The NEW Gary Fong Light sphere Collapsible Speed Mount speed light flash modifier embodies the fundamental features of their respective first generation predecessors but with the added convenience of a new, patented Speed Mount. As with previous generations, the Gary Fong Light sphere Collapsible Speed Mount will continue to provide photographers with the ability to achieve studio-style lighting effects, anywhere at any time. Collapsing down to a mere 1 1/2 inch thickness, this new addition to the Gary Fong line-up will make traveling with large lighting set-ups a thing of the past. Better yet, the new Light sphere Collapsible Speed Mount boasts the newly designed mounting system which allows photographers to securely attach and switch out modifiers in seconds. Once in place, photographers can rest assured that the Light sphere Collapsible Speed Mount will stay securely in place, offering an equally tight fit for nearly all flash sizes.
I wanted to wait for a few events and shoots before commenting. I am really new to flash, so others comments will probably be more valuable to you, but will tell you my reaction. The light from the light sphere compared to the bare flash head, and Stofen is so much more appealing. Less harsh and fewer drastic hot points on the skin.
While using it to photograph a wedding, the Lightsphere fell off my Nikon SB800 flash! I haven't used it since and don't plan to risk this embarrassment again. Too late to return it as the window has closed.
You can't argue that Gary Fond doesn't know what he's doing, or that he isn't successful with his products. I have found this product is great for providing flash in a variety of shooting situations. It stays on, as long as you make sure you really tighten the Velcro strap.
I just took this Gary Fong Dome for a test drive and I cannot believe the pictures I am capturing. I'm using a Cannon 40D in Manual Mode with a Sigma 17-50mm lens, Shuttle Speed 100, Aperture 4.5, 5.6 and ISO 400 and 100. I'm using a Yongnuo EX565 Flash in E-TTL mode with the Gary Fong Lightsphere. My pictures are spot on they all have the same lighting, colors and most of all very sharp. I've been shooting with a manual flash for many years therefore I'm quite experience at adjusting my flashes for those nail on shots. This Dome take a lot of guessing out of the equation allowing me more time to composed my shots now. I love this product, I cannot believe I waited so long to buy!. Believe me, I do not work for are associated with Gary Fong in no way. If you want professional looking photos with little effort buy the Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Dome you will not be sorry for this purchase. I've not been this excited about a product for some time now.
I have 2 of the Gary Fong LSUCloud universal Clouds and I prefer this one. I also have 2 knockoffs which rank at the bottom of my favorites list. These new collapsable domes stay on tight and simply look better than the reverse dome models. Both diffuse well and the bonus of collapsing them to make more for more room in the camera/light stand bag. I expect these to be more durable as well. My Fong Universal Clouds have cracked under frequent abuse, I don't think these will.
The diffuser is made out of soft plastic material. It comes collapsed -- you pull it out to full size. When I did that, the diffuser was warped with a serious "wrinkle" on one side, making it far from what the picture looks like. It looks like it was "melted" and falling over. Nothing I can do will straighten it out to its proper form. I would return it but someone threw the box away. BIG disappointment.
Mr. Fong has turned water into wine with this product. Super simple and works as intended, but ridiculously overpriced considering how much it likely costs to produce. If it was under $25, I'd recommend the lightsphere to everyone, but I just tried several competing products that also diffuse the flash light and there is no noticeable difference...aside from the fact that I can buy five of them for the price of this lightsphere.
Incredible, truly incredible! I've been a (part-time) professional photographer for more than four decades and, as I don't do studio work -- primarily I shoot in the photojournalism genre -- good lighting for faces is critical. The dispersal of light from either the Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible or the Fong Universal is so spectacular I'll never shoot without one or the other.
Must say I'm quite impressed with this device. I've been shooting weddings for 15 years....700 weddings, and tried all sorts of modifers, never really found one I like. This one may be it. Wish I'd tried it earlier. It does throw a nice amount of light forward to kill those eye socket shadows. You can leave the top open if you still want to bounce off the ceiling. I've yet to try this in a large room/hall where I can't bounce, but I suspect it will do a nice job with the end cap in place. It is fiddly to mount on the flash, and to collapse for storage, but that may just be lack of practise on my part.