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Westcott43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit
 
4.2

(based on 112 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (44)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (54)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (74)
  • Durable (37)
  • Easy to use (33)
  • Good color value (22)
  • Attaches securely (21)

Cons

  • Flimsy (18)
  • Not durable (4)
  • Heavy / bulky (3)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (76)
  • Indoors (47)
  • General purpose (32)
  • Outdoors (21)
  • Studio (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (37), Pro photographer (29), Semi-professional (15), Photo enthusiast (11), Professional (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (101)

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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2.0

Disappointed by one thing

By JHPhoto

from Marshall, MI

About Me Semi-Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Difficult To Use
  • Poor Design

Best Uses

    Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

    The size was great and with the name of Westcott I had a big expectation. The one thing that annoyed me the most is that the speedlite head is completely INSIDE the Orb. This makes it tough when you want to adjust the settings. It also limits the ability for it to tilt due to the zipper at the bottom. Because of these things I've returned mine.

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    1.0

    Needs one more accessory: a paper clip!

    By fcphoto

    from Palm Desert, CA

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Cheap
    • Not Durable

    Best Uses

    • Very Light Use

    Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

    In all fairness, I will write a follow up review on this Apollo 43".
    The 1 Star is for the built quality only.
    I have just opened the package, which arrived a day earlier, very good.
    I tried to open the umbrella/octabox and ... it did not stay open. I was in my office, so with a simple paper clip jammed in the slot where the umbrella release is, it remained open. No big deal. You get what you pay for. The mount and the stand are a JOKE. I own C-stands and heavy duty brackets, again, no big deal.
    I don't think there is anything cheaper on the market with this kind of versatility and portability.
    I read reviews that say Apollo Orb gives a great light and I believe it. I will do my own testing within the time that B&H allows me for a return.
    DO NOT PUT ANYTHING EXPENSIVE ON THIS LIGHT STAND AND MOUNT!

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    5.0

    Great!

    By Ricardo

    from Las Piedras, PR

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Macro Photography
      • Portraits
      • Studio

      Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

      This kit is amazing. The stand is tall and sturdy, the Orb itself is made with very strong fabric so it's not breaking easy. Opens and closes like an umbrella which is great if you are out in the field. Best of all, it creates big beautiful light!

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      3.0

      Just get the Orb

      By Peter

      from British Columbia, Canada

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Not Durable

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Portraits
      • Studio

      Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

      I wanted a good size portable octa and have been looking at the Apollo Orb for sometime. I decided on the kit and wished I just got the Orb instead. The stand is useless, can't even hold a sandbag on it and the grid makes the orb heavier. If your planning on getting the grid, use a c-stand. Done some test shots and wasn't happy with the diffuser and decided to buy the materials and got my daughter to sew it for me. Planning on using this orb for outdoors and hoping it will last, just going to be careful with it. Later I'll get a elinchrom octa.

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      3.0

      Good but...

      By Brian

      from Detroit, MI

      Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

      The orb is pretty great to use and is relatively easy to setup and take down. It's literally a deep umbrella with a diffusion panel. I used it this spring, summer, and fall in a pretty rigorous six month senior and commercial portrait shooting spree both on location and in studio with an Elinchrom Quadra Hybrid; it was fantastic. The light quality was pretty good! I only started having issues at about month five and 23 seniors down the line. The support struts started to rip and some of the Velcro and connections in fabric started to fray. Granted, I wasn't babying it and it isn't really designed for professional use. I pushed it. My only complaint is I wish it was made with stronger materials at the strut connections.

      I would recommend this product to anyone starting to learn off camera lighting in the field but to anyone who shoots consistently and on location, I'd find a more durable alternative.

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      4.0

      Great Location Lighting

      By Bjohns

      from Utah

      Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

      I've taken this on several shoots, it's quick and easy to set up, and provides great soft light. I would be nice if the kit included a carrying case of some kind.

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      4.0

      Easy to use!

      By RJ

      from Pennsylvania

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Too light

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Portraits
      • Studio
      • Traveling

      Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

      Easy to use and set up. my only complaint would be that the stand is too light. When used outdoors you really need to weigh it down to avoid it blowing over. Otherwise seems to work great!

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      5.0

      I would buy this again

      By skutsch

      from West, Tx

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Macro Photography
        • Portraits
        • Studio
        • Traveling

        Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

        Wanted to order for some time now and finally I did. So glad to have the Apollo Orb!

