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WestcottRapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit
 
4.7

(based on 107 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (80)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (51)
  • Durable (25)
  • Attaches securely (22)
  • Easy to use (22)
  • Packs small / compresses (13)

Cons

  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (38)
  • Indoors (23)
  • Low light (18)
  • General purpose (17)
  • Outdoors (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (20), Pro photographer (19), Photo enthusiast (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (58)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Consider whether you need the kit

I'll review the softbox itself separately (on the page for the separate item), and focus here on whether you need the kit.There are basically two parts to that decision — the lightstand...Read complete review

I'll review the softbox itself separately (on the page for the separate item), and focus here on whether you need the kit.There are basically two parts to that decision — the lightstand and the deflector plate.In short: the stand is not terrible. The plastic clips are a little flimsy and I'm a little worried about their long term use, but they're not horrible or falling right off (unlike some cheap gear I've gotten). The stand is light-duty, but appropriate for the weight of the rapid box plus a pretty decent-size flash. I didn't have any worries about putting it to full height and tipping the bracket downward — at least, indoors. Also, if you are space-constrained, you can use the legs at less than full extension to fit into a tighter space. That obviously makes it a bit less stable, but good enough in many situations.The deflector plate is another story. I've seen many comments calling this a basic necessity and lamenting that it isn't just included. It definitely *is* annoyingly overpriced at $[$]stand-alone, but if you are using this as a softbox, it produces a strong center shadow. For even light, what you need instead is a push-on (Sto-Fen type) diffuser for your flash (or, failing that, at least flip down the wide-angle panel). The deflector plate is really only for when you actually want to emulate a beauty dish.So, bottom line: if you're in need of a light-duty lightstand, this is a fine way to get it and you basically get the beauty dish deflector plate for free. Or alternately, if you want the deflector plate anyway, you get the stand for only about ten bucks more. But if you don't really want or need either, just get the softbox alone.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It broke after two (2) uses - Rivet came out

A rivet broke holding one of the metal rods on the 2nd use. It's rather delicate and I'm not surprised it didn't last long even with careful use.

I won't buy this...Read complete review

A rivet broke holding one of the metal rods on the 2nd use. It's rather delicate and I'm not surprised it didn't last long even with careful use.

I won't buy this product again. I called Wescott and they don't offer replacement rivets and want me to send it back which is nice but I can't use such a delicate piece of equipment. I need equipment that does not break the 2nd time you use it

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4.0

An excellent product at a great price

By Arturo

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

An excellent product at a great price

 
4.0

Perfect starter kit

By Douglas

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

Perfect starter kit to get me the necessary equipment to start learning off-camera flash

 
5.0

Awesome 26" Octa for portraits

By Rene

from undisclosed

Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

The rapid box does a great job for portraits. I received the kit just minutes before the shoot. Quick setup did my tests before she walked in, half an hour later I got some great images.

 
5.0

Love this kit. Easy and beautiful results.

By Samuel

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

I purchased this kit for a recent photo-shoot.It worked perfectly. The light coming out of this is perfect. I have no regrets on this purchase.

 
4.0

I would buy this product again.

By Michael

from East Longmeadow, MA

Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

I am a professional photographer and I purchased this 26" Octa Speedlite kit to use on location. The dome is well constructed and the reflector inside works well. I was a bit disappointed with the lack of quality of the knobs on the stand. I have to use a LOT of finger torque to loosen and tighten the knobs to keep the stand in the open position or when collapsing it for storage. Aside from this, the product is well designed and I would purchase it again.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent quality - excellent results

By Gary

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

I found a slew of no-name type products on the web where I could have saved 50% of the cost of the Westcott Rapid Box, but I decided to err on the side of assumed better quality. After using this product today for the first time, I can say that my decision was probably the right one. An instruction fold-out was included in the box but wasn't really needed to assemble the product. Good thing, because the writing and illustrations are small and I found it almost unreadable. Fit and finish are quality throughout, although the light stand, as others have mentioned, is a bit weak. I knew that going in but decided to buy the kit versus parts, so the stand basically cost $10, which is about what it's worth. I'm using a Nikon SB-910 on full power manual and a flash meter, with no worries about dialing in different outputs. This package is so light that changing flash to subject distance fast and not an issue. The quality of the light spread is perfect for portraits and medium to small table top set-ups. So taken as a whole, I'm comfortable giving this Speedlight kit 5 stars because it excels where necessary.

