Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit

Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit

Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit

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Product Highlights

  • Includes 43" Apollo Orb Softbox
  • 8.0' Light Stand
  • Stand Mount with Shoe
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Westcott Apollo Orb Overview

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The Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit is a great way to turn your studio strobe, speedlite, or hot light (up to 500W) into the perfect light source for portraiture.

Wescott's 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. The kit includes the Orb an 8.0' light stand and a stand mount with shoe mount for speedlites.

UPC: 017967023409
In the Box
Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit
  • Adjustable Shoe Mount Umbrella Bracket
  • Light Stand (Black, 8')
  • Apollo 43" Orb Softbox
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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 5.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 36.0 x 6.4 x 4.0"

    Westcott Apollo Orb Reviews

    43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 129.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Large Nice quality. Nice features. Really light. Really large. Decent stand (not great but decent). I really like how easy it is to put on the front diffusion panel. I actually used a different speedlite mount but this one is metal and I will eventually use it. The hole on the mount looks to be straight and not angled, though. The one thing I'd change is the umbrella part of the orb. When collapased, the middle piece/center column/whatever comes out of the hub, so you have to sneak your hand through the arms to get things lined up again. A longer center column thing would be really beneficial for setting up the Orb faster. Still a great piece of equipment.
    Date published: 2012-07-24
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good size, basic build quality Probably the most affordable option on the market and a brilliant umbrella like design. The quality control on these units is not great. I had one that won't stay open and another with very poor stitching. The light it creates is very pleasing and it's extremely portable. Definitely get the kit with flash mount and stand as you get more for your money. Note that you cannot hike this up high as you cannot tilt it too much. There slit for the stand is only so long and so you hit a limit when tilting it downwards.
    Date published: 2012-10-29
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Beautiful Light but Deeply Flawed Beautiful light, easy to use, brilliant design. I've taken some of the best portraits of my life with this umbrella. Unfortunately, it's deeply flawed by shoddy materials. This umbrella is NOT built to last. You can get comparable gear for a third of the cost. If you do make this purchase, inspect the rod carefully. If yours is like mine, it's a hollow shaft with a solid plug in the end. Do NOT over-tighten, or you'll crush the shaft!
    Date published: 2013-11-21
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but... The orb is pretty great to use and is relatively easy to setup and take down. It's literally a deep umbrella with a diffusion panel. I used it this spring, summer, and fall in a pretty rigorous six month senior and commercial portrait shooting spree both on location and in studio with an Elinchrom Quadra Hybrid; it was fantastic. The light quality was pretty good! I only started having issues at about month five and 23 seniors down the line. The support struts started to rip and some of the Velcro and connections in fabric started to fray. Granted, I wasn't babying it and it isn't really designed for professional use. I pushed it. My only complaint is I wish it was made with stronger materials at the strut connections. I would recommend this product to anyone starting to learn off camera lighting in the field but to anyone who shoots consistently and on location, I'd find a more durable alternative.
    Date published: 2015-11-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice, soft light. Perfect for portraits! I was looking for a good quality modifier that I could use with my speedlight that wouldn't break the bank. I also wanted to make sure I found something that was portable and not bulk. This seems to check all the boxes. I am mindful of other reviews that question its durability so I'm very gentle with it. So far, I've encountered no issues, though I can see how it could be fragile if roughly handled and used extensively.
    Date published: 2016-08-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sets up easily & works well I enjoy the easy set up and light weight of this softbox. I use it with a speedlite - so I keep it pretty close to my subject so as not to over tax the speedlite's power. My one suggestion for Westcott is that it would be nice if one could tilt the unit to a greater degree on a basic light stand. In other words, I use it on a boom when I want the light coming more overhead. In my humble opinion, this could be accomplished by just making the zipper system at the bottom of the unit allow for a greater range of motion. I have sent the suggestion to Westcott. I knew of this issues when I bought the product - so it is not a complaint as much as a future design suggestion.
    Date published: 2014-03-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Kit, Beautiful Light Quality This kit is fantastic for use with Canon speedlights. I have the Westcott Apollo 27 kit as well and together they make a great two-light setup. The Orb is quite large, which means the light it produces has an excellent quality. It wraps around the subject and looks nice and soft. The kit comes with the Orb, a stand, and a mount. The stand is a bit cheap - I wouldn't trust it in any amount of wind. The mount is solid and works great. The Orb itself does feel a bit flimsy. I'm not sure this would stand up to several falls, but time will tell!
    Date published: 2013-06-26
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just get the Orb I wanted a good size portable octa and have been looking at the Apollo Orb for sometime. I decided on the kit and wished I just got the Orb instead. The stand is useless, can't even hold a sandbag on it and the grid makes the orb heavier. If your planning on getting the grid, use a c-stand. Done some test shots and wasn't happy with the diffuser and decided to buy the materials and got my daughter to sew it for me. Planning on using this orb for outdoors and hoping it will last, just going to be careful with it. Later I'll get a elinchrom octa.
    Date published: 2015-11-24
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