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Westcott40 Degree Fabric Grid for the 28" Apollo
 
4.5

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (14)
  • Attaches securely (13)
  • Durable (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Portraits (15)
  • Indoors (10)
  • Low light (7)
  • General purpose (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (9), Pro photographer (7), Photo enthusiast (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (20)

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.

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5.0

To Good to be true

By ACE

from San Mateo, CA.

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      This Grid connected to the 28" Apollo is just unbelievable. Most grid's are extremely expensive, and this Grid and the Apollo make for the nicest light and you just shake your head in amazement...

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      • No

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      5.0

      Awesome for portraits

      By PhotosTM

      from McKinney, TX

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits
        • Special Events

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

        This grid creates a wonderful light for portraits.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Hit the Spot

        By Jaybe

        from Baltimore, MD

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Outdoors
          • Portraits

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

          I own the Westcott 28" Apollo and needed to better control the light spill. I purchased this grid and it fit perfectly. The construction is solid. This grid arrives in a bag that seems sturdy enough. It does it's job and controls the light spill. It's well constructed and doesn't beak the bank. It folds up nicely and easily fits back into the bag for storage.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Does the job

          By Damon_C

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Low Light
            • Portraits

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

            Great grid for the Apollo 28in softbox. Works great, easy to put in and out, nice carrying bag to protect it.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Better light control

            By Big Sky

            from Bozeman, MT

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Indoors
              • Low Light
              • Portraits

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

              I love the grid. It gives a lot more control over the light and its placement.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Really helps direct the flash light

              By rennisk

              from Los Gatos, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors
                • Low Light
                • Portraits

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

                I have an Apollo Medium soft box from Westcott which works great. I wanted to add a grid to allow more specific direction of the flash and this works like a charm.

                Good construction but with all grids, they can tear easily, so you need to be gentle when removing it from the soft box.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Works as expected

                By Stuart B.

                from Greenwich, CT

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Durable
                • Lightweight
                • Long-Lasting

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    Can be placed on lip of softbox easily. Good directional control.

                    Always amazed at how much these cost.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Well made , good design

                    By Virginia Hoffman Photography

                    from Sarasota, FL

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits

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

                      A perfect companion to my 28 " Appollo, does exactly what I expected which is to provide a soft directional light. It is well constructed folds nicely, has perfect fit and is easily manipulated.
                      I happily reccomend this item.

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                      • No

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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.

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                        • 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.

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                            • 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.

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                              • 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.

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                              • 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

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                                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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                                  4.0

                                  Old Apollo? NO WORRIES

                                  By kefoster

                                  from Cibolo, TX

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  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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