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Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit

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Product Highlights
  • Fits Nearly All Shoe-Mount Flash Units
  • Incredibly Strong Universal Grip System
  • Minimizes Need for Flash Brackets
  • ChromeDome for Increased Light Output
  • AmberDome for Warming Color of Light
  • Colored Gel Set for Color and B&W Photos
  • PowerSnoot for Directional Light

Gary Fong is a lifelong photographer with a knack for innovative solutions for the normally harsh effects associated with standard on-camera lighting sources.  As always, one of Gary's intentions is to eliminate the need for a camera bracket.

The Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit is based on the Lightsphere Collapsible diffuser--a round, soft, and flexible flash diffuser that slips on to any standard shoe mount flash unit and also folds away for easy travel. The inside of the Lightsphere is textured to soften and disperse the light, and because the collapsible Lightsphere is quite translucent, it helps conserve the total quantity of light. The Lightsphere Collapsible folds down to about 1/3rd of its original height when collapsed, and has a practical grip system which allows it to securely attach to any modern shoe-mounted flash.

Also included in this kit is a ChromeDome, which is a chrome reflector panel that will almost double the light output of the Collapsible diffuser; an AmberDome, which warms the light from your electronic flash for shooting outdoors at dusk or early morning; a PowerSnoot w/PowerGrid for controlling the directionality of your light; and a set of four color gels (red, yellow, blue, and green) designed for creative use of color with the Lightsphere Collapsible diffuser.

Fits nearly all shoe-mount flash units.
Incredibly strong universal grip system.
Large, round-shaped diffuser minimizes need for flash brackets.
Gel system matches outgoing light to ambient room light, or enhances black and white image contrast.
ChromeDome increases flash output without sacrificing the softening qualities of the diffusion material.
AmberDome warms the light from your electronic flash for balancing color at dusk or early morning, in interiors with tungsten lighting, at sunset, or for warming your subject in open shade.
Mounted on camera, the PowerSnoot serves as a tool for creating cutting edge special effects. A softer yet dramatic light can be achieved by using the enclosed inverted white dome. Either way, the PowerSnoot allows you to create "Fashion Style" photography, with a minimum amount of equipment.
The Lightsphere Universal PowerSnoot fits most strobe units from Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Quantaray, Promaster, Pentax, Minolta, Sunpack and Vivitar. It will also fit selected models from Bower, Contax, DigiSlave, Soligor, Sigma, and Sony.
Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit
  • Lightsphere Collapsible Inverted Dome Diffuser
  • AmberDome
  • ChromeDome With Adapter Ring
  • Gel Filter Set for the Lightsphere Collapsible Diffuser
  • LSU-PS Lightsphere Universal PowerSnoot
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Gary FongLightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit
     
    4.4

    (based on 78 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (43)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (25)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (66)
    • Easy to use (62)
    • Packs small / compresses (43)
    • Reliable (30)
    • Strong construction (20)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (17)
    • Poor quality (7)
    • Difficult to use (4)

    Best Uses

    • Weddings (63)
    • Family photos (60)
    • Sports/action (12)
    • Travel (12)
    • Wildlife photos (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (33), Photo enthusiast (20), Pro photographer (15), Casual photographer (4), Photography student (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (71)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A must have

    I use this with my Nikon SB800 and SB600's. The lightsphere is amazing at diffusing the light to create beautiful, natural lighting. The snoot is spot on, illuminating only small bits and...Read complete review

    I use this with my Nikon SB800 and SB600's. The lightsphere is amazing at diffusing the light to create beautiful, natural lighting. The snoot is spot on, illuminating only small bits and keeping the bg dark. (with the correct settings of course.) The only con in the kit is that the power snoot cannot be collapsible, but that is a small con compared to all the pros of the kit. Also, this isn't so much a con, but more of a tip: the lightsphere can be a bit heavy on the flash, and the snoot can fall off it you move the flash around too much without further tightening of the velcro strip.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Some disappointment

    Not entirely happy on receiving this.....and I am a Gary Fong Fan.
    The collapsible was very difficult to fit on the flash, and none of the domes fitted very...Read complete review

