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Westcott40 Degree Fabric Grid for the 28" Apollo
 
4.2

(based on 15 reviews)

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    (9)

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    (1)

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    (4)

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    (1)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attaches securely (8)
  • Lightweight (8)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (9)
    • Indoors (6)
    • General purpose (4)
    • Low light (4)
    • Night time (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (7), Photo enthusiast (3), Pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (12)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Works well

    I unexpectedly discovered I had an older version of the Apollo softbox. This dictated that I install the velcro strips provided with the kit. I e-mailed the manufacturer for instructions, but they were...Read complete review

    I unexpectedly discovered I had an older version of the Apollo softbox. This dictated that I install the velcro strips provided with the kit. I e-mailed the manufacturer for instructions, but they were pretty vague. I installed them myself, fully expecting that the strips would eventually come off. However, they seem to be pretty rigidly mounted - although the manufacturer did e-mail me back offering to sew them onto the softbox for me. Overall, the grid works well and comes in a nice case that is pretty compact. Construction of the grid seems to be pretty decent.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great Addition but not for older Apollo

    As other reviewers have said the supplied sticky velcro is essentially junk.

    I have a mobile flash setup using speedlights with radiopoppers and I had wanted a grid when I first purchased...Read complete review

    As other reviewers have said the supplied sticky velcro is essentially junk.

    I have a mobile flash setup using speedlights with radiopoppers and I had wanted a grid when I first purchased my Apollo set a few years ago. I was very happy to see the addition of a grid accessory.

    I added the velcro tape to softbox as instructed. I went out to a park with my kids to do some pics and test. Well the sun came out and heated up the glue and the grid just kept falling out each time I tried to stick it all back in.

    Each time it fell, it picked up dirt and mulch from the ground and I just threw away all the velcro in a trash can on my way home. Thank goodness I was testing it and not with a paying customer.

    I'm sure it will work well with a newer model softbox, but I will be sewing in my own velcro strips before I try it again.

    Reviewed by 15 customers

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    5.0

    Control

    By Julycastle.com

    from Las vegas

    Comments about Westcott 40 Degree Fabric Grid for the 28" Apollo:

    You will always need grids if you're planing on controlling your light. These grids are well made for easy transport, I can ball it up in a bag and it comes out ok. B&H will always give you the best price on reliable brands.

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    5.0

    You have to Have it

    By Buddy

    from Bedford Texas

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Good Color Value
    • Lightweight
    • Long-Lasting
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Westcott 40 Degree Fabric Grid for the 28" Apollo:

      I sure didn't want to drop the $$ for this, but I sure am glad I sucked it up and bought this. The results are amazing. I have justified the cost by thinking about all the amazing pictures I will produce because of this simply yet amazing piece of material.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Great

      By Rose of Louisiana

      from Louisiana

      Comments about Westcott 40 Degree Fabric Grid for the 28" Apollo:

      If you love versatility in your soft box this is a must

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      5.0

      Nice Grid!

      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 40 Degree Fabric Grid for the 28" Apollo:

        This product must have been updated since the last reviews - it is sturdy and the velcro is thick and well-secured. Great product!

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        • No

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        5.0

        Useful accessory

        By Nuke The Sun

        from up in the sky

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors

          Comments about Westcott 40 Degree Fabric Grid for the 28" Apollo:

          This just makes the Apollo softboxes much more useful. Nothing unusual, just a typical grid, seems well made. It comes with a storage bag.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          3.0

          Useful addition to the softbox

          By Paul C

          from Boston

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Portraits
            • Still Life

            Comments about Westcott 40 Degree Fabric Grid for the 28" Apollo:

            Easily attaches to the front of the softbox to narrow the beam. A useful light mod.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            3.0

            So so

            By Jriverspirit

            from Minnesota

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Flimsy
            • Kind Of Frustrating
            • Tear At Seam

            Best Uses

            • Portraits

            Comments about Westcott 40 Degree Fabric Grid for the 28" Apollo:

            It's kind a a slow assembly and first time a removed the shield a seam tore.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            A Great Addition to the Westcott line!

