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Any feedback on this 43" Octagonal Apollo Orb ?
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Sep 16, 2012 at 11:02 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · 43" Octagonal Apollo Orb


I typed "Apollo Orb" in the search bar and found this thread


Sep 17, 2012 at 01:44 AM
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First, I don't own one so take this with a grain of salt. It provides a nice light and a round catch light. But apparently they are pretty fragile and can break pretty easily. I have a Apollo Medium which is smaller, but perhaps built a little better because I don't see as many people complaining about the build quality of the Medium.

If I was in the market for a flash compatible softbox right now, I would probably go with the Westcott Apollo 50" softbox. It is normally $250, but on sale right now for $169. So it is a little more expensive than the orb, but a real bargain at that price. It is much bigger than the Orb, and the build quality is much higher apparently.

Downsides to the 50" - no grid is available from Westcott, square catchlights, large size (think a 50" TV, but a little bigger and square). But the upside is that it provides a nice light and is large enough to do full length portraits or group shots.



Sep 17, 2012 at 08:14 PM
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sic0048 wrote:
...If I was in the market for a flash compatible softbox right now, I would probably go with the Westcott Apollo 50" softbox. It is normally $250, but on sale right now for $169.


I'm so glad I didn't order one earlier; I've got some extra cash coming today that's not allocated, plus it's on sale, so win/win for me.

sic0048 wrote:
...Downsides to the 50" ...square catchlights...


Square catchlights aren't a big deal to me (and in fact sometimes they're what I want), but if I absolutely needed round catchlights and only had a square soft box available I would just make a square mask with a round opening for the front of the box.

I did just that for my 28" Apollo before I got a 20" dish, and it worked well.



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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · 43" Octagonal Apollo Orb


It sucks outside, indoor its ok, very fragile ribs, 28" its a lot better.


Sep 17, 2012 at 09:05 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · 43" Octagonal Apollo Orb


I read that mechanically it's a piece of crap


Oct 19, 2012 at 02:36 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · 43" Octagonal Apollo Orb


The light from it is awesome. The construction as others have said is lacking. I would also recommend the 50" Apollo softbox.

Here are a few example pics of the light in use:
http://bradcookphoto.smugmug.com/Other/Sandor-Ostlund/i-2t3hXX2/0/XL/DSC1803-XL.jpg

http://bradcookphoto.smugmug.com/photos/i-Q2N7Jb6/0/X2/i-Q2N7Jb6-X2.jpg

It can look a lot like window light:
http://bradcookphoto.smugmug.com/photos/i-vc4vgXD/0/XL/i-vc4vgXD-XL.jpg

brad



Oct 19, 2012 at 05:24 PM





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