Westcott Rapid Box Switch Octa-L Softbox 48"

Westcott Rapid Box Switch Octa-L Softbox 48"

Westcott Rapid Box Switch Octa-L Softbox 48"

B&H # WE2523 MFR # 2523
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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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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 48" Rapid Box Switch Octa-L Softbox is a good choice for full length portraiture, fashion, or large sets. The very large surface area of the softbox makes it a candidate for single light shooting and gives its output a wraparound quality and a painterly look 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: 812735028156
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Westcott Rapid Box Switch Octa-L Softbox 48"
  • Diffusion Panel
  • Carry Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Westcott 2523 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: 48.0 x H: 48.0 x D: 23.8" / W: 121.9 x H: 121.9 x D: 60.3 cm (Open)
    Weight 2.9 lb / 1.32 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.0 x 6.4 x 6.2"

    Westcott 2523 reviews

    Rapid Box Switch Octa-L Softbox 48" is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Westcott Means Quality I've used the Westcott 26" Rapid Box for several months now with great results, so with a full-body shoot coming up I needed a bigger light. I considered some of the (much) cheaper softboxes out there but my experience with the 26" won me over. I'm glad I stuck with Westcott with their great attention to detail and quality materials. This is a FULL 48" diameter softbox, and as long as you open it up on the floor you'll have no problems. I flip the softbox over and then install the speedlite insert easily. From there it's a simple matter to attach it to the light stand, install the inner baffle and outer diffuser, and soft, buttery light is on the way!
    Date published: 2018-08-16
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great idea but flawed The box itself is fine - I own a Rapid which I've been pretty happy with (I would still like to see better diffusion material on the inner baffle). But the point of the "Rapid Box Switch" is all about the switch bit. The bad news is that, despite the smooth videos, the inserts do not, in my opinion, slot smoothly in to the softbox easily and MOST IMPORTANTLY..... when you try to mount it to the head (I'm using Bowens insert) it will keep rotating to a point that you're constantly wondering if it's in or not. Then your mind wanders back to the warnings from the Westcott manual about (paraphrase: "that was your bad, should have put it in properly") I've improvised a technique where my thumb holds it in place but (attempting this while holding the large 48" Rapid Switch is a thumb breaker without an assistant). Embarrassed myself in front of a client already (hence long review). I've used many professional speed rings & inserts that have always allowed the insert to be held in place for mounting then allowed release for rotation. I really hope they fix this. Westcott: The insert is the most important bit for this "Switch" idea. Please make a better one!
    Date published: 2018-08-07
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