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Westcott 16 x 30" Apollo Strip Speedlite Kit

B&H # WEASSLK Mfr # 2338
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You Pay: $149.90
Product Highlights
  • 8.0' Light Stand
  • Stand Mount with Shoe

The Westcott 16 x 30" Apollo Strip 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 or product work.

The narrow profile of Wescott's 16 x 30" Apollo Strip makes it an ideal rim, hair light or accent light. The recessed front edge of the box provides a degree of directionality while the output remains soft and flattering. Alternatively, if you need a harder light simply remove the front diffuser. Since the Apollo Strip is built on an umbrella frame, it provides for quick setup and equally quick break-down. The Apollo Strip mounts vertically or horizontally to suit your subject. The kit includes the Strip, 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
36" Apollo Strip

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Westcott16 x 30" Apollo Strip Speedlite Kit
 
3.9

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (8)
  • Durable (4)

Cons

  • Flimsy (4)

Best Uses

  • Indoors (7)
  • Portraits (7)
  • General purpose (5)
  • Outdoors (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great for lighting with speedlights

Great for lighting with speedlights. Comes with everything you need to get lighting except the speedlight. Great size for 3/4 length and torso portraits also works very nicely for product shots. I...Read complete review

Great for lighting with speedlights. Comes with everything you need to get lighting except the speedlight. Great size for 3/4 length and torso portraits also works very nicely for product shots. I love how affordable and speedlight-friendly they are. The umbrella adapters that come with these kits are also very useful as they will take any size speedlight hotshoe. The setup is very lightweight and portable. The softbox itself folds into a closed umbrella. The only drawback I can find is that it is very difficult to see what my speedlight and radio slave settings are at the same time as there is only a side and bottom zipper opening. But this is my fault, if I labeled the slave units before putting them in I wouldn't have to look at them to remember what they are set at.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Can't recommend this modifier

Anyone would love this strip box if they set it up and left it where it was without having to break it down and set it up again. It's light, affordable, and very...Read complete review

Anyone would love this strip box if they set it up and left it where it was without having to break it down and set it up again. It's light, affordable, and very easy to set up.

The reality though is that this is something you would buy specifically for portability. In 2 shoots, I broke 2 of these boxes simply by try to set them up. Both times the zipper was caught on another piece of fabric and when the box was expanded, the flimsy ribbing (which expand out like an umbrella) bent and can't be fixed or replaced. Both are in the garbage.

Only buy boxes with round metal or fibreglass poles and not with stamped metal and you will be fine.

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4.0

Great light at a low cost

By Ralph

from NYC

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Portraits

    Comments about Westcott 16 x 30" Apollo Strip Speedlite Kit:

    Goes up in seconds. Light is nice and soft.

    Knocking off one start as there was a screw missing for the flash / brolly bracket (!) luckily I have better quality brackes already than the one suppiled, so I just threw the westcott one in the trash, but still quite disapointing.

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    1.0

    Can't recommend this modifier

    By Ottawa Photo

    from Canada

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Easy to set up
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Flimsy
    • Weak

    Best Uses

    • Indoors

    Comments about Westcott 16 x 30" Apollo Strip Speedlite Kit:

    Anyone would love this strip box if they set it up and left it where it was without having to break it down and set it up again. It's light, affordable, and very easy to set up.

    The reality though is that this is something you would buy specifically for portability. In 2 shoots, I broke 2 of these boxes simply by try to set them up. Both times the zipper was caught on another piece of fabric and when the box was expanded, the flimsy ribbing (which expand out like an umbrella) bent and can't be fixed or replaced. Both are in the garbage.

    Only buy boxes with round metal or fibreglass poles and not with stamped metal and you will be fine.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great Back light o

    By Jimijam

    from Northeast PA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors
      • Low Light
      • Portraits

      Comments about Westcott 16 x 30" Apollo Strip Speedlite Kit:

      Used last week for a back light. Worked great made the subject stand out from the background.
      Made her hair glow.

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      4.0

      Nice Product

      By mohsen

      from Saudi Arabia

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Flimsy
      • Too Focused

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors
      • Outdoors
      • Portraits

      Comments about Westcott 16 x 30" Apollo Strip Speedlite Kit:

      Nice Product easy to use ,
      compact and strong strip box.
      light defuser not much of quality like the 60X60 Apollo soft box
      light stand nice, building quality is not made to last for long.

