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Westcott Rapid Box 10x24" Strip
Price:$169.90 + Free shipping with Amazon Prime
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2013
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This is a really nice product for people working with speed lights. I do a lot of food photography on location and sometimes on the fly and needed a good strip panel that was easy to transport, use, and put away. This is it. (Thus the name Rapid I suppose). It folds up nicely and compactly in the included carrying bag, and opens like an umbrella. It goes right on to the standard stud of a light stand with the included bracket. Attach your flash and you are ready to take pictures. No fighting with the typical speed rings and soft box ribs (ugh!). I modified a Buff stripbox to use with my speed lights but it was way too heavy and big for my purposes. This one is the right size and weight. The attached speed ring allows for 360 degree rotation.

A couple of tweaks would make this a perfect accessory. Without the optional deflector ($10.00 U.S.), when the strip is in the vertical position (perpendicular to the speed light), it gets a serious hot spot on the diffusion panel. If Westcott would include the deflector or a secondary diffusion panel, the hot spot would improve considerably. Given the price of this box, it should be a given. The deflector eats a stop of light or two but vastly improves evenness and softness. The product description (on Amazon) says, "A silver reflector is sewn into the back of the diffusion panel to reduce the hot spot", but not in the panel I got. I spent the $10.

There is no lock to hold the box open. The instructions say to open and twist slightly after it is on the spindle. But it still slides off (with significant pressure from the outside). It's not a deal breaker, but as the box ages and does not have as much tension on the spindle I think it will be more of a problem. Again, given the cost and the otherwise great design, it seems like an oversight.

Given other models I've seen I'd buy this one again. With a reduction in price, a fix for the hot spot, and a lock to keep it open it would get 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2013
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Used with the optional disc, and the 26" octagon box of the same brand. The light is distributed so softly and evenly through out the whole frame! A little overprice though, but work great!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2014
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I ordered two $20 soft boxes. After I checked out this soft box at a lighting workshop. I returned the two cheap one immediately. Honestly, the result of a $20 soft box and this one is the same. But the quality of this soft box is excellent. Very easy to use. I can access the flash light easily. While the $20 one, the flash is inside the box. If I need to tilt the box, I need to remove the cover. The box also hit the flash light. Also, this one come with a storage bag and the mount. It cost more on this one but you won't regret.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2013
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I wanted a light, easy to setup and store flash modifier and this strp version of the Rapid Box does all that. I only wish it had an honeycomb insert to go with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2014
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I just got this box - and what a surprise. Quality - easy to set up and take down - perfect size. The octabox version of this will be in my kit as well shortly. Great item.
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on February 4, 2015
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Very well built. Wish it had a grid available and that it was a bit bigger, but overall a good softbox for the price. Setup is very easy.
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on May 1, 2015
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Nothing to say here these things are awesome I love it. As a portable shooter these Westcott Rapid boxes are the best.
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on October 12, 2014
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Works great with a flash gun, convenient, well made, provides nice light, great value. Recommended accessory.
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on December 15, 2014
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Works as described
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2013
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This is quality right here. It doesn't get much better than this. I'm very impressed by the simplicity and hassle free setup as well. Multiple shoots? Different locations? ...no problem--works like an umbrella. I bought the 26" octobox along with this strip box, within 30 minutes after receiving them in the mail and trying them out, I had already rushed to the computer to order another octobox and strip box setup--no joke! Oh, and if you happen to get either of the octoboxes, get the beauty dish reflector accessory designed for these softboxes as well--it's very worth it.
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