Westcott Rapid Box Switch Octa-M Softbox 36"

Westcott Rapid Box Switch Octa-M Softbox 36"

Westcott Rapid Box Switch Octa-M Softbox 36"

B&H # WE2522 MFR # 2522
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Product Highlights

  • For Speedlights and Strobes
  • 13 Inserts for Different Brands
  • Removable Inner Baffle & Front Diffuser
  • Durable Metal Framework
  • Silver Interior Maximizes Output
  • Neutral Diffusion Fabric for True Color
  • Optional 40-Degree Grid
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Westcott Switch Octa Overview

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As the name "Switch" hints, Westcott has introduced a line of softboxes designed for setup and rapid swapping out of different brands of strobes and speedlights in seconds. The 36" Rapid Box Switch Octa-M Softbox is a good choice for use in the studio or on location for head and shoulders portraits, fashion, advertising, or corporate work. The large surface area of the softbox gives its output a wraparound quality especially when used close up. Another benefit is the reflection of natural-looking catchlights in your subject's eyes. As indicated in the name, the softbox has a basic ring to hold it together, but instead of full speed rings, one of 13 "inserts" are available and required for a speedlight or specific brand of strobe. The quick release thumb-lock on the Rapid Box Switch ensures the security of your light. Besides the benefit of speed, the softbox is structurally sound with durable metal framework, heat-resistant fabric, and a reflective silver interior that maximizes your light source's output. The Rapid Box Switch Octa's diffusion material has also been thoroughly tested and found to be neutral, ensuring a true rendition of color. A carry case is included for storage and transport.

UPC: 812735028149
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Westcott Rapid Box Switch Octa-M Softbox 36"
  • Diffusion Panel
  • Carry Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Westcott Switch Octa Specs

    Shape Octagon
    Interior Silver
    Requires Speed Ring Yes, Not Included
    Accepts Grids Yes
    Removable Front Face Yes
    Removable Interior Baffle Yes
    Light Loss None
    Rectangular Dimensions W: 36.0 x H: 36.0 x D: 17.8" / W: 91.4 x H: 91.4 x D: 45.1 cm (Open)
    Weight 2.25 lb / 1.02 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 28.7 x 6.5 x 6.5"

    Westcott Switch Octa Reviews

    Rapid Box Switch Octa-M Softbox 36" is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nice Thought - Poor Execution I really wanted to like this concept as I've heard so much good about the original series Rapid Box. The switch concept is a good one, but it doesn't work in the field. The fitment to the light is not good and the light turns when on location and feels loose. The best way to explain it is it never feels on very well and I always fear it's going to fall right off. The softbox construction itself is good and the material quality seems okay. However, for the price point I would have expected it to be perfect. Would like to see the insert concept fixed by Westcott.
    Date published: 2018-08-13
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from The original dedicated speed ring is better. We exchanged our original Rapid Box XL (Bowens) for the new Switch version and immediately regretted it. The reflector itself is everything as good as the original, but the interchangeable speed rings are a problem. They are not very substantial, and are fiddly to attach to the reflector. The biggest issue however is the fact that they will freely rotate inside the reflector housing. This means you can't twist the reflector to secure/unsecure the speed ring as it will usually just rotate inside the housing. We had a couple of instances where the reflector came off and nearly damaged the light because it wasn't secured properly. It wasn't a fault with the equipment, but rather the design made it more likely that a user would improperly attach the reflector. Our intent was to swap between monolights and speedlights, however keeping the speedlight ring attached meant the reflector would not fit in the bag. The cost of the speedlight attachment is ridiculously high, such that it was way cheaper, and way easier, just the buy a Bowens compatible speedlight adaptor for the non-Switch version. If you are just changing between speedlights and a single brand of studio lights, this product makes no sense, financially or for efficiency. If you are using multiple brands of speedlights with different connector types, then sure, this may be useful to you.
    Date published: 2018-08-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow love it I would buy this again great lightning for full body shot and portrait easy to setup
    Date published: 2018-12-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new favorite This is the best solution for my Profoto lights.  I use the B1X and A1 lights and its nice to have the same octa for both lights.  Id like to see a deep softbox option, but the lineup is pretty broad as it is.  Beauty Dish will be my next purchase.
    Date published: 2019-01-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast, flexible and great light Bought this and the 24 version to for rapid setup and take down while traveling, Works great.  Compact to pack.  Sets up easily in minutes and way faster than any other softbox Ive seen or used. Attaching the light holder to the softbox is a bit tricky, but easy enough once you get the hang of it.,  In my case I mostly use Profoto lights, so I just leave the holder on.  Even with that attached the units fit in their cases and are very compact.  On the 36 I like that there is a zipper on the side, through which your hand can go to expand and collapse the unit. This allows you to keep the light baffles on while unit is closed for transport.  Only issue I have is the holder adapters are priced too higher in the $60-$80 range.   I get that for high end lights like Profoto adapter prices are at a premium.  But these should be more like $30.
    Date published: 2019-03-17
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