have velcro.

Since portability is important to me, I was not impressed when I collapsed the box. I expected it to collapse like an umbrella, and although it does, it does not collapse into a tight spiral. It is rather loose and not compact at all. Also, if there was a velcro tab on the outside that would allow the user to wrap it up like an actual umbrella, that would help keep the box compact when folded.

The included umbrella bracket is metal in construction. The opening for the umbrella has a screw-in type holder to secure the shaft of the box, but it does not do its job very well. After tightening, the box is still able to lean side to side, and the slightest push will move the box front and back. Perhaps if the shaft had indents for the screw-in type holder to keep the box tightly in place?

The included umbrella stand has a wide stance, and is of average build quality.

The entire kit does a great job in diffusing light, and after practice, I am able to go from a collapsed stand and box, to fully set up in two minutes. I am also able to collapse the box and stand in one minute.

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5.0

Great Alternative to Full Studio Modifie

By rennisk

from Los Gatos, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

  • A Little Bulky Folded

Best Uses

  • Photography
  • Portraits
  • Strobe Lighting

Comments about Westcott 28" Apollo with 8' Stand and Bracket Kit:

Was using standard (cheap) shoot through umbrellas but just not happy with the light, so I purchased this. Very well made, easy to set up and works great.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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4.0

Pony Up, You Got to Have This

By Buddy

from Bedford Texas

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Westcott 28" Apollo with 8' Stand and Bracket Kit:

      The construction is of good quality, and it sets up quickly. The material is thin but appears to be durable. I mount mine on a microphone boom stand so I have the option to tilt the light down and on an angle for enhanced flexibility. The universal mount that comes with the kit is excellent, as it allows you to tighten a clamp down on your flash for a high degree of trustworthy security. The only two things I could complain about is when you collapse the umbrella it does not collapse completely flat. The umbrella outer supports retain a slight bow when fully collapsed. Its not a major issue but I would not throw it into a bag with stands and tripods to possibly damage this amazing piece of equipment. The only other thing is when you mount your flash on top of the provided universal mount the flash head is not centered in the umbrella, it mounts very high in the umbrella, and it flashes towards the ceiling. To offset this I tilt my flash-head at 90 degrees and use rubber bands to suspend the flash housing below the umbrellas attach rod, and another rubber band around the body of the flash and the stand. This allows the flash to project towards the center of the umbrella and delivers a more uniform distribution of light out of the softbox. If you are even thinking about off camera flash, and you already have a speedlite, this is a must have. I think the end results more than offset the cost and two issues I discussed previously.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Lovely light on a dime

      By Rogier

      from New England

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Westcott 28" Apollo with 8' Stand and Bracket Kit:

          The Westcott Apollo softbox casts a lovely light on one to three people, both with the velcro'd diffuser and without (in the latter case, the light is harder and more dramatic). The stand that comes with the kit isn't the ultimate in robustness, but with a small sandbag you should be all right. I was worried that the diffuser would prevent the Nikon speedlight from firing (the speedlight was set to remote and the SU-800 controller acted as the trigger), but the box/diffuser doesn't seem to interfere with the IR reliability at all. Recommended.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Absolute great buy

          By Zack

          from Atlanta

          Comments about Westcott 28" Apollo with 8' Stand and Bracket Kit:

          This softbox was very affordable and it did exactly what I needed it to do. Easy setup and no errors. Very easy to carry. I would recommend to my friends and colleagues.

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          4.0

          28" Apollo with 8' Stand and Bracket Kit

          By krp

          from philly, pa

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Westcott 28" Apollo with 8' Stand and Bracket Kit:

              Bought this set for a customer who wanted to set up a mini studio in house.
              Perfect set for lite use. Price was right.
              I wouldn't suggest this for an on location set up that will be set up and borken down a ton. It won't hold up.

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              • No

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              3.0

              Good, not great

              By Will

              from Vancouver, Canada

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

              • Mediocre Build Quality
              • Not Compact As Thought

              Best Uses

              • Photography
              • Portraits
              • Weddings

              Comments about Westcott 28" Apollo with 8' Stand and Bracket Kit:

              I purchased this softbox kit in Jan 2014. I planned to use this kit for on-site shooting, so quick setup/takedown and being able to pack it to go was important to me. To start, the idea of an umbrella based softbox is brilliant, but the execution could have been better.

