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 78 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (56)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (59)
    • Lightweight (58)
    • Durable (37)
    • Versatile (28)
    • Consistent output (20)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits (54)
      • Fill flash (25)
      • General purpose (18)
      • Outdoors (10)
      • Indoors (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (33), Pro photographer (29), Photo enthusiast (12)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      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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      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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                    5.0

                    Well made and easy set up

                    By The Big Kahuna

                    from Flat Rock, MI

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors
                      • Outdoors
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

                      Used for "on location" and studio portraits

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                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      Excellent Soft Light for Location Work

                      By Fred L

                      from Savannah, GA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Good Color Value
                      • Lightweight
                      • Long-Lasting

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors
                        • Outdoors
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

                        I purchased this unit based on other reviewers recommendations. My need was for a soft box for location work both inside and outside. My requirement is portability and ruggedness. The unit meets those requirements quite nicely. Set up is quick even thought adding the deflector plate, a must addition, requires an extra step but it attaches easily as does the front diffuser. Start to finish the Octa Softbox can be set up in about 5 minutes or less. The flash bracket positions the flash unit within the opening and once set up does not have to be adjusted again. I recommend keeping the flash bracket on the light stand and not packed with the octa box. Construction of the umbrella is robust but light. Fabric should take a lot of ware. The carrying pouch holds the octa box and deflector plate along with the diffuser cover. I keep stands, umbrellas, octa box and other odds and ends in a light stand carry bag. Camera bag and carry bag gives me a portable studio set up that is very compact.
                        Design wise it would be nice if the unit would fold up with the deflector plate in place and not require attaching it each time it is used. Also the attaching screw for the deflector plate is easy to loose.

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                        3.0

                        Not so great

                        By bartman

                        from San Francisco

                        About Me Pro Photographer

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                          Cons

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                              Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

                              Nicely made, pops upen quickly and folds flat. Sort of. First, after you pop it open, you've got to wrestle the diffusion cover onto it, which really kills the idea of a fast, one-piece soft box. Next, the bracket places the strobe head firing directly into a large metal bracket - which has to kill at least a half stop of power. It's not reflected, and it's bad design. Finally, after you've assembled the softbox, you get to screw on the bracket for the strob head. And they call it 'Rapid'. Not hardly.

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                              5.0

                              Amazing Lighting, great product

                              By wedphotog

                              from Atlanta

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Long-Lasting

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Low Light
                                • Outdoors
                                • Portraits
                                • Special Events

                                Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

                                I've used this light for my wedding portraits on location and it's been amazing. I just mount my SB-900 on there and start shooting. My photos are great and it's easy to assemble/take down. Couldn't have asked for a better more mobile light!

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                                5.0

                                Wescott Rapid Box

                                By kelly B

                                from wichita falls texas

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                • none

                                Best Uses

                                • Fill Flash
                                • General Use
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

                                Very portable and affordable. Light weight, easy to set up and use. Very versatile. Location work is a snap as is studio work.

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                                4.0

                                easy set up you'll use more often

                                By Jim S.

                                from San Diego CA

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Fill Flash

                                  Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

                                  Had it for a short time and so far excellent. Wish the reflector plate came with it. Another $ for it. Works great for a quick diffused light if your using it close.

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                                  5.0

                                  Quick Setup

                                  By Lightgear

                                  from Albany, GA

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Quick setup

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Fill Flash
                                    • General Use
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

                                    I use the OctaSoftbox for location shoots. It sets up quickly from its carrying pouch. Provides great lighting for outdoor shoots.

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                                    5.0

                                    Fast, handsome, usefull

                                    By Dom

                                    from Zurich, Switzerland

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Photojournalism
                                      • Portraits

                                      Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

                                      I use this for portraits on location (mostly politician and manager, they normally do not have a lot of time). I fixed a self-made adapter for Prophoto B1 Flash head, works great.

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                                      4.0

                                      To Much $$$ for its real value.

