I had asked Santa for the Westcott ApolloTM Orb but apparently I was on the naughty list. Not coal worthy, but alas no modifier's under the tree. So after spending a couple days with little online time as I finished my holiday shopping, enjoyed watching my 9 year old daughter sing Christmas Carols and spent a day playing with said daughter and her Christmas toys (ok, I was a bad dad, I beat her at Yahtzee even after letting her cheat a little...with the crazy luck I had with the dice I should have hopped the first flight to Vegas!)
So returning back to the online world I found an offer for a 120cm (47.2 inch) umbrella octagon for under $50. I love Westcott, really I do, but when I can buy 3 of these for the price of an Orb I had to order one. I might be premature in making this my modifier pick, but it had good reviews, comes with a case and free shipping directly from China. I ordered a 28" umbrella softbox made by the same company and absolutely love it so I'm going to go with it.
In the next week or so when I get it I'll post some reactions and photos with this, the umbrella softbox mentioned above and the Saberstips I ordered on Black Friday. If it's as good a deal as the 28" Softbox I'll post some info on how to get it. I should be getting it this week or early next.
I know it's not Monday yet in my time zone, but I thought I would post this a little early so I could add that I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday and got the gear they wished for. If not, hopefully they'll be some good post holiday sales that will fill the void!