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Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Basic Kit

B&H # GALSUB Mfr # LSU-BASIC
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You Pay: $114.95
Product Highlights
  • For All Shoe Mount Flash Units
  • Includes: Cloud Lightsphere
  • Inverted Dome
  • Amber Dome
  • Chrome Dome

The Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Flash Diffusion Basic Kit is based on the large, round, soft and flexible Lightsphere 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 "softer" than it would be otherwise. As a result, the material is 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.

The included AmberDome warms the light from your electronic flash for shooting outdoors at dusk, or early morning, open shade, interiors with tungsten lighting, and sunsets, with the sun behind the subject.

The included ChromeDome seriously increases the light output, while still keeping the diffusion properties of your flash unit. You will have up to double the power and efficiency, but the look will be identical.

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 Basic Kit
  • Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted)
  • 2 x Mounting Kits: Cinch Straps, Rubber Grip Bands
  • Inverted Dome for Lightspere II
  • ChromeDome
  • AmberDome
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Gary FongLightsphere Universal Basic Kit
     
    4.4

    (based on 46 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (25)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (39)
    • Lightweight (37)
    • Durable (17)
    • Versatile (16)
    • Reliable (10)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (18)

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (25)
    • Fill flash (20)
    • General purpose (16)
    • Family photos (14)
    • Weddings (13)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (38)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (23), Photo enthusiast (11), Pro photographer (8), Casual photographer (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Best portable flash diffuser I've tried

    I use this kit with my Canon 50D and Metz 58AF-2. This is a very fine portable modifier system, albeit a tad more expensive that the alternatives. The lightsphere really shines (no...Read complete review

    I use this kit with my Canon 50D and Metz 58AF-2. This is a very fine portable modifier system, albeit a tad more expensive that the alternatives. The lightsphere really shines (no pun intended) for casual and event photography, as it is very portable and delivers a very soft light to the subject.

    Attaching the LS to your flash takes some patience at first. If you want to prevent it from falling off, you need to place the included rubber band around the flash head. Then the bottom tabs slip over the rubber band, which is difficult until you get the hang of it. Finally, you tighten the velcro strap to secure it on the flash head. Once you get used to the process, it's no big deal.

    After attaching the LS to the speedlight, you point the bell straight up (actually perpendicular to your subject) to get the diffusion effect. Be warned: when you do this you lose a lot of light. I conducted some control tests in flash manual mode, in a room with a white 8-foot ceiling, shooting against a featureless light wall, and noted the location of the histogram peak on my 50D's image preview. Here are my results:

    * compared to a bare flash pointed at the wall, the LS with no accessory dome reduced light output by 4 EV. (I lose about 3 EV with my 30" umbrella and the bare flash)

    * Same result with the white dome. I saw no difference in the histogram

    * Here's the surprise: same result with the chrome dome. The quality of light was different (harsher), but the amount of light was the same.

    * With the amber dome, the light output was reduced by another 2/3 EV

    Lest you conclude that the chrome dome is useless, it's not. I conducted another test outside at night, and found in that setting that the chrome dome increased the light output by about 1/2 EV. I fashioned a aluminum foil plug for the top of the chrome dome, and increased the light by another 1/2 EV. My conclusion is that this dome is useful outside and probably in rooms with very high or black ceilings.

    If you're quite a distance from your subject, enough that using the LS in the vertical position does not give you enough light, you can point the bell at the subject, but then you're really just getting a bare bulb effect, with the attendant shadows. Adding the white dome in this case gives you a softer effect, but there are still noticeable shadows. I suspect this would be useful for outdoor fill flash. Haven't tried that yet.

    I really like being able to use the amber dome for shooting under incandescent light to blend the white balance of the flash light with the ambient light. My first set of shots indoors with the camera white balance set at 3300K came close, but I still had to adjust in Lightroom to get a realistic skin tone. Still experimenting!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Love it!! But....