 
5.0

Great,portable light source!

By TomH

from Altorf,IL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

The Rapid Box is easy and quick to set up. It provides a wonderful light for your speedlights. Portability and ease of use were also key in my decision to purchase. As always, Westcott did not let me down!

 
4.0

Good kit, would be perfect and complete with the grid.

By Joao

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

I have upgraded from a conventional foldable softbox. This kit is very practical and I find it durable. I like the full tilt, adjustable support bracket and the diffuser without the conventional velcro. The stand and the deflector plate are ok - would be better without the need of the screw to attach the plate but it works. The kit would be perfect and complete if it had the grid included, but overall it is good.

 
5.0

Great portable light set up

By Chris

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

This is a great way to use your Speedlites and give you some flexibility to spread and soften the light. Set up is quick and relatively easy. The stands are OK for indoor work, but you may need some weight to stabilize them outside if there is any wind. I like the results I am getting with these softboxes.

 
5.0

Awesome easy to use modifier for speed lights!

By glg

from wisconsin

Verified Buyer

Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

I had the opportunity to use this recently on a shoot on location, and it came through with awesome results! I absolutely love a source like this, but had not found a good one for use with speed lights until this one. Very easy assembly and adjustment and it comes with a great small bag to keep the parts together. This one is a sure winner, and I may just have to get a backup......Love it!

 
5.0

Huge difference in image quality for a great value

By George

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

Great product! Have a modifier that sets up and breaks down so quickly is a huge game changer for utilizing your off camera flash. Highly reccomend.

 
4.0

Works well

By AJ

from South Dakota

Verified Buyer

Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

Great product to introduce you to the world of softboxes and external lighting.

 
5.0

Silly if you don't buy the set

By Pascal

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

The rapid box is surpreme and I am not sure I need to write much about it as youtube and the comments are already plenty. If you want to buy it with the reflector plate (USD20) it would be silly not to take this set: it would be USD 189 without the stand. Agreed: the stand is a bit whobbely and has no air cushion but a USD 10 stand can always be parked for a permanent task like holding up a collapsible background or so. If not sell it for USD 25 and make some profit :)

 
2.0

Rapid Box

By Rich

from Chicago, IL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

Works fine. Quality seems marginal. The fabric is very thin and light-duty. We'll see if it holds up after repeated use.

 
4.0

Good for quick shoots

By Bradford

from Tennessee

Verified Buyer

Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

Super quick to set up and easy use. Works as advertised but won't replace a large octa with a more powerful light.

 
5.0

Very useful product

By Chris

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

I ordered 2 of these to help with some studio work - I didn't want to invest in expensive strobes, etc. and this looked like a good option to allow me to keep using Speedlites. Set up was very easy and items seemed to be well made. The stands might need some additional weight in a windy setting, but for indoor work they are great.

I only did some test shots to get a feel for how these enhance my off camera flash and the results were good. You have a lot of options - with or without reflector plate, with or without diffuser screen, optional grid, etc. I even tested these with my Omni Bounce on my flash and got very good results.

Overall, I feel this product is worth the money. It does what it is advertised to do, is easy to set up and use, and appears to be a good value for the money.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Instructions would be helpful

By Steven

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

TheOctaBox is just fine--good product, well built and opens and closes easily. There have been comments about the quality of the stand. Yes, it is not a great stand, but it works and as part of the kit, worth it. The real question, in my mind, has to do with metal defuser. The instructions (a label on the defuser) say put the convex side to the flash. If you do that and use the cloth defuser, you will have a black spot in the center of the cloth. If you reverse the metal that black spot is gone. When asking reps from Rapid Box, you may get told as I was, not to use both the metal and cloth defuser together. You will not get that answer from all of the Reps. You will have to decide for yourself.

 
5.0

Works Great

By ThomJ4

from Meridian, ID

Verified Buyer

Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

I use this in my home studio. Space is limited, so this works great. Easy to setup and use. This is my primary defuser for off-camera flash,

 
5.0

Westcott papid box 26

By Marty

from Undisclosed

Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

Love this rapid box, i got more than i expect to
I highly recommend this you get what your pay for and more

 
5.0

Just what I needed!!!

By Amy L.

from Kosciusko, Ms

Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

I ordered this product to use primarily for on location photo shoots. Setup and take down was so very easy and simple! I am truly happy with this product and am thinking of adding a second one to my gear very soon!

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