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WestcottRapid Box - 20" Octa Mini Softbox
 
4.9

(based on 20 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (16)
  • Durable (14)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Attaches securely (5)
  • Versatile (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (16)
    • Portraits (13)
    • Fill flash (8)
    • Indoors (6)
    • Low light (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (8), Semi-pro photographer (8)
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    5.0

    Great product!

    By KurtN

    from Montreal,CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors
      • Outdoors
      • Portraits

      Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 20" Octa Mini Softbox:

      This was bought as a B&H kit and included the deflector which is a must. I find it strange that they should sell this box without it. This info aside, the product is awesome. Only disappointment is that it can't be used with my EF-X20 due to the adapter and design. It's truly meant for large speedlites such as my 600EX-RT. The idea behind this purchase was to create a mini portable kit for portrait photography and guess what? It does the job superbly. As a soft box it won't blow away like an umbrella. It's very much like a beauty dish and renders great catch lights. Assembles in seconds, very sturdy and folds away like an umbrella. Great product!

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      5.0

      Versatile Softbox

      By TFPhotography

      from South Windsor, CT

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Portraits

        Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 20" Octa Mini Softbox:

        Easy to use. Covers many setting and applications. You must have the reflector disc for best use.

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        5.0

        Love love

        By GratitudePhotographer

        from Tampa FL

        Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 20" Octa Mini Softbox:

        I have had this on my ToBuy list for a while. I am so happy with it!!!

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        5.0

        Awesome!!!

        By Dave Donovan Photography

        from San Francisco, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Good Color Value
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Night Time
          • Special Events

          Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 20" Octa Mini Softbox:

          I used this last weekend on a wedding attached to a monopod (light stick). It was fast and easy to set-up and performed just like I anticipated. It is just the right size, yet durable and light enough for weddings.

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          5.0

          Fantastic Product...!

          By Bill Mahon Photo

          from Sacramento, Ca

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Low Light
            • Night Time
            • Outdoors
            • Perfect For Editorial Wrk
            • Portraits
            • Special Events

            Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 20" Octa Mini Softbox:

            Best one I have purchased, ever. Built very well, easy to use. I will purchase 2 more...!

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            5.0

            Great Softbox

            By Brian Joseph

            from Long Island New York

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Long-Lasting
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 20" Octa Mini Softbox:

              Fantastic little soft box.. sets up in about a minute.... Works as advertised..

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              4.0

              Great Little Octabox

              By K.L. Jeffrey

              from Vancouver, WA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Portraits

                Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 20" Octa Mini Softbox:

                Light weight, easy to setup and tear down, does what it should; I can't really think of anything I don't like about this octabox. I suppose it would be nice if I could attach a grid (it doesn't seem like it lends itselt to that), but beyond that, it's great!

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                5.0

                Great softbox

                By Peter

                from Fremont, Ca.

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • General Use
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 20" Octa Mini Softbox:

                  great product and well buid and easy setup.
                  it's amazing light out put with canon 580EX II with reflector plate make an beauty dish effect.

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                  5.0

                  Stunning light!

                  By Joe

                  from Orlando, FL

                  Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 20" Octa Mini Softbox:

                  It's amazing how beautiful the light is coming out of this little guy. Easy to set up, this beauty light is addicting to use.

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                  4.0

                  Rapid Box - 20" Octa Mini Softbox by Wes

                  By Mike2112

                  from Austin TX

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Not Really Durable

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • General Use

                  Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 20" Octa Mini Softbox:

                  This is a great portable softbox for the advance to semi pro photographer. It's very convenient and when you need a softbox this is handy enough to carry around. This softbox work just about any kind of stand, and is very lightweight. only thing i did not like about it was that I had you use seem tape to cover the ends to keep the frame from poking thru the softbox cover.

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                  5.0

                  AMAZING!!!

                  By Sneaky Russian

                  from New York

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Great Light
                  • Lightweight
                  • Sturdy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 20" Octa Mini Softbox:

                      This Octa Box is worth every $. Extremely great light, very solid, have to use with the Deflector, to make an Beauty Dish effect. I use it for photoshoots out door, in door, but mainly for Nightclub Photography.
                      !!!YOU HAVE TO BUY IT!!!

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                      5.0

                      Great value for the price

                      By Serge

                      from Quebec city , Canada

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Night Photography
                        • Photojournalism

                        Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 20" Octa Mini Softbox:

                        Set this thing up in seconds and you're good to go. Light weight and portable,very usefull when having to move your equipment around frequently.

