Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit

Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit

Westcott 43" Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit

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  • Includes 43" Apollo Orb Softbox
  • 8.0' Light Stand
  • Stand Mount with Shoe
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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
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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 Infoywcudsfbdw
    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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    Hello, is one speedlight (relative to the size of ...

    Hello, is one speedlight (relative to the size of he softbox) enough to do a half-body to full-body shot? Also another question, 1 speedlight is it enough for a group photo of 3-5 people? Thanks in advance
    Asked by: mcmc
    Thanks for your questions. Both answers rely on the amount of ambient lighting. Most modern speedlights produce about 75 watt seconds of power output. To create a half body shot, your 43" Apollo Orb should be 3-4 feet away from your subject, which a speedlight should supply enough power for this situation (may not work in full sun). For a full body shot, your 43" Apollo Orb should be 6-7 feet away from your subject (may require cloudy environment or indoor setting). For a group of 3-5 people your 43" Apollo Orb should be 8-10 feet away from your subjects and a speedlight will not do a great job unless you're in a cloudy environment or indoor setting. The great feature about the 43" Apollo Orb is that it's built on an umbrella mount so it can be used on speedlights, and also more powerful strobes for those times that you need more light output.
    Answered by: FJ Westcott
    Date published: 2019-03-04


    I have a Nikon SB-910.... would I be use this just using a remote flash on a commando mode with my built in flash?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes. Ive found that the flash may not fire at times depending on distance and lighting (daylight shooting vs. Night time shooting). But overall yes you can.
    Answered by: JOSHUA M.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    To everyone who bought this set up How good of a stand is it ? Does it hold up?
    Asked by: Michael M.
    The Westcott Light Stand (Black, 8'), B&H # WE8LS, is a good light stand. It has a load capacity of 5.5 lb / 2.5 kg, and is more than strong enough for usage with the above softbox and a standard hot shoe flash. The Westcott Light Stand (Black, 8') has a 4.5 star rating from 83 reviews from customers who have purchased the light stand. You may view the reviews on our website for information about the light stand.
    Answered by: Manzell L.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Is the Diffusion Cloth Washable or can it be cleaned when it gets dusty when we travel ans shoot a lot ? Or Does Wescott Provide a separate cleaning solution to remove it safely without damaging the quality of the product ? This question also applies to the wescott diffusion reflectors !
    Asked by: Nicholas J.
    You can clean it up easily with a wet cloth :)
    Answered by: Jostin L.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    is there a possibility to use continuous lighting with this Octabox ? If so which continuous lighting equipment would be good to use it with ? To what extent it is heat resistant ? I have been trying to do Photo and Video , but sadly both require seperate gear !
    Asked by: Nicholas J.
    Yes and no, you can use continues light but only cold light ( Leds, tungsten and kind), you cant use any hot light because youll burn the interiors out.
    Answered by: Jostin L.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Is it compatible with a Nikon SB-700 flash?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Answered by: Ashley S.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Can I safely use this with a 500 Watt, Lowel-V (umbrella mount) Tungsten light and or will it cause a fire if I do?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    I don't think this product is rated for a hot light.. you'd need to look at one of the temp rated softboxes from Chimera.
    Answered by: Michael S.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    If this kit doesn't come with a carrying case, what carrying case would work for this kit? Thanks :)
    Asked by: Beverley S.
    No carrying case /bagI use one of my bag but would have wished to have something more adequate
    Answered by: steph f.
    Date published: 2018-08-28
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