                                      By Sam

                                      from Las Vegas

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent Output
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Good To Walk With
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Fill Flash
                                        • General Use
                                        • Night Photography
                                        • Portraits

                                        Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

                                        Outdoor use for speedlight portrait use.
                                        Quick setup.
                                        Difuser should have some kind of velcro
                                        so it wont fly off with wind.It should
                                        come with a beauty dish for its prise.
                                        Umbrella wires are, ok but should be stronger.

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                                        5.0

                                        Excellent Modifer

                                        By Brandon Hensley

                                        from Dallas, TX

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Consistent Output
                                        • Durable
                                        • Easy To Use

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Fill Flash
                                          • Portraits

                                          Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

                                          Very pleased with this Beauty Box. Very good quality, doesn't feel flimsy at all. I will defiantly look at Westcott for other products as well.

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                                          5.0

                                          Love it

                                          By Becky

                                          from Lancaster, PA

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Portraits

                                            Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

                                            I'm new to using soft boxes and OCF, but this has been easy to use and very portable.

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                                            5.0

                                            Great deal, fast setup!

                                            By Ron

                                            from Charleston, SC

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Consistent Output
                                            • Durable
                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Versatile

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Fill Flash
                                              • General Use
                                              • Portraits

                                              Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

                                              Very fast to set up, and creates great soft light. Works really well in a studio or on location. Perfect for my work.

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                                              4.0

                                              Excellent product with one caveat

                                              By Archie

                                              from los angeles

                                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                              Verified Reviewer

                                              Pros

                                              • Consistent Output
                                              • Easy To Use
                                              • Lightweight
                                              • Versatile

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Fill Flash
                                                • Portraits

                                                Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox:

                                                My first large modifier (outside of rogue flash benders), I found the light from the 26" octa softbox to be soft and pleasing. I was looking for a beauty dish, settling for the plastic origami style one found from a site in the Philippines. While at a photo expo, I almost twisted my neck walking past the Westcott booth seeing this thing stare back at me. Its EXACTLY what I wanted: Large but portable beauty dish. The silver interior maximizes the output from a speedlight flash. The accessory deflector dish, a must, does the job of dispersing the light. The included front diffuser, quality mounting bracket and carrying bag bring tremendous value to this product. Together with the rapid strip box, you have tremendous creative lighting solutions from potentially inexpensive flash units.

                                                One Caveat I must warn all buyers. My unit after less than a year of light use started developing tears. Its not a defect or a sign of poor materials. Its the unfortunate reality that storing the removable mounting bracket with the folded rapid box in the carrying bag caused the damage. The culprit is the actual mounting screw. The entire mounting bracket is high quality, clean smooth finish. The mounting screw, understandably, is machined for utility, and as a result has a sharp finish to the tread. Its protrusion from the mounting bracket allows it to rub against the fabric of the rapid box when in transport, hence the damage.

                                                I do a lot of walking around with the kit, owing its portability to having it with me all the time. However that was just after two months of transport, with probably a total of 15-20 days of daily transport. As such I would store the mounting brackets outside the original case in the future. I just sent westcott an email about this and hope to hear their thoughts. As I said, its not a design flaw. I just question the wisdom of storing the heavy bracket with the umbrella for the above stated experience of friction causing premature wear. Also it a heavy bracket, and rubbing and bumping against the sturdy, but nonetheless bendable metal ribs of the umbrella part of the box is another concern.

                                                I still highly recommend this product to speedlight strobist, especially as their first light modifier. Its a breeze to install and use. You get immediate and high quality lighting out of the box. I recommend everyone get the $20 deflector dish to maximize the dispersion and diffusion quality of the light. The bracket is large enough to accommodate an esternal radio like a pocket wizard.

                                                As far as a wishlist: Considering the tight places one would perhaps use this, I suggest Westcott designing a grid for this and the rapid stripbox. For those using the rapid box as their old beauty dish, perhaps loops in the carrying case to tether a lightstand, but thats really being picky.

                                                However I do have to caution the new user to NOT store the bracket with the rapid box in the included storage case, or perhaps encase the bracket in its own padded bag an then in the case, to prevent the abrasion of the umbrella skin against the bracket screw. I hope westcott comes up with a solution to this otherwise outstanding product.

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