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WestcottApollo Speedlight Set
 
4.4

(based on 182 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (97)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (69)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (151)
  • Reliable (74)
  • Easy to set up (72)
  • Consistent (43)
  • Easy to use (36)

Cons

  • Short lifespan (7)
  • Flimsy (5)
  • Not durable (4)
  • Unreliable (4)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (141)
  • Photography (77)
  • Strobe lighting (57)
  • Artificial lighting (49)
  • Weddings (41)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (65), Pro photographer (38), Photo enthusiast (21), Semi-professional (19), Enthusiast (15)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (102), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Extremely portable with great results!

As a professional interiors photographer I use multiple off-camera flash (speedlights) on a daily basis - I usually bounce my lights off walls or reflectors and I sometimes use basic modifiers like shoot through...Read complete review

As a professional interiors photographer I use multiple off-camera flash (speedlights) on a daily basis - I usually bounce my lights off walls or reflectors and I sometimes use basic modifiers like shoot through umbrellas. Recently I was asked to shoot a large corporate headshot session for a major university. With that said, I wanted to purchase some softboxes to use with my flashes. I wanted something that was easy to transport, easy to setup and something that provided nice soft light. After much research I decided on the Apollo softboxes and strips. After shooting 50+ headshots using a 4 light setup I can say that they delivered the results I was after! The only concern I have is when the boxes are tilted the flash gets very close to the back which makes the light a little harder - to overcome this I simply put a Stofen diffuser on each flash and the light was big and soft. Sure it costs me a stop of light but it's worth it! Bottom line; if you need a softbox that's easy on your wallet and big on results pick up some Apollo's!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

i would not recommend this products

i recently purchased and then returned the speedlight kit. what i did not light was the design of it...if you need to change the settings of your flash you have to reach...Read complete review

i recently purchased and then returned the speedlight kit. what i did not light was the design of it...if you need to change the settings of your flash you have to reach in and practically dissemble the unit to change flash settings or know your flash settings/buttons so well that you can reach in and do it without looking at the flash. i also didn't like that you could not adjust/pivot the softbox much. if you want to angle it down at the subject the shaft of the umbrella pretty much prevents you from being able to do this...also, it's not super easy to "open" the umbrella - the shaft kept wanting to slip out of place...i ended up getting a no name brand softbox at a local store...the flash is mounted to ring bracket such that the flash is "outside" the softbox and you can EASILY change & see your buttons/settings...i do everything manual and it's important that i can quickly and easily dial up and down the strength of the flash settings... and the replacement softbox i bought is *truly* portable...it folds down like a 5in1 reflector and fits in a pouch with a zipper that's not much bigger than a fanny pack...so for location work and quick and easy assemble and flexibility there are definitely better options on the market...

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5.0

Paired with Halo by Westcott

By RK

from MA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Westcott Apollo Speedlight Set:

      Used for portraiture and group photos both indoors and outdoors. Easy and quick to store, set up, and transport. Set up on 026 lightstand and small boom.

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      • No

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      5.0

      great little softbox

      By paparexi

      from baltimore md

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Artificial Lighting
        • Portraits
        • Strobe Lighting

        Comments about Westcott Apollo Speedlight Set:

        I bought this b/c B&H had it for sale for [$] with the adapter (which cost $25 alone) I have used it for clamshell lighting and as a fill light. The box just fits my 580EXII with a pocket wizard flex. Its a great softbox to travel with.

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        4.0

        Big soft light

        By ShotByJacob

        from East Bay

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Artificial Lighting
          • Photography
          • Portraits
          • Strobe Lighting
          • Weddings

          Comments about Westcott Apollo Speedlight Set:

          The light area is huge and therefore great for soft portrait light. Lightweight and easy to setup. Since it is so large it can get toppled over in a not so strong breeze easily. I tied my pack to my light stand that seems to do the trick. Older gens had a metal support structure, this one uses fiberglass.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Just the right size

          By BostonTennisAce

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Artificial Lighting
            • Photography
            • Portraits

            Comments about Westcott Apollo Speedlight Set:

            The 28" Appollo softbox to me is the ideal portable light modifier. The size gives good light coverage without being unwieldy outdoors and it operates very easily like an umbrella. Once you get set up the speedlite is inside and not easily reachable, but I decided to work with the Canon transmitter on my camera and that makes it easy to change settings on the speedlite.

