Westcott 28" Apollo with 8' Stand and Bracket Kit

Westcott 28" Apollo with 8' Stand and Bracket Kit

Westcott 28" Apollo with 8' Stand and Bracket Kit

B&H # WEAFK MFR # 2331
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Product Highlights

  • 28 x 28" Softbox
  • No Speed Ring Required
  • 8' Light Stand
  • Adjustable Shoe Mount Umbrella Bracket
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  • 1Description

The Wectcott 28" Apollo with 8' Stand and Bracket Kit is the quickest, easiest way to provide main or fill light in the studio, for weddings or other on-the run events.

The unique design of the Apollo allows it to open and close like an umbrella; no speed ring is needed. An adjustable shoe mount umbrella bracket is included to hold the box and accommodate your flash. A lightweight 8' light stand completes the kit.

  • Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28")

    The 28 x 28" Westcott Apollo is a softbox based on an umbrella frame fabricated from fiberglass for added durability. It needs no 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. A lightweight reflector plate may be purchased separately to produce indirect lighting.

    The 28" Apollo can be used with flash, fluorescent sources or hot lights up to 500 watts.

    UPC: 817967023344
  • Light Stand (Black, 8')

    This black-finished, 8' Westcott Light Stand is made of lightweight, aluminum alloy with sure-twist section locks. It is an ideal stand for a travel kit with small light fixtures.

    3-Section stand.
    Will support up to 5.5 lb of lights with accessories.
    UPC: 817967099080
  • Adjustable Shoe Mount Umbrella Bracket

    This Westcott Adjustable Shoe Mount Umbrella Bracket is a spare or replacement for that which is included with the Mini Apollo Flash kit. The mount allows the flash to be affixed to a standard light stand and shoot into the Mini Apollo or other brands of umbrellas.

    UPC: 017967050153
In the Box
Bundle Items
  • Front Diffuser
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • 1-Year Manufacturer's Warranty
Table of Contents
  • 1Description
  • Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28")
    Shape Square
    Interior Silver
    Requires Speed Ring No
    Accepts Grids No
    Maximum Wattage 500 W (Hot Lights)
    Removable Front Face Yes
    Removable Interior Baffle No
    Rectangular Dimensions W: 28.0 x H: 28.0" / W: 71.0 x H: 71.0 cm
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 39.0 x 3.0 x 2.8"
  • Light Stand (Black, 8')
    Load Capacity 5.5 lb / 2.5 kg
    Mounting Options 1/4"-20 Male Thread
    5/8" Stud
    Maximum Working Height 7.8' / 2.4 m
    Minimum Working Height 30.7" / 78.0 cm
    Collapsed Height 26.2" / 66.5 cm
    Footprint Diameter 35.4" / 90 cm
    Air Cushioned No
    Detachable Base No
    Leveling Leg No
    Reverse Legs No
    Finish Black
    Weight 2.2 lb / 1.0 kg
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 27.0 x 3.5 x 3.5"
  • Adjustable Shoe Mount Umbrella Bracket
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.2 x 3.6 x 0.5"

