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Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox

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Product Highlights
  • Durable Framework
  • Heavy-duty Reflective Silver Interior
  • Soft and Evenly Reflected Light
  • Extremely Portable, Lightweight Design
  • Opens and Closes Like an Umbrella
  • Adjustable, Rotatable Tilt Bracket

The Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox lives up to its name by providing a soft quality of light for your shoe-mount flash that sets up and breaks down in a fraction of the time as most competitors. The box comes complete with a tilting 5/8" receiver stand mount/shoe mount/speed ring combo that disengages quickly from the box allowing it to close like an umbrella.

The 1.0 stop diffusion front face is removable revealing a highly reflective, high-output silver interior. You can soften the light further and defeat hotspots with the separate purchase of the optional 2030-DP Deflector Plate (BH # WE2030DP).

Robust and Durable
The Rapid Box's poles and speed ring are constructed from solid aluminum to minimize weight yet retain durability.
Quick Setup and Tear Down
The Rapid Box opens and closes like an umbrella. No support rods or adapter ring needed. Everything is compact and easy to use.
Sleek and Compact
With a shallow depth, the Rapid Box works in virtually any lighting situation. No matter which box you choose. The Rapid Box series is always compact.
Soft Even Lighting
A screw-in reflector plate will minimize any hot spot. The front diffusion material is the same quality as found on Westcott's current high-quality soft boxes.
Fully Adjustable Stand Bracket
The height and depth are adjustable and compatible with virtually all shoe-mounted flashes.
Utilize Your Speedlite Without the Need for Radio Triggers
External speedlight placement allows firing via built-in slaves and/or IR line-of-site.
Carry Case Included
Durable carry case with shoulder strap is included for simple transportation and storage.
Size 26" (66 cm)
Shape Octagonal
Compatibility Shoe-mount flash units
Removable Front Face Yes
Removable Interior Baffle No
Accepts Grids No
Requires Speed Ring No, provided
Dimensions 26" (66 cm) Diameter
Weight 2.4 lb (1.0 kg)
Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox
  • Rapid Box Skin
  • Diffusion Panel (1 Stop)
  • Adjustable Shoe Mount Tilter and Swivel Bracket
  • Compact Carry Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    WestcottRapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox
     
    4.7

    (based on 91 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (68)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (69)
    • Easy to use (67)
    • Durable (41)
    • Versatile (28)
    • Consistent output (20)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits (60)
      • Fill flash (25)
      • General purpose (22)
      • Outdoors (13)
      • Indoors (11)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (40), Pro photographer (33), Photo enthusiast (13)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (84)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      A great, sturdy light source on the road

      I am thoroughly impressed with both the build quality, ease of setup, and quality of light in this relatively small softbox style modifier, and using it as outdoor fill light is simply amazing...Read complete review

      I am thoroughly impressed with both the build quality, ease of setup, and quality of light in this relatively small softbox style modifier, and using it as outdoor fill light is simply amazing - both because it does a much much better job than any on-camera flash (including whatever modifier you think would be good for that) and it is super easy to move around and even hand hold while shooting.

      I actually easily manage to hold this with my left hand, while I shoot hand held on a gripped 5D mark III, and it makes for great lighting versatility.

      Obviously this is not huge light source, and the flashes you stick into the box are not exactly big monolights, but this thing does the job and then some whenever I am outdoors - hiking, at the street sport park, shooting into the sun, filling in shadows on portraits, etc.

      I got this with the Deflector Plate, which I highly recommend for an even more even spread of light through the diffuser, and it all fits neatly into the included bag.

      Stick this thing on a Quickstik or miniboom or whatever, and with an assistant at your side I'd say you could shoot a minimalistic but very capable location based array of portraits, lifestyle, etc. for a whole day and get away with it in fine style.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Pretty nice rig, but

      Will report the negatives first. It grinds me to have to order the $[$] deflector dish separately because I believe it to be a necessary component for the box as its designed...Read complete review

      Will report the negatives first. It grinds me to have to order the $[$] deflector dish separately because I believe it to be a necessary component for the box as its designed (minus 1 star). Secondly, mine came assembled upside down, see photo. That's clearly a quality control issue that Westcott needs to address (minus another star). If B&H works with me on this I will revise the rating.All that said, this 26" octa box is very nice. This is worst rating I ever gave something I really like, a lot. It's very well made, good materials, light weight, should be pretty durable. I would like to see the next version of this box come with an elastic sleeve (sort of like a silver garter belt) to snuggle around the opening where the flash head rests. Quite a bit of light washing back around the opening, particularly with the deflector dish in place. Again, that dish is essential AFAIC.All in all a very nice product I am sure to be satisfied with for quite a while.

