Westcott 2334 28" Light Modifier with Recessed Front - 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!

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.



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 (16),Durable (5),Reliable (5),Softens light (5),Easy to use (4),Excellent interface (4),Attaches securely (3),Attach securely (3),Good color value (3),Strong construction (3)
Cons:
Flimsy (3)
Best Uses:
Indoors (12),Portraits (10),Outdoors (8),General purpose (6),Lighting (5),Low light (5),Outdoor events / games (5),Photography (4),Night time (3),Studio (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (9),Professional (6),Pro photographer (5),Semi-pro photographer (5)

Westcott Features

  • Westcott's most popular Apollo!
  • Fiberglass frame for added durability
  • Silver interior provides maximum light output
  • No adapter ring required
  • Perfectly paired with speedlites

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.4

(based on 27 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Works great with Speedlight

I wanted a Soft Box for my home studio to use with my SB800's. I was concerned that the TTL may not work when enclosed but it works great. I have had very nice results.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice modifier ... once I modified it

Bought this to be portable - for use on an extension pole while street shooting. Zipper tabs broke right out of the box upon first setup. I replaced them with friendlier pull tabs. I usually that anyway (I have a stash of them). Build quality a bit questionable. I'll report back if craps out too soon, but so far so good after several shoots in downtown Fort Worth and a few quick getaways.First tested the Apollo on a straight lightstand (didn't have anyone there at the time to test on extensio...

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Bought this to be portable - for use on an extension pole while street shooting. Zipper tabs broke right out of the box upon first setup. I replaced them with friendlier pull tabs. I usually that anyway (I have a stash of them). Build quality a bit questionable. I'll report back if craps out too soon, but so far so good after several shoots in downtown Fort Worth and a few quick getaways.First tested the Apollo on a straight lightstand (didn't have anyone there at the time to test on extension pole). You cannot tilt this soft box down very much at ALL on a straight lightstand. Not even near 45°. As you tilt the Apollo down via the bracket joint, the slit in the bottom of the box dead-ends against the stand. Force it downward and the box itself contorts - and you risk ripping it. This might not be a big deal if you use a boom stand to get the angles you want. I might make this more straight-stand-friendly by cutting the bottom slit longer and replacing that zipper with Velcro. However, it's not an issue on an extension pole with a VAL (voice activated lightstand – aka human pole holder), which was my intended use as previously stated, because they can angle it themselves. Yes, as many report, the umbrella shaft comes out of the hub when you collapse it and you have to finagle it back into place to expand it. However, if the shaft were any longer, it would ride against the diffuser panel and poke a hole through it. Personally, I am not bothered by finagling the shaft into the hub for every setup - it only takes an extra couple seconds. Then again, the shaft itself is really flimsy. I reinforced it by sliding and gluing in place a 1/4" piece of dow inside the shaft (making it solid) so it would not crimp if/when I torque down the flash bracket. And you MUST torque down the bracket screw pretty [*] hard down onto the umbrella shaft to keep it from slipping or spinning. The box was worthless on the pole until I did. The knurled thumb screw that came on the bracket made torqueing very difficult. I replaced it with a plastic-winged bolt (from a mic stand) for better leverage. Otherwise, I'd have to carry pliers with me to torque it down and that's just not feasible. Worth mentioning - it seems some kits come with a winged bolt and some come with just a knurled one. And yes, as many have also stated, unless you figure out a way to mount the flash parallel to the shaft, the flash sits very high in the box and makes the light top heavy - very uneven dispersion. Putting a diffuser dome on the flash, and/or setting your flash to its widest zoom and/or "even" light distribution helps, but I rigged an adjustable bracket that attaches to the stand or pole below the umbrella bracket so the flash head is in the center of the box. Light distribution is MUCH better! In closing, if you buy this, either prepare yourself to make compromises in your light treatments, or to invest another $10-$15 and a couple hours modifying it to be a really nice modifier. After all my modifications, I would give the light quality 5 stars. But Westcott's version right out of the box ... not so much.

Reviewed by 27 customers

 
5.0

Great speed light modifier

By

from Michigan  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Just a great size for multiple uses. And the fact it has a grid option is a nice bonus compared to lesser speedlight based soft boxes. Also buy the grid, its nice quality and makes the softbox even more versatile. I also have a Westcott 'triple threat' 3 speed light bracket that works awesome in it. Note: Here is a little secret, get the 'Phottix Multi-boom 16" Flash Bracket' to use with this unit or any Apollo. It will let you use 1 or 2 flashes with the Apollos and better center the flash heads than a standard umbrella bracket. This bracket also lets you control the tilt of the box outside the apollo so you dont need to mess with the zipper to position its angle. My only criticism and its not specific to the Apollo line and not specific to Westcott is that I wish the center shaft of the umbrella was better made. All umbrella speedlight products are guilty of this so I will not take a star away for it. This unit works fine in that respect but makes me just a little nervous for packing, transport, falling over, etc...

