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About Westcott

The Westcott Beauty Dish Deflector Plate for Rapid Box is designed for use with the Rapid Box. You can change the output of light by installing this lightweight, all-metal, reflective plate. It easily fits into the Rapid Box carry case and is compatible with the Rapid Box Octa, Octa Mini and Strip light modifiers.

Summary of Customer Reviews

(9)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (6),Lightweight (5),Durable (3),Versatile (3)
Best Uses:
Portraits (6)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (4),Photo enthusiast (3)

Westcott Features

  • All metal construction
  • Simply screws onto center shaft
  • Two part attachment rod for portability
  • Fits all styles of the Rapid Box and bonus lint cleaning cloth

Westcott Specifications

Construction
Metal
Diameter
5.50" (13.97cm)
Weight
0.20lbs (0.09kg)

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4

(based on 9 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

its just great

the deflector plate for rapid Box its just great. the deflector eliminates the usual hot spot and softens the light , the speed lights are hard lights but with the rapid box the speed light throws the light into deflector than bounce back on the back of the box, than reflects back through the front diffuser . I really love the quality of light I get with the soft box . But the deflector is the thing that makes the difference in the light quality and its well worth the investment. Highly recom...

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the deflector plate for rapid Box its just great. the deflector eliminates the usual hot spot and softens the light , the speed lights are hard lights but with the rapid box the speed light throws the light into deflector than bounce back on the back of the box, than reflects back through the front diffuser . I really love the quality of light I get with the soft box . But the deflector is the thing that makes the difference in the light quality and its well worth the investment. Highly recommended

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good build quality, no functional need

Build quality - The build quality of this product is very good, the plate is of heavy gauge, the concave (inside dish) side is dimpled with an orange peel texture. The deflector plate also comes with a short extension rod to screw into the center rod of the beauty dish and a wide machine bolt with a thin head & slot for a straight blade screwdriver to tighten it down. The dish attaches very securely. The only complaint on the parts is that I would have liked the machine bolt to have had a thi...

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Build quality - The build quality of this product is very good, the plate is of heavy gauge, the concave (inside dish) side is dimpled with an orange peel texture. The deflector plate also comes with a short extension rod to screw into the center rod of the beauty dish and a wide machine bolt with a thin head & slot for a straight blade screwdriver to tighten it down. The dish attaches very securely. The only complaint on the parts is that I would have liked the machine bolt to have had a thicker head with knurling (like a large thumb screw) so I can easily hand tighten it to the extension rod and thus not need a screwdriver for any reason. Also, if the machine bolt was permanently attached to the reflector dish somehow that made it impossible to fall out, then that would be one less small part for me to lose on the road. These are not huge issues by any means and not a reason to avoid a purchase in itself, just pointing out a suggested refinement. Usefulness - Here is where in my opinion the dish falls very short. Test setup with diffuser - I have done several tests with the 20" rapid box octa, both with and without the reflector dish, using a Nikon SB600 flash and my new favorite TTL triggers which are the Phottix Odin system. I tested by pointing the 20" octa at a white wall and taking images on my Nikon D7000 with a 35-70 2.8D lens at 35mm. This way I could see the light pattern emitted by the 20" octa on the wall. With the front white diffusion panel on the softbox for the first tests, I looked at the patterns on the wall with the speedlight set; A) with the built-in flip diffuser down B) 24mm zoom C) 50mm zoom D) 85mm zoom My conclusion is that the deflector plate is of very limited functional value. The focusing of light by the plate is similar to just adjusting your zoom head to the next tighter zoom setting. It seems that with the widest zoom setting on the speed light, the large metal block center of the umbrella sufficiently blocks enough light from the center hot spot area that this dish adds very little (if any) value. Test setup without diffuser - I tested similar to the with diffuser tests at 24mm, 50mm, and 85mm speed light zoom settings. In this case I found the dish actually created a large circular black hole to the light pattern. I even tried with the concave (inside dish) side facing out and facing in toward the speed light. With the dish facing out (subject side) the negative effect was less and with the concave side facing the speed light it was the worst, not only creating the black area in the center of the lighting but cutting out a high percentage of the light from making out of the box. Note that the 20" octa is best used with the wide angle flip diffuser on your flash flipped down for the most even light pattern to be emitted. Without the diffusion panel the more you zoom your speed light the more the center metal block and wires start to show like a strange cucoloris pattern. Summary - I have not tried this plate on the larger rapid box octa because I do not own one, but on the 20" unit I would not bother, because this outstanding octa does not need it. What Westcott really needs for the rapid box octa's is a grid capability much more than a deflector dish.

Reviewed by 9 customers

 
5.0

Whoops!

By

from Cherry Hill, NJ  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Th Rapid Box together with the Deflector Plate make a great combination, and I use them all the time. The photo shown in this advertisement is incorrect as the Deflector Plate is mounted backwards. The concave surface faces front!

 
3.0

I mostly love it but...

