Westcott 2336 43" Apollo Orb with Removable Front Diffusion Panel - 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!

The Apollo Orb is the first octagonal softbox that doesn't require an adapter ring. Simply open like an umbrella, place the light inside and attach the included diffusion panel.

Designed specifically with a deeper profile, light is evenly projected for maximum output while simulating a round catch light in the eyes. Diffusion panel can be recessed for even more directional control and to prevent lens flare.

• Dimensions: 43.5" x 25" (110.5cm x 63.5cm)
• Folded Dimensions: 3.5" x 35" (8.89cm x 90.17cm)
• Weight: 1 lbs (.45 kgs)

Summary of Customer Reviews

(8)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Lightweight (6),Easy to set up (4)
Best Uses:
Portraits (6),Indoors (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Pro photographer (6)

Westcott Features

  • Simulates a round catch light in the eyes
  • Fiberglass frame for added durability
  • Deeper profile evenly projects light for maximum output
  • Built on an umbrella frame
  • Fits virtually any studio light

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
3.9

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

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    (0)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

SAME MISTAKE TWICE!!!

Same building and quality. Same mistake twice in a row!PLEASE read this info and review before you buy it:[@]

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Ehhh....

I currently have a Lastolite EZ-Box, but I could only jam one speed light in there, so I wanted to get the Apollo so I could place multiple speed lights inside for additional power, while maintaining a portable location kit. I do have DC powered strobes, then I'd have to pack another bag, which at times I wish not to. The umbrella is big and highly reflective, giving off a nice even light. It's nearly impossible to tilt, unless you get a mini boom arm, so the umbrella can clear the stand its...

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I currently have a Lastolite EZ-Box, but I could only jam one speed light in there, so I wanted to get the Apollo so I could place multiple speed lights inside for additional power, while maintaining a portable location kit. I do have DC powered strobes, then I'd have to pack another bag, which at times I wish not to. The umbrella is big and highly reflective, giving off a nice even light. It's nearly impossible to tilt, unless you get a mini boom arm, so the umbrella can clear the stand itself. The only real issues I have is the fact it does not come with a storage/travel bag, along with the fact, the build quality is suspect. I've seen umbrellas at my local drug store built better. Took it outside and, albeit a slight wind, had the rib on the top bend over, as the ribs are really not built up for any kind of abuse. You'd think Westcott would try to build it like a Golf Umbrella, with beefier ribs to support the umbrella. If one is to use this as a regular location umbrella, I just don't see this thing lasting. If you want a cheap Octa, and don't plan on taking it up and down or outside, it may be for you. Lastly, one other issue, I have Calumet Travelites for my studio strobes. I tried packing a 375WS Travelite (Which is shorter than my 750's) in the Apollo and my light source was 2-3 inches from the back of the reflective surface. If you plan on using studio strobes with this modifier, I really think your strobes need to be short and stubby, like and Alien Bee, for example. . FYI.

Reviewed by 8 customers

 
4.0

Loving the upgrade!

By

from San Francisco  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This modifier has been my "go-to" for some time now. But - the old model (with the aluminum ribs) got fairly beat-up with normal use. The new design, with the fiberglass ribbing, couldn't have come out at a better time. Light-weight and way more sturdy, I will be using it often - without worrying about crushing it, just carrying it to a shoot. Way to go Westcott!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Amazing Light Modifier

By

from Peoria, AZ  -  Pro Photographer

I've had this for 2 weeks and used the Orb in at least 10 portrait sessions as a key and several times as a rim/hair light and it works perfectly. Setting up takes less than 3 minutes and it produces amazing light. It's also very versatile as you can take off the front diffusion and it produces light similar to a beauty dish. I highly recommend the grid as it expands the versatility. The only complaints I have is that it will sag and deform slightly with the grid on. Also, I recommend using it on a boom arm if you can as a regular light stand will limit its ability to feather downward. I've used it with a speed light and mono block and if you use it with a speed light, consider using an umbrella swivel that can be flipped upside down so you can extend the flash vertically and mount it so it parallels the umbrella pole. This gives a more even spread of light compared to using the mount as pictured where the speed light is sitting higher and shoots down into the middle of the umbrella. Other than that, its an amazing piece of kit. Breaks down small and is very versatile. Most importantly, it produces beautiful light. Highly recommended.

