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 to evenly project the light source for maximum output while creating round, natural catchlights in your subject's eyes. For even more directional control and to prevent lens flare, you can move the diffuser closer to the light than its standard position or use the included 40° fabric grid.
- Includes 40° Grid
- Removable Front Diffusion Panel
- Built on an Umbrella Frame
- Quick Set-Up and Tear-Down
Westcott Apollo Orb Overview
Westcott Apollo Orb Specs
|Item Type||43" Softbox (8-Sided Octagon Shape)|
|Light Compatibility||Umbrella Shaft|
|Quick Open Type||Umbrella Style|
|Accepts Grids||Yes (Included)|
|Maximum Wattage||300 W (Cool Lights)|
500 W (Hot Lights)
|Removable Front Face||Yes|
|Dimensions||ø: 43.5 x H: 25" / ø: 1.1 x H: 0.6 m|
|Package Weight||2.55 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||39 x 3.2 x 3.2"|
Westcott Apollo Orb Reviews
Now I'm Happy
Immediately after purchasing this Apollo Orb, I put it to use in my small studio. But I had trouble fitting my large studio strobes inside the umbrella. I was unhappy. But now I get it. The Orb is for small strobes like battery-pack light heads, speedlights or any light source that is small and easy to place inside the umbrella. Now I'm using the Elinchrom ELB500 kit with it's tiny strobe heads. All is good. In fact, all is great! The light head faces the back of the umbrella, so no hot spots. All flash controls are on the TTL-battery pack outside of the umbrella, easy to adjust. Now I can velcro the included diffusion panel in place and leave it alone. No more tearing it open to adjust the flash. I'm happy!
nice light. i worry about durability.
Soft & directional
Only used it once so far. Photographed a couple at sunset. Used the Orb with grid to balance flash with ambient light. Soft light with good control. Used with (1) Canon 430 EX III-RT speedlight on light stand. A potential improvement would be if the Orb was deeper. This would allow the softbox to be tiled down more in the vertical direction without having to push the speedlight very close to the back. I work around this by mounting the umbrella bracket to the front of the light stand rather than the top. Glad I bought it.
I have other Westcott products so had an idea of what to expect. Use it with Canon 430 EXIII-RT speedlight. Light is soft. Grid controls spill light well. I like to located the speedlight near the front of the diffuser panel, aimed towards the back. This position limits how much you can tilt the Orb in the vertical plane. So there is a trade-off between widely distributing the light inside the softbox and being able to tilt the soft box.Positioning the umbrella bracket in the manner shown improves the situation.
Difficult to angle
The small slit in the side significantly limits the tilt you can do using the umbrella head. To really angle it freely I needed to buy a boom arm, and even then it's awkward. The diffusion is also not very even. When I photograph the front of the orb I can see a hotspot in the centre. But it was relatively cheap and worked with my existing light stand, and came with a grid. So I can't complain too much. If I was to purchase again I'd go for a traditional Bowen's mount octa.
So far, so good
I am a hobbyist photographer new to flash. I did a lot of research looking for the best, cost-effective solution to use for lighting my newborn grandchildren's first photos. Needing to get the box down to almost floor level, I had seen the larger 50 Mega Apollo used by professionals. I didn't have space for that, so I decided the Apollo orb might be the next best thing. Mounting it on a Westcott Compact Light Stand proved to work just fine. As others have mentioned, it is a bit clunky to have to reach into the Orb to turn the speed light on and off. Another issue is not being able to adjust the tilt without a boom arm, which I have on order now. Other than that, I think this provides just what I need for portraits.
Wring item, didn't notice in time
I ordered Octa 43 with grid, they sent me strip 16x30 with grid for the 43 octa. I left the boxes in my studio and I when i needed the softbox, opened the and had bad surprise. Now the grid is unusable and almost the same for the strip box - i needed octa. Too late for return.
Great, even and large light source
It's not super sturdy, but for the money, this is a great buy for a lightweight and compact light modifier
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