Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12"

Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12"

Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12"

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Product Highlights

  • Softens Direct Flash
  • Wide Beam Spread
  • Use on or off Camera
  • Defeats Redeye
  • Ideal for Fill Light
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The Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12" is an ideal way to turn your shoe-mount into a portable studio-type light while considerably softening its output and eliminating red eye and harsh shadows. The rectangular shape yields a wide beam spread which is great for portraiture while the size is ideal for a tabletop product or food photography. The PocketBox Max sets up in seconds and is compatible with any shoe-type or small flash head, whether you're using it on or off camera. Wedding photographers will find it useful as a second or fill light in multiple light setups. The PocketBox Max features a silver interior to maximize your flash's power, as well as a removable diffusion panel for even output.

UPC: 817967002677
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Westcott Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12"
  • Carry Case
  • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    • 1Description
    Shape Rectangular
    Interior Silver
    Requires Speed Ring No
    Accepts Grids No
    Maximum Wattage Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Removable Front Face No
    Removable Interior Baffle Yes
    Rectangular Dimensions W: 8.0 x H: 12.0 x D: 1.0" / W: 20.3 x H: 30.5 x D: 2.5 cm
    Weight 0.2 lb / 0.09 kg
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    Package Weight 0.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 17.5 x 10.5 x 1.0"
    Pocketbox Max - 8 x 12" is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 118.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect size This Pocketbox is great for weddings and portrait photography for on, or off camera applications, especially if you have a professional level flash with multiple settings. It comes with a nice zippered carrying case for easy and convenient storage. Has hook and loop straps to fit to any hot shoe flash. I've only used it a couple times but it seems to hold its shape well throughout the entire use. Its very light, I used it on my Nikon SB-900 attached to a d300s with a battery pack/grip so the lighter the better. I would for sure recommend this to anyone who wants, or needs to soften up their flash a bit without spending an arm and a leg.
    Date published: 2012-08-31
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I'd buy it again This pocketbox definitely softens the hard flash, but you already knew that because it's a soft box. I'm using it with a 430EX II when bouncing off the ceiling with a Sto-Fen omnibounce is not an option. For single person portraiture I actually prefer the softer light of the pocketbox as the light from the omnibounce is still a bit harsh for my liking. I could probably play with flash exposure compensation and the omnibounce, but the pocketbox is just so much more convenient. The pocketbox comes with a zippered pouch and is small enough to tote around with you to any location when carrying stands and shoot through umbrellas would be overkill.
    Date published: 2012-12-06
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from You pay for what you get This box is a bargain at $, but could be better. The attachment scheme to the flash is OK once you piggy it into place. But once you do, the box is floppydiddle on the flash head. Once attached, if you try to straighten it up so it sits square on the flash head, you'll pull it off for sure. Rinse and repeat. If you do get it squared up, it works great. It is a bargain unit, but I expected a little more from Wescott. Not sure what product manager approved this product, but they should be reassigned. If the box had just a little more structure, it would be fine
    Date published: 2015-03-20
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from a decent lightbox. Pros: - Once the second diffusion panel is properly adjusted, the light box diffuses light as it should. - The softbix weighs very little and folds flat, making it quite portable. Cons: - The second diffusion layer is, by default, attached to the left side of the inside of the softbox as opposed to running across the middle. The instructions do not mention it despite it being necessary to achieve results that aren't mediocre. - The soft box is very flexible and quite bug, which makes getting it into the perfect position and having it hold its shape is rather difficult. - The main diffusion layer is not recessed into the soft box. This design will not allow you to focus the diffused light ten a way that is possible with other soft boxes (the lastolite boxes, for example) Conclusion: Though not without faults, this is a cheap soft box that diffuses light reasonably well and fits into my bag, achieving its intended purpose.
    Date published: 2013-02-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from light and portable fast to set up . I like the pocketbox max it's fast to set up and works really well , I am a photojournalist in Perth Western Australia and I do lots of location shoots I could be hours away in the middle of the outback and I like the fact the Pocketbox Max can be easily packed flat and in my camera bag in seconds for travel also I don't need to take a big amount of lighting with me , the pocket box is just that a pocket rocket portable mini studio set up on any location which gives me what I need for my pictures also nice soft light and no shadows , I give it Big thumbs up and 5 star for any photo journalist who is on the move on some remote locations . Yes I would and have recommended to friends . Kind regards Theo Fakos Photographer .
    Date published: 2012-11-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light-weigh, Collapsible, Wonderful I have had this unit now for several months and wanted to hold off on the review until I had a chance to thoroughly test it out. Most reviewers have already covered the basics so I am going to mention the less obvious features. First and probably most important is that it comes with a built in elastic & Velcro(hook and loop) strap. No need to buy extra stuff just to use the product as intended! Secondly, there are TWO diffusers in this product. The primary(non-removable) 8x12 panel on the face, and a smaller(optional) internal diffuser which is stitched to one of the side walls. When you want to soften the image even more you can attach the internal diffuser fabric inside the unit using the built in Velcro tabs. Note: This will require you to remove the Pocketbox from the flash head to do so, it will also eat up about another stop of light. One un-expected bonus is the included carrying pouch. Nothing super fancy, just a zippered (Nylon?) pouch to keep the white diffuser panel clean when in the field...pun intended. I have experienced 2 drawbacks, but they are not deal breakers in my book. I can only confirm these issues with the Canon 430exII speedlites. First, when using the flash on the cameras hot shoe pointed forward the lower edge of the Pocketbox will block the auto focus assist beam in low light conditions. This is not a huge issue for me as I mostly use the PB on my off camera flash units. Secondly, using the same 430exII's I have a hard time getting the flash to stay in a 45 degree (slightly upward) angle. The weight of the PB causes the flash head to drop. Overall, the unit does a great job for what it was designed for: an affordable, light-weigh, collapsible diffuser designed specifically for speedlites. It does a great job softening harsh shadows & eliminating hot spots, and depending on the operator it can greatly improve the look of your photos(especially when used off camera). I bought one as a test, and I will be buying more soon!
    Date published: 2013-02-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It!!! I've used this for my personal portraits and on the go, and it has not failed me! The only down sides to it is that it didn't fit in my small camera bag, but I've been in desperate need of a larger camera bag anyway. For reference for you others out there it folds in to it's measurements of 8x12.I much prefer it over a diffuser cap even though it's bigger, because when out to Dickens on the Strand the larger softbox on your flash is bigger and more intimidating and makes you appear more professional with possible customers when walking around at these events. I was invisible when I had the diffuser cap on there, but when I put the softbox on MANY people took notice and made comments everywhere I went! That and for a plus it performs better than my diffuser cap.
    Date published: 2012-12-08
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad, all things considered Buy this for what it is... an inexpensive diffuser... but don't expect miracles. I use mine to mount on a small LED light to give me a broader source. It worked, but only after enlarging the opening for the flash. It would probably work better on a Speedlight. It could use more/better mounting options and velcro. It comes with a single elastic strap, which isn't enough to really secure it. But it wasn't very expensive and it does what it's supposed to, so I'm satisfied on the whole.
    Date published: 2016-01-18
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