            By SAndrade Images

            from San Diego

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Westcott 40 Degree Fabric Grid for the 28" Apollo:

              This additional accessory was the reason I finally made the decision to purchase the 28" Apollo. I waited and they answered! I am a Professional Photographer who likes to travel light yet have all the tools I need to create my visions on location. I use several Westcott umbrellas and now I have the Apollo 28" and this amazing grid to add to my arsenal. This product is durable, easy to install, attaches with a thick velcro surface and packs in it's own bag. The 40 Degree Grid does a fantastic job narrowing the light and preventing spill where you don't want it. I can't wait to purchase the 50" Apollo and Grid accessory as well. Westcott has done it again.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Even More Control of Your Light

              By Kurt

              from Pittsburgh, PA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Westcott 40 Degree Fabric Grid for the 28" Apollo:

                While this softbox does have the recessed edge, this grid helps to control your light even more. It attaches by the velcro around the outside and it comes with a little bag to put it in (although it is somewhat a snug fit).

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                • No

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                4.0

                Old Apollo? NO WORRIES

                By kefoster

                from Cibolo, TX

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Westcott 40 Degree Fabric Grid for the 28" Apollo:

                      Previously, I commented about the issue of having an older apollo and this not working with it. I contacted Westcott and they said send it to us and we will add the velcro for you. I shipped it to them and they sent it back and all is good now! Take the time to contact them and let them fix it for you.

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                      • Yes

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                      2.0

                      Not for old Apollo & no Velcro provided!

                      By Gianma

                      from Lugano, Switzerland

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • No Velcro Provided

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Westcott 40 Degree Fabric Grid for the 28" Apollo:

                        As already said by other reviewers, this grid is not intended to work with the "old" Apollo 28".

                        In my case no additional Velcro strips were provided with the grid: nothing in the box nor in the pouch, not even any instruction as other reviewers said: strange, but true. ;(
                        Obviously I had to buy and sew the Velcro to the softbox...

                        The grid works well, but Westcott should maybe pay more attention to these "small but important" details!

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                        • No

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                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Great Addition but not for older Apollo

                        By Josh

                        from Roanoke VA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Pros

                        • Great To Direct Light

                        Cons

                        • Velcro Upgrade Is A Joke

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Westcott 40 Degree Fabric Grid for the 28" Apollo:

                          As other reviewers have said the supplied sticky velcro is essentially junk.

                          I have a mobile flash setup using speedlights with radiopoppers and I had wanted a grid when I first purchased my Apollo set a few years ago. I was very happy to see the addition of a grid accessory.

                          I added the velcro tape to softbox as instructed. I went out to a park with my kids to do some pics and test. Well the sun came out and heated up the glue and the grid just kept falling out each time I tried to stick it all back in.

                          Each time it fell, it picked up dirt and mulch from the ground and I just threw away all the velcro in a trash can on my way home. Thank goodness I was testing it and not with a paying customer.

                          I'm sure it will work well with a newer model softbox, but I will be sewing in my own velcro strips before I try it again.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Works well

                          By Tundracamper

                          from Southeast, US

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Securely
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Portraits
                            • Special Events

                            Comments about Westcott 40 Degree Fabric Grid for the 28" Apollo:

                            I unexpectedly discovered I had an older version of the Apollo softbox. This dictated that I install the velcro strips provided with the kit. I e-mailed the manufacturer for instructions, but they were pretty vague. I installed them myself, fully expecting that the strips would eventually come off. However, they seem to be pretty rigidly mounted - although the manufacturer did e-mail me back offering to sew them onto the softbox for me. Overall, the grid works well and comes in a nice case that is pretty compact. Construction of the grid seems to be pretty decent.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            Great grid, shoddy velcro

                            By Christopher Bersbach

                            from San Luis Obispo, CA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Westcott 40 Degree Fabric Grid for the 28" Apollo:

                                As the instructions say, if you have a new (less than one year old) Apollo, you're good to go. The grid is great, and zips right into the existing velcro. If you have an older model that doesn't have the removable diffusion panel, they provide sticky-back velcro that you can add to your Apollo. Sounds great, but the supplied velcro is basically junk. It didn't stay on for more than a couple days. I'll have to replace it with better velcro, or actually sew it to the softbox on my own.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Must Have

                                By Rowy

                                from Canberra, Australia

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Securely
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Westcott 40 Degree Fabric Grid for the 28" Apollo:

                                    Most of my work seems to be in small rooms - this works great at keeping the light off walls (usually white) and focused on the talent.
                                    I couldn't imagine using soft boxes without a grid

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

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