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Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted)

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The Gary Fong LSU-CLOUD Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Flash Diffusion System is a large, round, soft and flexible diffuser that slips over the front of any standard shoe mount flash unit. The inside of the Lightsphere is completely textured to make the light dispersion even more "soft" than it would be otherwise. And because of this design, it is possible to make the material more translucent, keeping the unit from losing a lot of light while actually increasing the diffusion and softness of light.

An opaque color has been added to the inside of the Cloud version, and this "frosted" version creates an even softer effect, which makes it ideal for close-ups, portraits, and event photography.

The included inverted dome allows you to softly diffuse direct light with a large, soft source without creating flare on the front of your lens.

This Universal type fits almost virtually any shoe- or handle-mount flash unit. Its innovative mounting design provides a secure and adjustable grip to any flash head, from a Nikon SB-600 to a Metz 45 handle mount. This means there is only one model you need to buy, ever.
Especially ideal for vertical flash shots where the flash coverage is still similar to horizontal shots, due to the large rounded shape of the diffuser. Minimizes the need for a flash-flip bracket.
Easily fits into a camera bag.
Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted)
  • Cinch Strap
  • Rubber Grip Band
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    Gary FongLightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted)
     
    4.4

    (based on 258 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (150)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (80)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (6)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (189)
    • Lightweight (189)
    • Reliable (141)
    • Strong construction (115)
    • Packs small / compresses (63)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (118)
    • Poor quality (18)
    • Difficult to use (9)
    • Unreliable (7)
    • Expensive (3)

    Best Uses

    • Weddings (189)
    • Family photos (164)
    • Travel (37)
    • Sports/action (18)
    • Outdoor events / games (16)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (108), Pro photographer (72), Photo enthusiast (53), Casual photographer (12)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (190), Yes (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Diffusion Tool

    I purchased this after seeing tons of other photographers using them for weddings.

    Actually - I purchased the collapsible one first, but I was very dissatisfied with the lower degree of...Read complete review

    I purchased this after seeing tons of other photographers using them for weddings.

    Actually - I purchased the collapsible one first, but I was very dissatisfied with the lower degree of diffusion and the difficulty in getting it on my Nikon SB-900.

    The Universal works as advertised. It's easy to install (contrary to some reviews) on both my SB-900 and my SB-600's... It holds securely, and provides nicely diffused light. I find it works nicely with my studio umbrella light setup as well, if I decide to add a little fill light in the mix.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Waste of My Money

    Basically... you buy so that you don't look cheap to other photographers.

    I get the very same effect using a rubbing alcohol bottle with the bottom cut out and...Read complete review

    Basically... you buy so that you don't look cheap to other photographers.

    I get the very same effect using a rubbing alcohol bottle with the bottom cut out and placed over my flash. Same quality of light. If I want to compare my light with the "clear lightsphere" I can use a tupperware style bowl I get my greek olives in from the deli. Same quality of light.

    Total waste of money... unless you aren't embarrassed of a salad bowl/rubbing alcohol bottle on top of your flash.

    The unit does work fine and will be great for those whose reputation will not allow them to use a bottle/bowl from home.

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    5.0

    Works with my Fisheye lens on, indoors.

    By Hammerhead

    from Cedar City

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

    • Indoor
    • Travel

    Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

    Great spread of light.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Absolutely LOVE!

    By Catrina

    from Ruston, LA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

      I have tried different diffusers for my speedlite and this is by far my favorite! For weddings I place it on my speedlite set on my stand and it gives an "artsy" look when exposed in my image. Almost like a sunspot, if you're not into an artsy touch like that you can just set to feather your light and it creates a nice soft light. I'm definitely purchasing one for each of my speedlites!

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      • No

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      5.0

      It works!

      By Diskojoe

      from Houston

      Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

      Actually it works great. It's like sprinkling light down from the heavens. Worth every penny.

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      5.0

      A good product made better.

