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Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5)

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Product Highlights
  • Softens Light from Shoe-Mounted Flash
  • Collapses for Storage
  • Interchangeable Dome System
  • Strap with Hook-and-Loop Fasteners

The fifth generation Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount diffuses the light from your on-camera shoe-mounted flash unit. It features a strap with hook-and-loop fasteners that is compatible with most flashes, including larger more powerful units, for quickly attaching and removing the diffuser. Also, its collapsible design means that it can be easily stored for travel.

This diffuser comes with a White Dome for extra diffusion which can be inverted for a different effect. This dome can be removed or replaced with additional colors. The Lightsphere can also use an optional gel system for even more creative options.

Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5)
  • White Dome
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Gary FongLightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5)
     
    4.6

    (based on 96 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (66)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (58)
    • Lightweight (48)
    • Compact (46)
    • Durable (39)
    • Great picture quality (31)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (8)
    • Price (3)

    Best Uses

    • Weddings (52)
    • Family photos (51)
    • Travel (10)
    • Landscape/scenery (6)
    • Sports/action (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (22), Semi-pro photographer (22), Photo enthusiast (21), Casual photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (69), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Best Lightsphere ever!!

    First this the best Lightsphere that Gary has put out yet. Use it when shooting events and I really like the light quality compared to all the past models.
    I know Gary referred...Read complete review

    First this the best Lightsphere that Gary has put out yet. Use it when shooting events and I really like the light quality compared to all the past models.
    I know Gary referred this as a "5th generation Lightsphere" but this really should be considered the 6th generation. 3rd generation of the collapsible models.

    Maybe no one noticed this but the first collapsible had a different mounting system that was vertical shark teeth for the grip and was thinner more transparent making it easier for the light to distribute through the sides and easier to fold up.

    The next collapsible (recently discontinued) had horizontal ribbing for the grip mount and was made of a bit thicker material meaning tougher to collapse and didn't scatter as much light as the previous one did due the thicker material and a pain to put on larger flash heads like the SB900/910.

    Enter the the Speed Mount. Much easier to mount on any flash now that Gary has incorporated the velcro strap system from his Universal Lightspheres and being how the collapsible model is already made of rubber eliminates the need of the rubber band placed on the flash head to keep it on the flash head.

    It appears Gary went back to making the Speed Mount model thinner (like the shark tooth model previously mentioned) meaning it is easier to fold up and gives better light distribution through the sides.

    The reason I know this is because I've owned all of them so I think I can make review that is fair in comparing them.

    The Lightsphere Speed Mount is truly the best of both worlds. It has the easy mounting capability of the previous Universal Lightsphere models, the collapsible part that makes it compact and easy to store in your camera bag. It scatters the light more like the Universal Half-Cloud Lightsphere making the images more evenly lit with the exception that the Lightsphere Speed Mount gives you better color rendering in my opinion.
    Like all Lightspheres it has beautiful wrap around light that other light modifiers just don't have. I would say this has everything a person would want in a flash diffuser.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Fong Diffuser

    I am a wedding photographer based in Los Angeles. I've been using the Lightsphere for several years now and I really love it. It is unfortunate that I lost/left my previous one...Read complete review

    I am a wedding photographer based in Los Angeles. I've been using the Lightsphere for several years now and I really love it. It is unfortunate that I lost/left my previous one (Gen4). I like how this diffuser makes life easier for an event photographer like me. I got this one as a replacement for my old one. I still love how it softens the light but the only thing why I gave it a 3 star is that the new design with the strap makes it easier to loose. I never had an incident with the previous model where it just falls off the flash. I lost the previous one cause I forgot it to put it in my bag. I used the Gen 5 Lightsphere with 2 weddings already and both times, this diffuser fell off the flash several times. Same thing with the dome, it just keeps falling off. If I have the chance to purchase the Gen4, I would but I can't find it anywhere anymore. I think I just have to work around with the new design and customize it so it will prevent the dome and the diffuser itself from falling off. But overall, it is a very good investment. Small things that gives big impact. I will still recommend this to my fellow photographers.

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    5.0

    Works as advertised

    By Hai with Elise Films

    from Escondido, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

    diffuses the light very well. I like it better than the white cards. this new version does fall off from time. I heard the older version stays on the flash units better.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Clever idea but expensive

    By BlueJay

    from Sydney, Australia

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

      SImple, portable and efficient but quite expensive; should have at least included the gray dome for the price

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great light diffuser

      By Derek

      from Tampa

      Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

      Provides great light on subjects both indoor and outdoor... Should have bought this a long time ago

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      5.0

      I like it.

      By fatchicken

      from California

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

        Softens light source. Can collapse which makes more space for my other things. Improved my picture quality better than my other diffusers. Comes with an easy to understand guide on how to use it in a variety of situations.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Seriously, it does work!

