Westcott over the last few days announced two new cool additions to their highly successful Apollo line up, the Apollo Strip Light and the Apollo Orb.
I've experimented with DIY strip lights and other off brands, but none of them have been easy to use, requiring customized speed rings or grips to accommodate a speedlight or have just been down right too expensive for my tastes.
The new Apollo Strip Light and Orb seem to be priced right and just what the doctor ordered. The Strip Light comes in a healthy 16" by 30" with a removable front diffusion panel, the ability to be mounted horizontally or vertically and a recessed front like that of the Apollo 28" softbox. The Strip Light also collapses down on an umbrella frame just like the original Apollo which should add to its portability and ease of use.
Another cool tidbit about both of these modifiers is that they can be used with lights other than speedlights too which should make them really diverse pieces of kit to have in your arsenal.
I don't own either of these but I can assure you I will get my hands on the Strip Light as soon as I can (and the Orb soon after) because its exactly something that I've been looking for and the Westcott Apollo series has a very positive following which leads me to believe that the quality with these are just as good as existing models.
Ahem, Westcott if you're listening, I'd be glad to review either of these for you guys. ;)