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      5.0

      My must softbox

      By MiriamMoskovits

      from NY

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits

        Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

        I love the beautiful light I get when using this octa 26". Although I dislike carrying around lots of extra gear, I still really enjoy the results I get with this softbox- it makes it worthwhile.
        Works great with individuals, but I'd suggest a second somesort of softbox as a fill or kicker, because it may not evenly light a group of people, and cast some shadows.

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        5.0

        Easy to set up, great light quality

        By Harold

        from Boulder, CO

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Headshots
          • Portraits

          Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

          Its a very nice portable beauty dish / softbox that sets up and takes down very quickly and comes with a nice carry case. The reflector disc seems like a necessary part, seems strange that it sells separately and that it costs as much as it does.

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          5.0

          Very Portable, Fast and Easy to Setup

          By jimk

          from Orlando, Florida

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Outdoor portraits
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

            If you shoot on location this is a must have softbox! It is fast and easy to setup and once you set it up it is easy to have an assistant carry it from scene to scene.. It can be placed on a small portable light stand and weighted down with sand bags and be used without an assistant. Or you can mount it to a hand held pole so that your VAL ( voice activated light stand a.k.a. assistant) can position it easily. Traveling with it is convenient since it come with a carry bag that is as well built as the soft box itself. It also comes with a defuser which creates a very soft light. We traveled to Barcelona Spain and used this unit though out the city and it stood up to our use and sometimes abuse. It can double as a beauty dish when you ad the accessory center plate which comes optional. I would recommend punching this along with this unit.

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            5.0

            Great softbox

            By Tom R

            from Augusta ga

            Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

            Very portable, super easy to set up and provides great light. This little softbox acts bigger than it is. It creates very nice even light. Breaking down simply and quickly makes it a fantastic modifier to bring on an engagement shoot or portrait session. Highly recommended.

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            5.0

            I'm very happy with my rapid box

            By Francesco

            from Genoa, Italy

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

              This product has a very good structure, right size to be easily carried around

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              5.0

              Amazing little package

              By Rob

              from Pekin, IL

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

                This is such a great idea and a great product! I love how portable it is. Folds up and sets up very quickly. The fact you get a bag with it is a bonus, so glad they don't make you buy it seperate like some other companies do. Overall, it's perfect for quick set ups, light weight and give you beautiful light. Wish the diffuser dish came with it though. I noticed the 20" version has it in the package. Seems you could have thrown it in with this one no problem, given the fact that you are spending more money on this version. But, not a deal breaker for me. The bracket is metal, which should be a standard that every company should follow! Still very pleased, can't wait to see the new ones!

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                4.0

                Love it

                By Christina

                from Los Gatos, CA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos

                  Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

                  I have used it 3 times, and it works very well. I am still fine-tuning using flash for my outdoor portraits, but this softbox is a winner.

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                  5.0

                  Rapid Light

                  By Photography1001

                  from Beer Sheva, Israel

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Pack
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

                    Mostly use it outside with my canon flash. This octa produces pleasant light. It is ti carry and easy to setup on the field.

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                    5.0

                    Cool Little Softbox

                    By cglawrence

                    from Newtown Square, PA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Portrait
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

                      Really like this little light accessory. It's a cross between an umbrella and a softbox. Easy to pop open or fold up. Great little device. Perfect for any kind of on-the-go portrait work you might be doing.

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                      5.0

                      Amazing!

                      By MichaelAlbany

                      from Philadelphia

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Great control
                      • Lightweight
                      • Powerful
                      • Very High Quality

                      Cons

                      • I Only Own 1 So Far

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

                      I have typically avoided Wescott light modifiers because of price. That was my first mistake. This Octa Sofbox is my go to modifier now. The light is perfect, Soft but directional, bright but not harsh, Amazing! Its lightweight, quick to setup and breakdown and fits in my lighting bag with ease. Perfect.

                      My second mistake was using a rebate I had on this Wescott. Now I am addicted to Wescott. Beware, it's like those potato chips. I bet you can't have just one.

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                      5.0

                      Extreme Portability

                      By dnorton618

                      from Bear, DE

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Long-Lasting

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Indoors
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

                        This softbox is extremely portable, very important for me since all I use are SpeedLites. Opens up easily and stays put. Very well constructed, will last a long time and take a beating. Excellent light output. Comes with everything you would need; carrying case, tripod mount and the diffuser is so easily installed and stays put. Wonderful product!

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                        5.0

                        WESTCOTT RAPID BOX 26

                        By JUAN

                        from South FL.

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Durable
                        • Good Color Value
                        • Lightweight
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

                          It is fast to set up light weight it worked great I have a nice size Light Stand Bag and it fit in nicely with stands . Does the same as a normal Dish put easier to carry around. Most of my shots are on location.