        By DJGATOR

        from BUFORD GA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Excellent Colors
        • Great Picture Quality
        • No Shadows
        • No Shadows1

        Cons

        • Adds Weight

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos

        Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

        I received my Gary Fong Lightsphere the day of a Christmas party that I was asked to photograph. Not having much time, I practiced on a dog that would not stay still long enough and furniture that substituded as people. At the party there were over 300 people and I was just taking candid shots and checking my photo's on the screen. Then, someone really noticed that I was shooting photo's and they asked me to do a group shot of about 10 people. I took the shot and then groups of two, three, four and more began asking for me to photgraph them. When I downloaded the photos the next day on my computer I was blown away by the results! No shadows, natural looking skin tones, vivid colors, and happy faces. When I posted the photo's on the company's website, people were sending me compliments on how great the photo's are. The Lighsphere is a great tool for indoor photography and when I find the time, I will do more research on proper use of the system with my camera. I used a Canon T3i with a Canon 320EX flash. The Lighsphere system had people asking what it was and how does it work. The answers were in the qulaity of the photo's. The only negative remark that I have is that it adds some weight and in a crowded room, if someone bumped into me, it would dislodge from the flash. Overall, a strong 4 stars!

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        • No

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        4.0

        No more harsh flash hotspots!

        By frukus72

        from NYC

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

        • Tough To Use In Macro

        Best Uses

          Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

          Does exactly what it's designed for: diffusing light. Keeps your light soft and real. Probably not the best in use with macro photography, but for outside light, indoor light, all-around light - this is a great device.

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          • No

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          5.0

          !

          By Olympia

          from New jersey

          Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

          Very useful

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          5.0

          Great product

          By BigDad

          from Dallas TX

          Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

          Very easy to use and makes yours flash have a softer look

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          5.0

          Excellent Product!

          By Scott

          from Knoxville

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Great Picture Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

            Highly recommend, produces nice images and love the fact i can carry it in my bag without taking up a lot of space.

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            1.0

            Don't waste your money!

            By Mike717

            from San Diego, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Bulky
            • Expensive
            • Poor Image Quality

            Best Uses

              Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

              The image results are "very" inconsistent. Also, the material can get out of shape during storage. When it's time to use the Lightsphere Collapsible, it takes way too much time to fit the dome on top. That could mean some lost shots. I have a Vello Bounce Dome Diffuser for Canon 430EX II that actually works better.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Excellent Product!

              By Don Vo

              from Westminster, Ca

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

                I used this at my first wedding. It works fantastic! No more harsh light, no more shadows. When ever I pull out my flash from now on it will always have This Gary Fong Lightsphere on it for sure!

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                4.0

                Pretty Handy

                By Traumatizn

                from Detroit, MI

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Good picture quality
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Price

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel

                Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

                This Lightsphere Collapsible by Gary Fong is a very useful and compact item to have in any photographer's arsenal. It's a lightweight add-on to your flash (speedlight) that softens shadows and helps create a more beautiful portrait photo. It even seems to help create more I love using it. I've noticed on some forums that people complain about the size of the Lightsphere on their flashes. It seems they have forgotten one of the basics to lighting: The bigger the light compared to your subject = the softer the shadows. The Lightsphere is doing its job without being too intrusive. The quality of a naked speedlight (or even a pop-up flash with a diffuser) does not compare.The price of this product may be a bit to pick at. However, once I've realized that I was paying for convenience, durability and professionalism (rather than creating a weak diffuser with a flashcard or foam cups and tape), I was able to accept it. I am glad I did.If you need a quick, compact and professional-looking diffuser, without the bulky size and inconveniences of chugging around studio gear (like set-up times, or needing an assistant), then this Lightshpere is for you.

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                5.0

                Fantastic

                By SK

                from NY

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

                  For Real Estate
                  Great light diffusion

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Very nice product

                  By Phil

                  from Sacramento, Ca

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

                    It is very easy to use, colapses and stores well. Produces a nice bright diffused light. Secures very well to the flash and will not easily slip off.

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                    5.0

                    Quality Product

                    By Mike B.

                    from Cumming, GA

                    Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

                    This Gary Fong diffuser is made of quality materials and does what it's meant for and does it well. It stays securely on the flash with no problems. Must have product for those using a speed light.

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                    5.0

                    Great product

                    By Vic

                    from Vero Beach FL

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

                      I use this for Weddings and it is light and stays on my SB 800 and SB 910 without flopping down.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      excellent

                      By Pradev

                      from Edison,NJ

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

                        Great

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great item

                        By Djw

                        from Vermont

                        Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

                        Love this!

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                        4.0

                        Gets a bad rap, must have for weddings

                        By ShutterbugKelly

                        from Utah

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

                          I purchased this to deal with a dark lighting situation at an outdoor wedding under a dark barn while raining outside. It did what I needed perfectly. Gave even spread of light to give an overall lit image. Much more complimentary shadow presence than just bouncing. I have not used this in a portrait session yet and don't really plan to. It really works best in a space where it has a wall or ceiling for the light to bounce back off of again. Too wide of a space and the light almost gets lost with no where to reflect and return. I'm extremely happy with this for events and weddings. Nice soft light with a nice shadow placement. I only use it pointing up to spread the light, not really done much work with it pointed straight onto a client. This product gets a bad name for some reason, but it really has a good purpose for weddings and events.

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                          5.0

                          Technology and Art Perfectly Mixed!

                          By El gato

                          from New York City

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Great Picture Quality
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

                            This accesorie is a must have for photographers! bounce flash photography on the go is totally upgraded! It completly "raised the bar" on the quality of my photos, so portable, so light and durable, technology and art perfectly mixed! I'm so happy I want to buy many more and give them to my photographer friends as a Bday or Xmas present! :D Gary Fong, you rock!

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