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

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You Pay: $49.95
Product Highlights
  • Fits Most Shoe Mount Flash Units

The Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Diffusion System (Half Cloud) 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.

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 product is compatible with any flash head that can rotate and pivot, and has dimensions smaller than 3.15 x 2.15".

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 Diffusion System (Half Cloud)
  • Cinch Strap
  • Rubber Grip Band
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    Gary FongLightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Diffusion System (Half Cloud)
     
    4.4

    (based on 82 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (48)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (27)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (61)
    • Easy to use (59)
    • Durable (42)
    • Consistent output (38)
    • Versatile (22)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (35)

    Best Uses

    • Fill flash (53)
    • Portraits (46)
    • General purpose (37)
    • Night photography (26)
    • Photojournalism (19)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (47)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (26), Semi-pro photographer (26), Professional (9), Photo enthusiast (8), Enthusiast (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Awesome, even lighting

    This product REALLY works. It can easily fill a 15'x15' room with soft, even lighting, and you won't have racoon eyes or cave backgrounds. I even tested it in a room...Read complete review

    This product REALLY works. It can easily fill a 15'x15' room with soft, even lighting, and you won't have racoon eyes or cave backgrounds. I even tested it in a room with the lights completely off, and with tons of chairs, centerpieces, chandeliers, and other things that would cast long shadows with direct flash. With the Lightsphere - sweet, even light!

    Sure, there are other products that are smaller or look cooler, but this product delivers. I have done tests that compare direct flash, bounce flash, Lightsphere without dome, and Lightsphere with dome, and the Lightsphere shots come out superior most of the time.

    The only downside is that it really kills your flash power, probably 1 1/2 stops, which from across a church is an issue, but for portraits or photojournalistic work, is a non-issue most of the time.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great for Diffusing, but Clunky

    I really like the LightSphere line and had one for my Nikon SB-800. When I upgraded to the SB-900 my old lightsphere wouldn't fit so I purchased the universal. The first thing...Read complete review

    I really like the LightSphere line and had one for my Nikon SB-800. When I upgraded to the SB-900 my old lightsphere wouldn't fit so I purchased the universal. The first thing I noticed is that the material is much less flexible that the older models. With the older models you could just about fold them up and stuff in a bag. The universal has some give, but it basically keeps its form. My greater concern is that I couldn't keep it on the SB-900. As a wedding photgrapher I move around quite a bit and the darn lightsphere universal went flying off the camera 4-5 times before I stuffed in back in my bag. I tightened it with the velcro strap and even the large rubber band (yes, this is really what is given to you to help it stay on) but it just wouldn't stay on. The whole velcro strap and rubber band really makes it look and feel very amateurish.


    If anyone has any tips on how to keep it on, I would appreciate it, because I love the effect, but it pretty embarassing when your equipment goes flying and crashing to the floor in the middle of ceremony or during the first dance.

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    5.0

    Great tool!

    By Poppy Photo Man

    from Eden Prairie, MN

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash

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

      Used in our Preschool venue to photograph class groups. A much softer light yielding a more pleasant image.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Works like a charm!

      By Kyle - Marketing Executive

      from Chatham, Illinois

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Powerful Output
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Bulky
      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use
      • Night Photography
      • Photojournalism
      • Portraits

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

      I tested this product at a parade this weekend and it has exceeded all of my expectations. I love it and I would definitely recommend this product to others, it takes flash photography to a whole new level.

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      5.0

      Love this accessory!

      By rubiophoto

      from San Francisco Bay Area, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use
      • Portraits

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

      Beautifully softens usually harsh flash shadows, turning flash into beautiful fill light! Worth carrying, despite its bulkiness - you'll love the quality of the light on the images you shoot!

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      4.0

      A very practical diffuser!

      By Rocket

      from Tulsa Oklahoma

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use
      • Portraits

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

      There is no one tool does it all. This diffuser is no exception. Whatever you use requires you to know your camera, it's flash and available light. There are some very inexpensive ways to diffuse light. Considering all the gadgets I have used the Gary Fong Diffuser is probably the most practical. I have used it in about every situation imaginable and it does a very good job of spreading and softening light from your flash. if you are taking pictures of a large group you may have to remove the diffuser to up your light out put. You will most likely go through a few more batteries to compensate for the loss of flash output. I have taken some amazing families, portraits, and events with this diffuser. Don't forget to bounce and re direct your light for optimum results.

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      5.0

      Lightsphere Diffusion Dome

      By rwhits

      from Chillicothe Ohio

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use
        • Night Photography
        • Photojournalism
        • Portraits

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

        This is one of the things That I do not leave the house without when I go on just about any photography job. It is a fantastic assy a must have in your camera bag. It make your reg flash shots look like you took them with a 3 light studio setup great product and have recomended this to several of mt Photographer friends and when I teach my class one class is dedicated to this dome to show what 40-50 dollars can do for you .

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        5.0

        Works Great

        By Jay

        from Chanute, KS

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Night Photography
          • Portraits

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

          Awesome Difuser.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Wish I got this sooner!

