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WestcottApollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28")
 
4.1

(based on 71 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (29)
  • Attach securely (26)
  • Lightweight (23)
  • Good color value (15)
  • Long-lasting (14)

Cons

  • Flimsy (7)
  • Difficult to use (3)
  • Heavy / bulky (3)
  • Weak (3)

Best Uses

  • Indoors (35)
  • General purpose (31)
  • Outdoors (27)
  • Portraits (20)
  • Low light (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (23), Semi-pro photographer (21), Photo enthusiast (9), Semi-professional (6), Enthusiast (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (49)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Like it's ease of use

Although I've not used other soft boxes, I can't compare it to others. I like that it's based on the umbrella frame. It pops open easily without having to build and attach a...Read complete review

Although I've not used other soft boxes, I can't compare it to others. I like that it's based on the umbrella frame. It pops open easily without having to build and attach a speedring like other systems.

The flash is mounted inside and facing the back of the soft box which gives a nice soft light. I believe you loose 1- 1 1/2 stops of light. For the most part, I've been able to use my speedlite at half power with relatively good success and results.

The front baffle uses velcro to close and makes it easy to access your speedlite and make adjustments when necessary.

The bottom opening uses zippers to seal the softbox. Although you can use a standard light stand, you're limited as to how much you can angle down the softbox. I would recommend that you have a boom arm or a light stand that has an extension arm that will allow you to angle the top portion. It'll give you more flexibility in adjusting the angle and positioning.

Overall, I'm very pleased with the quality of the build, ease of setup, portability and quality of light. I would definitely recommend this or the 50" (my next purchase) to anyone doing location shoots. If you're in a studio, the ease of setup may not be an issue.

I don't think you can purchase a better softbox at this price point.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good starter softbox, not tough enough

This softbox setups easy, and is useful for someone like myself who is just learning to light since it doesn't need a speedring to mount. Its limitations became quickly evident though, when I...Read complete review

This softbox setups easy, and is useful for someone like myself who is just learning to light since it doesn't need a speedring to mount. Its limitations became quickly evident though, when I started to bring it around or try different angles. Its umbrella like design means it's susceptible to being crushed by its own weight if it falls, which happened to me scarcely a week after getting it. The arms of it don't extend out anymore, so my softbox is no longer square. The inability to angle it is also a hinderance to creative lighting. My recommendation for it would be to use it indoors only, weighted down, or spend the money to get a more durable one with an adjustable bracket if you plan to do more with lighting in the future.

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4.0

Will go to good use!

By Carol

from Roscoe, IL

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Durable
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors
    • Portraits

    Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

    This is a handy product, can be used as a soft box or umbrella. It has a zipper opening on the bottom to just slip over your light. It's a little cumbersome getting the umbrella post through your light because the unit can only be so flexible, but it works out. It does the job as it is a nice size and - again - can sub as an umbrella. You might think it would be floppy with no ring, but it is not bad at all.

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    5.0

    INDISPENSABLE......

    By Windwalker

    from Monticello,Ga

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Long-Lasting

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors
      • Low Light
      • Night Time
      • Outdoors
      • Portraits

      Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

      Whats to say ... it's a Westcott Apollo. I can't imagine not having this in my kit. If you take portraits it's a must have ... the light is awesome.

      One thing, expect the white face material to be very wrinkled when you get this. An iron on low nylon heat easily corrects the problem. Then what I do is roll it up around a small wooden dowell and slide it in a cardboard tube left over from wrapping paper, throw it my grip bag and it stays pretty much wrinkle free.

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      4.0

      nice diffuser

      By hired Gun

      from calgary, Canada

      Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

      I like how it folds up, works well.
      With a Canon 580 and a pocket wizard hard shield it almost isn't deep enough. This is with it pointing straight back. It's built a little lighter than I expected, but works well. the deep recess of the diffusion panels allows good light control. Would recommend it

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      4.0

      I like it.

