I have used the Apollo orb for quite q while now. It's a really good modifier. I have not had a lot of experience with the Softlighter II but I have heard its great and seen good results from it.
I have found the orb to be a little less rugged than I would like. I have broken two of them recently. The first was understandable as it blew over in the wind after someone bumped the stand and knocked off my sandbag. The second one is still usable but bent". I raised a light stand a bit too quickly and bumped the ceiling lightly. It bend the orb.
Is the Softlighter II build quality higher or the same as the orb? What's I the feedback on it?