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Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12"

You Pay: $19.90
Product Highlights
  • Softens Direct Flash
  • Wide Beam Spread
  • Use on or off Camera
  • Defeats Redeye
  • Ideal for Fill Light

The Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12" is an ideal way to turn your shoe-mount into a portable studio-type light while considerably softening its output and eliminating red eye and harsh shadows. The rectangular shape yields a wide beam spread which is great for portraiture while the size is ideal for a tabletop product or food photography. The PocketBox Max sets up in seconds and is compatible with any shoe-type or small flash head, whether you're using it on or off camera. Wedding photographers will find it useful as a second or fill light in multiple light setups. The PocketBox Max features a silver interior to maximize your flash's power, as well as a removable diffusion panel for even output.

Size 8 x 12" (20.3 x 30.5 cm)
Shape Rectangle
Compatibility Any small flash
Removable Front Face No
Removable Interior Baffle Yes
Accepts Grids No
Requires Speed Ring No
Dimensions 8 x 12 x 1" (20.3 x 30.5 x 2.54 cm)
Weight 0.2 lb (0.09 kg)
Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12"
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  • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    WestcottPocketbox Max - 8 x 12"
     
    4.3

    (based on 82 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (41)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (27)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (61)
    • Easy to use (59)
    • Durable (22)
    • Versatile (19)
    • Consistent output (14)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (5)

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (42)
    • Fill flash (37)
    • General purpose (31)
    • Night photography (14)
    • Photojournalism (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (27), Semi-pro photographer (27), Pro photographer (13), Casual photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (68)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Light-weigh, Collapsible, Wonderful

    I have had this unit now for several months and wanted to hold off on the review until I had a chance to thoroughly test it out. Most reviewers have already covered the basics...Read complete review

    I have had this unit now for several months and wanted to hold off on the review until I had a chance to thoroughly test it out. Most reviewers have already covered the basics so I am going to mention the less obvious features. First and probably most important is that it comes with a built in elastic & Velcro(hook and loop) strap. No need to buy extra stuff just to use the product as intended! Secondly, there are TWO diffusers in this product. The primary(non-removable) 8x12 panel on the face, and a smaller(optional) internal diffuser which is stitched to one of the side walls. When you want to soften the image even more you can attach the internal diffuser fabric inside the unit using the built in Velcro tabs. Note: This will require you to remove the Pocketbox from the flash head to do so, it will also eat up about another stop of light. One un-expected bonus is the included carrying pouch. Nothing super fancy, just a zippered (Nylon?) pouch to keep the white diffuser panel clean when in the field...pun intended.

    I have experienced 2 drawbacks, but they are not deal breakers in my book. I can only confirm these issues with the Canon 430exII speedlites. First, when using the flash on the cameras hot shoe pointed forward the lower edge of the Pocketbox will block the auto focus assist beam in low light conditions. This is not a huge issue for me as I mostly use the PB on my off camera flash units. Secondly, using the same 430exII's I have a hard time getting the flash to stay in a 45 degree (slightly upward) angle. The weight of the PB causes the flash head to drop.

    Overall, the unit does a great job for what it was designed for: an affordable, light-weigh, collapsible diffuser designed specifically for speedlites. It does a great job softening harsh shadows & eliminating hot spots, and depending on the operator it can greatly improve the look of your photos(especially when used off camera). I bought one as a test, and I will be buying more soon!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    a decent lightbox.

    Pros:
    - Once the second diffusion panel is properly adjusted, the light box diffuses light as it should.

    - The softbix weighs very little and folds flat, making it quite...Read complete review

    Pros:
    - Once the second diffusion panel is properly adjusted, the light box diffuses light as it should.

    - The softbix weighs very little and folds flat, making it quite portable.

    Cons:
    - The second diffusion layer is, by default, attached to the left side of the inside of the softbox as opposed to running across the middle. The instructions do not mention it despite it being necessary to achieve results that aren't mediocre.

    - The soft box is very flexible and quite bug, which makes getting it into the perfect position and having it hold its shape is rather difficult.

    - The main diffusion layer is not recessed into the soft box. This design will not allow you to focus the diffused light ten a way that is possible with other soft boxes (the lastolite boxes, for example)

    Conclusion:
    Though not without faults, this is a cheap soft box that diffuses light reasonably well and fits into my bag, achieving its intended purpose.

    Reviewed by 82 customers

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    5.0

    Good Product

    By Documentorian

    from Orlando, FL Area

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Pack
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Portraits
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

      Not much detail I can say about this rig. Does what it's supposed to and for a great price etc... Little too big to use on camera, but I wasn't going for that anyway so for me, no issue there.