              As other reviewers have mentioned, the center shaft is not long enough, so the runner that glides along the shaft as you open the umbrella will come off the shaft as you collapse the box. To open the box, you have the guide the runner into the shaft, and then you can push it to the end to expand the box. I've seen older versions of the kit that has a hollow shaft, so some users have extended the shaft by using a wooden dowel, but in my kit, the end is sealed so it cannot be extended.

              As for the diffuser, old versions have the top side stitched in, but in the kit I received, all four sides have velcro.

              Since portability is important to me, I was not impressed when I collapsed the box. I expected it to collapse like an umbrella, and although it does, it does not collapse into a tight spiral. It is rather loose and not compact at all. Also, if there was a velcro tab on the outside that would allow the user to wrap it up like an actual umbrella, that would help keep the box compact when folded.

              The included umbrella bracket is metal in construction. The opening for the umbrella has a screw-in type holder to secure the shaft of the box, but it does not do its job very well. After tightening, the box is still able to lean side to side, and the slightest push will move the box front and back. Perhaps if the shaft had indents for the screw-in type holder to keep the box tightly in place?

              The included umbrella stand has a wide stance, and is of average build quality.

              The entire kit does a great job in diffusing light, and after practice, I am able to go from a collapsed stand and box, to fully set up in two minutes. I am also able to collapse the box and stand in one minute.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              works very good

              By Alon

              from Israel

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Photography
                • Portraits
                • Strobe Lighting

                Comments about Westcott 28" Apollo with 8' Stand and Bracket Kit:

                Although I've not used other soft boxes, I can't compare it to others. I like that it's based on the umbrella frame, however, the umbrella pole is too short and when folding it gets out from the guide.

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                • No

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                2.0

                Umbrella Style Soft BoxExtremely Flimsy

                By Steve

                from Texas

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Unreliable

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Westcott 28" Apollo with 8' Stand and Bracket Kit:

                    Construction of the umbrella style soft box is sub-standard. When wind blows these over, either the "umbrella handle" gets bent (which won't allow it to retract/fold), or the support rods bend, and you no longer have a "square soft box.) I have had two of them damaged in this way. Replacement cost of soft box is prohibitive at $129.90. Light stand and brackets quality is good.

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                    • No

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                    3.0

                    Good, economical kit

                    By Paul C

                    from Boston

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Strobe Lighting

                      Comments about Westcott 28" Apollo with 8' Stand and Bracket Kit:

                      The stand is decent and the Apollo is very easy to use with the umbrella type frame. Lightweight and portable, although so far, I have only used it at home. A very useful light mod.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Westcott 28 kit

                      By Paulo

                      from Rio de Janeiro -brasil

                      Comments about Westcott 28" Apollo with 8' Stand and Bracket Kit:

                      Great kit work ,

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                      4.0

                      Great Softbox but lacking in a key area.

                      By Rob Harris

                      from Pekin, IL

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                      • No Way To Tilt The Box

                      Best Uses

                      • Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Strobe Lighting

                      Comments about Westcott 28" Apollo with 8' Stand and Bracket Kit:

                      This is such an easy and quick softbox to use! I love how you can just put it up in matter of seconds. And the way it closes up like an umbrella is awesome! My only complaint is that the stand doesn't come with a tilting system. It goes up and down just fine. But you need to buy more parts or put some stuff together to get it to tilt. Most people who are going to buy this are going to want to use it and use it right. Not being able to angle your light is very frustrating to say the least! But other than that it's very strong, easy to use and produces wonderful light!