      By Adam Swanson

      from Duluth, MN

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors

        Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

        This softbox is my first one and I like it. The only downside, and maybe this applies to all soft boxes, is that when I attach the softbox and flash to the same bracket the flash is at the very top of the soft box. It would be nice if it could be adjusted so that the flash was situated in the center of the sofbox. Other than that, it was easy to figure out, offers even lighting and does the job.

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        4.0

        Works well

        By Stuart

        from Greenwich, CT

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Portraits

          Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

          I am new to studio lighting and this is my first softbox. Overall great product. Packs easily like an umbrella and sets up pretty easily as well.

          My only complaint or observation is that one can't easily tilt the softbox toward the subject. One needs a boom arm. Most pros would probably say, that's right, that is what a boom arm is for. However, I think a boom arm could be avoided with a slight modification of the design.

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          2.0

          In my view it needs a lot of flash power

          By Trev

          from Brisbane Australia

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Long-Lasting

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors
            • Low Light
            • Portraits

            Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

            In my view at a 100,ISO it needs a lot of flash power, using Canon 580EXii and 600EX-RT at full power rather close is only about F7, forget the grid its just to much of a reduction, don't think I will use it very often, but it does have a nice light output then its a choice. Good but limited!

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            3.0

            It's a decent design

            By Busy Bee Photographer

            from Panama City, Florida

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Color Value
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Flimsy

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Portraits
            • Special Events

            Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

            It's a quick setup softbox for location shoots if you have a very small strobe head; I purchased it with the intent of using it for a photobooth, to soften the modeling light and reduce the heat by turning the light away from the subject and have it reflect back towards the subject during live view booth sessions. it's not the best for that purposed, but it's usable in other areas.

            It takes a little time to get use to the 4 zipppers and tiltling the head to align the umbrella rod with the rod holder.

            I gave it 3 stars because the front panel will not stretch tight to present a good appearance

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            3.0

            Is there a better type of softbox

            By Jriverspirit

            from Minnesota

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Access To Flash
            • assembly

            Best Uses

            • Portraits

            Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

            Not sure I like the fact of the flash being sealed inside with minimal excess. I do have pocket wizards. Without that I would be returning this unit.

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            4.0

            Just what I needed

            By TimmyTG

            from Appleton, WI

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portraits

              Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

              This product was purchased for on-location environmental portraits. It fits the bill for my needs. It is portable, sufficient for individual portrait use. I agree with some of the over reviewers questioning the durability. You can't be rough with it. I am a one person operation so I can control the care better than some. This device will definitely pay for itself in short order.

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              3.0

              Heard good things, but Awkward.

              By LA

              from NY

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Bulky
              • Difficult To Use
              • Poor Design

              Best Uses

                Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

                I was using the product in an umbrella mount and with a speedlight. Everyone raves about this softbox, but I found it incredibly awkward to lock into place and maneuver around. I've never tried a similar product, so maybe it had something to do with the way I was doing it. But I didn't like it. Returned.

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                5.0

                Excellent Starter Softbox

                By eddit

                from Midlothian, VA

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

                  As a new strobist, this is the perfect softbox to start out with. Not that it doesn't get the job done, but using it makes you want to purchase the larger one! I've used an umbrella is many family shoots but having this give me the look I wanted when doing individual portraits.

                  My only suggestion would be to purchase the small arm attachment to have a bit more flexibility with overhead lighting, instead of having someone hold the softbox.

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                  4.0

                  Very Happy

                  By ADL

                  from NJ

                  About Me Semi-Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits
                    • Studio

                    Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

                    Great softbox, sets up quick and easy, nice quality out of my speedlight.

                    You just need a nice boom to use this with.

                    I also like that if downt he road I get strobes, it is still compatible.

