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| p.1 #17 · Is buying Westcott like shopping at Macy's |
I just received my Phottix Easy-Up softbox from HK. First I'll clear the air by saying that I came here looking to see what people where saying about the softbox.
I was a huge supporter of Westcott gear until I went to HK and played with the Phottix. I know there is a lot of issue about who is knocking who off, but to be completely honest, they are both "knockoff's" of other products anyway.
I'm looking at it from what will benefit my photography better and to be frank, the quality of the Westcott (even if they where the first to put a zipper at the bottom of a softbox, this would be the only thing unique to it) the quality is not worth the $150.00 price tag. It falls it breaks, I know this because I have gone through 9 Apollos in the past 2 years.
The phottix is basically the same thing only less expensive. So if you care about your cash, then buy the phottix.
Don't believe everything you hear and let some marketing pride make you spend more. If the Apollo quality was heads over tails above the Phottix I would say buy it in a heartbeat, but it's not. They are 99% identical as far as quality goes.
The word "knockoff" is subjective, do you consider IS a clone of VR? Or what about Sigma lenses?
There are very few products in the photo industry that you can truly say are unique and supporting the cloning is not my forte, but that only applies to truly unique products..not a clone of a clone!
Just my humble .02
I have been using Phottix for a few years now, they make a great product. I mentioned it before but it is worth noting again, customer service for me has been top notch.