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                      5.0

                      Great travel softbox

                      By Matt Blake

                      from St louis

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Strobe Lighting
                        • Weddings

                        Comments about Westcott 28" Apollo with 8' Stand and Bracket Kit:

                        I absolutely love this soft box its easy to set up and with my sb910 produces great light on location.
                        I used the tip i found online for this softbox by using zip-ties every few inches which makes it a lot more stable

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                        5.0

                        Great travel softbox

                        By Matt Blake

                        from St louis

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Photography
                          • Portraits
                          • Strobe Lighting
                          • Weddings

                          Comments about Westcott 28" Apollo with 8' Stand and Bracket Kit:

                          I absolutely love this soft box its easy to set up and with my sb910 produces great light on location.
                          I used the tip i found online for this softbox by using zip-ties every few inches which makes it a lot more stable

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                          • No

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                          2.0

                          The Good & The Bad

                          By DWP

                          from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Short Lifespan

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Westcott 28" Apollo with 8' Stand and Bracket Kit:

                            I was so excited to get this softbox because of it's versatility. Unfortunately the comments about it being rather cheaply made turned out to be true. I recieved it about 3 days before a senior prom shoot and got familiar with it. Prom night I arrive at the venue, go to set up and it won't stay open. The little gaget like you see on all umbrellas that hold them open doesn't keep the thing open. I had to send it back to B&H. I asked for an exchange and am waiting for the new one which I hope will hold up. I like this softbox because I can use it with my Alien Bees and speedlites, so I hope I get a good one this time. Stay tuned!

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Off Camera Lighting

                            By Giant G

                            from Erie, PA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Artificial Lighting
                              • Photography
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Westcott 28" Apollo with 8' Stand and Bracket Kit:

                              This is my first attempt at off camera lighting and this kit provides an inexpensive and effective means for my endeavor.

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                              4.0

                              Light, compact and portable

                              By EiNY

                              from New York

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Fragile

                              Best Uses

                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Westcott 28" Apollo with 8' Stand and Bracket Kit:

                              It takes just a couple of seconds to set up and break down and its very light and compact so it's perfect for location work. It's a little fragile so I'm not sure how long it will last a working pro but at this price it paid for itself on it's first outing.

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                              4.0

                              Prefect Solution for Flashgun

                              By montvm

                              from Danielson cT

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Westcott 28" Apollo with 8' Stand and Bracket Kit:

                                I love this item. Can be used with any speed light. Bracket is excellently made. I use it with yn-622c on the bracket and then YN-568 mounted. What is great about this softbox is the protablity. Its set up is much like an unbrella, and closes down to a very portable size. It uses velcore around the recessed edges to add in the 1 stop white diffuser, and or 40 Degree grid, (sold seprately). the only grip or complaint that i have about it is when you want to use it at a 45 degree angle pointing upwared or downward, you endup leaving a whole where the zipper cannot zip. You can simply put a piece of tin foile on the inside for this, or instead you could mount it onto the stand on the outside. This little problem can be solved with a boom.I have used it both with one stop white diffuser and also with grid and love the effects. Perfect for wedding event photography or on site studio. Great job Westcott, i look foward to purchasing the 50in apollo someday!

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                                5.0

                                Way more value than you pay for!

                                By V. Rosen

                                from Bryan, TX

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Artificial Lighting
                                  • Photography
                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Westcott 28" Apollo with 8' Stand and Bracket Kit:

                                  This softbox is a must have! The Apollo gives great soft, buttery, directional light. Easily broken down and portable, it becomes a must any time I'm using artificial light.

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                                  4.0

                                  Almost perfect

                                  By Zoomer 911

                                  from Florida

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                  • Lack Of Tilt Ability

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Portraits
                                  • Strobe Lighting

                                  Comments about Westcott 28" Apollo with 8' Stand and Bracket Kit:

                                  Great Light modifier kit
                                  Two things can improve it more,
                                  A Better ability to tilt the unit without having to purchase a small extension or boom
                                  A case to cary the unit

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  Worth the price!

                                  By JeffAuger

                                  from Somerset, NJ

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent
                                  • Easy To Set Up

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Photography
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Westcott 28" Apollo with 8' Stand and Bracket Kit:

                                    I have seen reviews both good and bad on this item. And of course, like most accessories, it's very subjective. This has been a great addition to my gear. When using it the right way, it allows you to shoot in a whole new way. Yes, the stand is a bit lightweight but overall this to me is a must buy for any portrait photographer.

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