Westcott 2331 28" Apollo Flash Kit #2331 with 8' Light Stand - Fiberglass Frame

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About Westcott

Westcott has enhanced the already popular Apollo product line by building the frame with fiberglass ribs. The fiberglass ribs provides added durability for those on-location situations and windy days!

This complete portable kit allows you to take off-camera flash lighting to a whole new level. The 28" Apollo is built on an umbrella frames and sets up in seconds. No adapter rings are required. The Apollo is an ideal main or fill light providing 104 degrees of wraparound lighting. The included adjustable shoe mount fits a variety of off-camera flashes and allows the Apollo to be tilted. It's made of all metal construction. The included 8' light stand is durable and lightweight. Perfect for travel.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Durable (8),Good color value (5),Attach securely (4),Lightweight (4)
Best Uses:
Indoors (12),General purpose (9),Low light (7),Night time (6),Outdoors (6),Portraits (5),Outdoor events / games (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (12)

Westcott Features

  • Apollo sets up in seconds and is built on an umbrella frame
  • Apollo offers all the benefits of a softbox with added portability
  • Adjustable shoe mount fits a variety of speedlites
  • Adjustable Shoe Mount is made of all metal construction
  • Included 8' stand is lightweight and durable

Westcott Specifications

Dimensions
36 x 6 x 6 inches
Weight
4.6 pounds

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.3

(based on 15 reviews)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect Softbox for Speedlight

I use this softbox with a nikon speedlight (SB900 or SB600) for portraits. I was immediately impressed at how easy it was to set up. The sofbox is built on an umbrella frame and set up is almost as easy as that. Once open, you simply need to attach it to the stand via the umbrella hole and then close the front panel with the attached velcro. I had the stand and softbox set up in literally 2 or 3 minutes. Access to your flash is as easy as opening the front panel. Even better then the easy set...

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I use this softbox with a nikon speedlight (SB900 or SB600) for portraits. I was immediately impressed at how easy it was to set up. The sofbox is built on an umbrella frame and set up is almost as easy as that. Once open, you simply need to attach it to the stand via the umbrella hole and then close the front panel with the attached velcro. I had the stand and softbox set up in literally 2 or 3 minutes. Access to your flash is as easy as opening the front panel. Even better then the easy set up is how good the pictures look. This 28 inch softbox is large and place a beautiful key light in the subjects eyes. the light is soft and consistant. The photos attached here were made with a three light set up. The softbox is camera left just outside the frame (the closer, the softer the light). A second light was set up camera right using a speedlight and umbella at half power, and the last light was camera right and behind the subject. I used a Nikon D300 with a Nikkor 35 mm f/1.8 set at f/4. Only processing was white balance and cropping.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Manufacturing defects; poor customer ser

I have a Wescott umbrella kit, which I liked. I purchased this softbox kit and found the tilt bracket had design or manufacturing defects which prevented it from holding the softbox and flash. I re-machined the part to make it fit and notified Wescott of the problem. Initially they offered a replacement part but I told them the part, remachined, now worked. I had hoped for a small 'apology' gift but they insisted I'd have to send that part back (rendering the kit unusable) in order to get a n...

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I have a Wescott umbrella kit, which I liked. I purchased this softbox kit and found the tilt bracket had design or manufacturing defects which prevented it from holding the softbox and flash. I re-machined the part to make it fit and notified Wescott of the problem. Initially they offered a replacement part but I told them the part, remachined, now worked. I had hoped for a small 'apology' gift but they insisted I'd have to send that part back (rendering the kit unusable) in order to get a new part and accused me of not putting it on the lightstand correctly (!!!!!) Very dissatisfied with a 100 yr old company's service. Try Protoflex XS Octodome- same price