    Not entirely happy on receiving this.....and I am a Gary Fong Fan.
    The collapsible was very difficult to fit on the flash, and none of the domes fitted very well....the chrome dome, I never got to work on the collapsible at all.
    The saving grace, was the domes, fitted really well on my cloud, and clear lightsphere (old style) so it wasn't a total loss. My verdict is still out on the snoot, I haven't really had a chance to work with it, to give an opinion.
    If I had to do it over, I just would have bought the domes. The collapsible seemed like a good idea, but it's one I feel needs a lot more R&D before it will be really useful.
    I gave it 3 stars because of the domes

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    4.0

    Missing DVD and Bag

    By NorcalShutterbug

    from Auburn

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use
      • Portraits

      Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

      There's a lot of Descrepancy among vendors of this product. For this price Fong INcludes a Bag and DVD, [*] charges 10.00 more than BHPHoto and doesn't include the DVD or Bag.BHPhoto is the best deal unless you feel safe ordering from Gary Fongs Site.

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      4.0

      Studio light quality

      By Pete the Film Guy

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Pricey

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • Portraits

      Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

      This is a nifty little kit. I was a bit skeptic at firt but it really does help bring out more natural colors in your subjects. Especially with outdoor shoots. The color gels are a little awkward though. Might be better off getting some CTO and CTB sheets and some velcro. Overall great tool. I use for almost all of my outdoor projects.

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      5.0

      I love the more steady Lightshere

      By susan

      from Millersville MD

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use
        • Portraits

        Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

        I love this item. The classic one always fell off of my flash. The collapsible feature not only helps with storage, it helps it be more steady on the camera. The images are much better. The kit gives you much more options. I would like to see better instructional material and advice in usage.

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        5.0

        Great Gear!

        By Marc

        from Baltimore, MD

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

        This really helped put my flash over the edge.

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        5.0

        A MUST HAVE for handheld portraits

        By J Lutz

        from New York, New York

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

          To use this amazing product you just pop it on top of your flash and go. Comes with a great glossy color photo-laiden instruction book and there is no thinking involved. My mentor describes this as, "having two umbrellas on either side of you at all times." It's really amazing. You get an extra F Stop with the chrome add on. The pro version may not be neciassarry to all but to me a great bonus is the snoot, it really focuses the light at a very far distance I normally couldn't reach for large groups. If you do weddings, this is a MUST have. You wont normally have the umbrellas so for handheld this is just incredible.

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          4.0

          overall pretty satisfied.

          By photog

          from new jersey

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Bulky
          • Weak Construction

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

          a bit cheaply made, but does the job well. love the snoot/grid. give a great effect. The dome falls out easily if you don't take the time to make it fit in snugly. the amber dome is very amber, not sure where i will used this. only big complaint is that it sometimes gives off a small circle (almost like a lens flare cast).... we believe it is from the top of the dome where there is a circle imprint...just started using the Gary fong, so will have to see what's the case exactly. overall we like it.

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          3.0

          Does the job

          By Raz84

          from Vancouver, Canada

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Pack
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Weak Construction

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Portrait
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

          Its made from cheap materials with an insane markup for what it probably cost to make, but don't let this fool you, all in all it does its job and does it well! The kit is extremely versatile, easy to use and well thought out. Don't let the cheap materials fool you. I would give this 5 stars but the price should be less, it is highly over priced for how its made.

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          5.0

          A must have...

          By Rick

          from Palos Verdes, California

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great Diffuser
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

              Anyone Taking Flash Images Needs To Add This To Their Bag.

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              5.0

              A must have

              By Jenniferobot

              from South Carolina

              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 Collapsible Pro Kit:

                I use this with my Nikon SB800 and SB600's. The lightsphere is amazing at diffusing the light to create beautiful, natural lighting. The snoot is spot on, illuminating only small bits and keeping the bg dark. (with the correct settings of course.) The only con in the kit is that the power snoot cannot be collapsible, but that is a small con compared to all the pros of the kit. Also, this isn't so much a con, but more of a tip: the lightsphere can be a bit heavy on the flash, and the snoot can fall off it you move the flash around too much without further tightening of the velcro strip.

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                5.0

                great purchase

                By swimnclick

                from WI

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

                  Have used the lightsphere at weddings, children's dance recital, family events. Am very happy with the results and excited to experiment with the rest of the items in the kit.

