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Westcott 43" Apollo Orb

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Product Highlights

  • Removable Front Diffusion Panel
  • Built on an Umbrella Frame
  • Quick Set-up and Tear-down
  • Fits Virtually All Studio Lights
  • No Speed Ring Required
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You Pay: $129.90

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Wescott's 43" Apollo Orb is the first octagonal softbox that works without an adapter ring. The compact soft box simply opens like an umbrella. Place your flash inside, attach the included diffusion panel and you're ready to shoot. The Orb has a deeper profile which evenly projects the light source for maximum output while creating round, natural catchlights in the eyes. For even more directional control and to prevent lens flare, you can recess the diffuser closer to the light than its standard position.

UPC: 817967023368
Shape Octagonal
Compatibility Virtually all styles of studio flash heads
Removable Front Face Yes
Accepts Grids Yes
Requires Speed Ring No
Dimensions Diameter: 43.5" (1.1 m)
Depth: 25" (63.5 cm) Collapsed Length: 35.5" (90.2 cm)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 39.0 x 3.2 x 3.2"
Westcott 43" Apollo Orb
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    Westcott43" Apollo Orb
     
    4.1

    (based on 84 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (33)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (38)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (52)
    • Durable (23)
    • Good color value (22)
    • Attaches securely (14)
    • Easy to set up (12)

    Cons

    • Flimsy (13)
    • Weak (6)

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (52)
    • Indoors (43)
    • Outdoors (36)
    • General purpose (31)
    • Low light (21)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (35), Semi-pro photographer (30), Photo enthusiast (10)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (77)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    xtreme portability, beautiful light, but some drawbacks

    I don't normally write reviews, this is probably second or third review, but this Apollo Orb is definitely something to talk about.

    To start off, lets talk about the pros....Read complete review

    I don't normally write reviews, this is probably second or third review, but this Apollo Orb is definitely something to talk about.

    To start off, lets talk about the pros. This little umbrella softbox is insanely light and portable. When I fold it down, I can attach the Orb and a light stand to my backpack's tripod carrying straps. This gives me tons of mobility, allowing me to usually pack everything I need in one single backpack. Unlike most "portable" softboxes which comes in at 24" or so, this Orb provides extremely beautiful soft light. Part of it is thanks to the larger size, the other is also because of the diffusion since the strobe is pointed into the box, then distributed inside the Orb. I have noticed the Apollo Orb producing softer light than PCB 47" Octaboxes that I have been using for years.

    Like anything, nothing is perfect. The cons of this softbox is obviously the structure. Don't get me wrong, they do make it out of fairly good material (new ones are out of fiberglass). Unfortunately, because of nature of fiberglass and to trim weight, it's structural shape doesn't hold up too well. You will start noticing the front diffuser "sagging" because the structure of the box is longer as large. The box will also get crazy deformed when there are wind pushing against it. So.... it kinda defeats a little of that portable setup purpose.

    Regardless of those cons, I think we can still live through it. I have been using this modifier for close to a year now, and it's definitely my go to modifier, for studio strobes or for speedlights.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    You get what you pay for

    I just got it and these are initial thoughts:
    The Good: Can be used with speedlights and strobes. Easy to set up. Cheap. Makes OK light.
    The Bad: Product is...Read complete review

    I just got it and these are initial thoughts:
    The Good: Can be used with speedlights and strobes. Easy to set up. Cheap. Makes OK light.
    The Bad: Product is poorly made. I have Lastolite Ezybox that is way superior built quality. Apollo Orb Sewing lines are off, construction is wobbly, seems like it won't last for too long if used few times a week. When using speed light you need additional bracket if you want light to be distributed evenly. Indoors use recommended for wobbliness and weak construction.
    You pretty much get what you pay for. Good for beginner- I really doubt it will last long when used more heavily. Overall impression= Meah…

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    5.0

    This will make you some great Light!

    By KTP

    from Kannapolis NC

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb:

        I am very pleased with the soft light that comes out of this box when using my canon 600EX's.

