Westcott 43" Apollo Orb with Grid

Westcott 43" Apollo Orb with Grid

Westcott 43" Apollo Orb with Grid

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Product Highlights

  • Includes 40-Degree Grid
  • Removable Front Diffusion Panel
  • Built on an Umbrella Frame
  • Quick Set-up and Tear-Down
  • Fits Virtually All Studio Lights
  • No Speed Ring Required
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Wescott's 43" Apollo Orb is the first octagonal softbox that works without an adapter ring. The compact softbox simply opens like an umbrella. Place your flash inside, attach the included diffusion panel and you're ready to shoot. The Orb has a deeper profile which evenly projects the light source for maximum output while creating round, natural catchlights in the eyes. For even more directional control and to prevent lens flare, you can recess the diffuser closer to the light than its standard position or use the included 40-degree fabric grid.

UPC: 817967023368
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Westcott 43" Apollo Orb with Grid
  • 40 Degree Fabric Grid for the 43" Apollo Orb
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Westcott Apollo Orb specs

    Shape Octagon
    Interior Silver
    Requires Speed Ring No
    Accepts Grids Yes
    Maximum Wattage 500 W
    Removable Front Face Yes
    Circular Dimensions : 43.5 x D: 25.0" / : 1.1 x D: 0.6 m
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 39.0 x 3.2 x 3.2"

    Westcott Apollo Orb reviews

    43" Apollo Orb with Grid is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 132.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from You get what you pay for I just got it and these are initial thoughts: The Good: Can be used with speedlights and strobes. Easy to set up. Cheap. Makes OK light. The Bad: Product is poorly made. I have Lastolite Ezybox that is way superior built quality. Apollo Orb Sewing lines are off, construction is wobbly, seems like it won't last for too long if used few times a week. When using speed light you need additional bracket if you want light to be distributed evenly. Indoors use recommended for wobbliness and weak construction. You pretty much get what you pay for. Good for beginner- I really doubt it will last long when used more heavily. Overall impression= Meah
    Date published: 2015-03-04
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Should be your first softbox Its a perfect softbox to start out with, nice round catchlights, and its very inexpensive (about 100 bucks cheaper than pro alternatives). I don't compare soft boxes, soft light is soft light, this one does the job, the rest is up to you. However... 1. If you find yourself constantly adjusting up/down angles(maybe for very particular still life photography?) then this box will be a little annoying because the bracket is inside the box so you have to unzip the bottom to access the tilt lever. 2. If you never thought about this issue before I mentioned it above then don't worry about it, buy this great box and you'll be very happy.
    Date published: 2014-01-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, Soft light! I cannot say enough about how wonderful the light quality produced using the new Wescott Apollo 43 softbox umbrella. A very big improvement with this umbrella over others is the use of fiberglass rods instead of the flimsy metal rods found in most. Within 10 minutes of receiving this product I produced a portrait of my wife that even she liked! She hates having her photo made, so that is a remarkable positive. I honestly cannot think of anything negative about the Wescott Apollo Orb! I will be ordering another soon!
    Date published: 2014-03-28
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Cheap and nasty This is designed for location photography using speedlites. Unfortunately, one of the metal frame ribs bent the first time it was used. If it wasn't such a hassle to return from Australia, it would have been sent back immediately. After a year of repairing bent and snapped ribs, it's time to throw it away. In 25 years of professional photography, this is one of the worst products I have used. It worked OK and gave good results, however it really needs stronger ribs to be useful and durable.
    Date published: 2012-08-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Must-Have! This was my first softbox I've purchased to use outdoors with my wireless flash. It's easy to put up and take down. Some reviews have mentioned that the zippered area for the stand doesn't allow for tilting captabilties, but I've been able to tilt the orb by placing the stand up against the outside velcro area (where the diffuser panel goes) and then just velco the panel around it. It works great with the adjustable shoe bracket. It creates a nice light source and is big enough to use directly behind a subject for a white background for product and head shots. It would be nice if this came with a case or umbrella strap to secure it closed.
    Date published: 2012-02-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from xtreme portability, beautiful light, but some drawbacks I don't normally write reviews, this is probably second or third review, but this Apollo Orb is definitely something to talk about. To start off, lets talk about the pros. This little umbrella softbox is insanely light and portable. When I fold it down, I can attach the Orb and a light stand to my backpack's tripod carrying straps. This gives me tons of mobility, allowing me to usually pack everything I need in one single backpack. Unlike most portable softboxes which comes in at 24 or so, this Orb provides extremely beautiful soft light. Part of it is thanks to the larger size, the other is also because of the diffusion since the strobe is pointed into the box, then distributed inside the Orb. I have noticed the Apollo Orb producing softer light than PCB 47 Octaboxes that I have been using for years. Like anything, nothing is perfect. The cons of this softbox is obviously the structure. Don't get me wrong, they do make it out of fairly good material (new ones are out of fiberglass). Unfortunately, because of nature of fiberglass and to trim weight, it's structural shape doesn't hold up too well. You will start noticing the front diffuser sagging because the structure of the box is longer as large. The box will also get crazy deformed when there are wind pushing against it. So.... it kinda defeats a little of that portable setup purpose. Regardless of those cons, I think we can still live through it. I have been using this modifier for close to a year now, and it's definitely my go to modifier, for studio strobes or for speedlights.
    Date published: 2015-05-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great portable softbox After reading the glowing reviews of this softbox by Syl Arena and others I decided to try it out. So far it has completely lived up to my expectations. The light it puts out is very soft and even, and as other reviews have mentioned the light loss is minimal compared to other boxes of similar size (1-1.5 stops in my testing). The few negatives have been mentioned before (lack of a cinch strap for securing it when folded, slightly too short shaft that can pop out of the spreader assembly when closed, and lack of included bag), but for the money I think this light modifier is outstanding. Highly recommended.
    Date published: 2014-06-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Speedlight Orb I am an enthusiast on a budget. I bought two of these to handle a photo job for a high school cheer team. I also bought and adapter so I could mount two speed lights inside each Orb for double the power since I would be shooting a large group. I was happy with the results shooting in shady spot with 18 girls (photo attached) using two Orbs at 45 degree angles. I also used a single Orb for the individual shots for front lighting with a small strip for the rim light (photo attached). These are really easy to set up and start shooting in minutes. The only challenges are the limited ability place them high and angle down. Also it would be nice if they had a case and a velcrow closing strap.
    Date published: 2016-09-26
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