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WestcottApollo Orb Duo Kit
 
4.5

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (8)
  • Durable (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Portraits (9)
  • Indoors (6)
  • General purpose (4)
  • Low light (4)
  • Night time (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Portable, Beautiful Soft Light

I bought this to take some new headshots of my wife for her acting resume along with a Westcott X-Drop. I also ordered a heavy duty Impact light stand and a Smith Victor MB150...Read complete review

I bought this to take some new headshots of my wife for her acting resume along with a Westcott X-Drop. I also ordered a heavy duty Impact light stand and a Smith Victor MB150 boom arm so I could position the 43" Orb slightly above the subject as the keylight in a clamshell lighting scenario with the 28" softbox directly below for fill. The Apollo kit sets up quickly and easily and produces beautiful soft light. If you need a portable backdrop I strongly recommend buying the X-Drop to go with this. The included carrying case is definitely a welcome addition. I'll be bringing this kit into the office to help a few co-workers update their LinkedIn profiles.

I used this with three Canon 600ex-rt's with a Canon ST-E3-RT wireless transmitter and it's a wonderful setup (a speedlight in each softbox plus one to light the backdrop). I use the 600ex-rt's and my camera in manual mode using a Sekonic 478D to adjust the power on the flash units and shoot tethered to my MacBook Pro with a 27" Apple Cinema display from a tripod using my Canon 6D with 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II. I'm also using an ExpoDisc to set the color balance. I remember reading Douglas Kirkland saying something like "Try to create the best photo you can in camera" - I guess I may have taken his advice too far :)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Happy for the most part despite some issues

I'm a fan of the Apollo series and have a few other sizes in my kit that have been in use for over 2 years. I purchased this set a few weeks back and...Read complete review

I'm a fan of the Apollo series and have a few other sizes in my kit that have been in use for over 2 years. I purchased this set a few weeks back and have used them on several editorial assignments and one family portrait session.

The large Orb has a tendency to collapse on it's own, usually when repositioning the stand. May be "user error", but it's happened 3x now and I have made a point to make sure it's locked in place after the first collapse.

One of the cold shoes provided tightens off center, this is more of an annoyance than anything else as the speed light inside has a rotating head and I can position where I want but one would expect a new piece of equipment to work properly at least the first time...

The zipper pull-tab on the bag is flimsy and about to break after 3 sessions. I like the bag construction otherwise, but this is also something unexpected from a new bag...

Other than that I love the portability and plan to continue to use them.

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3.0

Happy for the most part despite some issues

By TRCPhoto

from Princeton, NJ

Verified Buyer

Comments about Westcott Apollo Orb Duo Kit:

I'm a fan of the Apollo series and have a few other sizes in my kit that have been in use for over 2 years. I purchased this set a few weeks back and have used them on several editorial assignments and one family portrait session.

The large Orb has a tendency to collapse on it's own, usually when repositioning the stand. May be "user error", but it's happened 3x now and I have made a point to make sure it's locked in place after the first collapse.

One of the cold shoes provided tightens off center, this is more of an annoyance than anything else as the speed light inside has a rotating head and I can position where I want but one would expect a new piece of equipment to work properly at least the first time...

The zipper pull-tab on the bag is flimsy and about to break after 3 sessions. I like the bag construction otherwise, but this is also something unexpected from a new bag...

Other than that I love the portability and plan to continue to use them.

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5.0

Great quality and fast setup

By R&D Photography

from Long Island NY

About Me Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Large Carry Bag
  • Light quality
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

  • Cheap Stands

Best Uses

  • Everyday use
  • Home
  • Portraits
  • Studio
  • Traveling

Comments about Westcott Apollo Orb Duo Kit:

These setup super fast. They open like umbrellas and the diffusers go on super fast. The light quality is great with just speedlights. The only issue is that the center pole doesn't line up with the hole. You have to open it a little, line up the pole and then pull it to open the softbox. The also close up fast as well. The bag is great too. I bought the strip box and was able to fit it and the stand in this bag too. Great quality bag. The only bad things are the stands. They suck. Cheap quality. Can't complain for the price.

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5.0

Awesome set of soft boxes

By PhotosTM

from McKinney, TX

About Me Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits
    • Studio

    Comments about Westcott Apollo Orb Duo Kit:

    These are super easy to setup. I took them to a wedding and was up and running in 10 min. Great for indoor / outdoor flash photography. produces really nice soft light.

