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WestcottApollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28")
 
4.2

(based on 82 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (34)
  • Lightweight (30)
  • Attach securely (26)
  • Good color value (17)
  • Long-lasting (15)

Cons

  • Flimsy (7)
  • Difficult to use (3)
  • Heavy / bulky (3)
  • Weak (3)

Best Uses

  • Indoors (40)
  • General purpose (36)
  • Outdoors (29)
  • Portraits (26)
  • Low light (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (26), Semi-pro photographer (23), Photo enthusiast (10), Semi-professional (6), Enthusiast (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (56)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Like it's ease of use

Although I've not used other soft boxes, I can't compare it to others. I like that it's based on the umbrella frame. It pops open easily without having to build and attach a...Read complete review

Although I've not used other soft boxes, I can't compare it to others. I like that it's based on the umbrella frame. It pops open easily without having to build and attach a speedring like other systems.

The flash is mounted inside and facing the back of the soft box which gives a nice soft light. I believe you loose 1- 1 1/2 stops of light. For the most part, I've been able to use my speedlite at half power with relatively good success and results.

The front baffle uses velcro to close and makes it easy to access your speedlite and make adjustments when necessary.

The bottom opening uses zippers to seal the softbox. Although you can use a standard light stand, you're limited as to how much you can angle down the softbox. I would recommend that you have a boom arm or a light stand that has an extension arm that will allow you to angle the top portion. It'll give you more flexibility in adjusting the angle and positioning.

Overall, I'm very pleased with the quality of the build, ease of setup, portability and quality of light. I would definitely recommend this or the 50" (my next purchase) to anyone doing location shoots. If you're in a studio, the ease of setup may not be an issue.

I don't think you can purchase a better softbox at this price point.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good starter softbox, not tough enough

This softbox setups easy, and is useful for someone like myself who is just learning to light since it doesn't need a speedring to mount. Its limitations became quickly evident though, when I...Read complete review

This softbox setups easy, and is useful for someone like myself who is just learning to light since it doesn't need a speedring to mount. Its limitations became quickly evident though, when I started to bring it around or try different angles. Its umbrella like design means it's susceptible to being crushed by its own weight if it falls, which happened to me scarcely a week after getting it. The arms of it don't extend out anymore, so my softbox is no longer square. The inability to angle it is also a hinderance to creative lighting. My recommendation for it would be to use it indoors only, weighted down, or spend the money to get a more durable one with an adjustable bracket if you plan to do more with lighting in the future.

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5.0

Perfect Lighting

By Frank

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

This lighting is nice and soft when used for Modeling, Music Videos And Interviews. I had one 9 years ago, Wore it out, So now that there back, I will buy another one. These things are hard to find, If you get one, Hang on to it!

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3.0

Require radio transmission

By Pistolpete

from Michigan

Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

Too complicated. Stobe is completely inside softbox. Needs radio transmission to activate and unless you have the newest stobes requires opening softbox to adjust light.

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5.0

At long last ... the right size

By QRB

from Seattle, WA

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

I do mostly environmental portraiture. The Apollo builds have been very kind to me in recent years... I have the Orb, the Strip, and the 50-incher (which is pretty similar to the Orb). For some reason I waited till now to buy the standard 28"x28" model. I wish I would've bought it sooner, then expanded to the others. That would've probably helped me visualize the way light works more...

Anyway, for most of my shoots I just use a standard shoot-through umbrella. That's the simplest way to light up a whole room quickly (for my day job, I tend to turn off the overhead lights because they're usually an ugly fluorescent). But I wanted a more controlled light that could still illuminate a full upper body. Hence, the 28"x28" softbox. Here's a shot from my first shoot with it today (I used a grid to further control the beam). Window light filled up the background. 50mm 1.2/L at f/2.5, 1/125, ISO 125.

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5.0

Excellent for location work

By LehighValleyPhoto

from PA

About Me Pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Long-Lasting

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Indoors
    • Outdoors
    • Portraits

    Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

    I have used this softbox for the better part of 20 years now. It is outstanding in its simplicity. It sets up and breaks down infinitely faster than my Chimera or Hansel boxes with speedrings, which makes it perfect for location photographers. It has been set-up/broke-down thousands of times. It is stored, without a protective sleeve, with light stands and other modifier in a soft case. There are no holes, tears and the velcro is still strong.