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                    4.0

                    Great lightmod. Somewhat cumbersome

                    By Scott Gant

                    from Southwest Michigan

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • Bulky
                    • Difficult To Use

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Portraits
                    • Studio
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

                    While this is a nice, lightweight lightmod, it's a little cumbersome to use as your speedlight (or even a studio strobe) has to be INSIDE the box, so getting to it to adjust settings can be a pain. Also, since the lightstand has to come up through the box from the bottom, it's hard to adjust an up-down angle (even though you get some leeway. Still, it breaks down easily and it's very portable, and the resulting quality of light is fantastic. But you just have to be aware of it's limitations.

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                    5.0

                    Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front

                    By S Nelson

                    from East PA

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Folds Into Umbrella
                    • Lightweight
                    • Opens Easy
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Home
                      • Portraits
                      • Studio

                      Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

                      I use this product for portrait and product photography. The recessed front gives you more control over the direction of the light. It pops right into shape like a umbrella!!

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                      4.0

                      Portable and light weight

                      By Jim

                      from Phoenix

                      About Me Semi-Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits
                        • Traveling

                        Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

                        Purchased this as an addition to a strobist kit. It is light and easy to use. When used with a 6' light stand and a decent strobe, it is great. The only annoyance I found was that the center rod will come out of the center ring when the unit is collapsed, so you have to put it back through when you are opening it up again.

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                        4.0

                        Most Convenient Modifier I Own

                        By 2pnt0

                        from San Francisco

                        About Me Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Portraits
                          • Studio
                          • Traveling

                          Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

                          I bought this to replace having to use the very large 39" Elinchrom Deep Dish Octa. I also wanted something that accommodates eggcrates. I was nervous about it not having an inner baffle but I have been able to get very soft falloff without the extra diffusion. It is nice and deep for a softbox, which I feel provides a rich wrap-around quality to the light. I'd like one just like this with a white interior instead of silver. Sometimes the way one has their strobe head tilted inside the box makes zipping it up all the way difficult. The umbrella style is super convenient, though. I have a whole mess of these Westcotts and they all fit into small spaces because they break down so well.

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                          5.0

                          Wonderful product for any studio!

                          By Candi

                          from Gentry, AR

                          About Me Semi-Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Home
                            • Portraits
                            • Studio
                            • Traveling

                            Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

                            I primarily use my 28" soft box for studio portraits of 1-2 people. I love the ease of use with is particular soft box! It opens very much as a umbrella which makes it 100 x's easier to assemble than the traditional soft boxes! The only item missing with this was a storage bag, which I'm sure I could purchase separate if I'd do a little shopping!!

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                            4.0

                            Quick Setup for a Decent Sized Softbox

                            By FollowDon

                            from Washington, DC

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Portraits
                              • Studio
                              • Traveling

                              Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

                              I use this Softbox with AB800s and Speedlights. I love that it packs fairly small and sets up quickly.

                              The Good:
                              The strobe fires into the silver reflective material inside and exits through the front diffusion. There are zippers on the bottom of the softbox that makes room for the light stand to fit through the middle of it. No speed rings, means this thing is compatible with virtually every light in your kit.

                              The Bad:
                              The front diffusion cloth feels cheap. However, it works and I haven't had any trouble with it. I also feel the grids could cost less.

                              Your strobe is inside of the softbox during use, so you must remove the diffusion material to adjust the power of the strobe if you are using lights that you cannot control from your camera position or from pack and head setups.

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                              5.0

                              LOVE IT:)

                              By Jennifer

                              from Wilsonville Oregon

                              About Me Getting Started

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Macro Photography
                                • Portraits
                                • Studio

                                Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

                                I love how it bounces the light and provides excellent lighting for my clients! I only got to play with the Apollo for about an week but so far its great and can't wait to do some more shooting with it. So far nothing bad about it.

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                                4.0

                                Right-size for Softbox on Location

                                By followdon

                                from Arlington, VA

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Portability
                                • Quick setup

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Portraits
                                  • Studio
                                  • Traveling

                                  Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

                                  I fire an Alien Bee B800 through this box on location. I downgraded in size from the Mega JS 50" so that I could soften my flash on location. The 50" box is far too big to pack for a shoot.

                                  I like the box and will buy another in matching size with grids for both.

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