The 28 x 28" Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front and Grid is a softbox based on an umbrella frame fabricated from fiberglass for added durability. It doesn't need a speed ring to attach it to a flash head. Simply open it, and slide the shaft into the umbrella receptor on the flash head or the umbrella swivel supporting your speedlite. The 28" Apollo can be used with a flash, fluorescent sources, or hot lights up to 300 watts.
- No Speed Ring Needed, Includes Grid
- Silver Interior for Maximum Output
- Ideal for Speedlites or Strobe Heads
- Fast Setup
Westcott Apollo 28" Overview
Westcott Apollo 28" Specs
28 x 28" Softbox (Square Shape)
|Quick Open Type|
300 W (Cool Lights)
500 W (Hot Lights)
|Removable Front Face|
28 x 28" / 71 x 71 cm
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)|
39 x 3 x 2.8"
Westcott Apollo 28" Reviews
Flimsy, not good, avoid
Very flimsy, got bent on second use. The umbrella shaft is really short and that forces the light all the way up into the box and leads to a very uneven side light distribution. The flashtube is practically touching the backside of the box. If you don't have radio controlled light, adjusting light output is a pain. Some triggers don't work well through the fabric, another problem and light won't function in slave mode. Adjusting direction is a pain, you have to constantly reach inside the box. The zippers meet in the middle instead of sliding fully across. This forces the bar to be straight in the middle of the box further limited any manipulation. The grid has a tiny thin strip of velcro, other grids I have are full thickness and stick great. This one constantly peeling off due to limited contact. Very cheaply made, fabric is super thin, again, I got other boxes to compare to. AVOID
Great idea, but serious flaw
With one serious exception, this is a great design, particularly for use in location work. It folds up like an umbrella, making it easy to stow in a tripod bag. It also mounts like an umbrella, requiring no speedring to attach and carry. The flaw is the frailty of the supporting frame. It bends far too easily. I have bent at least three, seriously compromising their performance. Nevertheless, I continue to purchase these units when they break. The cost of replacement is outweighed, for me, by their usefullness.
Caution Very Fragile Bars inside
Set this up at home when I got it - seemed to work fine. Took it on a shoot and set it up, first day on the job and it failed - one of the inside thin bars snapped. This was not rough use nor was it knocked over, it just snapped. They are very fragile. Handle with extreme care. My first and last Westcott product.
I would buy this product again.
Quick and easy to use with great results.
Love the light this softbox produces. I'm using it for portraits.
This one works!...
Westcott does it again w it's design! Construction is great, set up and take down is fast, and light from softbox is also great!
1. It is flimsy, one side rods are already bent after only TWO uses indoors. 2. The umbrella stem is too short, it forces the light way up into the box, placing the flashtube very close to the back side of the box. 3. Which leads to a very uneven output of light. One side is very bright, another is darker since the flashtube is positioned off to one side and not in the center. 4. Side zippers only allow one central place for post, so if you are a little bit off center then won't close and light will leak out the side. They don't slide all the way from top to bottom, they meet in the middle and this forces you to place the pole at that spot. Does not allow for any variability. So you only have ONE position for this box with ONE direction. Very uni-functional, others allow multiple way to adjust. Save your money and buy something different.
Defect in construction
I couldnt figure out why it wasnt staying open during shoots. The slightest bump and it popped close. I then saw that the umbrella spring button was aligned 90 degrees to the left from the slit that it goes into to lock. I tried using pliers to move it and it doesnt move. I was simply opening it, and the spring mechanism loosely rests against the ridge, which is why it doesnt lock. Should not have passed QA.
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