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                  5.0

                  Easy to use

                  By Maggie

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

                      The product is great for taking pictures in low light situation and since I love to take portraits, even with f1.4 lense, I found it hard to capture the moment in the best way I could. With this soft lighting system, I will be out more at night.

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                      5.0

                      Gary Fong - Lightsphere Kit

                      By Foeotss Light

                      from Dallas, TX

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Bulky

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

                      I have this kit from Gary Fong with me at every one of my photography sessions. As a stock and portrait photographer this is a must have piece of equipment.

                      The collapsable sphere is so versatile that learning its limits for me is quite like learning a new lens.

                      All of the pieces of the kit fit so well together that the user would do well to change parts on and around soft surfaces. Dropping pieces of the kit could result in scratches and cracks. While it would take a lot to render the kit useless, I like to keep my tools pristine for as long as possible.

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                      5.0

                      Improved from older version

                      By dcgofast

                      from Atlanta, GA

                      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 Collapsible Pro Kit:

                        I had one of the original Lightspheres. Although it was not one-size-fits-all, or maybe because it wasn't, it would not stay on well, even though I had ordered the correct model for my Canon 580EX flash. When I changed flashes recently, I had to get a new Lightsphere, since I can not do without one now that I have used one for several years. I got the collapsible so it would fit in my bag. The unintended benefit is the fit. The new one is relatively easy to install and remove, but it will not come off inadvertently. I also love that you can collapse it while still on the flash, instead of having to take it off in the middle of a shoot and keep up with it.

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                        5.0

                        Awesome Kit

                        By Highlights Studios

                        from Olathe, KS

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

                          I finally stepped up to the Lighsphere, I recently used it for an event. Taking pictures of brides after they had selected their wedding dress. I loved how it helped balance out the lighting of my flash evenly. I haven't had a chance to play with the snoot much but I did mess with it some and I can see how it can really create some creative lighting without having to lug the whole studio strobes around. Being mostly a wedding photographer and an onlocation photographer this is helpful.

                          The only thing that I had slight trouble with is the fact that the Nikon SB910 is a little larger then I think most flashes are. The lighsphere DOES still fit it however if you wish to use the provided color gels it doesn't snap on correctly due to the placement of the SB910's built in bounce card. However I was able to over come that with a little tweeking.

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                          5.0

                          Very Versitile Flash Attachemnt

                          By Clyde9195

                          from Henderson, KY

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

                            I have been using this flash attachment for various shooting assignemnts and find it very helpful. Use it for studio work, sports, fashion and candid work. Works just as described. You will have to try different configurations and settings to meet your exact needs, but isn't that what photography is all about? I would recommend this product to anyone looking for more creativity and versatility

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                            4.0

                            nice piece of equipment

                            By skydiver

                            from Winter Haven, FL

                            About Me Photography Student

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

                              portraits

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                              3.0

                              Could be better for the price

                              By TheMuc

                              from Australia

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Pack
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Difficult to Use

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

                              Overall does what it is meant to do. Switching from concave to dome is a tad fiddly,it does not just simply clip into place. Maybe because it is collapsable rubber. Not a fan of how the snoot fits onto the flash, also fiddly to quickly switch between the two. I ended up using my cheaper diffuser and snoot on a shoot because it was just faster to switch over.

                              We pay an arm and a leg over here in Australia. I'm glad I got it from B&H, otherwise i would have been quite dissapointed.

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                              3.0

                              Not perfect

                              By Erik

                              from Oslo

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

                                OK result and better than Sto-Fen.

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                                5.0

                                worth every penny

                                By contrast freak

                                from philadelphia

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Pack
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

                                  i bought the pro kit for a wedding and was very happy with the results .as everyone i had doubts about the product but it served my purpose very well.overall i can recommend the lightsphere collapsible to anyone who shoots indoors and weddings.great results without hassle.

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                                  5.0

                                  Still learning its uses

                                  By SealeDog

                                  from NC

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Family Photos

                                    Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

                                    I am still learing how to use these creatively, but so far they seem to work well. I wish they were just a little more 'secure' feeling when you piece it together, but I have not yet had an issue with parts popping off and rolling away.

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