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WestcottRapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit
 
4.6

(based on 29 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (20)
  • Attaches securely (11)
  • Durable (9)
  • Good color value (6)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (19)
    • Indoors (11)
    • General purpose (8)
    • Low light (8)
    • Outdoors (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (8), Semi-pro photographer (8), Pro photographer (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Consider whether you need the kit

    I'll review the softbox itself separately (on the page for the separate item), and focus here on whether you need the kit.There are basically two parts to that decision — the lightstand...Read complete review

    I'll review the softbox itself separately (on the page for the separate item), and focus here on whether you need the kit.There are basically two parts to that decision — the lightstand and the deflector plate.In short: the stand is not terrible. The plastic clips are a little flimsy and I'm a little worried about their long term use, but they're not horrible or falling right off (unlike some cheap gear I've gotten). The stand is light-duty, but appropriate for the weight of the rapid box plus a pretty decent-size flash. I didn't have any worries about putting it to full height and tipping the bracket downward — at least, indoors. Also, if you are space-constrained, you can use the legs at less than full extension to fit into a tighter space. That obviously makes it a bit less stable, but good enough in many situations.The deflector plate is another story. I've seen many comments calling this a basic necessity and lamenting that it isn't just included. It definitely *is* annoyingly overpriced at $[$]stand-alone, but if you are using this as a softbox, it produces a strong center shadow. For even light, what you need instead is a push-on (Sto-Fen type) diffuser for your flash (or, failing that, at least flip down the wide-angle panel). The deflector plate is really only for when you actually want to emulate a beauty dish.So, bottom line: if you're in need of a light-duty lightstand, this is a fine way to get it and you basically get the beauty dish deflector plate for free. Or alternately, if you want the deflector plate anyway, you get the stand for only about ten bucks more. But if you don't really want or need either, just get the softbox alone.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    looks better in print

    flimsy and cheap with mixed results,,there is no mystery to good light,, you get what you pay for

    flimsy and cheap with mixed results,,there is no mystery to good light,, you get what you pay for

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    5.0

    What I hoped for!

    By Pinto Portrait

    from Seattle, Wa

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Outdoors
      • Portraits

      Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

      Exactly what I hoped it would be. Great location light source for portraits.

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      4.0

      Nice quality of light

      By Mark

      from Mystic

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Good Color Value
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits

        Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

        The rapid box gives you a great quality of soft light. It is easy to set up and move around. I love it for portraits.

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        5.0

        Outstanding for on location

        By The badchek

        from Fairfax, VT

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Outdoors
          • Portraits

          Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

          All I can say is well made and wow is the light soft. The reflector does a great job of softening it. It's sturdy enough for me to use on locations and seems like it will hold up better than others I had used.

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          5.0

          great piece of gear

          By Trish the Dish

          from Atlanta GA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

                small and easy on location

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                4.0

                Nice, Easy, Diffuse Light

                By Eric1010

                from Seattle, WA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Low Light
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

                  Quick to setup. Easy to use.
                  Improves portraits by diffusing the flash.

                  Adjustable to work with lots of different flashes.

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                  5.0

                  Works as Promised

                  By Alice

                  from Phoenix AZ

                  About Me Pro Photographer

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                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Good Color Value

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Outdoors

                    Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

                    Super fast to put up. Works perfectly. I would buy one again. Love it!

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                    4.0

                    Great starter kit!

                    By Jay Fstop

                    from Fort Worth, TX

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Good Color Value
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

                      I decided to try this as my entry into off camera/studio lighting. I'm impressed by the quality of the kit. Was expecting the light stand to be cheaper. I'ts fairly sturdy, not the best, but better than what I expected.

                      Other than some experimental setups, I have only done one shoot with it. Indoors, and shooting head and shoulder shots. The results were great.

                      The wireless trigger I used went all the way up to the bracket before the flash was correctly postioned. If your trigger extends more than 2 1/2" from the front of your hotshoe, that could be a problem.

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                      3.0

                      looks better in print

                      By larryd

                      from brooklyn

                      About Me Pro Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Flimsy
                      • Harsh Color

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

                        flimsy and cheap with mixed results,,there is no mystery to good light,, you get what you pay for

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                        5.0

                        Great and reliable!

                        By BobbyY

                        from Potsdam, NY

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Great Quality of Light
                        • Quick set-up

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

                          I bought this kit as my first attempt at off-camera flash. I cannot express how great this product enhanced my photography. It is very quick to set up. The most convenient thing about this kit is that the speedlite is VERY easy to get to. It sits on the outside of the Rapid Box for easy access.