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            4.0

            good light source

            By Images On The Fly

            from British Columbia, Canada

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Photography
              • Portraits
              • Weddings

              Comments about Westcott Apollo Speedlight Set:

              For the money this is not a bad setup and it works like a charm.

              The only draw-back, as mentioned by others, is the zipper-entry for the light stand. The zipper is constructed as such that tilting the softbox on the stand is limited.

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              3.0

              good but could be sturdier

              By sil the shooter

              from miami, fl

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • A little flimsy

              Best Uses

              • Photography
              • Portraits
              • Strobe Lighting

              Comments about Westcott Apollo Speedlight Set:

              These softboxes are super portable and useful for on location shooting but they really could be built a little bit sturdier.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Nice softbox and umbrella clamp

              By blue fox

              from dallas - fort worth, texas, usa

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Photography
                • Portraits

                Comments about Westcott Apollo Speedlight Set:

                I'm actually using this softbox with a reversed 160 LED light in my home studio. Due to space requirements, I'm trying to soften my light without resorting to independent diffusion panels. This softbox is working for me. I'm actually surprised a how much softer the light becomes before installing the built-in diffuser panel. And with the diffuser installed, he light is softened even more.

                This one has worked well enough that I'm going to get a second one.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Incredible support by FJWestcott

                By Hieneken

                from Salt Lake City UT

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Artificial Lighting
                  • Commercial
                  • Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Product
                  • Sports
                  • Strobe Lighting
                  • Weddings

                  Comments about Westcott Apollo Speedlight Set:

                  Perfect for studio or run 'n gun field work. Love the ease of use, quick setup, quality of light, and versatility. I use these with everything from speedlights, mono's, and spiderlites. The newer (fiberglass) versions are even more dynamic with the ability to add a grid and are also more durable.

                  On top of being a quality product, FJWestcott blew my expectations away when I sent my old Apollo's in for modification (retrofit) to work with their 40 degree grids. All I can say is, what an amazing customer experience. I've got several of their products (umbrellas, backdrops, and more than a few apollo products), and now they've got a loyal FJWestcott customer for life. I feel obligated to share with others not because of the personal service treatment, but to reassure anyone considering their products that they firmly stand behind their offerings and provide unbelievable service/support. Save yourself the time and hassle and just go FJWestcott. Kudos to their team for the exceptional customer treatment.

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                  4.0

                  Good for quick shoots

                  By mmhood

                  from Maryland

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Strobe Lighting

                    Comments about Westcott Apollo Speedlight Set:

                    I use it for portraits mainly.
                    Easy to set up soft pleasing light with control on spill.
                    piviting it up and down is limited with just a basic umbrella holder.

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                    4.0

                    Great starter kit!

                    By Tuc8

                    from Tucson, az

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Artificial Lighting
                      • Photography
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Westcott Apollo Speedlight Set:

                      I recently purchased this kit for a street photography project I'm working on.
                      The light produced fulfills my vision. The light box is durable and sets up in less than a minute. Great value!

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                      5.0

                      Fantastic Product

                      By SAndrade Images

                      from San Diego, Ca

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Tilting Limitation

                      Best Uses

                      • Artificial Lighting
                      • Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Strobe Lighting
                      • Weddings

                      Comments about Westcott Apollo Speedlight Set:

                      I am a professional photographer who does a lot of on location shoots. I like to travel light yet have all the tools I need to get that shot. I carry several speedlights, umbrellas, lightstands, softboxes and now the Apollo 28" softbox. I am amazed with the portability, fast set up time and the amazing soft light it gives. This product in conjunction with the new grid is awesome tool to have and sets up in seconds. The Apollo features like the extra large fins (edges) allow you to feather the light and keep the light from spilling where you don't want it. I will be buying the larger 50" next so I can put 3 speedlights inside for some amazing Sunset portraiture.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Love it!