 
4.0

Good tool for location jobs

By

from Basking Ridge, NJ  -  Pro Photographer

Not the most solid construction but good enough to get the job done.

 
4.0

So Far, So Good

By

from Fort Washington, MD  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Good build quality and it works well. My only complaint is that you need a boom of some kind if you want to tilt the Orb. A straight shaft light stand just doesn't work well. I purchased a Phottix Multi Boom to solve that problem. It tilts and allows me to mount two speedlights.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great product!

By

from Selmer,TN  -  Pro Photographer

This item is wonderful in studio, however if you take it on location make sure to bring sand bags or an assistant to make sure the wind doen't blow it over. This unit is very large and light weight making it very easy to tip over outdoors.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good Concept Poorly Built

By

from Charleston, SC  -  Pro Photographer

Great idea as it's easy to pack and carry but it is very poorly made. After the first use the very thin and flimsy pole inside the orb bent simply from it's own weight and when I tried to close it the pole snapped where it had bent. The outer material is well made and looks durable but the inside ribs and pole are cheaper than a $2 umbrella. Really a waste of money until they make them better.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Ehhh....

By

from Niles, MI  -  Pro Photographer

I currently have a Lastolite EZ-Box, but I could only jam one speed light in there, so I wanted to get the Apollo so I could place multiple speed lights inside for additional power, while maintaining a portable location kit. I do have DC powered strobes, then I'd have to pack another bag, which at times I wish not to. The umbrella is big and highly reflective, giving off a nice even light. It's nearly impossible to tilt, unless you get a mini boom arm, so the umbrella can clear the stand itself. The only real issues I have is the fact it does not come with a storage/travel bag, along with the fact, the build quality is suspect. I've seen umbrellas at my local drug store built better. Took it outside and, albeit a slight wind, had the rib on the top bend over, as the ribs are really not built up for any kind of abuse. You'd think Westcott would try to build it like a Golf Umbrella, with beefier ribs to support the umbrella. If one is to use this as a regular location umbrella, I just don't see this thing lasting. If you want a cheap Octa, and don't plan on taking it up and down or outside, it may be for you. Lastly, one other issue, I have Calumet Travelites for my studio strobes. I tried packing a 375WS Travelite (Which is shorter than my 750's) in the Apollo and my light source was 2-3 inches from the back of the reflective surface. If you plan on using studio strobes with this modifier, I really think your strobes need to be short and stubby, like and Alien Bee, for example. . FYI.

(3 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

SAME MISTAKE TWICE!!!

By

from GREENSBORO, NC  -  Pro Photographer

Same building and quality. Same mistake twice in a row!PLEASE read this info and review before you buy it:[@]

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
OWEN D  Because I can use my speedlite and get soft box quality shots.
Lorretta C  I have purchased this item, and did not think about how to tilt it forward so that I can have it higher and look down, I have a regular stand stand as shown with the product and would like to know if there is an attachment that I can use, or other lightstand which would work this way?
MICHAEL A  You can either use a boom, or get a boom light stand as I did.
Lorretta C  Hi Michael and others have kindly replied. I also came to the boom solution. Would save me some time if you let me know what you actually bought. Also I found that my umbrella, flash attachment with wireless trigger (the flash is a 580 exII is such that it almost hits the top of the umbrella, did you also have this problem. Thanks for your help.
JOHNNIE F  Does this product also include an internal diffusion panal?
PAUL W  No. For me it's not a problem. I keep my diffuser domes on my flashguns when i use it. That does very much the same thing as the internal panel. It's very easy to use.
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