Westcott 2331 reviews

28" Apollo with 8' Stand and Bracket Kit is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 101.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice starter softbox kit I have been using the 28 Apollo with 8' Stand and Bracket Kit by Westcott for a few weeks now. It is very nice for a beginners softbox kit. I mainly use it for portraits indoors, as it will be a little light to use outside on a windy day. It is my first venture into off camera lighting. I use a Canon 430exII flash with it. One things I notice that may be more annoying down the road is the clamp connecting the softbox to the bracket does not hold that great. The bracket has a hole for the smooth metal bar to be inserted and it can easily slide if not cranked down pretty tight. I do believe this will be a very good investment for beginner photographers.
Date published: 2012-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Westcott apollo 28 This product is very good to do a portrait, head shoot, and even fashion shoot. Very light and easy set up with steady construction. However, you need to have a boom arm to angle as you want, because this soft box can not angle more than 30 degree, while you need around 45 degree and close to model to have a soft light. So with this soft box, it is very necessary for location shoot or in a small room...because 28 is good for one or two person,5 second to open and setup, its black border is wide enough to control the light in a limit area. If you wanna have more professional light for a fashion photo shoot or any other kinds, you should try the westcott apollo 50.
Date published: 2011-01-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Good & The Bad I was so excited to get this softbox because of it's versatility. Unfortunately the comments about it being rather cheaply made turned out to be true. I recieved it about 3 days before a senior prom shoot and got familiar with it. Prom night I arrive at the venue, go to set up and it won't stay open. The little gaget like you see on all umbrellas that hold them open doesn't keep the thing open. I had to send it back to B&H. I asked for an exchange and am waiting for the new one which I hope will hold up. I like this softbox because I can use it with my Alien Bees and speedlites, so I hope I get a good one this time. Stay tuned!
Date published: 2013-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great First Softbox This was my first softbox and I have been very pleased thus far. After reading some of the (few) negative reviews I was a little nervous the stand and bracket. Admittedly they aren't the best, but what do you expect for $20 extra dollars? I purchased an additional stand and bracket, and the entire system works great. Beautiful light with both my SB-600 and SB-910. Pros: Great softbox for speedlights, easy to set up, break down and transport. I shot a weeding last week at a church where all window were stained glass. Used this to simulate window light for a beautiful portrait Cons: Can be a bit cumbersome to adjust settings on your flash, may take a little getting used to
Date published: 2012-04-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what I expected I bought this item without seeing a picture of the back of the softbox. I use AB lights so the light is put into the box from the bottom and the entire light is contained in the softbox. The back is the same as the apollo mono even though this item does not show a picture of the back. The front panel has to be taken down to get access to the light controls then put back into place. I liked the recessed front but not enough to deal with the setup. I recommend spending the extra money to buy a box that uses the speed ring connection.
Date published: 2011-02-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, not great I purchased this softbox kit in Jan 2014. I planned to use this kit for on-site shooting, so quick setup/takedown and being able to pack it to go was important to me. To start, the idea of an umbrella based softbox is brilliant, but the execution could have been better. As other reviewers have mentioned, the center shaft is not long enough, so the runner that glides along the shaft as you open the umbrella will come off the shaft as you collapse the box. To open the box, you have the guide the runner into the shaft, and then you can push it to the end to expand the box. I've seen older versions of the kit that has a hollow shaft, so some users have extended the shaft by using a wooden dowel, but in my kit, the end is sealed so it cannot be extended. As for the diffuser, old versions have the top side stitched in, but in the kit I received, all four sides have velcro. Since portability is important to me, I was not impressed when I collapsed the box. I expected it to collapse like an umbrella, and although it does, it does not collapse into a tight spiral. It is rather loose and not compact at all. Also, if there was a velcro tab on the outside that would allow the user to wrap it up like an actual umbrella, that would help keep the box compact when folded. The included umbrella bracket is metal in construction. The opening for the umbrella has a screw-in type holder to secure the shaft of the box, but it does not do its job very well. After tightening, the box is still able to lean side to side, and the slightest push will move the box front and back. Perhaps if the shaft had indents for the screw-in type holder to keep the box tightly in place? The included umbrella stand has a wide stance, and is of average build quality. The entire kit does a great job in diffusing light, and after practice, I am able to go from a collapsed stand and box, to fully set up in two minutes. I am also able to collapse the box and stand in one minute.
Date published: 2014-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Should be standard for portraits Great for portraits or product shots in tight spaces where controlled lighting is needed. The soft box works well as advertised. I can't say much about the light stand and bracket, though. The stand is a bit flimsy - there's something about the base that feels wobbly. And the nut on the bracket won't tighten on the stand. It looks like the nut is too long.... I just might shorten it with a hacksaw. It's for this reason that I can only rate the whole package a 4. If it was for the soft box alone I'd have given it a 5.
Date published: 2010-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great First Softbox I purchased this at the recommendation of a colleague. We had been considering this for a while and after he beat me to it I jumped in as well. A brilliant addition to my photography gear. I have been primarily using umbrellas so far and have found the directional control of a softbox very interesting. Easy assembly and good quality materials. Downside is the stand - a little light in my opinion. I am also not too fond of the bracket - prefer my Manfrotto. I primarily shoot portraits in my apartment and this is just the right size for close quarters. Buy it - won't regret it.
Date published: 2011-04-12
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