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    • No

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    4.0

    great kit for portraits, great price

    By nycfotos

    from NYC, NY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Great price
    • Lightweight
    • Long-Lasting
    • Portable
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Flash Wremote Trigger
      • General Use
      • Good Size
      • Indoors
      • Low Light
      • Night Time
      • Outdoors
      • Portraits
      • Special Events
      • To Be Used With Flash Ttl

      Comments about Westcott Apollo Orb Duo Kit:

      used for portrait photography
      versatile
      great price at B&H, I saved about $100 on the same kit from a competitor online

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      • No

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      5.0

      Happy I invested in this gear

      By Szeliga Imagery

      from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Night Time
          • Outdoors
          • Portraits

          Comments about Westcott Apollo Orb Duo Kit:

          I bought this equipment to help me light my portrait and event work and I am very happy with the gear. The stands are sturdy and the light boxes work like I wanted them to do. I like the ease of setup and the carrying case helps me keep it and a couple other things conveniently packed away. I have no complaints about it so far, but I have only used it once on a shoot. I plan on using more soon to help me on a couple personal projects.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Portable, Beautiful Soft Light

          By luciddreamz

          from Raleigh, NC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Beatuful Light
          • Lightweight
          • Portable

          Cons

          • Flimsy

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Portraits

          Comments about Westcott Apollo Orb Duo Kit:

          I bought this to take some new headshots of my wife for her acting resume along with a Westcott X-Drop. I also ordered a heavy duty Impact light stand and a Smith Victor MB150 boom arm so I could position the 43" Orb slightly above the subject as the keylight in a clamshell lighting scenario with the 28" softbox directly below for fill. The Apollo kit sets up quickly and easily and produces beautiful soft light. If you need a portable backdrop I strongly recommend buying the X-Drop to go with this. The included carrying case is definitely a welcome addition. I'll be bringing this kit into the office to help a few co-workers update their LinkedIn profiles.

          I used this with three Canon 600ex-rt's with a Canon ST-E3-RT wireless transmitter and it's a wonderful setup (a speedlight in each softbox plus one to light the backdrop). I use the 600ex-rt's and my camera in manual mode using a Sekonic 478D to adjust the power on the flash units and shoot tethered to my MacBook Pro with a 27" Apple Cinema display from a tripod using my Canon 6D with 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II. I'm also using an ExpoDisc to set the color balance. I remember reading Douglas Kirkland saying something like "Try to create the best photo you can in camera" - I guess I may have taken his advice too far :)

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          • No

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          4.0

          So far - so good

          By Rossi

          from Texas

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Low Light
            • Portraits
            • Special Events

            Comments about Westcott Apollo Orb Duo Kit:

            I really like these units and the portability. I opted to use a heavier duty stand for these but outside of that they really make great light for my shoots so far. I typically mount the 43" Orb on a boom arm to make tilting it more flexible. 4 Stars primarily due to the lightweight stands that come with this kit.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Impressed

            By Sheila

            from Kentucky

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Indoors
              • Low Light
              • Outdoors
              • Portraits

              Comments about Westcott Apollo Orb Duo Kit:

              I love the Apollo Orb Duo Kit! Very portable and easily assembles and disassembles into its nice carry case. Perfect for the photographer on the go!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              Great starter kit!

              By ASmith77

              from Holly Springs, NC

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Durable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors
                • Low Light
                • Night Time
                • Portraits
                • Special Events

                Comments about Westcott Apollo Orb Duo Kit:

                Just used this set up for an event this weekend and it worked perfect. Took a couple minutes to set up, not as fast as a set up like the Rapid Box but still pretty quick. The set up is lightweight and with the travel bag it makes it great for on the go!

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                • Yes

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                4.0

                I've found "the sweet light !"

                By Lensjockey

                from Cincinnati Ohio

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Color Value
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Flimsy

                Best Uses

                • Portraits

                Comments about Westcott Apollo Orb Duo Kit:

                This is the perfect location kit I can use for doing a few headshots or executive portraits on location using my speedlights when I don't need to lug out all the corded lights and deal with extension cords, finding a place to plug in, worrying about someone tripping over my cords, etc. They produce a beautiful soft even light . My only problem with this kit is the range of tilt that's possible once everything's set up. You pretty much have to leave them aiming straight out . Also, once a speedlight is sealed up inside, you need to keep pulling the velcro open on the diffusers to make adjustments . This isn't a problem , though , with my Lumedyne unit with a separate controlable power pack outside the softbox or orb.

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                • No

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