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I have been looking for a portable flash system that I can easily transport on assignments when I have to fly to location. As such, I have been building up an inventory of Nissan and Canon shoe-mount strobes, some with modifiers like the Lumiquest box. I wanted something that came closer to studio lighting so I bought the Wescott Rapid Box Octa. My first impression is that this is well made gear that will serve well in the field. It opens like an umbrella, and the diffusion panel fits perfectly. An accessory reflector disc is available to further soften the light or to use as an umbrella without the panel. The reflector screws into place in front of the flash head to bounce the light back off the reflective surface.

Due to photo quantity limitations here in, I can't post everything but if you go to my blog, www.foto-gizmo.blogspot.com - you can see the whole review there.



©Photo by Aboud Dweck, All Rights Reserved


Wescott Octa with Nissan flash








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Apr 09, 2013 at 02:20 PM
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aboudd wrote:
...if you go to my blog, www.foto-gizmo@blogspot.com - you can see the whole review there.


That Web address isn't working for me.



Apr 09, 2013 at 07:02 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Westcott Rapid Box Octa reviewed


That's because I screwed it up! It is foot-gizmo.blogspot.com

Try again.



Apr 09, 2013 at 11:52 PM
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Let me help you out for take 3:

http://foto-gizmo.blogspot.com/

brad



Apr 10, 2013 at 01:04 AM
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aboudd wrote:
That's because I screwed it up! It is foot-gizmo.blogspot.com


Something about shoes?

DigMeTX wrote:
Let me help you out for take 3: http://foto-gizmo.blogspot.com/


Ah, thanks Brad; third time's a charm.



Apr 10, 2013 at 03:07 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Westcott Rapid Box Octa reviewed


Interesting box. How does the light with the reflector plate installed and the diffusion panel removed compare to a beauty dish?


Apr 10, 2013 at 03:40 AM
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Deanh wrote:
Interesting box. How does the light with the reflector plate installed and the diffusion panel removed compare to a beauty dish?


That thought occurred to me as well. I think the size of 26" may be a little small, and the reflective surface is brighter than that usually found in a beauty dish. I will give it a shot as one when I get a chance and post an update.



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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Westcott Rapid Box Octa reviewed


Why aren't there shots *with* the unit??


Apr 15, 2013 at 06:13 PM
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Because I haven't had a subject to shoot with it I'll do some shots soon and post them here.


Apr 15, 2013 at 06:28 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Westcott Rapid Box Octa reviewed


I just received one of the 26" ones today. Very nice construction, seems pretty durable.

- Packs small and compact, included case is well made.
- Included speedlite mount is well made, sturdy and easy to adjust.
- Very quick to setup.
- Optional reflector dish mounts easily.
- Front diffusion panel slips over box, NO velcro (love that).

I'll post a test shot when I get the chance to play with it. Overall I like it very much so far.




Apr 16, 2013 at 03:33 AM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Westcott Rapid Box Octa reviewed


Any updates on this for those using it? Thinking of getting one...


May 13, 2013 at 03:10 AM
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The Rapid Box looks great for single light applications. I'm sort of thinking, however, that the Lastolite Ezybox II might be a better solution for those that would like to squeeze multiple speedlights (up to 4) into an octabox.


May 13, 2013 at 03:30 AM
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BigIronCruiser wrote:
The Rapid Box looks great for single light applications. I'm sort of thinking, however, that the Lastolite Ezybox II might be a better solution for those that would like to squeeze multiple speedlights (up to 4) into an octabox.


Take a look at the westcott apollo line, specifically the orb. It is very similar to the rapid box but the speedlites mount inside and reverse fire into the softbox. They will handle speedlites and monolights as well.



May 13, 2013 at 10:21 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Westcott Rapid Box Octa reviewed


i tried the westcott ORB and it might be ok for inside but outside forget it, a small wing bent the spines on 2 of them that i had, had to contact westcott and got my money back. i like the 28" apollo but the orb is just not well made.


Jun 06, 2013 at 03:43 AM





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