Westcott Recessed Mega JS Apollo (50 x 50")

Westcott Recessed Mega JS Apollo (50 x 50")

Westcott Recessed Mega JS Apollo (50 x 50")

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Product Highlights

  • Largest in Apollo Line
  • Recessed Front Edge
  • Fits Virtually Any Studio Light
  • No Adapter Ring Required
  • Pairs with Speedlights
  • 104° Light Spread
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Westcott Apollo JS overview

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The Westcott Recessed Mega JS Apollo (50 x 50") is a softbox based on an umbrella frame. It needs no speed ring to attach it to a studio flash head. Simply open it, and slide the shaft into the umbrella receptor on the flash head. You can also use the Mega JS Apollo with your on-camera flash by purchasing Westcott's 5015 Shoe Mount Bracket (BH# WESMMA).

Perfect Paired
The convenience of an umbrella meets the control of a softbox. Built on an umbrella frame, the Apollo light modifiers set up in seconds.
Perfect on Location
No additional parts and pieces to lug around as these units simply open up just like an umbrella and set up in seconds making them perfect for any on-location photographer.
No Adapter Ring Required
Most softboxes require expensive and heavy adapter rings to properly set up. Built on an umbrella frame, these units simply pop open like an umbrella and fit into the umbrella receptacle found on virtually all style "studio" lights.
Perfectly Paired with Speedlights
The Apollo light modifier is a perfect pair with speedlights offering soft box control with the set up ease of an umbrella. An optional 5015 Shoe Mount bracket is required to mount the speedlights and Apollo onto a light stand with full tilting capability.
104 Degree Light Spread
The larger the light source, the softer the light. That is certainly the case with this extra-large 50" JS Apollo. Perfect for portraits and couples, this unit also offers a recessed edge allow better control of light.
Pure Color
Fabrics are pure in color so the color temperature going into the fabric is the same color temperature coming back out.
Recessed Edge
The large recessed edge provides even greater light control allowing feathering of light to see exactly where the light is starting and stopping.
UPC: 817967023481
In the Box
Westcott Recessed Mega JS Apollo (50 x 50")
  • Apollo Softbox Body
  • Diffusion Panel
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Westcott Apollo JS specs

    Size 50 x 50" (127 x 127 cm)
    Shape Square
    Compatibility Flash only
    Removable Face Yes
    Removable Baffle No
    Accepts Grids Yes
    Requires Speed Ring No
    Packaging Infostxxwyatzqtqaxf
    Package Weight 3.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 50.0 x 5.0 x 5.0"