    Love the Lightsphere but the strap and bands are kinda cheap.. I was on a job and while putting the dome on my flash it broke and since it doesnt fit well on my...Read complete review

    Love the Lightsphere but the strap and bands are kinda cheap.. I was on a job and while putting the dome on my flash it broke and since it doesnt fit well on my SB-900 it but me in a bad spot on my assignment. So i spent some time reenforcing the strap with needle and thread to make it more sturdy.. I suggest you do the same.. Also dont like the fact that it is hard plastic and will not pack down in my bag.

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    5.0

    A must have for all event photographers.

    By PRMphoto

    from Dallas TX

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use
      • Night Photography
      • Portraits

      Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Basic Kit:

      I love this product, I have used it for a wedding and couples portraits and it produces such beautiful light that I never want to go back to unmodified flash. I love the modifiers for the dome too, although I haven't utilized them yet, but I am excited to test out the kick plate chrome dome for family and group pictures. The rubber band that comes with holds on the dome, and while it is a strong hold, it is not as strong as the video would make it seem. All in all a great product and well worth the money.

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      5.0

      Lightsphere Universal Basic Kit by Gary

      By lindsey

      from amarillo texas

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Night Photography

        Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Basic Kit:

        love it! i would recommend to anyone!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        AWESOME EFFECTS

        By VILOUBEH

        from SANTOS, SP - BRAZIL

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Pack
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Basic Kit:

          GREAT PRODUCT FOR ALL PURPOSE ILUMINATION SITUATIONS!!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Must have!

          By Pazzo.Photography

          from Central Valley, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

          • Not Compactable

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Basic Kit:

          I have used this product primarily for events and weddings and it has consistently given me the best soft and full lighting. You would never know that there was a flash being used.

          The only thing that is a bummer about it is that it can't be compactly stored.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Every photographer should have this

          By RedFlash

          from Loganville ga

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Reliable
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Basic Kit:

              This product is great for photos

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              4.0

              Good Product

              By T

              from Mississauaga, ON

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

              • Bulky
              • Weak Construction

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Basic Kit:

              Eacy to use and carry though bulky and poor construction. One star deducted for construction.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              3.0

              Expensive

              By John Penny

              from Melbourne, Australia

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Basic Kit:

                I ordered this product to use with my outdoor flash photography and its very good for my needs, but i think the price for it is way to high. 3 stars for price.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Beautiful lighting

                By Cockney Boy

                from London, UK

                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 Basic Kit:

                I have been using this for about six months now and I am very impressed with the wonderful soft light is produces. The amber reflector adds a natural warm tone to the subject.

                I have used the chrome difusser a few times but I am not convinced it produces more light. Apart from that I fully endorse this product.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Lightsphere Universal Kit

                By Qikpic

                from Laguna Niguel, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Basic Kit:

                  Works great. Evens out the light as advertised. Wish I could have had this tool years a ago.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Best portable flash diffuser I've tried

                  By planosteve

                  from Plano, TX

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Bulky

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Basic Kit:

                  I use this kit with my Canon 50D and Metz 58AF-2. This is a very fine portable modifier system, albeit a tad more expensive that the alternatives. The lightsphere really shines (no pun intended) for casual and event photography, as it is very portable and delivers a very soft light to the subject.

                  Attaching the LS to your flash takes some patience at first. If you want to prevent it from falling off, you need to place the included rubber band around the flash head. Then the bottom tabs slip over the rubber band, which is difficult until you get the hang of it. Finally, you tighten the velcro strap to secure it on the flash head. Once you get used to the process, it's no big deal.

                  After attaching the LS to the speedlight, you point the bell straight up (actually perpendicular to your subject) to get the diffusion effect. Be warned: when you do this you lose a lot of light. I conducted some control tests in flash manual mode, in a room with a white 8-foot ceiling, shooting against a featureless light wall, and noted the location of the histogram peak on my 50D's image preview. Here are my results:

                  * compared to a bare flash pointed at the wall, the LS with no accessory dome reduced light output by 4 EV. (I lose about 3 EV with my 30" umbrella and the bare flash)

                  * Same result with the white dome. I saw no difference in the histogram

                  * Here's the surprise: same result with the chrome dome. The quality of light was different (harsher), but the amount of light was the same.

