Westcott 2202 28" Apollo Speedlite Kit for Shoe Mount Strobes - 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 Westcott 28" Apollo light modifier allows you to scrim or control the light more readily and allows for 104 degrees of light spread. Built on an umbrella frame, this unit requires no adapter ring and opens and closes just like a standard umbrella, allowing for quick set up and tear down. Pairing this unit with Westcott's 5015 Shoe Mount Umbrella Bracket offers an ideal set up for speedlites. Insert the speedlite directly inside the Apollo rotating the head of the speedlite towards the back of the Apollo and achieve an indirect (evenly distributed) beautiful light source.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Attach securely (5),Durable (4),Portable (3)
Best Uses:
Indoors (6),General purpose (5),Low light (5),Night time (4),Outdoor events / games (4),Outdoors (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (4),Pro photographer (3)

Westcott Features

  • No adapter ring required
  • Opens and closes light a standard umbrella
  • Rotation of the Speedlite head inside the Apollo allows for an even distribution of light
  • Bracket enables mounting to your light stand and tilting of the assembly

Westcott Specifications

Size
28 x 28" (70 x 70cm)
Shape
Square
Compatibility
Flash only
Removable Face
Yes
Removable Baffle
No
Accepts Grids
Yes
Required Speed Ring
No
Warranty
Westcott warranty
Mfr #
2202
SKU
WEASS28

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
3.8

(based on 10 reviews)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

sb900

its not wescotts fault nikon designed the sb900 mount differently then previous models.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not Quite RIght

First the good part. Easy to set up (mostly) folds semi-compact and the light wraps faces nicely. This is slightly larger than my 24" Ezybox from Lastolite and I bought it because it folds up like an umbrella and I needed a 2nd compact softbox. The not so good. 1. It is 18 months now since Nikon released the SB900 Speedlight but is seems Westcott hasn't heard of it. The SB 900 will NOT fit with the supplied shoe mount umbrella bracket. 2. Either the umbrella shaft is too short, or the coll...

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First the good part. Easy to set up (mostly) folds semi-compact and the light wraps faces nicely. This is slightly larger than my 24" Ezybox from Lastolite and I bought it because it folds up like an umbrella and I needed a 2nd compact softbox. The not so good. 1. It is 18 months now since Nikon released the SB900 Speedlight but is seems Westcott hasn't heard of it. The SB 900 will NOT fit with the supplied shoe mount umbrella bracket. 2. Either the umbrella shaft is too short, or the collector where the umbrella rods fasten is installed the wrong way, because when you close the umbrella the shaft disengages from the collector hole and becomes loose. Each time you open the softbox you have to reach way inside and manually put the shaft into the rod collector. PITA! 3. Finally, Westcott does not provide a case for the umbrella nor a strap that wraps around itself and locks it closed (unlike other umbrellas from Westcott). So the umbrella is partially open and takes up extra space in whatever case you decide to put it into. I can see other items possibly snagging and maybe tearing it if you are not careful. Overall some glaring omissions on Westcott's part that really diminish the usefulness of this unique type of softbox.

Reviewed by 10 customers

 
3.0

fast and easy setup, but low output

By

from North Carolina  -  Pro Photographer

This is a nice softbox with easy setup, but the output (with 2 SB900's) is low in my opinion.

 
2.0

Ok, but has some issues

By

from Metro NYC  -  Pro Photographer

"Front diffusion fabric is included and sewn on the top edge. My Nikon SB800 flash works intermittently inside the box. Remember, it is line of sight triggered. A radio is far more reliable. The bigger issue I have with it, is that it does not easily open and close like an umbrella because the central shaft is too short and you have to manually line it up with the umbrella arms shaft that fits over the central shaft. Additionally, the included flash bracket puts the flash too far forward. There are a few homebuilt solutions...check Youtube, and even a $30 bracket you can buy to fix it. Lastly, and this was the killer for me, the zippers on the bottom do not go far enough forward and you cannot really tilt the softbox downward...you know, how people usually use them. I called Westcott and got a call back, but no solution. [...] I would not buy this again and recommend others look for different products."