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      4.0

      Functional

      By JTS

      from Uniondale,NY

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Pack
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

        Spreads light evenly. Folds up seamlessly and is easy to store. I wish they had made the elastic band slightly longer because it is a slight struggle to wrap around a Vivitar285. Other than that a great product.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Exactly what I need

        By dr_oplet

        from Hawthorne, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Pack
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight
        • Mobile

        Cons

        • Size With On-camera Flash

        Best Uses

        • Portreits

        Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

        This is what I really needed and finally got it. I use it with my off-camera Speedlite and TTL-cable so I can control light and it becomes soft and makes pictures much better looking.It is not very comfortablу to use with on-camera flash besause of its size.So if you want to make light softer and your pictures better looking and don't want to carry big softbox or unbrella with you -- this Pocketbox is your choice.And thanks to Westcott's high quality. As usual.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Excellent Product Great Price.

        By jwlewisii

        from Livonia Michigan

        Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

        This softbox works great on my speedlite. Ideal size for portability without breaking the bank.

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        2.0

        Not the best option, but folds flat

        By Creative Jedi

        from Des Moines, Iowa

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Pack
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Difficult to Use
        • Unreliable
        • Weak Construction

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos

        Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

        Not much structure to this box. Is pretty flimsy to install on the flash and not very stable in use. Look around at some others before buying this one. The price is appealing, but not easy to use.

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        4.0

        Nice Portable Softbox

        By BobD

        from Louisville, KY

        Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

        Great portable Softbox for wedding shoots. Fits perfectly on my Canon 600EX-RT.

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        5.0

        Excellent

        By Dan

        from Dallas

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

        This has been a constant companion on my shoots, it is quite portable and adds very little weight to my camera kit, my only complaint is that it to large to properly fit in my camera bag.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Awesome

        By mpm

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Pack
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

          Great for wedding portrait with nikon SB 800 light and portable for shooting quick set ups during wedding. Folds up and fits in my camera bag pouch.

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          5.0

          Nice little softbox

          By Popper

          from New Jersey

          Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

          Well made, easy to use softbox. Attaches to flash easily. Folds up and stores in it's own little storage case. Works as advertised.

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          5.0

          A must have

          By Mikey Photo

          from Northport, NY

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Pack
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

            It's light, easy to use, and produces nice soft light.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Works well in a pinch

            By Ross-man

            from Texas

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Pack
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Travel

              Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

              This device is a nice addition to my SB-910 when I carry around the umbrellas, etc. Helps to soften while using the flash and the best part is that it is portable. Fits perfectly in my backpack's laptop section...

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              • Yes

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              4.0

              I bought one for a friend

              By Don

              from Cinti OH

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

                  Works very well to give soft, even lighting, does what is expected. No red eyes! The only draw back is it is somewhat cumbersome to put on flash, it slides.

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                  5.0

                  Perfect for small shoots & on the go

                  By Matt M.

                  from NYC

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

                    The Pocketbox is great because it fits in my bag and I can bring it with me where ever I go. Obviously it's small and you need to place it in the perfect spot to get the best results but it's definitely worth it if you're on the go.

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                    2.0

                    not what I expected

                    By Susu Mac

                    from Philadelphia PA

                    Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

                    Shipped out fast, but I thought it would be more sturdier

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                    5.0

                    Good useful product!

                    By Charlie

                    from San Antonio,TX

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast Recycling
                    • Lightweight
                    • Powerful Output
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash
                      • General Use
                      • Night Photography
                      • Photojournalism
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

                      I use it with my canon speedlite flash light and pocket wizard,it is connected to a boom.So my assistant can hold it for me standing next to the model.I can get pretty good quality of shadows when I shoot portraits.

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                      4.0

                      Good price for a good product!

                      By Doki

                      from Ocala, Florida

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Flash
                        • General Use
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

                        Easy to set-up & use. Fits my Canon Speedlight 580 EX II.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Nice soft light

                        By wobblerite

                        from Sacramento

                        Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

                        This soft box works well if you remember to place the baffle in its working position. I have used on a Nikon SB800. Slightly tricky to put on but yields a nice soft light

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                        3.0

                        Not 8x12

                        By PhotoG

                        from Seattle, WA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors

                          Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

                          This product is ok, but not a lot of softening by my eye. The size of the white surface is only 6.5 x 10.75, not the 8x12 they advertise. Even to the most outside edges it is 1/2" short on each dimension. Not sure what they used for a ruler.

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                          3.0

                          Not what i expected

                          By Eric LBZ

                          from Long Beach CA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Hard To Retain Shape

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash
                          • General Use
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

                          Attached to a Speedlight to soften the light. Bigger than i thought.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Quick little box

                          By LWink

                          from McMurray, PA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

                                It could be a little more sturdy, so 4 stars. It may move around a tiny bit if it's not cinched down tightly. What this is good for is always keeping in a flat pocket of a camera bag so I have a little softbox when I want it, when I'm not carrying all the other gear I sometimes have. This saved the day for me once already.

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