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Westcott43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit
 
4.2

(based on 86 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (44)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (56)
  • Durable (28)
  • Good color value (22)
  • Attaches securely (21)
  • Easy to use (15)

Cons

  • Flimsy (17)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (59)
  • Indoors (46)
  • General purpose (32)
  • Outdoors (21)
  • Low light (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (37), Pro photographer (29), Photo enthusiast (11), Semi-professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (80)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very pleased

This is my first "soft box" modifier having shot only with umbrellas in the past so I can't contrast or compare with any other controlled modifiers like this one. Having...Read complete review

This is my first "soft box" modifier having shot only with umbrellas in the past so I can't contrast or compare with any other controlled modifiers like this one. Having said that, I am very happy with what Westcott has produced at this price. This thing really does collapse like an umbrella and gets pretty compact. I cant say you are able to wind it tight like an umbrella but pretty close. The diffusion panel seems a little cheap to me but again, for [$] it works well and being that I don't really have anything to compare it to it's fine. Tear down and setup is very easy and fast. Pretty much just like an umbrella. It will take you longer to attach the diffusion panel than it will to pop the whole thing open and put it on a stand.I think the light this produces is great. The Orb produces a nice wrap and glow to the light and of course creates more rounded catch lights. For my first soft light tool I am pleased and will be at some point picking up the strip light as well as the grids. As others have mentioned and because of the design you cannot just pop this on top of a stand with an umbrella bracket and get much tilt. You will need some type if boom arm or a VAL to get more of an angle on the subject. I use a magic arm and it works well just make sure your stand can hold the weight of both and that you have it bagged to keep it upright.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good size, basic build quality

Probably the most affordable option on the market and a brilliant umbrella like design. The quality control on these units is not great. I had one that won't stay open and another with very...Read complete review

Probably the most affordable option on the market and a brilliant umbrella like design. The quality control on these units is not great. I had one that won't stay open and another with very poor stitching.

The light it creates is very pleasing and it's extremely portable. Definitely get the kit with flash mount and stand as you get more for your money.

Note that you cannot hike this up high as you cannot tilt it too much. There "slit" for the stand is only so long and so you hit a limit when tilting it downwards.

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5.0

great

By Dan

from Philadelphia

About Me Semi-Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Portraits
    • Studio

    Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

    easy to use right out of the packing

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    4.0

    Perfect for the Price and Work

    By Evan H.

    from Bakersfield, Ca.

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography
      • Portraits
      • Studio
      • Traveling

      Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

      Using this Apollo for outdoor portraits and on locations photoshoots.... Perfect very lightweight and easy to assemble.

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      4.0

      Sets up easily & works well

      By Stuart B.

      from Greenwich, CT

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits
        • Studio

        Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

        I enjoy the easy set up and light weight of this softbox. I use it with a speedlite - so I keep it pretty close to my subject so as not to over tax the speedlite's power.

        My one suggestion for Westcott is that it would be nice if one could tilt the unit to a greater degree on a basic light stand. In other words, I use it on a boom when I want the light coming more overhead. In my humble opinion, this could be accomplished by just making the zipper system at the bottom of the unit allow for a greater range of motion. I have sent the suggestion to Westcott. I knew of this issues when I bought the product - so it is not a complaint as much as a future design suggestion.

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        5.0

        AWESOME SPEED LIGHT KIT

        By dougfunnie

        from san diego,ça

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Macro Photography
          • Portraits
          • Studio

          Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

          i used this product for portraits mostly its so great i had to buy two so I'm using to shoot cars and models too, the only thing is that the stand is light you have to buy some weights so it worn fall over but thats really about it.

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          4.0

          Great for the Budget

          By Jostin Orozco

          from San Luis Potosí , México.

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Portraits
            • Studio

            Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

            Its a great easy to use Octa, a massive portable light source that you can use on any situation. The lightweight makes this Octa a great choice for portable studios for any propose. One of the things you may consider is to buy a bracket and stand a little more durable and heavy.

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            5.0

            Great for On-The-Go Shoots

            By ashphoto

            from Atlanta, GA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • On-location
              • Portraits

              Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

              This kit is great to have for on-location shoots when you need a larger light source than a typical speedlight modifier. The apollo orb is a great size for group shots or for larger areas. I'm extremely happy with the results. The stand is pretty light so be sure to bring weights if you are using it outside on a breezy day.

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              2.0

              Beautiful Light but Deeply Flawed

              By KC_Jeffro

              from Overland Park, KS

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Shoddy Materials

              Best Uses

              • Portraits

              Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

              Beautiful light, easy to use, brilliant design. I've taken some of the best portraits of my life with this umbrella.