    To new photographers-- the speedring design is very popular for softboxes now. Having used both, I will tell you that assembling and breaking down speedrings is a royal PIA. For the location photographer, or someone who cannot leave their softboxes set up, this Westcott design is a blessing.

    Though the material is not as heavy as higher-end modifiers, as stated above, mine is 20 years old and without issue.

    For most lights and brackets, the light can be directed towards the back or towards the diffuser provided your umbrella retention system allows the shaft to pass through in either direction [my Hensel mono-lights will only allow umbrellas to pass through in 1 direction]. My original Apollo, came with an accessery-arm and nylon bracket, which allowed the light to point straight up through the softbox. This allows for complete adjustment of the controls and angle. I am not certain if the new version still has this or not. If not, it is easily made from hardware store parts.

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    5.0

    Great Softbox, nice quality of light!

    By Damon_C

    from los angeles, ca

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Hard To Change Settings

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Indoors
    • Low Light
    • Portraits

    Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

    I was looking for a softbox like this, glad I found this one. I usually use the PHOTEK Softlighter for my fill light but always wanted a bit more control and not as much spill. This softbox has similar quality of light, very soft. I use it with a mono block head and not a speed flash. It's a bit annoying because you have to open the diffusion to change any settings, but it's not that big of a deal. Very happy with this product.

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    5.0

    Wonderful light

    By Catvibe

    from Asheville, NC

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Good Color Value
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Portraits

      Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

      The recessed diffusion and the shape of this softbox make this a wonderful light modifier for many reasons. Not the least of which is the beautiful result. The build is solid yet light making it an extremely portable softbox. Love the way it folds up like an umbrella. Works great with my speed lights.

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      4.0

      Very good medium softbox.

      By Lex

      from Detroit, MI

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Compact
      • Durable Frame
      • Good light
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

          This is my go-to softbox. Small enough to pack easily, large enough for broad light, and deep enough for some punch. The fiberglass support rods are a welcome improvement over traditional stamped-steel designs. More flexible, and resistant to buckling and denting. Easy to pack in slightly hostile locations.

          The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is that the fabric is somewhat sensitive to abrasion. I've put a few small holes in mine thanks to resting it against a couple concrete blocks in my trunk. In a few days, it wore through. Easily repaired, and easily avoided, but something to watch out for.

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          2.0

          Good but limited

          By The Photog

          from Albuquerque

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Portraits

            Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

            I purchased two of these to use with my 600EX-RT speedlights.

            Pros: The quality of construction is top notch. No complaints here. It sets up easily.

            Cons: Impossible to angle. Since the flash is completely contained within the softbox you have to repeatedly remove the diffuser panel in order to make any adjustments. The way the pole attaches to the light stand makes the flash sit very high in the box. This makes the light bouncing off of the inside of the box pretty uneven.

            If I had to make the purchase again I would go with the Westcott Rapid Box.

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            5.0

            excelent

            By Cartridge World

            from Arecibo, Puerto Rico

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Good Color Value
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Indoors
              • Outdoors
              • Portraits

              Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

              Easy to use, looks great and very professional contruccion

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              5.0

              Quality

              By Randmvision

              from Las Vegas

              Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

              I usually buy soft boxes or modifiers on @ , usually cheaper and last pretty well , immediately after opening this and setting it up , I noticed a massive difference in the build quality , it doesn't break down as thin as some of my other modifiers but it's very useful and great for on location shooting, I use mine with a 600 exrt if that helps. This sucks about a stop of light of it.

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              4.0

              Great all-around soft box

              By Patrick D

              from Sarasota, FL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Durable
              • Lightweight
              • Simple to operate

              Cons

              • Lacks Storage Case

              Best Uses

              • Indoors
              • Portraits

              Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

              Overall, the Westcott Apollo is a very well designed and well built softbox. I love that it is on an umbrella frame and attaches to a light stand just like an umbrella. The fiberglass construction does a good job keeping it lightweight and durable, and it folds down to a reasonable size for transport. My only complaints are that it does not come with a sleeve or cover to store it in and that the 4 zippers arranged in a + formation on the bottom panel (where the light stand comes through) do not provide sufficient clearance to tilt the softbox downward very far. In order to tilt it downward effectively, you must slide the main shaft much further into the umbrella adapter bracket, which then puts your speedlight too close to the reflective surface inside the box to get a good light spread. This can be overcome by simply lowering your light stand and positioning the softbox at flatter angle. I would definitely buy this softbox again, and I am only giving it four stars instead of five due to the lack of a storage case at this price point.