    Westcott Apollo JS reviews

    Recessed Mega JS Apollo (50 x 50") is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 176.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely no regrets! Being an on location photographer for a couple of years using only natural light and my speedlight for fill, I've always been a bit intimidated by artificial light. After much research including many, many great reviews on this large softbox, I decided to take the plunge. This paired with a decent strobe was the ticket to giving me the confidence I needed to continue photographing newborns indoors. I have yet to use it for adults or small groups but can only assume it will give me the great results that I'm looking for. With this light, I'll be able to continue my photography with confidence through inclimate weather and winter months!
    Date published: 2012-07-12
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too expensive for what you get The good:Creates a beautiful, soft light. Fits through the AB umbrella portion. Good feathering. Nice size. Easy to set up. Easy to tear down. The bad:For the $ this is SUPER flimsy, and doesn't come with a carrying case or even a simple drawstring storage bag (guess Westcott is being extra stingy). For the $ a bag should be included. It is not NEARLY as nice of quality as the Paul C Buff modifiers... but it was the size I needed. The umbrella portion (the frame of the box) of the soft box is plastic which means it isn't nearly as durable as my Paul C Buff, which is made from metal.
    Date published: 2014-11-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Softbox First let me get it out of the way... This thing is big. You read 50x50 but you don't realize until you set it up. But because of its size it puts out the most wonderful light. Get this box in close to a subject and the light is soft and beautiful. More than worth the money. The only annoyance is when the box is mounted there is very little tilt possible. It's not a big issue since most of the time this huge box covers the subject but I did get a Baby Boomer - Mini Boom Arm / Offset Arm to help push the box forward on the stand, works perfectly. Highly recommend this box.
    Date published: 2015-12-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So easy to use; beautiful light It's big!! You need to keep that in mind, but it's fantastic. So easy to use, you'll be up and running within 5 minutes. I use it with my SB800 (pointed toward the back silver lining), on a medium duty lightstand with a standard umbrella mount bracket and I trigger it with my D300's flash in commander mode. Doesn't get any easier than this. No speed ring needed, no cables, nothing more. (Well, except maybe a reflector on the opposite side) It opens and closes just like an umbrella and is very light and very portable. The box it ships in is long/tall and narrow, don't try to carry this home on the train. The only con I can think of is that I feel like it's somewhat delicate. I'm nervous about bending or warping the spokes. My favorite part - gorgeous catchlights!!
    Date published: 2008-12-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast, Compact, and Portable North Window I like Westcott Apollo softboxes because they're even more compact when folded (no speed ring needed) and faster to erect than other foldable softboxes. I take the JS model with me everywhere. Another aspect of the JS is because the head is actually inside the softbox and pointed toward the rear, it doesn't need a second diffuser for maximum softness. This makes setup even faster and also makes the softbox more compact front-to-rear when it's erected (helpful in tight quarters). The disadvantage of this setup is that you must pull back the diffuser (Velcro attached) to adjust the light. Note: The actual illuminated surface of the diffuser is about 47x47--the overall size of the front of the softbox is 50x50
    Date published: 2008-04-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super versatile but quirky I use the 50 Apollo regularly for location shooting with a studio strobe but have used it with my speedlights on occasion. Likes: 1) Collapses like an umbrella so it travels easy and sets up super quick. 2) You can use this with any kind of light: strobes, power packs, speedlights, etc. 2) Provides great light. The price is right for what it is. Dislikes: 1) Should come with at least a cardboard tube for storage. You'll need to find one- try a mailing store- otherwise you're going to break it if you travel with it. 2) If you use it hard (set up and tear down daily) the zippers will eventually blow. You can keep using it but I'm just sayin'. Wish it were a little more rugged but for the price I'm not complaining. If you keep it set up in your studio it will last forever. 3) There is very little ability to tilt the box up or down. 95% of the time I use it on a boom or with an assistant had holding it on a pole- both of which work fine. NOTE: You should understand that you need to tear away the velcro front of the box to adjust the power of your light. Don't freak out. You'll get really fast at this after a while. While it is a bit of a pain that's the trade off you make to get a softbox you can use with any kind of light. (strobe, speedlight, flor, etc.) You'll also need a cold-shoe fitting for a light stand to hold your strobe. They cost around $15. Overall a highly versatile piece of gear for the price. Treat it gentle and work with its quirks and you'll be digging it.
    Date published: 2010-07-15
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Bad Experience I might be one of the few, but I've had a terrible experience with this. As I opened the softbox, one of the plastic caps at the end of the umbrella spoke just split right down the middle. I was not rough with this at all. So I exchanged the item for another 50 Apollo, only to find that two of the caps were already broken in the box. I was going to try and get a third box, but was scared that even if I received a good copy, it would break in a matter of days. I'm disappointed because I've read so many good things about this modifier. Maybe someday I'll get the courage to try this softbox again.
    Date published: 2009-07-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular I've used this softbox mainly to shoot portraits, singles and small groups with my Canon 580 EX II. I've used it on a stand and as an overhead light hanging from a mini-boom. I love the broad and soft light that falls onto my subjects, the rich and transparent highlights next to shadows that are possible with this great gadget. I like it's relatively portable and it doesn't take much space when folded and stored. On the downside (not being a reason to discard it), it is a little messy to setup and to fold for storage. Not too much, but it was unexpected for me. I really love it and totally recommend it.
    Date published: 2010-09-01
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