              Unfortunately, it's deeply flawed by shoddy materials. This umbrella is NOT built to last.

              You can get comparable gear for a third of the cost.

              If you do make this purchase, inspect the rod carefully. If yours is like mine, it's a hollow shaft with a solid plug in the end. Do NOT over-tighten, or you'll crush the shaft!

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              4.0

              Great portable softbox

              By QuestOnline

              from Green Bay, WI

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • General Use
                • Photojournalism
                • Portraits

                Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

                Easy to set up and tear down and not too heavy when used on a small boom stand.

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                4.0

                Great deal for the setup

                By JCVegas

                from Las Vegas, NV

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Bulky

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • General Use
                • Night Photography
                • Photojournalism
                • Portraits

                Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

                It is big and bulky when set up but that's because its 43", just wish it had more tilt to it. The stand is lightweight so recommend placing on a heavier light stand if out doors. It does cover very well and it is easy to set up especially because it sets up like an umbrella. I was looking at others but this seemed like a great deal and good reviews.

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                4.0

                43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit by Westcott

                By Deb G.

                from Canada

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

                    This is huge! Nice, soft light . . . awesome to use with my speedlights . . . now I need one more but will wait for a sale.

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                    3.0

                    Would recommend using 2 or 3 strobes

                    By Cody

                    from Colorado

                    About Me Pro Photographer

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                      Cons

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                          Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

                          Great color and better than a normal umbrella. I would recommend using 2 or 3 strobes with it if you are going to use it in bright sunlight. I use a 580 ex ii, and in my opinion it's not strong enough to compensate for bright sunlight. It's perfect for studio and outdoor situations with just one strobe when you're not competing with bright sunlight though.

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                          4.0

                          Soft light with fast setup...

                          By Chris

                          from Chicago, IL

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Fast Setup

                          Cons

                          • Flimsy

                          Best Uses

                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

                          But, there is very limited tilt of softbox.
                          A boom arm is a must have item with this softbox.

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                          5.0

                          Sweet setup!

                          By Trish

                          from WA State

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

                            What a deal! The stand is light and you need a weight to hold it firm in wind but the light it produces is awesome! You can't go wrong with this.

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                            5.0

                            Great Softbox

                            By Mitch

                            from Chicago

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Fill Flash

                              Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

                              Easy setup and takedown.

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                              5.0

                              Love it!!

                              By Mallen

                              from Atlanta, GA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Fill Flash
                                • Night Photography
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

                                It does what is expected. Beautiful even and soft light. Easy set up. I'm very happy with it.

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                                5.0

                                Great Value

                                By DougC

                                from Texas

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Fill Flash
                                  • General Use
                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

                                  I am very pleased with this softbox. Portable, lightweight and easy to set up.

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                                  4.0

                                  Round catch lights

                                  By RBarta

                                  from Olney, MD

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Durable
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Powerful Output

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Fill Flash
                                    • General Use
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

                                    I prefer round catch lights. I can get the orb very close for soft light. The stem is solid but by design does not extend through the center when collapsed and must be inserted for setup.

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                                    4.0

                                    Great fill light

                                    By TJ

                                    from GA

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Durable

                                    Cons

                                    • Bulky

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Fill Flash
                                    • General Use
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

                                    Attach it with a heavy durable boom and it works great as an overhead fill.

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                                    4.0

                                    Great Kit, Beautiful Light Quality

                                    By Matt

                                    from Halifax, NS, Canada

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

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                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Good Color Value
                                    • Light Quality
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Size

                                    Cons

                                    • Flimsy

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors
                                    • Outdoors
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

                                    This kit is fantastic for use with Canon speedlights. I have the Westcott Apollo 27" kit as well and together they make a great two-light setup.

                                    The Orb is quite large, which means the light it produces has an excellent quality. It wraps around the subject and looks nice and soft.

                                    The kit comes with the Orb, a stand, and a mount. The stand is a bit cheap - I wouldn't trust it in any amount of wind. The mount is solid and works great.

                                    The Orb itself does feel a bit flimsy. I'm not sure this would stand up to several falls, but time will tell!

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                                    3.0

                                    Overall good, but...

                                    By Shooter McCannon

                                    from Florida

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • Flimsy

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors
                                    • Low Light
                                    • Night Time
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

                                    Pros: Quality fabric, updated umbrella ribbing (it's plastic or fiberglass, not metal), nice design.Cons: No carrying case or sleeve for the orb included (-1 star), no solution to tilt downwards included (-1 star), umbrella hub and framework is lightweight, stitching is lightweight.5 stars would have made this a keeper, but it had to go back.

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