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              4.0

              Will go to good use!

              By Carol

              from Roscoe, IL

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Durable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors
                • Portraits

                Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

                This is a handy product, can be used as a soft box or umbrella. It has a zipper opening on the bottom to just slip over your light. It's a little cumbersome getting the umbrella post through your light because the unit can only be so flexible, but it works out. It does the job as it is a nice size and - again - can sub as an umbrella. You might think it would be floppy with no ring, but it is not bad at all.

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                5.0

                INDISPENSABLE......

                By Windwalker

                from Monticello,Ga

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Durable
                • Lightweight
                • Long-Lasting

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors
                  • Low Light
                  • Night Time
                  • Outdoors
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

                  Whats to say ... it's a Westcott Apollo. I can't imagine not having this in my kit. If you take portraits it's a must have ... the light is awesome.

                  One thing, expect the white face material to be very wrinkled when you get this. An iron on low nylon heat easily corrects the problem. Then what I do is roll it up around a small wooden dowell and slide it in a cardboard tube left over from wrapping paper, throw it my grip bag and it stays pretty much wrinkle free.

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                  4.0

                  nice diffuser

                  By hired Gun

                  from calgary, Canada

                  Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

                  I like how it folds up, works well.
                  With a Canon 580 and a pocket wizard hard shield it almost isn't deep enough. This is with it pointing straight back. It's built a little lighter than I expected, but works well. the deep recess of the diffusion panels allows good light control. Would recommend it

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                  4.0

                  I like it.

                  By Adam Swanson

                  from Duluth, MN

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors

                    Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

                    This softbox is my first one and I like it. The only downside, and maybe this applies to all soft boxes, is that when I attach the softbox and flash to the same bracket the flash is at the very top of the soft box. It would be nice if it could be adjusted so that the flash was situated in the center of the sofbox. Other than that, it was easy to figure out, offers even lighting and does the job.

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                    4.0

                    Works well

                    By Stuart

                    from Greenwich, CT

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Durable
                    • Good Color Value
                    • Lightweight
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

                      I am new to studio lighting and this is my first softbox. Overall great product. Packs easily like an umbrella and sets up pretty easily as well.

                      My only complaint or observation is that one can't easily tilt the softbox toward the subject. One needs a boom arm. Most pros would probably say, that's right, that is what a boom arm is for. However, I think a boom arm could be avoided with a slight modification of the design.

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                      2.0

                      In my view it needs a lot of flash power

                      By Trev

                      from Brisbane Australia

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Long-Lasting

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors
                        • Low Light
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

                        In my view at a 100,ISO it needs a lot of flash power, using Canon 580EXii and 600EX-RT at full power rather close is only about F7, forget the grid its just to much of a reduction, don't think I will use it very often, but it does have a nice light output then its a choice. Good but limited!

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                        3.0

                        It's a decent design

                        By Busy Bee Photographer

                        from Panama City, Florida

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Color Value
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Flimsy

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Portraits
                        • Special Events

                        Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

                        It's a quick setup softbox for location shoots if you have a very small strobe head; I purchased it with the intent of using it for a photobooth, to soften the modeling light and reduce the heat by turning the light away from the subject and have it reflect back towards the subject during live view booth sessions. it's not the best for that purposed, but it's usable in other areas.

                        It takes a little time to get use to the 4 zipppers and tiltling the head to align the umbrella rod with the rod holder.

                        I gave it 3 stars because the front panel will not stretch tight to present a good appearance

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                        3.0

                        Is there a better type of softbox

                        By Jriverspirit

                        from Minnesota

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Access To Flash
                        • assembly

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

                        Not sure I like the fact of the flash being sealed inside with minimal excess. I do have pocket wizards. Without that I would be returning this unit.

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                        4.0

                        Just what I needed

                        By TimmyTG

                        from Appleton, WI

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Westcott Apollo Softbox with Recessed Front (28 x 28"):

                          This product was purchased for on-location environmental portraits. It fits the bill for my needs. It is portable, sufficient for individual portrait use. I agree with some of the over reviewers questioning the durability. You can't be rough with it. I am a one person operation so I can control the care better than some. This device will definitely pay for itself in short order.

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