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WestcottErin Manning PocketBox Educational Flash Softbox Kit
 
4.4

(based on 19 reviews)

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    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (16)
  • Attaches securely (8)
  • Durable (6)
  • Easy to set up (3)
  • Good color value (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Portraits (15)
  • Indoors (9)
  • Low light (8)
  • General purpose (7)
  • Night time (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (10), Photo enthusiast (3), Pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (16)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great product!

I purchased this for a photo shoot where I knew I would have to use flash. Was quite worried about taking flash pictures as I am not a huge fan of them. However,...Read complete review

I purchased this for a photo shoot where I knew I would have to use flash. Was quite worried about taking flash pictures as I am not a huge fan of them. However, this kit was just what I needed. All soft boxes were easy to attach to flash and the educational DVD gave some really good tips. Highly recommend it!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It's "ok"

if you've experimented enough bouncing flash and using diffusers you'll know this goes along with the plethora of the others claiming to be "the one". This is not a kit that will...Read complete review

if you've experimented enough bouncing flash and using diffusers you'll know this goes along with the plethora of the others claiming to be "the one". This is not a kit that will diffuse your flash shots in all situations, just some. Build quality is definitely on the cheap side, which I think the stitching of the materials should have been a priority instead of the cute pouch to house the diffusers. I'll stick to my Stofen and RAW.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent mix

By Mike

from Stamford

Comments about Westcott Erin Manning PocketBox Educational Flash Softbox Kit:

These soft boxes are a great addition to any flash kit. They are built well. They utilize thin but stiff wire to keep the diffuser shape, while the rest is all fabric, allowing them to fold flat. They fit my moble flash heads in a simple and secure way, using elastic and Velcro.

The variety of shapes and sizes is useful, if only making a subtle difference.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Easily portable

By Shutterbug

from Northern California

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Low Light
  • Night Time
  • Outdoors
  • Portraits

Comments about Westcott Erin Manning PocketBox Educational Flash Softbox Kit:

if looking for a portable, lightweight softbox that won't take up a lot of room in your luggage or camera pack, I highly recommend this product. It will help you to direct the light onto your subject, which otherwise may be in the shadows and too dark to obtain the desired image.

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  • No

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

It's "ok"

By Anne

from Gatineau, Quebec

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Flimsy

Best Uses

  • Portraits

Comments about Westcott Erin Manning PocketBox Educational Flash Softbox Kit:

if you've experimented enough bouncing flash and using diffusers you'll know this goes along with the plethora of the others claiming to be "the one". This is not a kit that will diffuse your flash shots in all situations, just some. Build quality is definitely on the cheap side, which I think the stitching of the materials should have been a priority instead of the cute pouch to house the diffusers. I'll stick to my Stofen and RAW.

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  • No

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

well made, but velcro wares out

By michael baumann

from new york

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Westcott Erin Manning PocketBox Educational Flash Softbox Kit:

the pocketBox gives a nice light, the product itself is of good construction, it's a little cumbersome to put on a speed light, but that is ok. the only problem is the velcro waring out after using the lightBox often (75 times, 100 times?) ... i probably will go to my tailor at the cleaners to have a new velcro sawn onto the strap ...

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great product, almost perfect

By Light Catcher

from Houston, TX

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Color Value
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors
    • Night Time
    • Outdoors
    • Portraits
    • Special Events

    Comments about Westcott Erin Manning PocketBox Educational Flash Softbox Kit:

    While I find the round and large square diffusers to be more effective for general softening and wrapping light, all do a good job at what the are intended to do. I do find that they slip off the flash head eventually, but that seems to be an issued with all modifiers that are not custom manufactured for a specific flash head. I will continue using them and time on on location and cannot bring off-camera light.

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    • No

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice! Wish I had found this sooner!

    By Charlie

    from Alabama

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Convenient
    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Time saving

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Flowers
      • Indoors
      • Low Light
      • Night Time
      • Outdoors
      • Portraits
      • Product photography

      Comments about Westcott Erin Manning PocketBox Educational Flash Softbox Kit:

      Great soft boxes for lighting small areas, up-close shots, or two people up close and close together. Also great for small product photography, or for plants. Having 3 shapes is great. They are easy to attach to flash, with a strap wrapping around and attaching with Velcro. Well made. I definitely recommend the kit.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Nice kit

      By C. Lee

      from Pinson, AL

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Westcott Erin Manning PocketBox Educational Flash Softbox Kit:

        Use for portrait photography for diffused light with off-or-on-camera flash for one person or perhaps two if close together (with the rectangular softbox turned horizontal for 2 people). Nice to light small area, like face(s) where you want the light to fall of and not be bright on the full person or a large area. Three different sized softboxes is nice.