Reviewed by 15 customers

 
5.0

Amazing support by FJWestcott

By

from Salt Lake City UT  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Perfect for studio or run 'n gun field work. Love the ease of use, quick setup, quality of light, and versatility. I use these with everything from speedlights, mono's, and spiderlites. The newer (fiberglass) versions are even more dynamic with the ability to add a grid and are also more durable. On top of being a quality product, FJWestcott blew my expectations away when I sent my old Apollo's in for modification (retrofit) to work with their 40 degree grids. All I can say is, what an amazing customer experience. I've got several of their products (umbrellas, backdrops, and more than a few apollo products), and now they've got a loyal FJWestcott customer for life. I feel obligated to share with others not because of the personal service treatment, but to reassure anyone considering their products that they firmly stand behind their offerings and provide unbelievable service/support. Save yourself the time and hassle and just go FJWestcott. Kudos to their team for the exceptional customer treatment.

 
5.0

Great buy

By

from San Diego, ca  -  Semi-Professional

Easy to put up just like an umbrella. Used it with a ab1600 studio light and it worked perfect. As with any umbrella make sure you weigh down your stand. Mine fell over 5 minutes into the shoot. Woops. Wish the top portion of the diffuser was permanently attached but that's just me. All in all I love it.

 
5.0

Great kit!

By

from Michigan  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I graduated to this after I first bought a 16" softbox which was smaller than what I needed. This size works really well for my basement studio. The double panels are good and the setup is easy.

 
4.0

Big, soft lighting at a modest price

By

from Charlotte NC  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Easy, quick set up with an umbrella frame on any standard umbrella stand. Great even lighting from the reflective interior. The flash is behind the front diffuser panel so access can be inconvenient so best when used with remote radio triggers. The design does not allow much tilt option on a standard light stand but you can have the light stand shaft enter from under the diffuser panel. Looks a little odd but still works fine. Hey, photographers have to improvise at times. Not the best softbox in breezy outdoor settings but all around a very good value.

 
1.0

Manufacturing defects; poor customer ser

By

from Norwalk CT  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I have a Wescott umbrella kit, which I liked. I purchased this softbox kit and found the tilt bracket had design or manufacturing defects which prevented it from holding the softbox and flash. I re-machined the part to make it fit and notified Wescott of the problem. Initially they offered a replacement part but I told them the part, remachined, now worked. I had hoped for a small 'apology' gift but they insisted I'd have to send that part back (rendering the kit unusable) in order to get a new part and accused me of not putting it on the lightstand correctly (!!!!!) Very dissatisfied with a 100 yr old company's service. Try Protoflex XS Octodome- same price

 
5.0

Excellent Product.

By

from Gold Coast, Australia  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This soft box works exactly as it's supposed to. Nice soft colour, too. I'm using this with an SB900 and diffuser. Beautiful light. Nice fall off. Flexible light....if you want harder light, remove the diffuser. Only drawback as some others have said is the tilt. BUT if you are taking portraits of people this has no relevance. Plenty of angle for that. Stand is very good, too. To improve the package, they should add a boom arm. This would take care of the tilt as well. Very happy customer. Worth the shipping to Australia.

 
4.0

I would tell my friends about this.

By

from Mission Viejo,Ca  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use it in all my shoots when I need a little more light.

 
3.0

Good buy for the price

By

from Bradenton, FL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

The soft box is good for indoor uses, low light conditions or where space is limited. Several F-stops from your speedlight will be lost, limiting the output of this light source, especially outside.

 
4.0

Good light box

By

from LV NV  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Great product but must have weight/sand bag/or helper to hold even in slight breeze if using outside

 
5.0

Cannot beat the price or quality!

By

from USA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Works very well.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
KERNIT G  Very portable softbox that can be used on remote shoots.
Shopper  What's the work around if using a remote trigger that connects to the shoe of the flash?
MATTHEW M  Not an issue. Remote trigger should have same clip on bottom as flash, which will slide onto stand, where there is a knob to turn to tighten.
Robert T  Would this work with the 600ex-rt's? Do I need any other adapter pieces?
VANESSA H  I love this soft box, I do not have any "adapters" very much so worth the money.
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