Westcott 2334 70cm . Recessed Front Apollo Softbox
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- Our most popular Apollo!
- Perfectly paired with speedlites
- No adapter ring required
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 2.54 x 2.54 x 2.54 cm; 453.59 Grams
- Date First Available : 8 July 2019
- Manufacturer : Westcott
- ASIN : B00022KOWU
- Item Model Number : 2334
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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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Next, the reflective covering inside is made from very flimsy material, very much like tin foil which bothered me a lot. I have an old softbox made of the same material and after a couple of years opening and closing the unit, the reflective material has started to come away and cannot be replaced. I fear the same fate for the Westcott Apollo.
Then there is the set up. The speedlight (plus Pocket Wizards and power pack if you use them) is housed inside the softbox so once it is set up, you need to remove the front diffuser or go through the bottom zippers to gain access to change flash settings or replace batteries. Quite annoying...
Next, I noticed that when I had set up the speedlight inside and placed on a cold shoe (not provided with this model) and Pocket Wizard Flex TT5, the head of the flash was practically rubbing against the roof of the softbox. Plus, the central rod of the softbox is the only thing that holds the unit in place and if you tighten the retaining screw too hard, you are in danger of bending or damaging this rod. I can imagine that this would be fairly easily broken in a fall too.
Once you are set up and ready to go, it is very difficult to actually manoeuvre the softbox (i.e. tilt it) due to the nature of its construction. There are ways around this but all a little too uneccessary as far as I am concerned.
Lastly, the way this is designed means that the speedlight fires into the back of the softbox and is then reflected out through the diffuser as opposed to shooting straight through it which means you lose about a stop or two of power from your speedlight. You really need to be firing at full power in manual to make this work.
All in all, softboxes work wonders for your photography and this one will too if used correctly, but I found this to be totally unsuitable for my needs. I had bought the 24" Lastolite Ezybox Hotshoe alongside this and was blown away by its simplicity, ease of set up and use, light quality, supplied carrying case/accessories and the fact that it was cheaper than the Westcott, so I guess I had been spoilt by the time I opened the Westcott.
The Westcott Apollo was sent back to Amazon the next day (now received and refund initiated...thanks Amazon) and I ordered the 30" Lastolite Ezybox Hotshoe to go with the 24"... Lastolite Ezybox Softbox 76cm Hotshoe Kit 2472
The 2 stars are for the fact that this is still a softbox that can be used with the right set up and patience by the right person, maybe in a permanent set up in the studio but for portability and ease of use, no thanks.
Für den Fall, dass man etwas stärker ausleuchten möchte einfach die Blitzstreuscheibe des Blitzes herunterklappen.
Und braucht man mal etwas härteres Licht und hat keinen silbernen Schirm dabei, wird einfach der Stoffeinsatz (per Klett befestigt) herausgetrennt.
Bisher auch sehr robust und gut transportierbar.