                      By Hope Ann Photography

                      from Colorado Springs, CO

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Short Lifespan

                      Best Uses

                      • Artificial Lighting
                      • Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Strobe Lighting
                      • Weddings

                      Comments about Westcott Apollo Speedlight Set:

                      I have always used an Apollo speedlight for my portrait sessions since it adds some great light quality where ever I chose to shoot! I quickly bought a new one when it got stepped on during a posing class! I love the new design without the metal in the umbrella so if it does fall over or get stepped on... I may be able to still save it ;) The umbrella gives off beautiful soft light and works amazing with my speedlight!

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great addition for your speedlite

                      By SGTRUE

                      from Tucson, AZ

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Artificial Lighting
                        • Photography
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Westcott Apollo Speedlight Set:

                        I wanted a soft box, which was portable for outside shots. This is a perfect addition to your speedlite for adding fill-light to those outside portraits. I have a Canon 600ex-rt and I was pleased with the combined results.

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                        5.0

                        Extremely portable with great results!

                        By 7IG

                        from London, ON

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Artificial Lighting
                          • Photography
                          • Strobe Lighting

                          Comments about Westcott Apollo Speedlight Set:

                          As a professional interiors photographer I use multiple off-camera flash (speedlights) on a daily basis - I usually bounce my lights off walls or reflectors and I sometimes use basic modifiers like shoot through umbrellas. Recently I was asked to shoot a large corporate headshot session for a major university. With that said, I wanted to purchase some softboxes to use with my flashes. I wanted something that was easy to transport, easy to setup and something that provided nice soft light. After much research I decided on the Apollo softboxes and strips. After shooting 50+ headshots using a 4 light setup I can say that they delivered the results I was after! The only concern I have is when the boxes are tilted the flash gets very close to the back which makes the light a little harder - to overcome this I simply put a Stofen diffuser on each flash and the light was big and soft. Sure it costs me a stop of light but it's worth it! Bottom line; if you need a softbox that's easy on your wallet and big on results pick up some Apollo's!!

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                          4.0

                          Simple setup for simple soft lighting

                          By Shutterbuff

                          from Cleveland, Ohio

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                          • No carrying case

                          Best Uses

                          • Artificial Lighting
                          • Photography
                          • Portraits
                          • Strobe Lighting
                          • Weddings

                          Comments about Westcott Apollo Speedlight Set:

                          Great for studeo and on sight lighting

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great Displacement of Light

                          By P-rock

                          from Eastern Shore of VA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                          • Adjustablity

                          Best Uses

                          • Photography
                          • Portraits
                          • Weddings

                          Comments about Westcott Apollo Speedlight Set:

                          I use this set up 9 times out of 10 just because it makes me moble!!

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          Excellent for portraits

                          By bwilder10h

                          from Cincinnati, Ohio

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Photography
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Westcott Apollo Speedlight Set:

                            Unfortunately the product I received the first time around was broken (the shaft in the center was broken clean in two - no fault of B&H and they replaced it without question) but I was able to test it out and compared to the basic Westcott satin white 32" umbrellas, this produces wonderful, even, soft light portraits with a speedlight. It folds up just like an umbrella after the diffuser panel is removed (velcro) and is suits my needs for a highly portable softbox in the field.

                            I do highly recommend a sand bag to hold your stands down when outdoors.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Very versitle modifier

                            By APPhotography

                            from Atlanta

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Artificial Lighting
                              • Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Strobe Lighting

                              Comments about Westcott Apollo Speedlight Set:

                              Light, portable, easy to setup, an inexpensive (relatively). I'd like to see a version with composite ribs, but I have never had any problems with the metal ones. Great for strobist work!

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Great quality for the price.

                              By Michael Montreal

                              from Montreal, Canada

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Artificial Lighting
                                • Photography
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Westcott Apollo Speedlight Set:

                                Though I am happy with this softbox. I find it tedious to remove the front baffle (every single time) to adjust settings when I shoot on manual mode with my flash.
                                Also, the way it's designed, it's not easy to tilt the softbox.

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                                5.0

                                Great for location work

                                By Viva

                                from San Francisco, CA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Photography
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Strobe Lighting

                                  Comments about Westcott Apollo Speedlight Set:

                                  I wish this came with little sleeve but its still a great item.

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                                  • No

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