      By Bad Boy

      from Cleveland, Ohio

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • All purpose

      Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

      Gary's original lightsphere was a brilliant idea, unfortunately it was not well designed. Gary lost focus and rolled out more products and even more products and not concentrating on his best and original concept. Finally, he has seen the light with the new design of the Lightsphere. Finally, we have a well made, easy to use light modifier that will be a staple in every photographers tool box.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Does what it says

      By Dr. Bob

      from Chesapeake, VA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Pack
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Can't Think Of Any

      Best Uses

      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

      Casts even flattering light.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great for weddings

      By Greg

      from Franklin, TN

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

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        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

            Creates a nice soft light during dark wedding receptions. Especially handy when you don't have any walls or ceilings to bounce off.

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            • No

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            5.0

            A great diffuser

            By KTP

            from Kannapolis NC

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Pack
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

              I purchased this one as a replacement for one that I had lost. I have been using the Lightsphere for many years with my on location small light setups. I am very pleased with the soft light results I get from them.

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              • No

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              3.0

              Handy light diffuser

              By DA 71

              from New Jersey

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Pack
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

                Creates more natural flash light

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                • No

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                4.0

                Good diffuser but eat up battery

                By Modkoko

                from Atlanta, GA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                • Bulky

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

                I had the foldable version of this diffuser, but it soon had a tear in the fold. This is a hard shell version and it is much easier to attach and use. Good diffusion but it does take more battery power so I use it with quantum turbo battery pack. It is a must item for wedding photography.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Very Nice

                By Deharography. LLC

                from Pittsburgh, PA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Reliable
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Inddor Fill Flash Etc
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

                First use with the Gary Fong Lightsphere was at a Class Reunion in a Banquet room.. Very nice use with ceiling bounce that lit up entire pictures..

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                • No

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                4.0

                Definitely helps

                By John G

                from Traverse City, MI

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Bulky

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

                It's a bit expensive, but so far I love using this product.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Like it!

                By Tony

                from Ingleside Texas

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                • Not Easily Attachable

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

                I only recently got my diffuser but I like it already. I think it helps me take better photos where additional lighting is necessary and not get the blinding white photos. So far, so good.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Very happy with the Fong

                By mfphoto

                from chicago il

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Bulky

                Best Uses

                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

                I use this mostly for wedding receptions and I couldn't be happier with it. Great product for a great price.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Good Stuff

                By David-eye

                from Texas Hill Country

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Quality
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Oh No More Gear
                • Oh No… More Gear

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

                A bit expensive for a plastic lampshade, but it seems to make a difference in diffusing the harsh light of a flash.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Awesome!!!

                By LisaLinton

                from Wrightsville, PA

                Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

                This product was just as advertised. Good price and excellent service. This is the coolest diffuser WVER. It works great.

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                5.0

                GREAT PRODUCT.!!!

                By Oscar

                from Grand Rapids,mi.

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                • Not At All

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

                Absolutely amazing product. very easy to work with.
                I love the fact to be able to shoot a big groups of people with out lost any face at all. Great for Wedding, corporate event, etc.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Amazing

                By Lulu

                from Fisher, IL

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Pack
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

                  I just love the results of this diffuser. I know they make many different kinds but the area of coverage and the quality was much better than I expected.

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                  5.0

                  Great for events

                  By Hot Tamalia

                  from Arkansas

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Bulky

                  Best Uses

                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

                  This modifier makes event photography very easy. Pushes the light out nicely onto subjects. Fits well on both my Canon 580 and Canon 600 flashes. I wouldn't use it on a shoot other than events, unless I had to do a photo in a super tight space, I guess. I went with this one over the collapsible, because that sounded like trouble to me. I pop the top off when it is in my gear bag and put things inside it like batteries, cords, etc. so it isn't taking too much space. Fits in a lens cubby in my Think Tank airport bag.

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                  5.0

                  Awesome diffuser

                  By Sapphire Sky Photography

                  from Washington, D.C.

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Pack
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

                      There are many thing you can do with this diffuser. Works great!

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                      4.0

                      Buy it.

                      By Ray the Banjo Nut

                      from Montgomery, Alabama

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Bulky

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

                      It works, buy it.

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                      • No

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