 
4.0

Fits my need well

By

from San Francisco, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is my first soft box purchase and so far I'm very pleased with the head shot results.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Great Concept, Very Poorly Made

By

from Charleston, SC  -  Pro Photographer

I'm a big fan of Wescott products and I purchased two Apollo modifiers. While the concept is nice I'd have to say the manafacturing is very poor. The central shaft critical to the modifier is cheap and breaks very easily. The zippers used in the box break quickly and the ribs holding the entire thing together tear though the mounting points quickly. Since purchasing I have had to send it in three times for replacement. The final time Westcott refused to replace it signaling they no longer support a poorly build product. Until Wescott builds to professional standards I'd suggest finding another brand.

 
3.0

Fine but pricey

By

from Lakeville, CT  -  Pro Photographer

It's just fine. Does the job. Nothing special. Why did it cost so much?>

 
5.0

Excellent Quality and Value

By

from Wisconsin  -  Professional

I incorporate this soft box into my portrait, wedding and general photography. The umbrella mount and the Velcro front panel make it easy to set up or collapse in about two minutes or less. Even when set up, it's fairly easy to move around on a light stand, just big enough for one or two subjects, but not too bulky. The box gives you plenty of tilt for most applications. The recessed front means less stray light. The light is studio quality. I saw top pros using this and after researching different brands I decided this was the optimal size and feature package for my budget, and the umbrella/flash mount it came with is actually good quality. There's only one very minor annoyance: When collapsed the umbrella shaft always falls out of the pusher. You have to guide it back in each time you set it up, which takes only seconds. But given how close the end is to the front panel when opened up, it may not have been possible to make it any longer, and other soft boxes may have the same design. I would buy this again.

 
4.0

It Works !!!

By

from NYC  -  Professional

It't lightweight, folds and unfolds easily and the recessed front panel helps control spill. It gives off a nice soft light.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Nice modifier ... once I modified it

By

from Fort Worth TX  -  Professional

Bought this to be portable - for use on an extension pole while street shooting. Zipper tabs broke right out of the box upon first setup. I replaced them with friendlier pull tabs. I usually that anyway (I have a stash of them). Build quality a bit questionable. I'll report back if craps out too soon, but so far so good after several shoots in downtown Fort Worth and a few quick getaways.First tested the Apollo on a straight lightstand (didn't have anyone there at the time to test on extension pole). You cannot tilt this soft box down very much at ALL on a straight lightstand. Not even near 45°. As you tilt the Apollo down via the bracket joint, the slit in the bottom of the box dead-ends against the stand. Force it downward and the box itself contorts - and you risk ripping it. This might not be a big deal if you use a boom stand to get the angles you want. I might make this more straight-stand-friendly by cutting the bottom slit longer and replacing that zipper with Velcro. However, it's not an issue on an extension pole with a VAL (voice activated lightstand – aka human pole holder), which was my intended use as previously stated, because they can angle it themselves. Yes, as many report, the umbrella shaft comes out of the hub when you collapse it and you have to finagle it back into place to expand it. However, if the shaft were any longer, it would ride against the diffuser panel and poke a hole through it. Personally, I am not bothered by finagling the shaft into the hub for every setup - it only takes an extra couple seconds. Then again, the shaft itself is really flimsy. I reinforced it by sliding and gluing in place a 1/4" piece of dow inside the shaft (making it solid) so it would not crimp if/when I torque down the flash bracket. And you MUST torque down the bracket screw pretty [*] hard down onto the umbrella shaft to keep it from slipping or spinning. The box was worthless on the pole until I did. The knurled thumb screw that came on the bracket made torqueing very difficult. I replaced it with a plastic-winged bolt (from a mic stand) for better leverage. Otherwise, I'd have to carry pliers with me to torque it down and that's just not feasible. Worth mentioning - it seems some kits come with a winged bolt and some come with just a knurled one. And yes, as many have also stated, unless you figure out a way to mount the flash parallel to the shaft, the flash sits very high in the box and makes the light top heavy - very uneven dispersion. Putting a diffuser dome on the flash, and/or setting your flash to its widest zoom and/or "even" light distribution helps, but I rigged an adjustable bracket that attaches to the stand or pole below the umbrella bracket so the flash head is in the center of the box. Light distribution is MUCH better! In closing, if you buy this, either prepare yourself to make compromises in your light treatments, or to invest another $10-$15 and a couple hours modifying it to be a really nice modifier. After all my modifications, I would give the light quality 5 stars. But Westcott's version right out of the box ... not so much.

 
5.0

Great portable softbox

By

from Dallas, TX  -  Professional

A light easy way to get a softbox to location. Using a small stand or painter pole you can get it riged and in use quickly. It takes a few min. to figure out how to rig it up but after that you will have no problems. If it gets windy you will have to weight it or make sure your asst. is paying attention.

 
4.0

Softbox for your speedlight

By

from Dallas, TX  -  Pro Photographer

Very easy to set up and move.

 
4.0

Fantastic Modifier!

By

from rhode island  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is one of my favorite modifiers! Perfect for head shots, I also use it a great deal in table top and macro photography! Easy to setup, and super portable I carry it with me all the time. Works best on a boom arm so that you can tilt it downwards.

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TERRY K  Wanted to experiment with the soft box and this was advertised at a good price.
nate a  Does this include a light stand to mount the softbox?
TERRY K  No it does not.

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