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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 isevenly 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. Secure virtually all speedlites or hot shoe mount flash units to the included light stand with the adjustable shoe mount bracket.

Mono Arm #1080 may be required for use with larger light heads.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Lightweight (5),Durable (3),Easy to use (3)
Cons:
Flimsy (3)
Best Uses:
Portraits (7),Indoors (5),General purpose (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (3)

Westcott Features

  • Built on an umbrella frame
  • Quick setup and tear down
  • Fits virtually all style studio lights
  • Pairs perfect with speedlites
  • No adapter ring required
  • 1-year warranty

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
3.6

(based on 10 reviews)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great item

easy to transport (wish it there was a carry case available); easy/quick setup; great diffusion of light; nice wrap around lighting; could use larger slit to allow more tilting of the orb. Highly recommend for site/location work.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not what I expected

Not what I expected. The online description says 36" Apollo Orb. Now that it is delivered, the box says it is a 43" Apollo Orb. This is too big for my needs. I needed something that can fit into my suitcase for an out of town photo workshop. Upon opening the soft box for the first time, the stitching broke holding the frame to the fabric in two places. I have not even used it yet.

Reviewed by 10 customers

 
4.0

Good Value for the Price

By

from NORTH AUGUSTA  -  Professional

I purchased two of these for on location portrait shoots I was asked to do. I have other light modifiers but I wanted something large enough but light and compact, easy to set up. This product satisfies these. It takes just a few minutes to put it together. I use this with Canon 600EX-RT and provides enough soft and diffused lights for what I needed. Only issue I have with this, i.e. the reason for the four stars not five, is the stand. Not that it is a bad stand but it is a bit tight and maybe a bit too small for this modifier. Also, with this setting, you can't tile the light more than 5 degrees (I am guessing the number) so you can't use this from high angle. I recommend that you use a sturdier c-stand if you need to give the light more angle. Again, it is not fancy but I think this will provide more than adequate light modifications with easy set up.

 
4.0

Such soft light!

By

from Arizona  -  Professional

The orb itself is a good size light source. For my kind of work I will always put multiple speedlights inside of this for optimal light. Although it is flimsy, I don't worry about the ribs because of the fiberglass. The outer shell is rip stop and seems pretty durable. The lightstand that comes with is pretty small and I will not use it with this orb, I will most likely leave it at home or if I'm in a pinch pop a single speedlight with a grid or rogue modifier on it and use it as a kicker. All in all I am happy with my purchase and very pleased with the light this orb produces!

 
4.0

Love the Lighting, could be better built

By

from NC  -  Pro Photographer

Pros: - The shape of the orb and umbrella-like setup is great. Puts a nice catch light in the eyes and is easy to adjust. - Easy to mount speedlight and setup. Cons: - The light stand that ships with it is nothing to write home about, not air damped and a little flimsy. The quality of the stand is only fair. The price differential of the kit vs the Orb alone is minimal. Now I know why. - I would prefer the diffuser attached some other way than with velco. After the first use, some of the velcro came unstitched from the orb and the diffuser. Had to have my wife re-sew it. Wescott needs to improve their QC. - Wish it had more downward title angle available, but the forward zipper prevents that. Summary: The light produced by the Orb is very nice. Buy the kit, repurpose their stand for some other menial task you have; get a good quality stand; and be prepared to have the velcro sewing reenforced before you start to use it.

 
4.0

New Speedlight Photographer

By

from Ames, IA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

As a mostly natural light photographer, I'm new to using speedlights for some extra spunk, but I like my lights to be soft. In comparing the Orb with a a shoot-through or simple reflective umbrella, the Orb produced much softer results. Because of its size and double layers of diffusion, it spreads and wraps around the subject nicely. I have only used it on a single subject with one speedlight, however, and I anticipate needing to use more speedlights in the orb for more people.

 
2.0

Not Sturdy Enough

By

from Houston, TX  -  Photo Enthusiast

I read high ratings on this. What I didn't like was the build quality. The softbox cover attaches with velcro along the inside of the softbox itself. As such, it takes some time to get it put on in each of the different sections of it. It was deep, and took a lot of space. I did end up returning it and buying a competitive product which allowed you to pull the softbox cover over the outer edges. I find that I can get this on more quickly and easily than this one. My intended use was for quick set-ups at many different locations.

 
4.0

Lightweight, works well

By

from South Florida  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Very lightweight, bought a microphone stand bag at a music store for $12 and have a great case to take both of them in. There was some confusion with my purchase because I thought the special was for 2 as a pair, not per unit. Bottom line, they work and are nice and big

 
4.0

I would buy this product again and again

By

from Oklahoma  -  Photography Student

This Apollo is excellent for portrait photography specially if you are looking for a lightweight box for location. When using it at first I started with one flash I found the need of two and three flashes due to the size of the box and my taste.

 
4.0

Is just Awesome!!!!

By

from Puerto Rico  -  Photography Student

This Orb is Great!!! Is portable and is soft but it comes with a price, the light stand is not air cushioned and the fabric is not perfect quality. After all Is just amazing and totally worth it! And is really portable and easy to mount.

 
5.0

Great item

By

from Graniteville, SC  -  Semi-pro Photographer

easy to transport (wish it there was a carry case available); easy/quick setup; great diffusion of light; nice wrap around lighting; could use larger slit to allow more tilting of the orb. Highly recommend for site/location work.

(1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not what I expected

By

from California  -  Photo Enthusiast

Not what I expected. The online description says 36" Apollo Orb. Now that it is delivered, the box says it is a 43" Apollo Orb. This is too big for my needs. I needed something that can fit into my suitcase for an out of town photo workshop. Upon opening the soft box for the first time, the stitching broke holding the frame to the fabric in two places. I have not even used it yet.

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jimmy a  Does this come with lightstand and speedlight bracket?
PATRICK S  Yes
Shopper  So how will you tilt it? thanks
Abe F  There is a way to tilt it. You need a Manfrotto 026 swivel adapter ( or equivalent) and an extension pole. Here are the two necessary items from MKstudio on EBay: Flash Shoe Mount Umbrella Holder Light Stand / Tripod 1/4" Flash Bracket S-050 Selens SEP-600A 60cm/32" Air Cushioned Extension Poles/Tube support stand stick
Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
RANDALL F  Liked the size and the possibilities it offers for site work...also, easier to setup than typical softbox, more stable than umbrellas outdoors.
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