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      2.0

      Quality control issues

      By H La

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Flimsy

        Best Uses

          Comments about Westcott 16 x 30" Apollo Strip Speedlite Kit:

          A great idea and actually seemed very well made. The ribs are strong and flexible and don't feel they'll break if blown over by wind. Very impressed on first use - soft lighting with a great deal of control. However, on my 2nd shoot the umbrella didn't want to stay open and kept on closing. There's a problem with the catch not being stiff enough. Strategic placement of thin cardboard to support the catch is a fiddly solution but it's better than paying UPS to send it back. Next time, I'll consider the cheaper Chinese made products...

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          4.0

          Great value

          By Alan

          from Redmond, WA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Flimsy

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Portraits

          Comments about Westcott 16 x 30" Apollo Strip Speedlite Kit:

          Excellent strip bank for speedlights. As with all Westcott Apollo modifiers, the umbrella construction feels a bit on the flimsy side, but if you are primarily using this in the studio, you should have no problems with this. The kit with the stand and umbrella adapter is a great value.

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          5.0

          Great for lighting with speedlights

          By Photos by Greg

          from Frankfort

          About Me Pro Photographer

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Outdoors
            • Portraits

            Comments about Westcott 16 x 30" Apollo Strip Speedlite Kit:

            Great for lighting with speedlights. Comes with everything you need to get lighting except the speedlight. Great size for 3/4 length and torso portraits also works very nicely for product shots. I love how affordable and speedlight-friendly they are. The umbrella adapters that come with these kits are also very useful as they will take any size speedlight hotshoe. The setup is very lightweight and portable. The softbox itself folds into a closed umbrella. The only drawback I can find is that it is very difficult to see what my speedlight and radio slave settings are at the same time as there is only a side and bottom zipper opening. But this is my fault, if I labeled the slave units before putting them in I wouldn't have to look at them to remember what they are set at.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Apollo Strip

            By Justin

            from Sydney, NSW, Australia

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Indoors
              • Portraits

              Comments about Westcott 16 x 30" Apollo Strip Speedlite Kit:

              Apollo strip is great. In a word, easy. The only recomendation I could have to make the product even better is to have a better locking mechanism to grip the umbrella mount in better. Still, I have ordered another one so have no dramas reccomending the product.

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              5.0

              PERFECT COMPLEMENT W/APOLLO 28 OR ALONE!

              By INFINITYFoto

              from Charlotte, NC USA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Awesome Materials
              • Back'd by 2 awesome co's
              • Durable
              • Even lightingNo hotspot
              • Excellent Manufacturer
              • Great fillhairrim light
              • Great product for money
              • Horizon Vertical light
              • I love the soft light
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Just feels very light
              • Needs weight to hold down

              Best Uses

              • Low Light
              • Night Time
              • Outdoors
              • Portraits
              • SpeedlitersSpeedlighters
              • Strobist

              Comments about Westcott 16 x 30" Apollo Strip Speedlite Kit:

              When I purchased this item, I also bought an Apollo 28" Kit to make it possible to carry items in my car trunk that simulated a mini studio for me so I could be ready to photograph anything that might require me controlling my flash. My strobist/speedlighters' studio-in-a-box is awesome for me. I am able to keep everything together and I just grab my camera, flash and bag and go. Since purchasing this item I have had several opportunities to put it to use and I have to say it has not disappointed me. While I have tried it alone as a main/key light in some situations to learn what it is capable of, I have also used it as a fill/hair/rim light with the Westcott Apollo 28 Kit as the Main/Key light and I think it works GREAT. The way that it is packaged it is perfect for the get up and go situations. You cannot find me in my car without my Westcott Apollo Strip, Apollo 28, and my Westcott Apollo 43" Orb Speedlite Kit with camera and flash in tow. There is some form of peace in knowing that no matter what, I can still control the light no matter when or wherever I am. As always, I cannot thank B&H for the best in customer service, price, and incredible packaging. I KNOW when I order something from B&H that the contents of that package and my order are packed to withstand the trip it has to make. That peace of mind is worth so much these days! Thanks B&H!

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              5.0

              Perfect directional light source

              By Vangogh

              from Chnciago, IL

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attach Securely

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Indoors
                • Outdoors

                Comments about Westcott 16 x 30" Apollo Strip Speedlite Kit:

                Very good for directional light. This put the light exacly where I wanted to go.

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