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Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Basic Kit

B&H # GALSBK Mfr # LSC-BASIC
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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
  • Set of Color Gels for Color & B&W Photos

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 Basic 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; 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.
Easily fits into a camera bag, folding down to only 1/3rd of its original height.
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.
Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Basic Kit
  • Lightsphere Collapsible Inverted Dome Diffuser
  • AmberDome
  • ChromeDome With Adapter Ring
  • Gel Filter Set for the Lightsphere Collapsible Diffuser
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Gary FongLightsphere Collapsible Basic Kit
     
    4.4

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (9)
    • Lightweight (8)
    • Packs small / compresses (7)
    • Reliable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family photos (8)
      • Weddings (6)
      • Portraits (4)
      • Fill flash (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (7)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (11)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Makes a flash look good!

      These are great additions to your external flash. I use them on all external flash units. Easy to use, quick to store, and will make flash light actually look good. Great for...Read complete review

      These are great additions to your external flash. I use them on all external flash units. Easy to use, quick to store, and will make flash light actually look good. Great for location shoots where you need to travel light. With two speedlites and two of these, and a couple stands, you can practically shoot a full modeling/portrait session anywhere.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Gary Fong Lightshere Collapsible Basic

      I purchased this product to improve photos taken with a camera mounted flash (Nikon SB800).
      For the price ... the results were not there for me.

      I purchased this product to improve photos taken with a camera mounted flash (Nikon SB800).
      For the price ... the results were not there for me.

      Reviewed by 14 customers

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      5.0

      So far so good!

      By Cburdick

      from Vestal, ny

      Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Basic Kit:

      Haven't had a chance to play with the gels, but works great...like the adapter ring, keeps the dome from falling off all the time like the old rigid Gary fong.

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      4.0

      A must add-on for any level photographer

      By The frogman

      from Fairfield CT.

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Quick To Assemble
      • Very Useful

      Cons

      • No Storage Options

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Basic Kit:

      I looked into this product when I found that my "straight flash" shots were very harsh. The unit with it's diffusing lenses is a great assest for photography indoors and out. Highly recommend.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Excellent, Compact Product

      By PhotoDude

      from USA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use
        • Portraits

        Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Basic Kit:

        Product works as advertised. Easy to pack when travelling, produces very nice light, soft skin tones.

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        5.0

        Excellent !!!

        By ely

        from Tampa, Fl

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Pack
        • Easy to Use
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Basic Kit:

          I used it on my last visit to Disney World and Im really happy that I had this equipment with me !! It also does a good job for night time pictures / open air

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Great product for starting photographers

          By Ylli

          from Detroit, MI

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Basic Kit:

            Great product for starting photographers that are looking to improve their indoor/low light photography.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Collapsable light dome

            By Quisty

            from New Zealand

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Pack
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Basic Kit:

                This is easy to attach to your flash without having to muck around with velcro.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                "Luke, come over to the Lightsphere.....

                By picnchu

                from Raleigh NC

                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 Basic Kit:

                  I've been shooting with my Sony A77 since March and have been hesitant to shoot with my Sony HVL-F58AM flash mostly because I wasn't sure how harsh the light might be during low light photography especially wedding receptions BUT enter the Lightsphere Collapsible. My shots are now warm and without shadows. The diffuse lighting is great as well as the interchangeable domes for various lighting situations. It collapses and fits comfortably in my bag. Not only should you use this at any low light area but it is also great in the daylight as well. You cannot go wrong with this unit and you will never move to the 'dark side' but rather to the 'light side'. Go and get one!

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  You shoul get it

                  By Slava Druk

                  from Singapore

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Pack
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos

                    Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Basic Kit:

                    I just bought my first Canon speedlight 580EXII. I know strait away that I need a light modifier to soften flash light.
                    I went for this kit as I also need chromedome and amberdome for collapsible sphere. To have an additional colour gels is also good.

                    I really enjoy it, and image is much better if compare to bounce light.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Neat tools in a box

                    By AG

                    from Long Island

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Basic Kit:

                      Nice package of compliments to a speed light. I just learning, but there are tons of possibilities with this kit

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Makes flash photography so creative

                      By Bill the movie guy

                      from Hollywood, CA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Headshots
                          • Models
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Basic Kit:

                          There is a lot you can do with these pieces. Whether you see Fong's youtube videos first or after you purchase the kit - you'll get motivated to do self-assignments right off the you tubes. He does these crazy cool things with the color gels, and the Lightsphere makes the images look more like available light than anything else. There's nothing 'not' great about this system of goodies.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Makes a flash look good!

                          By scorrs

                          from oakland

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Pleasing light modifier

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Fill Light
                          • Potraits
                          • Still life
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Basic Kit:

                          These are great additions to your external flash. I use them on all external flash units. Easy to use, quick to store, and will make flash light actually look good. Great for location shoots where you need to travel light. With two speedlites and two of these, and a couple stands, you can practically shoot a full modeling/portrait session anywhere.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Expensive, but does what its supposed to

                          By Heather

                          from Perryville, MD

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Basic Kit:

                            I really like this product. it produces nice photos and it stores very compact.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            1.0

                            Gary Fong Lightshere Collapsible Basic

                            By Rich

                            from Las Vegas, NV

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Pack

                            Cons

                            • 'Coating' was uneven
                            • Difficult to put together
                            • Difficult to Use
                            • Much too pricey

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Basic Kit:

                              I purchased this product to improve photos taken with a camera mounted flash (Nikon SB800).
                              For the price ... the results were not there for me.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Pricey but effective

                              By Rudi

                              from Charlottetown, PEI, Canada

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Simple to use

                              Cons

                              • bulky
                              • Chrome dome useless
                              • Expensive

                              Best Uses

                              • Fill Flash
                              • Group photos
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Basic Kit:

                              Much better than using a normal flash. Flash lighting is applied evenly for all subjects and provides a flattering appearance. Highly recommended for any photographer that photographs people and pets. Although it is collapsible it is still quite bulky. Make sure you watch the instructional videos on the Gary Fong website. The chrome dome is useless and doesn't act as advertised. I use a 550Ex and the ligthsphere fits great.

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                              Gary Fong -  Gel Filter Set for the Lightsphere Collapsible Diffuser
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