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About Westcott

Apollo are constructed using an umbrella frame. No speed rings are needed, just use the umbrella receptacle on your light. Easy opening and closing means easy set-up and takedown. The square or rectangular shape allows you to scrim or control the light more readily. For direct diffusion, position the light facing the white diffuser panel. The light will have a bright center with a soft edge. The distance of the light to the diffuser panel will govern the brightness of the center of the light. For indirect diffusion, mount the Apollo with the light facing towards the back of the light modifier. With the light in this position, light will bounce off the silver metalized back of the unit and produce a more uniform, softer light.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Lightweight (14),Easy to use (10),Durable (8),Reliable (6),Attach securely (5),Easy to set up (4),Good color value (3),Good power output (3)
Best Uses:
Portraits (15),Indoors (10),Studio (10),Outdoors (6),General purpose (4),Low light (4),Home (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-professional (7),Semi-pro photographer (7),Pro photographer (5)

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.4

(based on 24 reviews)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

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    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Delivers and boy, is it BIG!

I have both the 28" and 50" versions of this unit. The light is wonderfully soft and very easy to work with. Set up is easy. You will need a fairly heavy stand for this unit as it is BIG. It's great for full length shots or working with groups. I would buy it again in a heartbeat!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Bad quality

The light whit this 50" apollo is great, but the quality of materials is really poor. I take my apollo 50 for the first shooting, and in one moment of inattention this one fall down. Every umbrella or softbox fall down at least one time. Well, that was enough to have one hole because the corner of flash (SB900) hit the softbox. And the same thing arrives to my friend whit a 28". Is the last time than i pay some much for a cheap thing.

Reviewed by 24 customers

 
5.0

Great product

By

from Wilkes Barre, PA  -  Pro Photographer

I'm so happy with this purchase! It was easy to assemble and exactly what I hoped it would be. Material is sturdy but lightweight and it just works!

 
4.0

Great company

By

from Rittman, Ohio  -  Photo Enthusiast

- I am going to use it on a family shoot of 5, I have not did a test run yet. -i like how it folds up

 
5.0

Bigger than you think!

By

from Kennewick, WA  -  Pro Photographer

I ordered this product with free shipping from Adorama and it arrived here in WA in about one week to the day. It was shipped in a long brown Adorama box. Inside was the (just as long) narrower black Westcott box. The product is extremely long even when collapsed (about 50 inches). It does not include any type of carrying bag or even a Velcro closure tab common on most umbrellas. Either of those would be welcomed because this product is basically loose in its box only protected by a thin plastic bag. Setup is as easy as a large umbrella. It really is amazingly huge when you see it the first time. Bigger than I even anticipate. I noticed the same issues noted by many other reviewers. When mounted on a regular stand it is impossible to tilt downward at all. In fact I found that it needs to be tilted slightly backward in order to not have the stand and the umbrella shaft interfere with the diffusion panel (which is removeable btw on this newer version). I would call it extremely awkward to use this product on a regular stand with no modification. This is easily remedied if you use a simple boom arm or boom stand. The adorama boom stand that sells for around $80 is a great choice. The construction of this product is better than I expected. It will need to be handles with care to ensure that it lasts but I see no glaring weaknesses or issues with it. The softbox frame is constructed of Fiberglas and the shaft seems to be thick aluminum. Overall it's very light weight but still sturdy enough for daily use. If using outdoors I would recommend sandbags or something to weigh the stand down or an assistant to hold it. As big as this softbox is I would not want to let it crash to the ground for fear it could break or rip. I used a three way flash umbrella mount with it and it easily accommodates three large speedlights inside. The light output is very even and very controllable. The deep recessed edges make it very directional and great for "feathering" light across your subject. It's been said many times before but the quality of light produced by this is very much like that of a large window. I wholeheartedly recommend this softbox.

 
4.0

Great product!

By

from Chicago, IL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use this for newborn and maternity sessions. Although a bit more flimsy than my other softboxes it does the job. I will probably purchase another.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just Perfect!

By

from South Florida  -  Pro Photographer

Newborn photography

 
4.0

Great product

By

from DC  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is great large softbox for full body portraits.

 
4.0

Exceed expectations!

By

from Coquitlam, BC  -  Professional

I've only just started using the Wescott 50x50 in my studio, but I know that it's going to be awesome, especially for newborn photography.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice softbox!

By

from South Carolina  -  Semi-Professional

I really like this softbox. I was able to purchase it while onsale which made it even better! It's a big box designed for use with flashes, although you can easily use it with most studio strobes since it is basically built like an umbrella. I do find it odd that the umbrella support rod is slightly longer than the softbox is deep. So the rod pushes against the outer diffusion panel. It is best used with lights that have wireless power control since the light is inside the box. Of course it isn't the end of the world to open the diffusion panel to change the power setting, but doing it via a wireless remote is certainly easier. I've also had great customer service with Westcott in the past. While I haven't needed anything regarding this product, I know that Westcott will stand behind their products 100%. I certainly would recommend this purchase if you need a large softbox and primarily use flashes for lights.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Bad quality

By

from Paris, France  -  Professional

The light whit this 50" apollo is great, but the quality of materials is really poor. I take my apollo 50 for the first shooting, and in one moment of inattention this one fall down. Every umbrella or softbox fall down at least one time. Well, that was enough to have one hole because the corner of flash (SB900) hit the softbox. And the same thing arrives to my friend whit a 28". Is the last time than i pay some much for a cheap thing.

 
5.0

best speedlite modifier on the market...

By

from CA  -  Semi-Professional

...period...great bang for the buck...that's why I now have two...fantastic results

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
CHRIS H  Huge light source at a reasonable price. Works with strobes and speedlights.
Bobbi A  Will this work on an Alien Bees 400w strobe... do you need an attachment?
JOMARY R  Hi! Im sorry I cant help I dont own an Alien Bee so I wouldnt know. Hope you get the info you need from someone else. I use it with a flash or video light.
Shopper  Can someone recommend the boom arm that will work with this softbox?
TRAVIS S  Make sure you get a expensive one. The cheaper ones are not sturdy. You will be glad you did.
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