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Westcott 2336 43-Inch Round Apollo Orb (Black)

3.7 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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  • Simulates a round catch light in the eyes
  • Deeper profile evenly projects light for maximum output
  • Built on an umbrella frame
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Product Description

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.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B005JTTRB0
  • Item model number: 2336
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 11, 2011

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It's BIG, it's beautiful and it's almost perfect. Below is a review of the Westcott Apollo Orb compared to the eBay version.

This review is just my honest opinion based on using the Orb in my business. I do not work for and am not affiliated with Westcott or Amazon. I have not been compensated to write this raving review either. I'm just a photographer looking for good equipment, and these are my thoughts for anyone interested in reading them. :D

A couple months ago I ordered two 32" (80cm) Portable Octagonal Reflective Umbrella Softboxes from China through eBay. They took two weeks to get in and I have used them on almost every location shoot I've been on. I love them so much that when I saw that Westcott was releasing a 43" version on a similar design, I just had to have it.

I ordered this as a kit, because the Orb is currently sold out everywhere unless you buy it with the kit stand/bracket. That's understandable since it was just released and there is a lot of hype amongst Strobists.

PROS:
* Big - Measuring in at exactly 43 inches wide by 24 inches deep, this is about as big as you want to go with a speedlite driven modifier.
* Soft - The light is delicious. Nice soft shadows - like throwing a cloud of window light at your subject(s). Yes, it would be nice if there were grid attachments available, but for what it is, think of it as a super-compact octobox without the hotspot.
* Efficient - Much more efficient than my 36" or 60" Photek Softlighters. More efficient than my 24" Lastolite EzyBox.
* Round Catch Lights - This is probably important to some people. If it is... yes, they are round. :)
* Zippers - You get enough of a tilting angle to satisfy most needs. If you need more, use a boom. I have and can recommend the Paul C.
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I bought this product to assist with weddings, and the product was destroyed the same day. wasnt even an hour into the wedding before the umbrella like legs crushed to pieces. The few shots I got were so awesome that made me use a 16 rib Flash point umbrella an fixed this product. now it is virtually indestructible
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The design of this softbox is great, and I love the light from it. The quality is horrible, though. The ribs on mine broke in the middle of a shoot the 2nd time I used it. It definitely didn't hold up to real world use. I have one of the smaller and cheaper eBay knock offs, and it's much better built.
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If you are planning on using this outside at all I would not recomend it, mine literally broke within 5min with a small wind, the ribs are so weak. Maybe for inside shots but I'm sure if you bump it or it falls it will break. I take my cheap eBay umbrella everywhere and its still kicking.
I had the Apollo 28" and I loved it, I'm gonna buy one again instead.
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Our Apollo Orbs are being used with Canon 580ex II speed lights. The quality of light is pleasant, but not as soft as that coming from our Phottix Softlighter II 60" modifiers.

The Apollo's mechanics are quite bothersome to me, and to this end, I resist using it. The current product does use break-resistant fiberglass splines, but the splines are too flexible to truly distend the umbrella properly. The resulting umbrella is quite limp, and as a consequence, the front diffuser fits in a baggy, and very non-taught, fashion. I called Westcott to report my observations, which also apply to our 28" Square Apollo, and was told an engineer would return to my call to discuss the design. No call has come as of this date, some three months after I contacted Westcott.

Other reviewers have reported here on the subject of the shaft length and design, and I'll echo those comments. The zippered fenestrations in the umbrella will allow reasonable positioning and rotation of the soft box, but only with use of a boomed light stand.

In the end, I rarely use our three Apollo units, preferring the mechanics and light quality we get from our Phottix Softlighter modifiers.
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Mine arrived without the front panel difusion - FPD. I checked carefuly before throwing it's box away. I contacted the seller and was informed that they checked its weigh record during transportation and there was nothing wrong. I wonder if the lack of the fornt panel difusion could be detected this way...

I've been informed too that they do not sell the FPD alone, then I had to buy a piece of white fabric and have my own FPD produced (this was the main reason I killed one star). Anyway, even with this "3d party" FPD, it gives me a lovely soft directional light. In fact, 2 FDPs with different fabrics have been produced and I only like the results of one of them (the more translucent fabric).

If you plan to buy it during a visit to the USA and take it home, beware this thing is too long! You'll find it hard to make it fit int a case or something like that.
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I've been through 2 of these and I think I am done. Great soft light. However, the parts are flimsy and bend easily. I hear the new model is being made with better rods but I've broken 2 of these and will wait for more proof of quality before buying again.
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I've only had this for a month but as far as the light effect I get from it I am very pleased. The problem with the shaft falling out of place is a minor problem and certainly not a deal breaker. Also the shaft is no longer hollow, Wescott obviously read a number of negative reviews and put a steel post in the shaft, other manufacturers should also read reviews, so the DIY solutions for this aren't needed anymore.
The only potential problem I actually found is how the ribs are attached at the front of the box. The stitching seemed to be totally inadequate so I had a friend who knows how to sew, reinforce those tips. I also out a few drops of Krazy Glue on it to make it more secure . The stitching along the ribs is also very sloppy but since they only hold the ribs in place not a big issue. But for a 130 bucks I would expect better.
Overall I think the quality is decent with some room for improvement, obviously. The quality of the light is excellent. And for those who use this or any other softbox or umbrella on a windy day, use your heads. These things become sails and damage will probably happen.
Finally, Westcott could do much better on the pricing of this. They're a company that has been around a very long time and using their name to bump it up. Or alternatively, improve the quality and retain the current pricing.
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