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Westcott 2336 43-Inch Round Apollo Orb (Black)
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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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|Package Height||3.74 x 3.74 x 39.37 inches|
|Shipping Weight||1.94 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
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.
* 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.Read more ›
I had the Apollo 28" and I loved it, I'm gonna buy one again instead.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I attempted to use the Apollo Orb and diffuser with a Nikon SB700 Speedlight. With the speedlight set at 1/1 power, I could only get a light reading from my Sekonic 308S of F2. Read morePublished 3 months ago by jmf425
This light modifier produces lovely directed light. I wish it came with a carrying case.Published 5 months ago by Martha S.
This is my favorite of the Apollo Series for my main light. The round catch lights are stunning and it is large enough for photographing groups. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Brandon H.
Good light quality while it lasted for 45 minutes and then the shaft twisted with mild windy conditions and now its useless. Westcott warranty requires $65 to fix it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Syed I. Zaidi
Broke immediately on first use will not stay open. This happened about 35 days of having it and Amazon will not accept back. Giant waste of money.Published 10 months ago by DM - Blue
good product but the shaft is not solid. the solid ending of it falls off within few used. one has to be careful not to tighten it to much to bend the shaft.Published 12 months ago by Janek Wasiek
This is a great product. Those of you that made a complaint need to take better care of your stuff. I'm tired of reading negative reviews from people. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mr imperfection