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Westcott Announces New Zeppelin Parabolic Softboxes

By Anthony Thurston on March 8th 2014

Are you a portrait, fashion or commercial photographer? Then Westcott’s newly announced large light modifiers, named Zeppelin, could be something you’re going to be interested in. The Zeppelin are large sixteen-sided softboxes with highly reflective silver interiors with two optional diffusion panels.

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They come in three size for you to choose from depending on your needs, the 39″, 47″, and 59″. According to Westcott, putting these modifiers together is “effortless,” as is storage and travel with the provided traveling case (a great feature that was sadly missing from their Apollo units). The uniquely deep parabolic shape generates “stunning even, wrap-around light output.” This is what will make these new modifiers so attractive to the portrait, fashion, and commercial photographer crowds.

These new Zeppelin units offer a variety of light mounting options, as all high quality modifiers should, can accommodate both hot lights as well as studio strobes or even speedlights. Overall, these look to be pretty high quality light modifiers, as we have come to expect from Westcott.

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The 35″ Zeppelin starts at $399, the 47″ at $499, and the 59″ at $599. All of which are currently available for purchase from B&H Photo Video.

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What are your thoughts on these new Zeppelin Parabolic Softboxes from Westcott? Do these look like unit that you might like to try out or that we should get in for review? Leave a comment below to join the discussion and let us know that you think.

[via Lighting Rumors]

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Jaysen

    Perhaps a bit late to this thread but I am just researching this umbrella now and actually ordered one last night. I intend to test it and write a short blog post on it. Anyway, I’m with you all and want a focusable light like Bron, Briese, and Profoto…my understanding, though, is that this is doable with this Westcott. Though the method is a bit ridiculous, the picture above that has two stands next to one umbrella is demonstrating the capability for moving the reverse oriented light around within the umbrella. Apparently there is a slot in the bottom side that allows you to do this. Or am I missing something?

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  2. Deirdre

    Karl I agree with what you’re saying.

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  3. Karl Petersson

    These light modifiers does not look like the will have that feature.
    Can anyone tell be of any non Broncolor/profoto i.e. Chinese knock offs that does have that feature that would allow the light to be “zoomable” in lack of a better word and still parabolic light quality.
    What I am asking for is as you might understand can I get a parabolic light without paying bron/brieze/profoto prices?

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  4. Deirdre

    I’m with John, I love the Bron’s center that allows the light to be moved back and forth within it. Will these have that feature?

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  5. Tropical Flavor

    These look great but how different are they from the “Glow Grand Series” sold by Adorama or the “Rimelite/Dynalite Grand” sold by B&H. The only obvious difference I can see is the mounting bracket that Westcott uses along with the fact that the front diffuser seems to be recessed whereas the others are flat front.

    Other than that, considering that the Rimelite series has been around for a few years now, I would say both the Glow and those Zeppelin are probably a rebranding effort by Adorama and Westcott respectively (with Westcott charging a high premium). Here are the links for those of you interested in comparing

    Adorama Glow Grand ———> http://www.adorama.com/FPSB71R.html
    Rimelite/Dynalite Grand ——> http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=rimelite+grand&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=

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  6. Dave

    I’ll wait for the Chinese version for $49.95. Are the kidding with these over inflated prices? The price is as big as the reflector.

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  7. John

    This would be great if it had a post down the center so you could position the light in different locations within the inside.

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  8. Mark

    Please review.

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  9. Herm

    Absolutely interested in reading the hands-on write-up

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  10. Paul

    HUGE!

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