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Gary FongLightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5)
 
4.6

(based on 203 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (139)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (115)
  • Lightweight (108)
  • Compact (54)
  • Reliable (43)
  • Durable (42)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (22)
  • Price (3)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (108)
  • Family photos (104)
  • Travel (18)
  • Sports/action (10)
  • Landscape/scenery (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (47), Pro photographer (44), Photo enthusiast (38), Casual photographer (12), Photography student (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (139), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best Lightsphere ever!!

First this the best Lightsphere that Gary has put out yet. Use it when shooting events and I really like the light quality compared to all the past models.
I know Gary referred...Read complete review

First this the best Lightsphere that Gary has put out yet. Use it when shooting events and I really like the light quality compared to all the past models.
I know Gary referred this as a "5th generation Lightsphere" but this really should be considered the 6th generation. 3rd generation of the collapsible models.

Maybe no one noticed this but the first collapsible had a different mounting system that was vertical shark teeth for the grip and was thinner more transparent making it easier for the light to distribute through the sides and easier to fold up.

The next collapsible (recently discontinued) had horizontal ribbing for the grip mount and was made of a bit thicker material meaning tougher to collapse and didn't scatter as much light as the previous one did due the thicker material and a pain to put on larger flash heads like the SB900/910.

Enter the the Speed Mount. Much easier to mount on any flash now that Gary has incorporated the velcro strap system from his Universal Lightspheres and being how the collapsible model is already made of rubber eliminates the need of the rubber band placed on the flash head to keep it on the flash head.

It appears Gary went back to making the Speed Mount model thinner (like the shark tooth model previously mentioned) meaning it is easier to fold up and gives better light distribution through the sides.

The reason I know this is because I've owned all of them so I think I can make review that is fair in comparing them.

The Lightsphere Speed Mount is truly the best of both worlds. It has the easy mounting capability of the previous Universal Lightsphere models, the collapsible part that makes it compact and easy to store in your camera bag. It scatters the light more like the Universal Half-Cloud Lightsphere making the images more evenly lit with the exception that the Lightsphere Speed Mount gives you better color rendering in my opinion.
Like all Lightspheres it has beautiful wrap around light that other light modifiers just don't have. I would say this has everything a person would want in a flash diffuser.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Minimal shadows if used on camera

At last, a belt buckle type speed mount that doesn't dangle loose and fall off my smallish Lumix 360L flash. This modifier works well with on camera flash indoors. Off camera, however,...Read complete review

At last, a belt buckle type speed mount that doesn't dangle loose and fall off my smallish Lumix 360L flash. This modifier works well with on camera flash indoors. Off camera, however, it produces ugly shadows that are no better than anything else

A flash modifier that spills light in every direction. For quick, indoor grab shots this works okay, but for creative off-camera flash I would prefer light output that is more directional. Outdoors, this flash modifier spills too much light into the open atmosphere, a waste of batteries.

Though far less cumbersome to use than my Lumiquest Big Bounce or Impact Quick box Micro portable soft boxes, the light sphere cannot match their light quality on or off camera.

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1.0

I'm going to sell mine!

By Picture girl

from Palm City, Florida

Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

I use this product to do real estate photography when it's not possible to bounce the flash off of the ceiling. The ceiling may be dark or too high so it's necessary to point the flash forward. I like the effect it has by softening shadows and evenly lighting the space BUT it is a pain to take on and off the flash head. The velcro and flaps are cumbersome and awkward and the dome pops out and falls to the ground more times than I care to bend over and pick it up. I regret spending the money on this.

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5.0

Gary Fong's Lightsphere Collapsible

By Juan Rojasx a

from North Bergen, NJ

Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

Smooth light!
Won't leave my home without it.

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5.0

Love it.

By B.Lo

from Long beach ca

Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

Recently bought this for an indoor event I was shooting and it worked beautifully. Far exceeded my expectations. Looking into buying more modifiers from Mr. Gary Fong. Well done Gary!

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4.0

Nicely diffuses the (flash) light

By J P

from New York, NY

Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

It works well, particularly where the ceilings are high. The sphere is easy to mount onto the flash and stays on securely. It's not cheap but looks professional.

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5.0

Very good product

By Lucas

from Chile

About Me Semi-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 with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

    It does its job perfectly

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    No worries

    By Jim

    from New Hampshire

    Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

    The fong generation 5 light sphere is as rugged as it is effective. No worries if you drop it. It's rubber. More importantly, the light distribution is great and you can use it indoors and out. It's all good.