                          This is a great product for me and I would recommend it to anybody!

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                          4.0

                          Octa Speedlight

                          By Andrew

                          from Sneads Ferry, NC

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Attaches Securely
                          • Good Color Value
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Flimsy

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

                          Produces great soft light when used close to the subject. Stand is too light weight to prevent tipping over without sandbags but functions well as long as no lateral pressure is applied against it. Haven't tried with the beauty dish but a speedlight and dome diffuser works well to spread the light.

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                          5.0

                          BEAUTIFUL light!

                          By ArtBob

                          from Boulder, CO

                          About Me Pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Attaches Securely
                          • Durable
                          • Good Color Value
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • NONE

                          Best Uses

                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

                          Wow! The kit is a great deal and is about all you need to get fantastic portrait results. The "reflector" dish is the key.

                          Strongly recommend this product!

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                          3.0

                          Rapid box is good

                          By Rogelio

                          from Rancho

                          Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

                          Rapid Box is good but over priced, the light stand included in the kit is cheap, the beauty disk should be included in the original price as it is a necessity. overall size it's small.

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                          5.0

                          works great

                          By David

                          from Philadelphia PA

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                            Cons

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                                Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

                                I only have had the product for a few weeks. I use it for portraits. It has eliminated the problems that I was having controlling the light with just flash and a 8x12 on the flash soft box. Works paricularly well in removing shadows from glasses. I liked it so much that I bought and just received the 20 " rapid box with deflector. Seems very well built.

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                                5.0

                                Great bang for the buck, and then some!

                                By Photog1965

                                from Long Island, NY

                                About Me Pro Photographer

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                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use
                                • Great Value
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

                                  I recently purchased the 26" Rapid Box Octa Speedlight kit and I am glad I dit. Very easy to assemble, well made, but light weight, easy to use and most importantly, nice, soft, beautiful but directional light. Produces light similar to a soft box, but with the setup ease onf an umbrella. Compacts down into a very compact and carry-able travel case. Couldn't ask for more !

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                                  5.0

                                  great one

                                  By Hardik

                                  from gujarat, India

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

                                  its great for portrait photography where ever you travel.

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                                  5.0

                                  Compact and helps produce great images!

                                  By Scott

                                  from Knoxville, TN

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors
                                    • Low Light
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Special Events

                                    Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

                                    Great for taking portrait photos of my website clients.

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                                    5.0

                                    Easy, fast and excellent results

                                    By Randy

                                    from Fort Lauderdale, Fl

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Securely
                                    • Durable
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Long-Lasting

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • General Use
                                      • Low Light
                                      • Outdoors
                                      • Portraits

                                      Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

                                      I shoot a lot of models outside and was looking for quick set up to use as fill flash. I was amazed by the Westcott RapidBox. Set up was quick and easy, less than 2 minutes. The engineers at Westcott really know what a photogrpaher wants. And the results, I shoot my Canon 600 EX RT off camera with a TTL sync cord. The fill lighting is superb. I loved the results so much, I just ordered the XXL RapidBox. Highly recommend the Westcott products to everyone.
                                      Randy V. Canon 5DM3, 7D, 60D and a multitude of lenses

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                                      5.0

                                      FANTASTIC SPEEDLITE KIT BY WESTCOTT

                                      By FrankU

                                      from Wallingford, PA

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attaches Securely
                                      • Durable
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Indoors
                                        • Low Light
                                        • Portraits

                                        Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

                                        I am interested in taking indoor portraits and this is my first shot at it. I have used the Speedlite Kit all week and it is nothing short of great! It is of sturdy construction, simple to set up, easy to re-arrange and produces portraits like I have never had before. I have found absolutely nothing negative about it.

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                                        5.0

                                        Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit by West

                                        By Ryan

                                        from Philadelphia, PA

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Durable
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

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

                                          Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

                                          Great product by Wescott! Very good for on the go ,fast paced portraiture.

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                                          4.0

                                          Rapid Box 26" Octa Just Works

                                          By Mike

                                          from Centreville, VA

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Attaches Securely
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Portraits

                                            Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

                                            This product works very well for single or couple portraits. It provides attractive lighting for single speed light users. It is compact, lightweight and quick to set up. The Rapid Box is not large enough for sizable groups. It only accommodates one speedlight.

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