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Gary FongLightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5)
 
4.6

(based on 193 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (131)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (48)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (111)
  • Lightweight (104)
  • Compact (54)
  • Durable (42)
  • Reliable (39)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (22)
  • Price (3)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (105)
  • Family photos (101)
  • Travel (17)
  • Sports/action (10)
  • Landscape/scenery (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (45), Pro photographer (43), Photo enthusiast (37), Casual photographer (12), Photography student (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (135), 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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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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    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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      5.0

      I use this at every wedding reception

      By Erica Christine

      from Nashville, TN

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      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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        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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          2.0

          Pretty good

          By BlueFlashPhoto

          from New York

          About Me Pro Photographer

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          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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              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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              4.0

              Game changer

              By Senjin

              from Tulsa

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

              If you are shooting with a flash this is a must have.

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              5.0

              It works perfectly

              By JC Exec

              from Mexico City

              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):

                Easy to use great quality.
                It expands greatly your flash performance

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                • No

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                5.0

                Excellent Product

                By Chuck459

                from Camarillo, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Bulky

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Weddings/Events

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

                I am quite pleased with this product. It looks a little strange, but is well made and should last a long time. It creates very even and shadowless illumination for indoor portraits or small group shots, even with hight ceilings. The Gary Fong web site provides comparisons with other flash defusers along with tips on how to use the Lithosphere most effectively. I have tried other flash defusers and the Lithosphere products the best results.

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                5.0

                Distributes light evenly

                By Tom

                from Skowhegan, ME

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    Using it vertically to take indoor pictures of grandchildren. Stained wood ceilings distort color so I shoot horizontally in those situations.

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                    5.0

                    Cheap but effective

                    By Bangbangchickenandshrimp

                    from Florida

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

                    With a low price point I'll admit my expectations weren't too high for this diffuser, but boy was I wrong. Great for bouncing flash, great for portraits also.

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                    5.0

                    Great addition to any photography kit

                    By Photopat

                    from Raleigh NC

                    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):

                      Used for portrait photography, both indoors and outside. Distributes the light evenly and eliminates hard shadows. Creates a warm feel that can sometimes bee too much, but this can be pulled back in post processing. It is not enough however, to prevent me from continuing to use the Lightsphere.

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                      4.0

                      Awesome diffuser

                      By The Spence

                      from Laurelton, NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Bulky

                      Best Uses

                      • Weddings/Events

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

                      This (5th)version is great. Easily fits on to my Yongnuo 685 flash snug. Read the settings to use effectively then you're golden.I've only used it so far without the top cover in events with tall ceilings.I give 5 stars if it folded totally flat. Photos added are from NYFW and I was about 15-20 feet away from the stage at an angle.

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                      4.0

                      A great diffuser!

                      By maxcat2171

                      from Fort Worth, TX

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Weddings/Events

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

                        This is the second Lightsphere we have owned. The first had the plastic attachment piece and this is a great improvement, just be sure you get the strap on tight enough around the flash unit to hold it on. As usual the light produced from this diffuser is the best we have found. It is great for events and on camera flash applications!

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                        4.0

                        Good product

                        By Spence

                        from NYC

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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

                        1.it folds
                        2.I like without the top, better diffusion
                        3.Easy to mount with the velcro strap
                        4.Easy to use once you read the instructions

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                        5.0

                        Great Diffuser

                        By chillwill

                        from Byron, GA

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Porträt Shots On The Go
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events

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

                          I needed a diffuser to spread light evenly and produce a soft light on my subject. I also needed something that is easy to carry. This collapsable diffuser meets my needs. It would be nice if it had sensors to use with the Nikon 910

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