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WestcottRapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit
 
4.7

(based on 83 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (66)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

95%

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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5.0

Great product

By John

from Fort Myers, Fl.

Verified Buyer

Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

It was a great investment, I have been using it for a week now and I have done about 60 Headshots and several group shots and the difference is amazing.
I like working with it so much I am actually buying another one next week.
easy. portable, simple, overall a great kit.

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5.0

Affordable Soft BOX

By Ricky M.

from Houston Texas, USA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

I have only used it a few times so far but I'm very happy with the results, the design is great, but the materials could be a bit better, but for the price point I'm not complaining. It is probably better suited to keep it set up in your studio than for frequent travel and heavy use. It is light weight and easy to set up and it looks great, the stand is also great quality for what you are paying. The light is soft and even, it works as advertised, looking forward to further testing, but is definitely worth the money if you are looking for your first soft box/beauty dish!

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5.0

Easy Setup- Quality product

By Rparker

from NJ

Verified Buyer

Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

on location portrait sessions

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5.0

Amazing

By Jerrrll

from Little Rock, Ar

Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

I used this for three shoots and it has changed my photography. Very easy to set up and deconstruct. I am simply amazed with this kit.

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5.0

I think I might need two!

By Liz

from Traverse City, MI

Verified Buyer

Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

This is the first softbox I've owned. I used it with a Canon Speedlite 430EX & two Cactus Transceiver V5s - and used a small circular reflector to bounce some light to soften and minimize the shadows I was getting. It worked for a simple restaurant shoot where they wanted some of their signature dishes photographed. I think that having a second one would help me balance out the light where it falls off in the background.
The product itself is well constructed and easy to set up.
My only gripe is that I wish the carry bag was big enough to hold the stand too.

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5.0

Rapid Box Rocks!

By KLKR8

from Southern California

Verified Buyer

Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

Super easy to set up, throws great soft light for on the go shooting outside of the studio. I really liked using this rather than battery pack strobes as it is easy to move to new setups and suites my get up and go shooting style. great stuff!

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5.0

Fantastic portable softbox from Westcott

By JR

from East Nortport

Verified Buyer

Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

Portability is the big seller here and the light is just gorgeous. I used a Nikon SB-910 Speedlight at a portrait club shoot and the results were on the money...

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5.0

Works Well So Far.....

By Bruce

from Spokane, WA

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

      Have not had much time to fully test the softbox but initial results have been good. Use it for portrait/headshots. Packs small in a nice carry case and sets up easy. Matches well to my Canon 430 EX speedlight. Came with reflector disk which is an accessory but seems like a necessity given that the softbox is relatively small and not very deep; may not get much light spread without the disk.

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      4.0

      So Easy to Set Up!

      By Robin From Brown Dog

      from Chicago, IL

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits
        • Traveling

        Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

        I've always found soft boxes a pain to set up. But this Rapid Box is a dream. Being a umbrella type of infrastructure really makes it a snap to set up. The box itself feels a little small, but did the trick for a basic portrait.

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        • No

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        5.0

        well worth it

        By Jon

        from newport news va

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits
          • Studio
          • Traveling

          Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

          creates smooth catch light in the eyes....

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          My Favorite light modifier

          By symes

          from Raleigh, NC

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Quality Of Light
          • Retains Access To Flash

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Portraits
            • Studio
            • Traveling

            Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

            To me this is perfect.

            The Rapid Box sets up extremely fast and feels very well put together. The whole unit with optional beauty dish and diffuser can be setup and the flashgun added right at the end. This enables you to have full access to the flashgun from the rear of the Rapid Box at all times.

            The light that this puts out has a lovely quality to it and 26" seems to me the perfect size for a single close portrait light.

            The only limitation compared to say a larger Apollo like the 43" Orb is that there is only room for a single flash to poke through the back, whereas the larger boxes allow double or triple speediltes to be mounted for additional power.

            If I had to travel with a single light modifier, this would be it.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Package Perfect

            By stbdtack

            from Annapolis

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Pack
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

              Assuming you'll need all the components, as I did, this is a great bargain. The Rapid Box is just that - easy to assemble - nice soft light.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great!

              By What to be a pro!

              from Novi, MI

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Pack
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos

                Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

                I've used this product twice so far and loved it. It is easy to set up and tear down and looks like it is good quality. Can't wait to work with it more!

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                • No

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                1.0

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

                By Tony

                from New York, NY

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Rivets Come Out
                  • Stems Break
                  • Weak Construction

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

                    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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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Excellent!

                    By Jared

                    from ATL

                    Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

                    Very quick delivery. Stand is black, lightweight and sturdy. Rapidbox opens very quickly. Place stand bracket on top of light stand and swivel the arm on the rapidbox then attach to bracket. Opens up like an umbrella then attach defuser dish. Translucent defuser fits over opening nicely. Up and shooting in under 2 minutes! All materials look and feel of high quality and durable. I'd buy another if they made a larger one...*wink, wink.

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                    5.0

                    Amazing!!!! What can I say!!

                    By Oludele photographer

                    from New York

                    Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

                    So amazing, small and just get the job done!!! The best?????

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                    5.0

                    Awesome portable light softbox

                    By andruhaha

                    from PA

                    Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

                    I love this box, really happy with this purchase. This box produce nice soft light, light, and portable.

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                    5.0

                    Great portable liight modifier for your speedlights!

                    By KP

                    from LI NY

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Pack
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

                      Easy to set up
                      Small/compact to store
                      light weight to travel with
                      Perfect solution for those who want to shoot "on location" without dragging alot of gear

                      Wish the lightstand would collapse to a shorter length for travel in a rollaboard suitcase or backpack!

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      I would buy this product again and again

                      By Tomo

                      from Hercegovina

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

                        Very happy with this softbox. Easy to use, light weight. Can take it anywhere. Provides beautiful, soft light for portraits.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Game Changer

                        By RJ

                        from Monroe, LA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Pack
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Speedlite Kit:

                          Easy set up and very lightweight

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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