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Gary FongLightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5)
 
4.6

(based on 191 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (129)

  • 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 (109)
  • Lightweight (102)
  • Compact (54)
  • Durable (42)
  • Reliable (38)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (20)
  • Price (3)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (105)
  • Family photos (100)
  • Travel (17)
  • Sports/action (10)
  • Landscape/scenery (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (45), Pro photographer (42), Photo enthusiast (37), Casual photographer (11), Photography student (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (133), 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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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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        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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            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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                      • No

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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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                        2.0

                        So Overpriced for Such a Mediocre Gadget

                        By larry

                        from brooklyn

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

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

                        these Gary Fong gadgets are very overpriced and very mediocre. the difference between just using a diffusing cap and this are minimal. i know someone that uses anole white plastic laundry soap container with velcro that does the same. why do on camera flash manufacturers not provide more diffusion gadgets since no one ever uses straight ahead unprotected flash?

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                        5.0

                        Does exactly what it says

                        By pparkhu

                        from KS

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors

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

                          Works just like it says it does. Amazingly so. Shockingly so. I have been procrastinating buying this for a few years. Need something for a dark venue; so decided to pull the trigger. Wish I had done it before.

                          It's a little bigger than I thought it was going to be; but I care more about how the photos turn out; so I just deal with the size.

                          The only 'bad' thing, was the sphere may have been in the box too long as it's not quite perfectly round. It has a small flat spot on one side. It's minor; but that is the only negative thing I can come up with.

                          It's a great product that works like it says.

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