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Westcott 2334 28-Inch Recessed Medium Apollo (Black)
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The convenience of an umbrella meets the control of a softbox. Built on an umbrella frame, the Apollo light modifier sets up in seconds. Just add a flash to this complete kit that sets up in seconds.
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Just got this recently and the first impression is that it is in fact, decently built. It has an umbrella frame with each corner having a pair of 'rods', so it feels sturdy. The zippers and stitching feel solid, but only time will tell, as mine has only been used a few times thus far.
Other reviewers stated it's cheap, but you do get what you pay for. Coming in around a hundred bucks, this would be considered a mid-grade soft-box for the size, so I aware of this going in. It doesn't feel cheap, but I know it's not the premium model, at a premium price.I found it to be of good value.
It works great, feels sturdy, sets up quickly, and most of all, the quality of light it produces is spectacular. After the results of the very first test shots, I'm 100% happy purchasing this.
You'll definitely need other modifiers in addition to a simple light stand if you need the freedom for full tilt, otherwise, expect a standard range be around +/- 20 degrees, depending on how you choke it.
I originally bought this in combination with a Lastolite tri bracket to use with a bunch of SB26's with an unhealthy fixation of overpowering sun etc, etc (I've since grown out of that). The attraction of the Apollo is the speed in which you can deploy it. When making the decision how and what to use in a situation the Apollo often gets used because of the ease of use. I often use this with an Elinchrom Quadra using a regular umbrella bracket and a brass monkey spigot to connect everything. It sits a little high in this box but because if the design - it shoots back into the box, you don't get too much of a hotspot.
The front diffuser panel is starting to fray. The velcro panels are sewn in and the stitching is coming undone. If I might be more practical I could refasten the velcro but I'm all thumbs there. The inner silver lining is holding up well, it has been crushed a few times during transport but no tears or rips that I can recognise yet. Same goes for the outer black lining.
What you can do is to reinforce the inside struts with cable ties which seems to be a popular mod. You might want to go have a look at lightenupandshoot for details, an easy mod to make it more robust.
OK it's an expensive modifier but it is also a versatile piece of gear because it is not brand specific, by that I mean that you could use it with a bunch of speedlights, smaller studio heads, bare bulbs etc - with a bit of imagination of how you connect it all together. I have some excellent Elinchrom modifiers but don't always use them, it depends on what and where, and the Apollo has been out with me a few times because of the interchangeability and convenience.
When used in a speedlite role I find that changing power settings on the flash is a pain. You have to access the guts of the thing by opening the diffuser panel - a pain if it has been placed up high or not so easily accessible. That's the nature of this modifier - as is the non-tiltability which many dislike - but hasn't really bothered me, I'll boom it if it needs to be at a weird angle. It goes without saying that you will need to trigger a flash remotely either wirelessly or with a sync cord. IR based communications is highly unlikely to work.
I'm wondering how the 50" version might hold up and how long the folded length is?
For the record - because it is an often asked question: folded length of the 28" Apollo is 28" (91cm). I've flown internationally with this without problems.
- The qulity of light this produces
- Protability (I am a huge fan of the umbrella design)
- Removable difuser
- Easy access to flash/strobe
- Build quality is lacking
- Could not close umbrella after first time opening due to a product defect
I wish I could have used this product more because the photos I got out of it were brilliant. It just isn't build to last. I will probably pick up an orb in the near future and try that one out.
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