          By Tony

          from Johannesburg, South Africa

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Powerful Output
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Bulky

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use
          • Night Photography
          • Portraits

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

          I use this for almost all of my photos. Since it lights up my surrounding and not just my subject I can reduce my ISO and achieve photos with far less noise as oppose to compromising with the direct standard flash.

          Since external flashes are not programmed for diffusion system, it takes some trial and error before getting balanced exposure on manual.

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          5.0

          Clean even light

          By Van Uxem

          from New York, NY

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Bulky

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use
          • Night Photography
          • Photojournalism
          • Portraits

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

          I love this product. I started using the dome immediately to enhance shaded portraits on a sunny day as well as an office space lit only by window light. The effect is an even and diffused distribution of the flash. Totally worth the money.

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          5.0

          Love it so far!

          By Dee_yates_studios

          from Northern California.

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • Portraits

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

          This is great for evening out skin in low lit places. Very soft flash effect. Live it so far.

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          5.0

          As advertised

          By Tomy R.

          from Québec, Canada

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Bulky

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Portraits

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

          I'm very happy with my lightspere. It fits perfectly on my Canon 430ex II. I like the fact that there are multiple videos on Gary Fong's website describing how to best use the product. The fixture with a rubber band and a strap works pretty well. I'm happy with this product.

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          4.0

          Great product!

          By Erica

          from Raleigh, NC

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • General Use
            • Night Photography
            • Photojournalism
            • Portraits

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

            I used this product for the first time during a shoot in an indoor work party. It allowed for the space to be well-lit and didn't cast shadows on people on things. It is easy to put on top of my external flash, and easy to take off.

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            5.0

            Great diffuser

            By Sammi

            from New Jersey

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • General Use
            • Night Photography
            • Photojournalism
            • Portraits

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

            Gary Fong works for me every time. A little bulky but images come out great. Don't have to use my bracket anymore saves my hand from that extra weight.

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            4.0

            Great tool!

            By RLynnK

            from Philadelphia, PA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile
            • Works Well

            Cons

            • Bulky
            • Fit in not PERFECT

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Fill Flash
            • General Use
            • Night Photography
            • Portraits

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

            I love the lightsphere in large rooms with high ceilings, where a bounce flash wouldn't reach. Lights my subjects and allows ambient light - great for events. The fitting is a little long for my SB800 (if I want to tilt and move the flash it won't sit completely flush - but it isn't really a huge problem) It is a little bulky, but it isn't in my bag - it is on my flash...

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            5.0

            Diffuses great

            By Chris the shooter

            from Dallas, TX

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • General Use
            • Photojournalism
            • Portraits

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

            Easy to apply...works as advertised. Softens the light nicely. Direct or bounce.

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            5.0

            An essential piece to my arsenal

            By Hannah the wedding documentor

            from Methuen, MA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use
              • Night Photography
              • Photojournalism
              • Portraits

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

              I have been shooting weddings for the last 5 years, and now that I have the dome diffuser, I cna't believe that I ever went without it. I love to full glow to the vast rooms and the soft clean light for portraits. I like it so much that I am buying one for everyone of my staff.

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              5.0

              Get the most from your flash

              By Gregg

              from Cleveland, OH

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Bulky

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • Photojournalism
              • Portraits

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

              Using with a Canon 580ex II and the Lightsphere makes quick work of providing even lighting for events, news and headshots.

              Thought about giving it four stars because it is a little big to carry and looks huge on camera, but it's light and the results are so good that any perceived inconvenience is worth it.

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              5.0

              I would buy this product again and again

              By Enos Mlambya

              from Africa, SA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast Recycling
              • Lightweight
              • Powerful Output

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • Night Photography

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

                for my flash. and pictures look stanic.

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                • No

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                4.0

                A bit bulky but nice to have

                By Sharon Hoffman

                from St. Louis, Mo

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Bulky

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Portraits

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

                I use this when shooting indoors with my external flash. It softens the lighting and cuts out shadows. Many times I seem to over expose my shots when using a flash indoors and this helps cast a softer light. I am anxious to use this out doors as well. It does seem bulky but it is very well worth it.

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                • Yes

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                5.0

                Love at first use!!!

                By Cb

                from cincinnati, ohio

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                • none

                Best Uses

                • Disney world

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

                I am a professional all-natural light photographer, but am terrible (or used to be) with the flash. So when getting ready to go to Disney with my family, I knew I'd be faced with lots of low light situations when I'd need the flash. Wanting o have photos that looked like natural light and would better match my outdoor, daytime images, I decided to give the lightsphere a try. Soooo glad I did!!! It worked like a charm right out of the box! It truly softens the light and makes it look more like a natural light source. Just read the few tips on how to use that's enclosed in the box and you'll be set! I just finished downloading the photos from our trip and I can say that the lightsphere was well worth the cost. Thanks Gary Fong! And, love the half cloud. It worked great for me so I will just stick with that one. And, walked all day with it on my 580 ii canon for several days and never had any issues with it falling off. I just kept it in place.

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                5.0

                Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Diff

                By Brian

                from Traverse City, Michigan

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • General Use

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

                  I read the reviews and I have to say that I am impressed with the results. A little pricey but so is a loaf of good bread.

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