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Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12"

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Product Highlights

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

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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.

UPC: 817967002677
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)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.3 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 17.5 x 10.5 x 1.0"
Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12"
  • Carry Case
  • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    WestcottPocketbox Max - 8 x 12"
     
    4.3

    (based on 100 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (50)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (30)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (75)
    • Easy to use (69)
    • Durable (22)
    • Packs small / compresses (19)
    • Versatile (19)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (6)
    • Difficult to use (3)

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (42)
    • Fill flash (37)
    • General purpose (31)
    • Night photography (14)
    • Family photos (12)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (33), Semi-pro photographer (31), Pro photographer (18), Casual photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (81)

    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.

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    3.0

    Not bad, all things considered

    By BGilbertSound

    from Chattanooga TN

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • inexpensive

    Cons

    • Not Easy To Mount

    Best Uses

    • Flash Diffuser
    • Macro Photography

    Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

    Buy this for what it is... an inexpensive diffuser... but don't expect miracles. I use mine to mount on a small LED light to give me a broader source. It worked, but only after enlarging the opening for the flash. It would probably work better on a Speedlight. It could use more/better mounting options and velcro. It comes with a single elastic strap, which isn't enough to really secure it. But it wasn't very expensive and it does what it's supposed to, so I'm satisfied on the whole.

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    5.0

    Great Soft box

    By DiverLou

    from Louisville, KY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

      You can't beat this one for the price. This is about as large a softbox that you want on an on camera flash and as good as you're going to get as far as softening flash to give a more even light. The elastic Velcro strap attaches quickly and securely and the box is fairly rigid for a unit that folds flat for storage and travel. I also bought the smaller version. Really great in situations where bounce is impossible. Would also work well for light stand applications. Would definitely recommend.

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      5.0

      Nice for the price!

      By StephE

      from Fargo ND

      Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

      Works well for the price. It's a little hard to velcro on the speedlight though.

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      5.0

      big soft box

      By Guy geva art

      from Israel

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Reliable
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Studio

      Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

      It is a BIG soft box on a small flash. so the flash need to "leg" to seat on
      But the light can b control so well that I did furniture with it

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      3.0

      Useful

      By Beez

      from Long Island NY

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

        Good product for what it is. Doesn't hold it's shape that well and the velcro attachment strap is a little mickey mouse in execution but, it serves its purpose in the field if you're shooting with off camera flash and you don't want to lug a lot of stuff with you.

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        5.0

        Great fit on Yongnuo YN560 IV speedlite

        By hiprophoto

        from Honolulu, Hawaii

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

            Fits well on a Yongnuo YN560 speedlite. Easy to put on and stays in position. Gives nice even illuminatino. Folds up completely flat and can be stored in the included pouch.

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            5.0

            Excellent portable softbox

            By Re Viewer

            from Massachusetts

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

              Use it as a fill light at the foot of event speakers and around machinery for product shots. Just about the optimum size, balancing light softness with unobtrusiveness and portability. Integrated "Velcro" strap and firm cloth aperture for the speedlight makes it very easy and quick to mount and dismount from the speedlight, much better than some other popular brands, so you can look professional while mounting it. Quality of material is good, not just milky plastic. Strong enough to retain shape when I drape cloth over it occasionally. I might just try it at my next round of table shots at an event, dropping a joke about the size will gather a few smiles, and the easy-on-the-eyes light diffusion will win hearts and minds and flatter their chins. Folds flat, has a very sturdy zipper bag.

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              5.0

              Wonderful

              By amysheppardphoto

              from Hayden, ID

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

                This product has proven to be useful while shooting single subjects to multiple subjects. It filters and softens the light perfectly. Well constructed material as well as a nice carry case to make for easy storage.

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                5.0

                Great for portrait

                By faithjuliana

                from New York

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Portrait

                  Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

                  I use it mainly for portrait lighting with my off camera flash. It's a nice size to hold it close to your subject while you shoot.

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                  2.0

                  Not worth the effort

                  By Really not cranky

                  from Metro DC

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Difficult to Use

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

                    The Pocketbox Max is fine for a small softbox mounted to a speedlight. It is very awkward to install however. I am used to the quick installation of LumiQuest products with either the adhesive Velcro or the improved Velcro ultrastrap. I'll probably not use this often since convenience was the whole point.

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                    4.0

                    good value but the effects are not that great

                    By sam

                    from pa

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Pack
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

                        They are good but due to the size the output is not that great. It is definitely not the quality of the product but if it was slightly bigger it would have helped more.

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                        3.0

                        Works

                        By Chip

                        from San Jose, CA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Pack
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

                          Nice cheap soft box for flash

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                          5.0

                          Nice softbox

                          By JZ

                          from Posen IL

                          Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

                          Works great with speedlights. Good price and value.

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                          5.0

                          good

                          By jorge398

                          from miami

                          Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

                          i like the photos now big difference

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                          3.0

                          A value product

                          By Dave

                          from Massillon, OH

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Pack
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Weak Construction

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

                          Compact to carry, a little loose on the fit. It sags a little, but with fussing it can be made to fit squarely on the flash. Difusses very well. Fo the price it's a good buy.

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                          3.0

                          You pay for what you get

                          By Grant

                          from Washington the State

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Pack
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Difficult to Use

                          Best Uses

                          • Travel

                          Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

                          This box is a bargain at $, but could be better. The attachment scheme to the flash is OK once you piggy it into place. But once you do, the box is floppydiddle on the flash head. Once attached, if you try to straighten it up so it sits square on the flash head, you'll pull it off for sure. Rinse and repeat. If you do get it squared up, it works great. It is a bargain unit, but I expected a little more from Wescott. Not sure what product manager approved this product, but they should be reassigned. If the box had just a little more structure, it would be fine

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                          4.0

                          Functional

                          By asharpe

                          from Palo Alto, CA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Pack
                          • Functional
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • A Little Saggy
                          • Short Strap

                          Best Uses

                          • Nature

                          Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

                          I use this in conjunction with a Yongnuo 560 IV to take close photographs of cactus in the field. The velcro strap that wraps around the flash to hold it is quite tight on the 560 flash, but it does barely reach, and is certainly secure when it does. The box itself has a tendency to flatten and sag a bit, but its really not too bad. Someday, perhaps, someone will think about putting wire struts inside this sort of box to have it keep its shape better, and still be able to collapse. At any rate, I think this will work fine. As far as durability, well, I haven't used it long enough.

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                          4.0

                          nice size for on-camera flash unit

                          By "JR"

                          from Jacksonville, FL

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Pack
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12":

                            The elastic strap with velcro works pretty well in attaching to the flash unit.
                            The "frame work" of black nylon(?) collapses in just a bit; considering how I might get it to bow out rather than in, may blow some air into the box.
                            Comes with a black fabric carry bag.

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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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