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                        5.0

                        This thing paints beautiful light

                        By joshglaze

                        from Los Angeles

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash
                          • General Use
                          • Night Photography
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 20" Octa Mini Softbox:

                          Its portable and fits into it's own carry case. It sets up in 15 seconds and is small enough for a pro photog to use without an assistant.

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                          5.0

                          Beautiful Soft Light, Well Built

                          By Kurt

                          from Pittsburgh, PA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Powerful Output

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash
                          • General Use
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 20" Octa Mini Softbox:

                          I purchased this item so that I could have something a bit more substantial than a tiny 8" softbox that goes on my flash, but still light enough that an assistant/helper could hold it for off-camera flash. I'm very very pleased with it. The size is big enough and the design is good enough to throw very soft and beautiful light, but not so diffuse as to weaken the flash to not allow it to overpower the sun.

                          The construction feels very sturdy and rigid, it doesn't seem like something you'd easily break. I might say that it is a bit TOO sturdy, as the handle where it attaches to a light stand is deceptively heavy.

                          I did see a few reviewers commenting that it's tough to set up, but I didn't notice that at all - I could have this set up with the beauty dish in under a minute. It's very easy and doesn't take a lot of strength.

                          To help with transport, it comes with a very nice little bag to carry everything in.

                          I purchased the beauty dish plate and I used it in my attached example image. It does seem to even out the hot spots a bit, but it does require more power (but not so much that I wasn't able to balance out the harsh sunlight, as you can see).

                          I use the Canon 600EX radio system so this isn't a big deal to me, but if you had to, you can still access your flash controls with this, which gives it an advantage over a softbox/umbrealla where the flash goes inside.

                          It's hard to find a nit with this thing, but the handle where it affixes to a light stand could be more friendly to hold, but I assume I'm not the typical use case since I'm having an assistant hold it.

                          Highly recommended.

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                          5.0

                          Very nice

                          By AZ Photog

                          from AZ

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Fill Flash
                            • General Use
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 20" Octa Mini Softbox:

                            Great with Speedlight. TTL or manual. Simple set up. Really recommend the Deflector for even, smooth diffusion. You can also use it without the front diffuser as a Beauty Light with the deflector.

                            I also picked up a Norman-Elinchrom adapter so I can "MacGyver" it a bit and attach my Elinchrom lights too. Just takes some careful drilling.

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                            5.0

                            Set up in a "flash"

                            By nikonpdx

                            from Portland, Oregon

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use

                              Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 20" Octa Mini Softbox:

                              Very pleasant lighting from my SB800 and this rapidbox using the diffuser/reflector. Set up is quick and easy, no fumbling around with speedrings and poles.

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                              5.0

                              Crazy awesome!

                              By Christian Kuntz

                              from Yukon

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Fill Flash
                                • General Use
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 20" Octa Mini Softbox:

                                Very good build quality, metal bracket, sturdy and small enough that it is ok to use outside in the wind. Snappy little key light!
                                It is 99% perfect, if I had to find something to snivell about I would mention that when using the Nikon CLS system (infrared) outdoors, the sensor is on the right side of the flash. The flash can be turned around to have it facing the left side. I wish the bracket could swivel 90 degrees to have the sensor facing back. It is just a minor detail that should not eclipse the awesomeness of this soft box, besides there is nothing a pocketwizard can't fix...

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                                5.0

                                Handy piece of kit

                                By MCB

                                from Perth Australia

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Fill Flash
                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 20" Octa Mini Softbox:

                                  Great lightweight easy to set up soft box for portraits on the run when its not convenient to use studio lights

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                                  5.0

                                  great product!

                                  By Kelli Ann

                                  from Pittsburgh PA

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Fill Flash
                                    • General Use
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 20" Octa Mini Softbox:

                                    I got this for my sb-900, and the light it produces is fantastic. great for indoor and location. i also bought the reflective plate for the inside to limit the production of a hot spot

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                                    5.0

                                    20" Octa Mini- Great!

                                    By Paul O

                                    from Rome, GA

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Great Value
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • General Use
                                      • Indoors
                                      • Low Light
                                      • Portraits

                                      Comments about Westcott Rapid Box - 20" Octa Mini Softbox:

                                      Took the 20" Octa Mini on a week-long shoot, untested and it became my key light. Easy set-up and great light quality.

                                      My speedlight was never set above 1/4 power!

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