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        • No

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        3.0

        Mixed Feelings

        By Howard S.

        from Maryland

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Good light quality
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Manufacturing Problems

        Best Uses

        • Portraits
        • Strobe Lighting

        Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb:

        I wanted a nice easy to use softbox for my Canon strobes. After having the Orb for more than a year, I would offer the following - The quality of soft light is excellent and you can move it in nice and close and wash your subject in soft portrait light. However, the Orb, mine in particular, has revealed two operational issues - First, it operates just like an umbrella in that you open it by sliding a metal cuff up the center shaft of the Orb until it passes a spring loaded flange that locks it in the open position. What kept happening with my unit, however, was that the flange was not holding the sliding cuff in place and in the middle of a shoot the umbrella would just snap shut and I would have to lunge for the lightstand as it started to topple over. The flange issue got so bad that I was apprehensive about even opening the diffusion fabric to adjust the strobe as that would be movement enough to collapse the umbrella. So I finally took a very small metal file to the top edge of the spring flange to roughen up the metal. Now the cuff sits on that rough metal edge of the flange once it's open and the collapsing problem has been pretty much solved. I do not see anyone else complaining about this issue, so it may have been just an odd problem with my Orb. The other issue is the design of the Orb, as noted by others, significantly limits any options for tilting. You can't really use this as you would a beauty dish - up high and facing down toward your subject, because the access holes in the fabric through which a lightstand is inserted, do not allow for much forward tilt. To solve this, you would need a boom stand with some type of vertical adaptor at the top end of the boom arm to run up into the center of the Orb. So there's added cost if you want to use it in that manner.

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        • No

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Apollo Orb

        By yahooserious

        from washington, dc

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb:

        Initially, I loved this light modifier because it created beautiful, soft light. However, like many of my fellow reviewers, I found it to be flimsy after only a few uses.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Easy to use and nice size

        By Big Sky

        from Bozeman, MT

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits
          • Strobe Lighting

          Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb:

          I like the size of the orb and it is easy to use.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great mod to have in the kit

          By DRPhoto

          from New Hampshire, USA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Durable
          • Good Color Value
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb:

            Very quick to set up and use and provides a fantastic soft light for portraits. Seems very durable although I've only used it a month (I do shoot outside quite a bit). I guess the only grip I have is would have been nice to have come with a bag of some sort, similar to the Buff PLM mods.
            I've used it with both my SB-700 and Alien Bee's. I have no doubt I'll use it with my soon to be procured Profoto B2's.

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            • No

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            1.0

            Cheap build quality

            By Ivan

            from Brooklyn

            Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb:

            Cheap construction and quite dissapointed with the product. Literally broke the first time I used it. The top stitching came off and the whole thing didn't want to cooperate. Hopefully I can get a replacement without any hassles.

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            4.0

            xtreme portability, beautiful light, but some drawbacks

            By Jay Kan

            from Philadelphia, PA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Great light
            • Lightweight
            • Soft light

            Cons

            • Awfully Cheap Velcro
            • Flimsy
            • Loose
            • Loses Shape
            • Tilt
            • Weak

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Outdoors
            • Portraits

            Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb:

            I don't normally write reviews, this is probably second or third review, but this Apollo Orb is definitely something to talk about.

            To start off, lets talk about the pros. This little umbrella softbox is insanely light and portable. When I fold it down, I can attach the Orb and a light stand to my backpack's tripod carrying straps. This gives me tons of mobility, allowing me to usually pack everything I need in one single backpack. Unlike most "portable" softboxes which comes in at 24" or so, this Orb provides extremely beautiful soft light. Part of it is thanks to the larger size, the other is also because of the diffusion since the strobe is pointed into the box, then distributed inside the Orb. I have noticed the Apollo Orb producing softer light than PCB 47" Octaboxes that I have been using for years.

            Like anything, nothing is perfect. The cons of this softbox is obviously the structure. Don't get me wrong, they do make it out of fairly good material (new ones are out of fiberglass). Unfortunately, because of nature of fiberglass and to trim weight, it's structural shape doesn't hold up too well. You will start noticing the front diffuser "sagging" because the structure of the box is longer as large. The box will also get crazy deformed when there are wind pushing against it. So.... it kinda defeats a little of that portable setup purpose.

            Regardless of those cons, I think we can still live through it. I have been using this modifier for close to a year now, and it's definitely my go to modifier, for studio strobes or for speedlights.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great portability!

            By Just me

            from Whittier, Ca

            Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb:

            It's a great umbrella / softbox for on location shooting.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Very Good light quality but broke down in 2 hours outside

            By Irfan

            from Dublin, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Good light quality
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Flimsy
            • Poor Construction
            • Weak

            Best Uses

              Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb:

              The quality of light I got out of it was really good, but the umbrella opening stick got twisted by the wind and now it will not collapse or can be used again so its a big space taking junk that will be thrown in trash.

