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Gary FongLightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted)
 
4.4

(based on 279 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (162)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (86)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (203)
  • Lightweight (203)
  • Reliable (150)
  • Strong construction (122)
  • Packs small / compresses (69)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (126)
  • Poor quality (19)
  • Difficult to use (9)
  • Unreliable (7)
  • Expensive (3)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (204)
  • Family photos (176)
  • Travel (37)
  • Sports/action (20)
  • Outdoor events / games (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (115), Pro photographer (76), Photo enthusiast (56), Casual photographer (12), Photography student (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (207), Yes (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sweet Diffuser!

I first saw this diffuser with one of my close friends. He always takes his 50D with this 580exii and never uses it without a lightsphere. After seeing his pictures, i told myself...Read complete review

I first saw this diffuser with one of my close friends. He always takes his 50D with this 580exii and never uses it without a lightsphere. After seeing his pictures, i told myself whenever i order a flash, I'm ordering the lightsphere with it. So i recently got my 430exii and of course purchased it with the lightsphere. i was stunned at the pictures i could take. The 430 exii alone did a great job of lighting but the lightsphere just added a little more light everywhere and softened it very well. With enough to bounce off of your pictures will come out amazing! i never really use the lightsphere pointing directly at my subject, unless its outdoors. It fits very sturdily on the 430exii. i even tested that by lifting up my canon t2i(with a 28-135mm lens + UV filter + hood + 430exii ofcourse) and it was perfectly steady.

There are only 3 simple steps to putting it on.

-Put the rubber band on the flashhead
-Put the lightsphere on the flashhead on top of the rubber band.
-Tighten the Velcro Strap on the lightsphere! (Make sure the Velcro strap is tightened on top of where your rubber band is.

The only con is that if you're purchasing this for the 430exii, portrait mode is going to have a slight problem. The 430exii flash head is pretty small(compared to the 580exii)and the plastic part of the lightsphere does not let the flash head click into place in portrait mode orientation, which is really unfortunate =/. For this I usually zoom to where I want, then hold the lightsphere in place or else it will just fall back into the upward position. Andd it takes alot of space in my camera bag!

Other than that its an awesome flash accessory to have!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Waste of My Money

Basically... you buy so that you don't look cheap to other photographers.

I get the very same effect using a rubbing alcohol bottle with the bottom cut out and...Read complete review

Basically... you buy so that you don't look cheap to other photographers.

I get the very same effect using a rubbing alcohol bottle with the bottom cut out and placed over my flash. Same quality of light. If I want to compare my light with the "clear lightsphere" I can use a tupperware style bowl I get my greek olives in from the deli. Same quality of light.

Total waste of money... unless you aren't embarrassed of a salad bowl/rubbing alcohol bottle on top of your flash.

The unit does work fine and will be great for those whose reputation will not allow them to use a bottle/bowl from home.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Yes and no for this model

By Norma

from Missouri

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

The Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome frosted version is great for diffused light that is relatively inexpensive compared to other options, and is more portable for outside photo shoots. What upsets me is that the dome can ONLY be used in the inverted position on this model. The Fong videos confirm that it has a center spot. Whereas with the newer flexible model you can use the domes in both inverted and rounded side. This is very disappointing for me since the rounded side offers softer diffusion. Now I have to buy the flexible one. May want to consider the newer model.

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5.0

soft light excellent for portraits

By Trapper RKC

from Locust Grove, GA

About Me Photography Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Bulky

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

i use this for off the camera flash from the side and or from the back and I like the effect. Not harsh nor overly detailed. the inclusion of the band to help hold it onto the flash works great. No longer do I worry about the attachment coming off. There is no doubt it is bulky and it doesn't collapse. There is however, a collapsible version. Aside from it being a space hog in my camera bag it is a great product and I only carry it when I know I absolutley will be using it.

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  • No

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4.0

pretty good

By krh

from krh

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Bulky

Best Uses

  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

event photography, great at diffusing light, a bit bulky for the camera bag and the top is not too secure.

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  • No

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5.0

Fantastic

By John

from Honolulu

Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

Simple yet effective design. Connection is rock solid. Will not slip off. Easy to use. Works as it should!

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4.0

Good

By Alex

from Nyc

Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

Love the diffuser, use it for all indoor events.

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5.0

Great!

By UnionSuitHero

from Detroit, MI

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

  • Bulky

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

Recently used this diffuser at a corporate Christmas party. Really help to deliver the flash lighting I needed in these photos without being harsh. Well worth the price!