By

from Fairbanks, Alaska  -  Pro Photographer

I love the Rapid Box system and if I'm lighting straight on with this dish deflector it's great light but the gap between the deflector and the box makes for some funny light shapes if I don't shoot at much of an angle to the camera. I think this design could use a little work yet.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great addition to a 26 inch Rapid Box

By

from Washington DC  -  Photo Enthusiast

This improves the performance of the 26 inch Rapid Box by eliminating the hot spot. It does this, however, at the expense of creating a cold spot in the middle. Some simple tests showed a smaller cold spot and more even light with the deflector plate installed with the convex side pointing toward the light, where as the "orange peal" milling suggests that it is designed to be installed with the concave side pointing to the light. With the plate in place, the unit delivers lovely soft light for portraits using the edge of the light. Used to illuminate larger areas the cold spot is clearly visible. I'd happily recommend this to a friend, but with the caveat noted above.

 
5.0

Awesome

By

from New Jersey  -  Pro Photographer

Great light!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

its just great

By

from ft lauderdale fl  -  Semi-pro Photographer

the deflector plate for rapid Box its just great. the deflector eliminates the usual hot spot and softens the light , the speed lights are hard lights but with the rapid box the speed light throws the light into deflector than bounce back on the back of the box, than reflects back through the front diffuser . I really love the quality of light I get with the soft box . But the deflector is the thing that makes the difference in the light quality and its well worth the investment. Highly recommended

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Good build quality, no functional need

By

from Michigan  -  Photo Enthusiast

Build quality - The build quality of this product is very good, the plate is of heavy gauge, the concave (inside dish) side is dimpled with an orange peel texture. The deflector plate also comes with a short extension rod to screw into the center rod of the beauty dish and a wide machine bolt with a thin head & slot for a straight blade screwdriver to tighten it down. The dish attaches very securely. The only complaint on the parts is that I would have liked the machine bolt to have had a thicker head with knurling (like a large thumb screw) so I can easily hand tighten it to the extension rod and thus not need a screwdriver for any reason. Also, if the machine bolt was permanently attached to the reflector dish somehow that made it impossible to fall out, then that would be one less small part for me to lose on the road. These are not huge issues by any means and not a reason to avoid a purchase in itself, just pointing out a suggested refinement. Usefulness - Here is where in my opinion the dish falls very short. Test setup with diffuser - I have done several tests with the 20" rapid box octa, both with and without the reflector dish, using a Nikon SB600 flash and my new favorite TTL triggers which are the Phottix Odin system. I tested by pointing the 20" octa at a white wall and taking images on my Nikon D7000 with a 35-70 2.8D lens at 35mm. This way I could see the light pattern emitted by the 20" octa on the wall. With the front white diffusion panel on the softbox for the first tests, I looked at the patterns on the wall with the speedlight set; A) with the built-in flip diffuser down B) 24mm zoom C) 50mm zoom D) 85mm zoom My conclusion is that the deflector plate is of very limited functional value. The focusing of light by the plate is similar to just adjusting your zoom head to the next tighter zoom setting. It seems that with the widest zoom setting on the speed light, the large metal block center of the umbrella sufficiently blocks enough light from the center hot spot area that this dish adds very little (if any) value. Test setup without diffuser - I tested similar to the with diffuser tests at 24mm, 50mm, and 85mm speed light zoom settings. In this case I found the dish actually created a large circular black hole to the light pattern. I even tried with the concave (inside dish) side facing out and facing in toward the speed light. With the dish facing out (subject side) the negative effect was less and with the concave side facing the speed light it was the worst, not only creating the black area in the center of the lighting but cutting out a high percentage of the light from making out of the box. Note that the 20" octa is best used with the wide angle flip diffuser on your flash flipped down for the most even light pattern to be emitted. Without the diffusion panel the more you zoom your speed light the more the center metal block and wires start to show like a strange cucoloris pattern. Summary - I have not tried this plate on the larger rapid box octa because I do not own one, but on the 20" unit I would not bother, because this outstanding octa does not need it. What Westcott really needs for the rapid box octa's is a grid capability much more than a deflector dish.

 
5.0

Must have accessory to the Rapid Box

By

from Powhatan VA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I wouldn't use my rapid boxes without the deflector in place to eliminate a hot spot in the middle

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice softbox but not real soft

By

from Colorado  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I really like the way this box sets up and down with little to no effort. It's extremely light as well. I think it's a great design but I think it needs an interior baffle. The single diffuser is nice because it's just one stop but I think the light is a bit too harsh even when you put it extremely close to the subject. Even with the metal deflector and outer diffuser it's still pretty hard. I almost sent it back until I set it up as a beauty dish and then fell in love with it. It makes a great beauty dish and it's a nice size one for portability. If you watch the Zach Gray video in the Westcott University and look close enough you can see that at the 5' he has the light at, it's pretty harsh. But that may be what you're looking for. I bought another name brand 24" square softbox at the same time and the light is much softer through it. It has an interior baffle and is a 2 stop loss. You also have the capability to use 2 flashes with it at the same time that can help with the 2 stop loss. In the end I decided to keep both of them and like them both but I have been using an interior baffle in the Rapid Box.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Makes Great Product Even Better

By

from Hilo, HI  -  Photo Enthusiast

An essential addition to using any of the Rapid Box products. Works great to eliminate hot spots on the modifier--produces a nice, even light when working up close to your subject. Four stars because this really should be a part of the Rapid Box product and not an add-on.

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Janice K  Will this fit my 580 exii canon speedlight and the odin trasmitter? Recently I bought a 22" beauty dish but I couldnt mount the speedlight to it b/c it had a transmitter attached to it.
DZUNG D  I bought it for my Nikon SB-910 which is very big and it fited very good. I hope this help.
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