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Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit

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Product Highlights

  • Includes 43" Apollo Orb Softbox
  • 8.0' Light Stand
  • Stand Mount with Shoe

You Pay: $149.90

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The Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit is a great way to turn your studio strobe, speedlite or hot light (up to 500W) into the perfect light source for portraiture.

Wescott's 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. The kit includes the Orb an 8.0' light stand and a stand mount with shoe mount for speedlites.

For complete specs on the items included in this kit please click on the links below:

Stand Mount
8.0' Light Stand
43" Apollo Orb

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Westcott43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit
 
4.3

(based on 99 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (50)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (65)
  • Durable (33)
  • Easy to use (25)
  • Good color value (22)
  • Attaches securely (21)

Cons

  • Flimsy (17)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (68)
  • Indoors (46)
  • General purpose (32)
  • Outdoors (21)
  • Low light (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (37), Pro photographer (29), Photo enthusiast (11), Semi-professional (8), Enthusiast (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (90)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very pleased

This is my first "soft box" modifier having shot only with umbrellas in the past so I can't contrast or compare with any other controlled modifiers like this one. Having...Read complete review

This is my first "soft box" modifier having shot only with umbrellas in the past so I can't contrast or compare with any other controlled modifiers like this one. Having said that, I am very happy with what Westcott has produced at this price. This thing really does collapse like an umbrella and gets pretty compact. I cant say you are able to wind it tight like an umbrella but pretty close. The diffusion panel seems a little cheap to me but again, for [$] it works well and being that I don't really have anything to compare it to it's fine. Tear down and setup is very easy and fast. Pretty much just like an umbrella. It will take you longer to attach the diffusion panel than it will to pop the whole thing open and put it on a stand.I think the light this produces is great. The Orb produces a nice wrap and glow to the light and of course creates more rounded catch lights. For my first soft light tool I am pleased and will be at some point picking up the strip light as well as the grids. As others have mentioned and because of the design you cannot just pop this on top of a stand with an umbrella bracket and get much tilt. You will need some type if boom arm or a VAL to get more of an angle on the subject. I use a magic arm and it works well just make sure your stand can hold the weight of both and that you have it bagged to keep it upright.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good size, basic build quality

Probably the most affordable option on the market and a brilliant umbrella like design. The quality control on these units is not great. I had one that won't stay open and another with very...Read complete review

Probably the most affordable option on the market and a brilliant umbrella like design. The quality control on these units is not great. I had one that won't stay open and another with very poor stitching.

The light it creates is very pleasing and it's extremely portable. Definitely get the kit with flash mount and stand as you get more for your money.

Note that you cannot hike this up high as you cannot tilt it too much. There "slit" for the stand is only so long and so you hit a limit when tilting it downwards.

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3.0

Apollo Orb

By FernleyJim

from Nevada

About Me Semi-Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Multi-functional
  • Portable
  • Reliable

Cons

  • No bag
  • Not Durable

Best Uses

  • Indoor Softbox

Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

The speedlight kit is very portable, sets up easily, and can be used in a number of ways. I used it to take pictures at a middle school dance (photo booth) and it worled great. The light was even and predictable.

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4.0

Great Soft Box!

By VQview

from Miami, FL

About Me Semi-Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits
    • Studio
    • Traveling

    Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

    I love my new Westcott soft box! it evenly spreads the light out and produces a night soft light. I like to use a 3 flash set up in side but you can very well use just one. I would suggest to buy the grid as well if you want to focus the light more.

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    4.0

    Nice on-location softbox

    By JeffS

    from Cincinnati, OH

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • On-location Portraits
    • Portraits

    Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

    PROS:
    - Compact and portable. Great for on-location work.
    - Light spreads out nicely without a hot spot in the center, because the flash is bounced or reflected off the rear of the Apollo Orb.
    - The accessory fabric grid makes it a nice background highlight light.

    CONS:
    - Kind of a pain to get the fabric front in place. Even more of a pain to get the baffle in place. Do-able, just it's a pain, and won't be perfect.
    - You can't easily reach the flash. You have to tear off part of the recessed front and grid to reach the flash.

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    4.0

    Nice lighting addition

    By T Long

    from NY

    Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

    I am building my lighting gear and the Apollo is a good addition. Easy setup, Portable and gives a nice flattering light for portraits at reasonable price. I am happy I made the purchase. ..

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    4.0

    Good light

    By PJC

    from Jacksonville, FL

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Portraits
      • Studio
      • Traveling

      Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

      Provides a nice diffused light. It's portable and easy to setup. I docked it a star because I'm not sure of it's durability yet and I had to buy a small arm and tilter so it would adjust fully.

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      5.0

      Very Good Softbox

      By Jon

      from El Paso

      Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

      Soft box is very easy to setup which is useful in location shoots.

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      5.0

      Beautiful light production

      By mwaitt

      from Dallas, TX

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Beautiful Light Source
      • Easy To Use
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • On location
        • Portraits
        • Studio

        Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

        Big and beautiful soft light. Although it is only 43" it still produces a great light source that is useful in the studio or to use on location off of a light stick (just make sure you have enough juice or use some HSS trickery). I love the light I can get from it and it is simple to get up and running unlike a traditional softbox with rods, rings and baffles. You have to get yours.