                  * With the amber dome, the light output was reduced by another 2/3 EV

                  Lest you conclude that the chrome dome is useless, it's not. I conducted another test outside at night, and found in that setting that the chrome dome increased the light output by about 1/2 EV. I fashioned a aluminum foil plug for the top of the chrome dome, and increased the light by another 1/2 EV. My conclusion is that this dome is useful outside and probably in rooms with very high or black ceilings.

                  If you're quite a distance from your subject, enough that using the LS in the vertical position does not give you enough light, you can point the bell at the subject, but then you're really just getting a bare bulb effect, with the attendant shadows. Adding the white dome in this case gives you a softer effect, but there are still noticeable shadows. I suspect this would be useful for outdoor fill flash. Haven't tried that yet.

                  I really like being able to use the amber dome for shooting under incandescent light to blend the white balance of the flash light with the ambient light. My first set of shots indoors with the camera white balance set at 3300K came close, but I still had to adjust in Lightroom to get a realistic skin tone. Still experimenting!

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Great product

                  By Tonya

                  from Newfoundland, Canada

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  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 Basic Kit:

                    Diffuses and spread the light beautifully. Well worth the space it takes in my bag!!

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    It's like a portable studio

                    By Brian

                    from Portland, Oregon

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Basic Kit:

                      I use the Gary Fong lightsphere to shoot outdoor portraits when studio lighting isn't practical. Gary Fong + my strobe flash = awesome diffused lighting every time. Also works great when trying to shoot large groups.

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                      • No

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                      3.0

                      Love it!! But....

                      By Stewbphoto

                      from Tyler, TX

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Bulky
                      • Weak Construction

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Basic Kit:

                      Love the Lightsphere but the strap and bands are kinda cheap.. I was on a job and while putting the dome on my flash it broke and since it doesnt fit well on my SB-900 it but me in a bad spot on my assignment. So i spent some time reenforcing the strap with needle and thread to make it more sturdy.. I suggest you do the same.. Also dont like the fact that it is hard plastic and will not pack down in my bag.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Works better than what I thought.

                      By MrOT69

                      from Hopewell, Virginia

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Basic Kit:

                        It produces nice soft light.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Best Money I've Ever Spent On Gear

                        By Alison Dunlap

                        from Palmyra, NJ

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Portraits
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Basic Kit:

                          Although the kit isn't all that inexpensive, I was so frustrated with the previous flash diffusers I've bought that I decided to just take the leap. I really despise event photography based on the post production to make the light softer, but this kit literally cut my editing time in half (if not more). It's easy to use and very forgiving for depth within a shot. The light is just as soft and even for vertical shots (which are usually a problem) just by flipping the flash as shown on the enclosed instruction card. I mostly use the plain inverted dome, but the chrome and amber attachment have been incredibly useful as well.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great product

                          By Big E

                          from Atlanta, GA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Basic Kit:

                            I got to use the product for the first time last weekend. All I can say is wow. Its the best diffuser I have ever used. It cast and even light and its great that I can change the top for different lighting effects.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great little kit

                            By MomentCapturer

                            from Phoenix, AZ

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Pack
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Basic Kit:

                              I read a review on here that talked about how hard it was to spend this much on "Tupperware". But just as the reviewer said, it is worth it! This is a great diffusing addition to your flash. It also creates a consistent color in your photos for less editing. Great tool.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              works great

                              By hmjeter

                              from Friona, tx

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Bulky

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Night Photography
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Basic Kit:

                              gives your flash that extra help it needs to difuse light in certain occasions. works great

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Finally, an on camera diffuser that work

                              By Elkphoto

                              from Omaha, NE

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Fill Flash
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Basic Kit:

                                wonderful effects, easy to use, intuitive.

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                                • No

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                                3.0

                                Good

                                By Alex

                                from Surrey, BC

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Bulky
                                • Expensive

                                Best Uses

                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Basic Kit:

                                Good light distribution. Works very well in landscape but in portrait mode it still casts a little bit of shadows on your subject. It's really big to fit in my bag, actually it doesn't fit in my bag because of the size of the thing. It's too pricey though for a simple construction and material.

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