 
5.0

Apollo Awesomeness

By

from St. Augustine, FL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is the first modifier I've ever purchased and used and would highly recommend it!

 
5.0

Awesome!

By

from San Dimas, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This baby is a breeze to set up and use. I absolutely love the light. My only beef with it is that there is no storage bag. Other then that it is perfect.

 
4.0

Excellent Softbox for Speedlite Users

By

from Brooklyn, NY  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I got this softbox based on [...] recommendation, and the man knows what he's talking about. If you want to turn your shoe mount strobe into a big, beautiful source, this is the way to go. My only minor gripe is that it seems a little unstable, but I haven't had it fall over on me yet, so it's probably not a big deal. Highly recommend.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Limited tilting angle

By

from Jordan  -  Semi-pro Photographer

The cross zippers where the unit is attached to the light stand do not give you enough rotating options when aiming it towards an object more lower than the unit itself.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great product!

By

from San Francisco, CA  -  Pro Photographer

I haven't owned this long enough to comment on longevity, but according to other reviewers it holds up well. Wonderful for portraits/headshots, for products when used w/ other modifiers, depending on desired look. It's inexpensive and does a great job. Thanks, Westcott!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I simply love this product. Great Light

By

from Ludington, MI  -  Casual Photographer

Great modifier! Cuts the wind much better than an umbrella.

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

sb900

By

from WA state

its not wescotts fault nikon designed the sb900 mount differently then previous models.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not Quite RIght

By

from So Cal  -  Photo Enthusiast

First the good part. Easy to set up (mostly) folds semi-compact and the light wraps faces nicely. This is slightly larger than my 24" Ezybox from Lastolite and I bought it because it folds up like an umbrella and I needed a 2nd compact softbox. The not so good. 1. It is 18 months now since Nikon released the SB900 Speedlight but is seems Westcott hasn't heard of it. The SB 900 will NOT fit with the supplied shoe mount umbrella bracket. 2. Either the umbrella shaft is too short, or the collector where the umbrella rods fasten is installed the wrong way, because when you close the umbrella the shaft disengages from the collector hole and becomes loose. Each time you open the softbox you have to reach way inside and manually put the shaft into the rod collector. PITA! 3. Finally, Westcott does not provide a case for the umbrella nor a strap that wraps around itself and locks it closed (unlike other umbrellas from Westcott). So the umbrella is partially open and takes up extra space in whatever case you decide to put it into. I can see other items possibly snagging and maybe tearing it if you are not careful. Overall some glaring omissions on Westcott's part that really diminish the usefulness of this unique type of softbox.

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Questions about this item:

Shopper  Is this a recessed strobe?
SAL P  Yes it is.
Shopper  Hello does this include the stand? Thank you ~Patricia
KIM K  No, the stand is not included.
Shopper  Two questions: 1) The picture does not show a front diffusion fabric. Is it included? 2) Will speedlights inside the unit still work with the Nikon CLS (can it be triggered through the softbox), or will something like pocket wizards be required?
EDWARD O  The flash(es) go inside of the Softbox, and are pointed to the back of the box. The light is reflected towards the subject. I have used it with and without the diffusion panel in place. With the panel you get a nice soft light source good for lighting 2 or 3 people if they stand real close. The soft box is very easy to set up and folds down to the size of a medium sized umbrella. It is fragile and will break if you bump it around a lot. Be sure to secure your light stands with weights or have a an assistant hold it steady. Optical triggers, infrared, or Nikon's CLS will not work with this soft box. You need either a long TTL cord, or a Radio Frequency trigger. I shoot canon camera's but use 2 Nikon Sb-28's, triggered with simple RF triggers (Cactus V4).
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