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    5.0

    Good

    By Cristal

    from New York

    Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

    Perfect for event photography

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    5.0

    Best on flash accessory out there

    By RMP

    from Metro Detroit

    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 Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

      The Gen 5 lightsphere is a great invention and works like a charm. It's easy to use and has a ton of sample videos out there to see for yourself how good this product is for a nice soft light. Great for vertical and horizontal compositions. Best for event photography and indoor or outdoor portraits. This product is easy to apply onto your flash and fits very snug. Also easy for transport since it's collapsible. Very happy with the lighting results most importantly.

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      • No

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      5.0

      This Lightsphere really works

      By absteen

      from Galt, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

        I first saw the results of the Gary Fong Lightshpere when one of my friends was photographing people at our function. I was impressed at how soft the photos were with no hard shadows or redeye.
        I am really just getting into digital photography, and I shoot a lot of pictures both indoors and out using a flash.
        This Lightphere is very light, but not at all flimsy. it was easy to attach to my Canon 320 speedlight, and the results were amazing. It easily collapses for travel or storage, and is very easy to expand and install.
        I have no complaints with this unit, and would highly recommend it.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great design, great quality item

        By Spanisholive1

        from Fort Lauderdale

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

            I own 3 of these now. The collapse nicely and don't take up too much room in my camera case. Every so often they get a little dirty, so I rinse them with warm water & they're as good as new.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great Light

            By Best Picture in Camera Teacher

            from Peoria, Illinois

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

              Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

              This diffuser provides a wonderful even soft light. Recently I have used it at two events where I didn't have a lot of time to fuss with the lighting. It held up to the test over and over and the white balance was spot on. The attachment was easy to use and secure.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Happy with the purchase and the results of my photos!!!

              By Cliff-trying-hard-to-be-photographer

              from Metro Detroit, MI

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Bulky

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos

              Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

              I like taking pictures of my families especially my kids, and usually, it is indoor. I have a Canon T5i with 430 EXII flash. I usually just bounced my flash - sometimes, I get good results, sometimes not. Almost 50% are good. With direct flash, it is too harsh. With this diffuser, I am getting consistency in my flash photography of people, and I could say that I like almost most of them (not good when subject is too far - I may need more powerful flash). The lighting is very consistent, and it is soft on my subjects. The only thing I don't like about this is it is bulky.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Great product!

              By Wendy

              from Schertz, Texas

              Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

              Love the Gary Fong Lightsphere! Spreads the light evenly when using a speedlight.

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              5.0

              Easy and works great!

              By Neely

              from Pennsylvania

              Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

              Very easy to assemble and dissemble, and makes my pictures look great! I will definitely buy more accessories.

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              5.0

              Excellent Diffuser

              By Chris S.

              from Chicago, IL

              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 with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

                This product definitely softens and disperses the flash. It is easy to use, collapsible and provides good options, with the dome, to shoot in various situations.

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                • No

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                5.0

                I use this at every wedding reception

                By Erica Christine

                from Nashville, TN

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

                  At first, I was unsure. It looks a bit goofy on the flash, and almost feels like it will fall off. I use this at every wedding reception I shoot, and it has never fallen off or given me any issues. I love the results, and would totally recommend it. If you hate flash, try this before giving up.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Does what it says!

                  By JamesFranc

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Stretchyflexible

                  Cons

                  • A Bit Bulky

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

                    Used this modifier on a Metz CL-45 bracket flash. The head of the flash is much larger than a Canon Speedlight or similar on-camera flashes, but the flexibility made fitting this on the flash head simple and snug with no issues. A bit bulky but makes up for it in quality of light.

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                    • No

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                    2.0

                    Pretty good

                    By BlueFlashPhoto

                    from New York

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

                        It was a bit cumbersome to put on the flash. I kept thinking the dome was going to fall out because it didn't really catch or lock on anything. The collapsible part may wear out eventually. It does work quite well, but there are other less expensive and equally good modifiers out there.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Essential

                        By MRPhotography

                        from Cleveland

                        Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

                        For those times when you absolutely positively must use on-camera flash, this modifier really helps.

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                        3.0

                        Decent

                        By justsomecameraguy

                        from KS

                        Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

                        It's the most expensive piece of plastic I've ever purchased. The top doesn't fit in real easy and it doesn't collapse very smooth. That's all the negative on the bright side the lighting looks pretty good.

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