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              4.0

              Versatile piece of lighting gear

              By Mike

              from Conway, AR

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Durable
              • Lightweight
              • Quick set up

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors
                • Portraits

                Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb:

                It performs extremely well, and seems to be even better constructed than the old 28" Apollo it replaced. It sets up quickly and works well with my speed lights and Alien Bee strobes. The quality of light it produces works well with my portraits subjects, and even handles moderate breezes well. I've been very pleased with the Orb.

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                4.0

                Nice soft light

                By vinniec

                from Syracuse, NY

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Good Color Value
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb:

                  I use this for portraits and it disperses light excellent and nice and soft. Set up is vey easy. The only issue is what others aer saying about not tilting it forward. It hits the opeig on the bottom and I has to put it on a boom to get the angles I needed. If it wasn't for that I would easily give this 5 stars.

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                  3.0

                  Works. Poor construction

                  By musia

                  from Madison, WI

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Flimsy
                  • Weak

                  Best Uses

                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb:

                  You get what you pay for. Poor quality and sewing. I doubt it will last long under heavy everyday use.
                  Price is nice- good for beginners.
                  Nice that you can mount both- speedlights and strobes.
                  Package looks like it travaled back from 90's

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                  5.0

                  Never leave home without

                  By B

                  from CA

                  Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb:

                  This is one item that I will never leave home without, is durable and great lighting overall beautiful for modeling.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  You get what you pay for

                  By musia

                  from Madison, WI

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Cheap
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Flimsy
                  • Poorly made
                  • Porrl Quality
                  • Weak

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors
                  • Night Time
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb:

                  I just got it and these are initial thoughts:
                  The Good: Can be used with speedlights and strobes. Easy to set up. Cheap. Makes OK light.
                  The Bad: Product is poorly made. I have Lastolite Ezybox that is way superior built quality. Apollo Orb Sewing lines are off, construction is wobbly, seems like it won't last for too long if used few times a week. When using speed light you need additional bracket if you want light to be distributed evenly. Indoors use recommended for wobbliness and weak construction.
                  You pretty much get what you pay for. Good for beginner- I really doubt it will last long when used more heavily. Overall impression= Meah…

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Apollo Orb Review

                  By Alamond Photography

                  from Texarkana, Tx

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors
                    • Outdoors
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb:

                    Works great, This is a replacement for a previous orb that went over in the studio, broke one of the metal umbrella like rods.

                    This version seems to be better in that it has fibre rod rather than metal; thus maybe tougher? we will see.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent portable octo-shaped softbox

                    By Mdc622

                    from Maryland

                    Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb:

                    This is excellent for location work. It sets up fast and is compact for traveling. It puts out plenty of diffuse light. Can be used in the studio as well.

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                    4.0

                    Powerful on location soft box

                    By Barrieau Photography

                    from Hohenfels, Germany

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy
                    • Lack Of Manuverability

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors
                    • Outdoors
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb:

                    Recently purchased this soft box system for use with three speedlights for on location shoots where I couldn't get power to. The Orb's ability to handle three speedlights with room to spare was essential when I was deciding what system to purchase. The simplicity of the umbrella design works, but could use stronger spreaders that keep the diffuser tighter. The setup time that is required for the internal components of the soft box (speedlights, etc.) are a nuscence but inherant with this type of system. Just give yourself some leeway for time. The ability to handle three speedlights provides enough power for sunny outdoor day use, which was perfect for my biking action photos I take. All in all a great tool to have in my kit bag, and I would recomend to any avid speedlight user.

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                    4.0

                    great product

                    By Antonio Plaza photo

                    from florida

                    Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb:

                    I use it for simple food photography and headshots, and it does the job very well.

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                    5.0

                    Beautiful soft light!

                    By Danny

                    from Puerto Rico

                    Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb:

                    If you want beautiful soft light this is the one!
                    This umbrella is well made and easy to carry out.
                    I use it indoor and outdoor. Hightly recomend it.

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                    4.0

                    Fast setup

                    By AAP

                    from Tucson, AZ

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb:

                      I bought this for on-location shoots, weddings, etc so I need it to be easy to set up, lightweight, and soften my speedlite oh so perfectly. This really delivers! My only complaint is that the velcro seems a bit cheap, there are threads hanging off the white velcro everywhere. The price is right, though!

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