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                          5.0

                          compact softbox

                          By Cawley Photography

                          from Bayard, NE

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Securely
                          • Durable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Long-Lasting

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

                            Just got this and love it. Quick set up. There was no hassle with having to put the bracing in, it is already done just have to adjust the support in back and snap into place. When set up on the stand it makes a good medium size softbox. I really cannot find anything bad about this product. Westcott puts out great lighting products. The size is nicely compact and the travel bag makes it easy to carry and to put away.

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                            4.0

                            Great little octabox/ beauty dish

                            By Wedding Photographer

                            from Toronto, ON.

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Outdoors
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

                                The good:Great for fast setups. Seem to be built pretty solid and does not feel cheaply made. Produces nice soft light. Easy to use. Comes with a carrying case.The mediocre:Even being a "rapid box", I find that I keep the flash bracket part extended out and sticking out of the bag - saves even a few more seconds during setup but a bit cumbersome to carry or strap onto your main camera case as it weight one side of the bag down. Without the diffusion panel, the light is horrible, so make sure you throw on the diffusion panel for soft, even light...The bad:Not much really - but it definitely should come with the "beauty dish" plate...seems silly to have to buy that separately...

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                                5.0

                                Great Quality Portable Softbox

                                By SLPhoto

                                from Harrisburg, PA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Securely
                                • Durable
                                • Lightweight
                                • Long-Lasting
                                • Powerful

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

                                  Pros:
                                  Soft Light
                                  Lightweight
                                  Portable
                                  Great Size

                                  Cons:
                                  A few pieces making it a little more complex to setup and tear down multiple times
                                  Easier to just keep ready to go for an event/wedding
                                  Back mounting bracket very tight, had to lossen with a screwdriver

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                                  4.0

                                  Rapid Box Octa 26 Nice Light

                                  By Six6five5

                                  from Atlanta

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Securely
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Use
                                    • Indoors
                                    • Outdoors
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Special Events

                                    Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

                                    Excellent delivery time. Easy setup and good quality product that allows your speedlite to create a wrap around light rather than the harsher light speedlites cause.It put out a harsher light without diffuser. But
                                    with deflector plate and diffuser very soft light.

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                                    3.0

                                    Portable beauty dish

                                    By Black Russian

                                    from NYC

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Beautiful Light
                                    • Easy to assemble
                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Portable

                                    Cons

                                    • Flimsy
                                    • Weak

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors
                                    • Outdoors
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

                                    Love it for its capability to become portable beauty dish. However, in my opinion, it is overpriced, and has somewhat flimsy build. I wouldn't even try to use it in windy weather anymore, because I know it will be broken if it falls on the ground. It did happened with first one that I had. For that reason I'm knocking off 1 star.Charging $[$] for deflector plate that eventually turns it into portable beauty dish is a highway robbery! It should be included in the kit in first place. And as separate piece definitely shouldn't cost more than $10! For that reason I'm knocking off 1 more star.Aside from stated above negative parts, it produces beautiful lighting, and its comes as close as possible to being portable beauty dish on the (relative) cheap. If I had to give rating only based on quality of light it produces, portability and easy of use - it definitely will have 5 stars from me. It was reason I bought 2nd, even when first broke after only using it 4 times!

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                                    5.0

                                    My new love.....

                                    By Lightchaser

                                    from Cedar City, Utah

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Securely
                                    • Durable
                                    • Good Color Value
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Long-Lasting
                                    • Powerful

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

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

                                      Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

                                      I am a lastolite guy, all my soft boxes, reflectors. But when I saw this it no questions asked it is exactly what I have been wanting octa shape, beauty dish and soft box all in one and the dish helps distribute the light so much better, very portable and durable. The engineering is spectacular, set up is a cinch but just make sure you buy the dish it is sold separately. It comes in one of the other kits but you don't get the awesome bag that comes with this one. I will definitely be buying the bigger one as well.

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                                      4.0

                                      Great Softbox!!!!

                                      By Will

                                      from Dallas,TX

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Indoors
                                        • Outdoors
                                        • Portraits

                                        Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

                                        Great tool for off camera flash. Results are very soft!

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                                        5.0

                                        Rapid it is

                                        By Stu

                                        from Kochistan

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attaches Securely
                                        • Durable
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Outdoors
                                          • Portraits
                                          • Special Events

                                          Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

                                          This sets up and breaks down very quickly. It will work very well for seniors and 2 or 3 people since speedlites are not Profoto B1s (but nothing matches B1s). It works best with the deflector plate which I highly recommend that you purchase with this softbox. If you do location shooting this item is extremely handy.

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