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        4.0

        Easy set up, nice coverage

        By jdrewhill

        from Santa Barbara, CA

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits
          • Studio
          • Traveling

          Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

          This softbox is quick to set up and provides a great portable solution to soften my artificial lighting. I use with a Canon Speedlight, and it's easy and fast to set up.

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          5.0

          Easy to Use

          By Susana

          from Kansas

          About Me Professional

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Portraits
            • Studio

            Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

            Easy assembly. I have two of these and don't go anywhere without them.

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            5.0

            Perfect!

            By Lizzytish

            from Atlanta, GA

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Portraits
            • Studio
            • Traveling

            Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

            I was introduced to the Apollo orb by my boss. This was her go-to lighting set-up for portrait sessions in and out of the studio. At first I thought it seemed a little big and excessive to be lugging around parks but after seeing what a great job it does for portraits, I knew I had to invest in one myself. It's very durable as well as the tripod. A GREAT investment! It will dramatically improve your photos if you know how to use it.

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            4.0

            Good softbox

            By E.S.

            from Long Island, NY

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portraits
              • Studio

              Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

              Works great as a softbox. Nice wrapping light.
              Boom stand recommended but works great without it.
              It is big and will need sadbags on your light stand to avoid it becoming a sail.
              Works as advsertised.
              My useage is light at this point so I think it will hold up for a long time. However, I have heard Wescott will replace it if there is breakdown from normal use.

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              1.0

              Very flimsy, broke on first use

              By Irfan

              from Dublin, CA

              About Me Professional

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Flimsy
                • Not Durable
                • Not Functional
                • Poor Construction
                • Poor Design

                Best Uses

                • Indoors

                Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

                This is umbrella with cheap and flimsy materials sold at 10 times its material cost. Just got broken within a couple of hours of light wind. I would stay away from this product.

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                3.0

                Apollo Orb

                By FernleyJim

                from Nevada

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Multi-functional
                • Portable
                • Reliable

                Cons

                • No bag
                • Not Durable

                Best Uses

                • Indoor Softbox

                Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

                The speedlight kit is very portable, sets up easily, and can be used in a number of ways. I used it to take pictures at a middle school dance (photo booth) and it worled great. The light was even and predictable.

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                4.0

                Great Soft Box!

                By VQview

                from Miami, FL

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Portraits
                  • Studio
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

                  I love my new Westcott soft box! it evenly spreads the light out and produces a night soft light. I like to use a 3 flash set up in side but you can very well use just one. I would suggest to buy the grid as well if you want to focus the light more.

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                  4.0

                  Nice on-location softbox

                  By JeffS

                  from Cincinnati, OH

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                  • Difficult To Use

                  Best Uses

                  • On-location Portraits
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

                  PROS:
                  - Compact and portable. Great for on-location work.
                  - Light spreads out nicely without a hot spot in the center, because the flash is bounced or reflected off the rear of the Apollo Orb.
                  - The accessory fabric grid makes it a nice background highlight light.

                  CONS:
                  - Kind of a pain to get the fabric front in place. Even more of a pain to get the baffle in place. Do-able, just it's a pain, and won't be perfect.
                  - You can't easily reach the flash. You have to tear off part of the recessed front and grid to reach the flash.

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                  4.0

                  Nice lighting addition

                  By T Long

                  from NY

                  Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

                  I am building my lighting gear and the Apollo is a good addition. Easy setup, Portable and gives a nice flattering light for portraits at reasonable price. I am happy I made the purchase. ..

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                  4.0

                  Good light

                  By PJC

                  from Jacksonville, FL

                  About Me Semi-Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Portraits
                    • Studio
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

                    Provides a nice diffused light. It's portable and easy to setup. I docked it a star because I'm not sure of it's durability yet and I had to buy a small arm and tilter so it would adjust fully.

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                    5.0

                    Very Good Softbox

                    By Jon

                    from El Paso

                    Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

                    Soft box is very easy to setup which is useful in location shoots.

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                    5.0

                    Beautiful light production

                    By mwaitt

                    from Dallas, TX

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Beautiful Light Source
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • On location
                      • Portraits
                      • Studio

                      Comments about Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit:

                      Big and beautiful soft light. Although it is only 43" it still produces a great light source that is useful in the studio or to use on location off of a light stick (just make sure you have enough juice or use some HSS trickery). I love the light I can get from it and it is simple to get up and running unlike a traditional softbox with rods, rings and baffles. You have to get yours.

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