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        4.0

        Good for the price

        By rFoto

        from Raleigh, NC

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Quality Of Light
        • Lightweight
        • Simple set up
        • Works As Expected

        Cons

        • Access To Flash
        • Not Heavy Duty

        Best Uses

        • Portraits
        • Studio
        • Traveling

        Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

        I got this for a plunge into speedlight shooting. I've been using continuous lighting to shoot motorcycles, but wanted to have more control over ambient light and lighter weight gear to haul around. This kit sets up easily and the stand is sufficient for the weight of the reflector but your ability to aim it at a very steep angle will be limited. I'm using the modifier on a boom now and can position it overhead and at various angles with ease now. Getting the kit is a no-brainer to have another stand and cold shoe for the price. For most portrait work the kit stand is probably fine.

        I agree with most here that this is not a very robust umbrella, but with a little care and packing (I ordered a stand bag from B&H also) I expect it will last for many shoots.

        I also got the 40deg grid and it fits and works as expected.

        The light spread is surprisingly even, given that the flash mounts pretty far off center on the typical umbrella mount cold shoe, pointing into the reflector.

        After moving to the boom mount to get more aiming control the only other shortcoming with this design is that shooting manual flash means you need to open the front diffuser to access your flash controls. IF you have a high end radio trigger you may not have this problem, but I have to set my flash level by hand. Not too big a deal, but something to consider vs a modifier with the flash mounted on the outside.

        Overall - good value if your not hard on your gear.

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        5.0

        Great Addition to a Portable Studio

        By Rennisk

        from Los Gatos, CA

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits
          • Studio
          • Traveling

          Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

          Bought this to be the key light for my on-the-go studio set up and it works great! Light, easy to set up, great even light coverage at a fraction of the cost of other soft boxes.

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          4.0

          Great light modifier

          By Nick

          from Wisconsin

          Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

          This light modifier is super easy to setup and works great. It softens the light from my speedlite beautifully! Quality of the materials are good.

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          5.0

          Great Modifier

          By Rick C

          from Waco, TX

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Portraits
            • Studio

            Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

            I really like the diffusion and the round catch lights. Easy to use and set up. Collapses for easy transport.

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            5.0

            The Best Softbox own

            By Mr. Nice

            from Poughquag NY

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Good Light Modifier
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Portraits
              • Studio

              Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

              Fast set up, and easy to use. Good stand and wide base. Nice light modifier. Functionally a good set up. I wish I would have bought this softbox 2 years ago.

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              5.0

              Easy to use & love the light it produces

              By JABster

              from Portland Or

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography
                • Portraits
                • Studio
                • Traveling

                Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

                Great for indoor and outdoor photo shoots
                Easy to handle

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                5.0

                great

                By Dan

                from Philadelphia

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Portraits
                  • Studio

                  Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

                  easy to use right out of the packing

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                  4.0

                  Perfect for the Price and Work

                  By Evan H.

                  from Bakersfield, Ca.

                  About Me Semi-Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Studio
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

                    Using this Apollo for outdoor portraits and on locations photoshoots.... Perfect very lightweight and easy to assemble.

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                    4.0

                    Sets up easily & works well

                    By Stuart B.

                    from Greenwich, CT

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits
                      • Studio

                      Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

                      I enjoy the easy set up and light weight of this softbox. I use it with a speedlite - so I keep it pretty close to my subject so as not to over tax the speedlite's power.

                      My one suggestion for Westcott is that it would be nice if one could tilt the unit to a greater degree on a basic light stand. In other words, I use it on a boom when I want the light coming more overhead. In my humble opinion, this could be accomplished by just making the zipper system at the bottom of the unit allow for a greater range of motion. I have sent the suggestion to Westcott. I knew of this issues when I bought the product - so it is not a complaint as much as a future design suggestion.

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                      5.0

                      AWESOME SPEED LIGHT KIT

                      By dougfunnie

                      from san diego,ça

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Studio

                        Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

                        i used this product for portraits mostly its so great i had to buy two so I'm using to shoot cars and models too, the only thing is that the stand is light you have to buy some weights so it worn fall over but thats really about it.

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                        4.0

                        Great for the Budget

                        By Jostin Orozco

                        from San Luis Potosí , México.

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Portraits
                          • Studio

                          Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

                          Its a great easy to use Octa, a massive portable light source that you can use on any situation. The lightweight makes this Octa a great choice for portable studios for any propose. One of the things you may consider is to buy a bracket and stand a little more durable and heavy.

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                          5.0

                          Great for On-The-Go Shoots

                          By ashphoto

                          from Atlanta, GA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • On-location
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

                            This kit is great to have for on-location shoots when you need a larger light source than a typical speedlight modifier. The apollo orb is a great size for group shots or for larger areas. I'm extremely happy with the results. The stand is pretty light so be sure to bring weights if you are using it outside on a breezy day.

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                            2.0

                            Beautiful Light but Deeply Flawed

                            By KC_Jeffro

                            from Overland Park, KS

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                            • Shoddy Materials

                            Best Uses

                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

                            Beautiful light, easy to use, brilliant design. I've taken some of the best portraits of my life with this umbrella.

                            Unfortunately, it's deeply flawed by shoddy materials. This umbrella is NOT built to last.

                            You can get comparable gear for a third of the cost.

                            If you do make this purchase, inspect the rod carefully. If yours is like mine, it's a hollow shaft with a solid plug in the end. Do NOT over-tighten, or you'll crush the shaft!

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