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5.0

The Best

By Ram

from San Antonio Texas

About Me Photography Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

    The best diffuser in the market. I would struggle with flash but this has helped a lot. Highly recommended!

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    • No

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    5.0

    Best light diffuser you can get

    By CB

    from NY

    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 Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

      This is my second and I won't do a shot without it. Cuts down on hot spots and helps fill in in the shadows and low light areas.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Awesome

      By EaglePine

      from Maryland

      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 Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

        The lightsphere works great. It really knocks down the glare. I was very surprised at the quality of the dome. Some reviews stated it was cheaply made. I can tell you that this is not so. I tried it out by taking a pic of my son and there was no glare or shine on his face. Just what I needed.

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        2.0

        Don't get non collapsible

        By Neptune Liz

        from New York, NY

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

          Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

          I used the product just once doing tests and tried fitting it in my bag for transport and it didn't really work for me. I ended up taking it back to get the collapsible one and the customer service rep at the store ended convincing me to get a completely different diffuse kit, the Spinlight 360 which I've had nice success on, not to mention it comes with WAY more stuff for the price.

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          4.0

          A great investment for so little money!

          By SMB Photography

          from Akron, OH

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Effective
          • Reliable

          Cons

          • Bulky

          Best Uses

          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

          I'd been using a much smaller and compact item from another manufacturer and it just wasn't having the effect that I was hoping for. The Lightsphere really does a great job of dispersing the light and diffusing it as well. It's gotten rid of a lot of that harsh look I'd frequently get in my shots from wedding recpetions. The only thing I don't like about it is the bulkiness since I use a belt system. But that's a small inconvenience compared to how well this product works!

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          • No

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          5.0

          Awesome invention

          By Thwayee

          from Meridian Mississippi

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • For Me
          • None

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

          Simply awesome invention I have used this product for portraits of my family. The lighting is excellent with this the future.

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          5.0

          Great for events

          By suzanna

          from san francisco, ca

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          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 Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

            I do a lot of event photography with flash and I wouldn't be without the Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System, it softens event the starkest flash. My only complaint would be that the dome cloud tends to come off in my camera bag which can be annoying when im trying to have a fast setup

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            5.0

            Outstanding Lightsphere

            By Daniel

            from SG

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

              One of the best buy. The diffuser is able to provide an outstanding lighting results in my photos.

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              • No

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              5.0

              a must have!

              By LBP

              from Urbana IL

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Pack

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

                I needed the diffuser for an indoor event. A must have!!

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                • No

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                5.0

                Going Steady

                By Re Viewer

                from Massachusetts

                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
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

                  I use this as my diffuser for everyday use. I was initially skeptical of the product line, being a small light source, but am very pleased with its flexibility as a quick-change four-way light conditioner. There is a significant difference between the bounce and straight-on orientations, and I quickly flip back and forth and off-axis because I routinely photograph shiney metallic machinery and can't predict what will glint. It also does a great job as a remote 360-degree compartment or small equipment room illuminator, with the diffuse light pentrating all the corners without sharp shadow lines. The compact shape allows me to use it in tight spaces. I don't think I would use it for events, because it radiates in all directions and could get annoying to other attendees, but it does give a nice discrete fill effect when combined with a Flash Bender bounce card as a flag. The integrated rubberized treads and cinch strap are an easy to use and reliable mounting. This model doesn't collapse, but with its accessible hollow cup shape, it can share space in your bag.

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                  3.0

                  Great diffuser but breaks easily

                  By Jeremy

                  from New Brunswick, Canada

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                  • Bulky
                  • Weak Construction

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

                  I managed to use the dome once before it broke. It fell off of my table and the part of the diffuser that you slide over your flash cracked and fell off, as well as a large crack through the entire dome. It shouldn't be this brittle, it could be made with a better material that is more flexible. I can only imagine if you knocked the dome while you had it on your camera.

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                  5.0

                  Nice addition to gear

                  By Picqueen

                  from Houston

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Bulky

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

                  I love this system! it is versatile and works well with my speedlight!

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Great product

                  By S Boom

                  from Caribbean

                  Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

                  This product really helped with my photos when I am not using off camera lights. Weddings or just simple shoots.

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                  4.0

                  lightspere

                  By AAstAArs

                  from seattle wa

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                  • Bulky

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos

                  Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

                  good product

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                  • No

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