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        • No

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good Things

        By ChapJohn

        from Tigard, Oregon

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Flash

          Comments about Westcott Erin Manning PocketBox Educational Flash Softbox Kit:

          I like the size and weight of these soft boxes. They are big enough to spread light enough to wrap around most things I shoot. There are not too heavy to be mobile. I like that they are stiff enough to hold their shape.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Brilliant idea

          By KimH

          from Providence RI

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Attach
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

          • Slips Off If Not Tight

          Best Uses

          • Artificial Lighting
          • Photography
          • Portraits
          • Weddings

          Comments about Westcott Erin Manning PocketBox Educational Flash Softbox Kit:

          Having the 3 options makes it easy to determine what is going to work in any lighting situation. These pocketboxes are east to use and the tutorial that comes with them is a great primer for people with no experience but is too basic for a professional. However, I'm somewhere in the middle and found it very helpful.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great product!

          By bandmandq

          from Du Quoin, IL

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Photography
            • Portraits
            • Strobe Lighting
            • Weddings

            Comments about Westcott Erin Manning PocketBox Educational Flash Softbox Kit:

            I purchased this for a photo shoot where I knew I would have to use flash. Was quite worried about taking flash pictures as I am not a huge fan of them. However, this kit was just what I needed. All soft boxes were easy to attach to flash and the educational DVD gave some really good tips. Highly recommend it!

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            • No

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            4.0

            Good diffusion

            By perk

            from Manhattan, ks

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Good Color Value
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Flimsy
            • Weak

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Portraits
            • Special Events

            Comments about Westcott Erin Manning PocketBox Educational Flash Softbox Kit:

            They work great. It is hard to keep creases out of them though. the flash opening also seems to be a little too big for the Nikon SB-900. But, they still work fine for what they are.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Highly recommended!!!

            By RickSwim

            from Calgary AB, Canada

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Indoors
              • Portraits
              • Special Events

              Comments about Westcott Erin Manning PocketBox Educational Flash Softbox Kit:

              An extremely versatile kit.... Three sizes allowing many options...

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              • No

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              3.0

              Good variety, so-so qaulity

              By Iso

              from Arkansas

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Portraits

                Comments about Westcott Erin Manning PocketBox Educational Flash Softbox Kit:

                Works pretty well but hard to get on the flash 'straight'. Fairly good quality especially for the great price. Sometimes feels like I need 3 hands to attach. Works well once on the flash. Barely fits on my Oly 50R flash. Instructional DVD is pretty worthless unless you don't even know what a flash is used for.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great to have in my bag

                By Lori Ann k

                from Illinois

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Low Light

                  Comments about Westcott Erin Manning PocketBox Educational Flash Softbox Kit:

                  I used it Xmas and took some great shots and really softened the light when using flash

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  A good buy.

                  By Tman

                  from Richmond, TX

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Long-Lasting

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Low Light
                    • Night Time
                    • Outdoors
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Westcott Erin Manning PocketBox Educational Flash Softbox Kit:

                    I find these easy to use and good when doing portraits.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    4.0

                    Good for the money

                    By Jack the Toad

                    from Tucson, AZ

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors
                      • Low Light
                      • Outdoors
                      • Portraits
                      • Special Events

                      Comments about Westcott Erin Manning PocketBox Educational Flash Softbox Kit:

                      Well made, 3 heads offer nice versatility. Attaching to flash can be tricky at first and boxes don't fully expand, but after a few uses (and some tugging once attached) the system is pretty good for the price. The large box is particularly useful for larger groups and spaces. The DVD, however, is pretty basic for anyone who's used flash before.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      I would buy this product 100 more times!

                      By WMP

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Good Color Value
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Indoors
                        • Low Light
                        • Night Time
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Westcott Erin Manning PocketBox Educational Flash Softbox Kit:

                        I use this product for my photo shoots, but I actually don't just use it at home, I take it to location shoots with me as well! It's easy to set up, easy to use and the training videos were awesome! So far I have no complaints about the product at all!!!

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        good value for your dollar

                        By cj

                        from western ma

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Artificial Lighting
                          • Photography
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Westcott Erin Manning PocketBox Educational Flash Softbox Kit:

                          Mostly these Soft Boxes will be used for Macro work,with a occasional portrait thrown in. The four different size Soft boxes covers lots of situations and they take up very little space,plus there weight is light. The DVD that comes with the kit is not so great.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Perfect Portables

                          By acelafella

                          from oaklyn, nj

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Securely
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Westcott Erin Manning PocketBox Educational Flash Softbox Kit:

                            Perfect for when you need to travel out with only one flash unit. The 3 softboxes easily fold up and all fit into one included pouch. Ideal for strobists!

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                            • No

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