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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

You Pay: $59.95

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

    (based on 107 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (74)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (25)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (64)
    • Lightweight (56)
    • Compact (54)
    • Durable (42)
    • Great picture quality (34)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (9)
    • Price (3)

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (57)
    • Weddings (57)
    • Travel (11)
    • Sports/action (7)
    • Landscape/scenery (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (26), Semi-pro photographer (24), Pro photographer (23), Casual photographer (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (77), 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.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Expensive, but what else is there...?

    The lightsphere definetly does what it's meant to: Lights up your subjects excellently, with a nice softish light. The dome helps, but I havn't yet used it enough to know how effective it...Read complete review

    The lightsphere definetly does what it's meant to: Lights up your subjects excellently, with a nice softish light. The dome helps, but I havn't yet used it enough to know how effective it is.Why only 3 stars?Well: it costs $[$], and effectively all it is is a peice of plastic. I watched a few of the GF bideos before a brought it, and there's some shots of Gary prooving how strong the velcro mount is, that he even picks up his entrie camera and tripod by the lightshphere. Although there is a do-not-try-this-at-home disclaimer, I couldn't possible do that myself. I'm using the lightsphere with the Canon 430EX II, and the mount is not even close to being that tight. It could be that it would be tight on a bigger flash-head, i.e, the 600EX, but that wouldn't fit the product description: Universally mountable.Another reason: My one shipped with a halfway crack running around the base of the sphere - poor quality control.Also, Gary mentions in his videos how you can easily flatten the Light Sphere so that you can use bare flash, "by simply pushing against a hard surface". No matter how many times I tries, I couldn't do this. I had to manually fold back down the lightshpre. This is not a majour issue, as if I've got it mounted, I'm going to use it, but this demonstrated feature is not such a feature in real life.Lastly, although the Lightsphere is highly flexible, it's also prone to becoming majourly disfigured if you put it at the bottom of your camera bag and accidentaly place something heavy on top. And, once it's out of shape, there's no way to get it back into shape.All in all, it defintly does what it's supposed to, but not without any flaws.

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    5.0

    Stunning results

    By Graphicai

    from Illinois

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

    I was convinced this was the right choice of flash modifier when I saw the YouTube comparison made between the LightSphere and many others on the market. The results shown proved that this diffuser does the job better than the rest. Last December, I shot photos at a company holiday lunch and used the LighSphere on an SB700 atop my Nikon D7000. The results were amazing. I shot with three different lenses and every shot of over 200 I made that day was perfect! There were no dark shadows or blowouts, just beautifully illuminated photos. I printed over 80 of them and had them displayed at the company's lunchroom. I received quite a few compliments and orders for copies with people mentioning that the photos came out great. I owe this success to the LightSphere. The smoothness of the light with just the right amount of depth producing soft shadow that did not hide details was very studio-like.

    I attached the LightSphere per instructions and it never falls off. Just as Gary demonstrates in the videos, I can lift the camera and flash by the LighSphere and it never detaches.

    I strongly recommend this product for great looking photos taken with a speelight.

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    5.0

    Works great but.....

    By Dick

    from Atascadero, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Good Video Quality
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos

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

    I use this product when taking all my flash pictures indoors and was surprised by the wonderful results. But I find that I cannot store it in my camera case collapsed on the flash as Gary Fong suggests.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Great Product!

    By Sassy

    from Tallahassee, FL

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Weddings/Events

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

      The Gary Fong Lightsphere works wonderful! I use it in pet photography. The light is soft and beautiful.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Great defussion

      By Paul G

      from Scottsdale, AZ

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

      Used this to photograph a society luncheon. Could not be happier with the results. A nice even light.

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      5.0

      Love, love this product!

      By Gracie

      from Soddy Daisy, TN

      About Me Semi-pro 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):

        I love the collapsible Gary Fong hook and loop fastener diffuser. The old ones are just so dang hard to put on your flash and the ease of this one makes it worth the purchase!!!

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        • No

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        5.0

        Best defuser

        By tford

        from Harrisburg, ill

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          After a lot of researching i went with the lightsphere. I have used it a lot since i have purchased it and it is by far, in my opinion, the best accesory for you fash unit.

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          • No

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          3.0

          Great soft light, but fell off constantl

          By lynn

          from Alabama

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Great Soft Light
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Expensive
          • Falls off
          • Hard To Get On
          • Read Review For Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Weddings/Events

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

          I am an event photographer that uses the diffuser once a week. The first generation diffuser was very difficult to get on SB900 flash. It fell off easily and frequently. You should have seen me going around Events asking" have you see something that looks like tupperware?" After roughly 4 years it developed a huge crack in it. I might try it again since I see they have changed the design. It does give an even, beautiful glow to your subject.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Pricy but works fine

          By Canadian Guy

          from Toronto Area

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Great Picture Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Weddings/Events

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

            I ordered this product after reading all of the reviews on B&H. I needed something to soften the harsh light of my flash and it does the job. While several other reviewers have reported issues with the Lightsphere falling off their cameras, mine stays on reasonably well but you have to take care to attach it properly. The only reason I have not given this 5 stars is the price; it is pretty expensive for a bit of plastic. I would recommend it to someone who is looking for something to soften light from a flash as well as minimizing shadows.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Geat product...easy to use!!

            By Russ

            from Walkersville, MD

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight
            • Versitile

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                The Gary Fong Gen V lightsphere is a great product. Easy to set up and use, as well as working as advertised. A great light diffuser that can be used on or off camera, with multiple attachements. Highly recommended!

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great item

                By Cheo

                from Puerto Rico

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    I absolutely love it. It's great for every type of setting. Super easy and lightweight.

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                    3.0

                    Expensive, but what else is there...?

                    By Maron

                    from Brooklyn NY

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Bluky
                    • Flimsy Construction

                    Best Uses

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

                      The lightsphere definetly does what it's meant to: Lights up your subjects excellently, with a nice softish light. The dome helps, but I havn't yet used it enough to know how effective it is.Why only 3 stars?Well: it costs $[$], and effectively all it is is a peice of plastic. I watched a few of the GF bideos before a brought it, and there's some shots of Gary prooving how strong the velcro mount is, that he even picks up his entrie camera and tripod by the lightshphere. Although there is a do-not-try-this-at-home disclaimer, I couldn't possible do that myself. I'm using the lightsphere with the Canon 430EX II, and the mount is not even close to being that tight. It could be that it would be tight on a bigger flash-head, i.e, the 600EX, but that wouldn't fit the product description: Universally mountable.Another reason: My one shipped with a halfway crack running around the base of the sphere - poor quality control.Also, Gary mentions in his videos how you can easily flatten the Light Sphere so that you can use bare flash, "by simply pushing against a hard surface". No matter how many times I tries, I couldn't do this. I had to manually fold back down the lightshpre. This is not a majour issue, as if I've got it mounted, I'm going to use it, but this demonstrated feature is not such a feature in real life.Lastly, although the Lightsphere is highly flexible, it's also prone to becoming majourly disfigured if you put it at the bottom of your camera bag and accidentaly place something heavy on top. And, once it's out of shape, there's no way to get it back into shape.All in all, it defintly does what it's supposed to, but not without any flaws.

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                      • No

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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.

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                      • 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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                          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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