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

(based on 245 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (141)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (77)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (183)
  • Lightweight (181)
  • Reliable (136)
  • Strong construction (109)
  • Packs small / compresses (60)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (112)
  • Poor quality (18)
  • Difficult to use (9)
  • Unreliable (7)
  • Expensive (3)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (180)
  • Family photos (159)
  • Travel (35)
  • Sports/action (18)
  • Outdoor events / games (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (103), Pro photographer (66), Photo enthusiast (52), Casual photographer (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (178), Yes (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Diffusion Tool

I purchased this after seeing tons of other photographers using them for weddings.

Actually - I purchased the collapsible one first, but I was very dissatisfied with the lower degree of...Read complete review

I purchased this after seeing tons of other photographers using them for weddings.

Actually - I purchased the collapsible one first, but I was very dissatisfied with the lower degree of diffusion and the difficulty in getting it on my Nikon SB-900.

The Universal works as advertised. It's easy to install (contrary to some reviews) on both my SB-900 and my SB-600's... It holds securely, and provides nicely diffused light. I find it works nicely with my studio umbrella light setup as well, if I decide to add a little fill light in the mix.

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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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5.0

Good Stuff

By David-eye

from Texas Hill Country

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Good Quality
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Oh No More Gear
  • Oh No… More Gear

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Weddings/Events

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

A bit expensive for a plastic lampshade, but it seems to make a difference in diffusing the harsh light of a flash.

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  • No

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5.0

Awesome!!!

By LisaLinton

from Wrightsville, PA

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

This product was just as advertised. Good price and excellent service. This is the coolest diffuser WVER. It works great.

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5.0

GREAT PRODUCT.!!!

By Oscar

from Grand Rapids,mi.

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

  • Not At All

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Weddings/Events

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

Absolutely amazing product. very easy to work with.
I love the fact to be able to shoot a big groups of people with out lost any face at all. Great for Wedding, corporate event, etc.

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  • No

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5.0

Amazing

By Lulu

from Fisher, IL

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):

    I just love the results of this diffuser. I know they make many different kinds but the area of coverage and the quality was much better than I expected.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great for events

    By Hot Tamalia

    from Arkansas

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

    • Weddings/Events

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

    This modifier makes event photography very easy. Pushes the light out nicely onto subjects. Fits well on both my Canon 580 and Canon 600 flashes. I wouldn't use it on a shoot other than events, unless I had to do a photo in a super tight space, I guess. I went with this one over the collapsible, because that sounded like trouble to me. I pop the top off when it is in my gear bag and put things inside it like batteries, cords, etc. so it isn't taking too much space. Fits in a lens cubby in my Think Tank airport bag.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Awesome diffuser

    By Sapphire Sky Photography

    from Washington, D.C.

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        There are many thing you can do with this diffuser. Works great!

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        4.0

        Buy it.

        By Ray the Banjo Nut

        from Montgomery, Alabama

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Weddings/Events

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

        It works, buy it.

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        • No

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        5.0

        A must have!

        By KJPhotographer

        from Pennsylvania

        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):

        This Lightsphere is a must have in photography gear. The soft diffusion achieved really enhances photos without blowing them out. Great for lower light situations where an undiffused flash would be too much. Easy to install, highly recommended.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Third one I have purchased.

        By Bill the photographer

        from Carlisle PA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Weddings/Events

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

          I bought one of these for me, and two for friends as gifts for helping me with a photography job. The light that comes from the "Fong" is so much nicer than a direct flash and is even nicer than a bounce flash. If you do weddings, this is a must-have piece of equipment.

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          5.0

          Best Diffuser

          By Frosty

          from Wichita, KS

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Interior Architectural

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

            As a Real Estate Photographer, I have to dodge more than my share of mirrors,stainless appliances, glass cabinet fronts, fireplace screens, glass doors, windows and glass covered pictures/artwork. All of these this obstacles produce reflections and flash reflections, but this diffuser eliminates solves the problem, while distributing the light evenly in each room. It's light-weight and easy to attach to a shoe mount flash. I borrowed one from a friend 6 months ago and immediately put it on my Wish List!

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            • Yes

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            3.0

            It's just okay.

            By VPhotog

            from Los Angeles, Ca

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

            Would purchase it again? NO. Doesn't fit that great on my flash.

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            5.0

            Gary Fong Does it Again

            By Stuart

            from Greenwich, CT

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

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

              I use the diffuser on a Canon 580EXII. I have a few Gary Fong devices and I have been pleased with all of them. This model has a universal attachment to the speedlite which works really well. In other words, it makes a secure connection with the speedlite. My only concern is that is seems little flimsy. I don't think it will break, but it feels like I need to be careful with it. On the other hand, I'm pretty careful with all my gear.

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              4.0

              I Like it

              By Mr_DDavis

              from New York, NY

              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):

              I've considered getting one of these for a while, but was always hesitant because it's big (takes up more space than my flash). However, it's very lightweight, and doesn't take up as much space when packed properly (I put smaller accessories inside the diffuser).

              Best used for event photography since It disperses light evenly on the subject, and even adds a light fill to dimly lit backgrounds.

              Careful with the dome if you're in a crowded event. It's popped off a couple times when people brushed against my camera (grrrr..), but nothing a small piece of scotch tape can't handle.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great diffuser

              By JCasper

              from Virginia Beach, VA

              About Me 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 Universal Inverted Dome Cloud Diffusion System (Frosted):

              I'm a wedding photographer and use the diffuser a lot. It works great during the reception. The diffuser does a great job geting rid of glare and evenly distributing the light. I love it.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Doing great!

              By Maryus

              from Quebec, QC

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Weddings/Events

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

                I used to shoot social events and it does a great job on balancing ambient and flash lights. I don't regret buying it. It's a little big to fit in my bag though.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great diffusion for events

                By Jaime Chan Photography

                from Long Beach, CA

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

                I used multiple quantities of a setup that includes the Gary Fong Lightsphere mounted on a light stand with a Canon 580EXII, distributed throughout the room for ballroom coverage at weddings.

                The cloud one works better, to my experience and provides a much softer light and I pair this with the amber dome to match the ambient light from the chandeliers.

                This is really easy to use if you're shooting off-camera!

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                5.0

                Great little addition to my gear

                By un-named

                from California

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos

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

                  It's sturdy and easy to transport- can't wait to have it out in the field

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great Soft Light

                  By Sunbelt Photo

                  from Lakewood Ranch, FL

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      I use the Fong Dome for social ad corporate event photography. Provides great soft lighting. Easy to put on flash and do not notice that it is attached.
                      Would recommend to anyone that needs a good light modifier for an external flash.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Better than Stofen

                      By PhotoLisa

                      from Los Angeles

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • expensive

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Weddings/Events

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

                      I like this for both on and off camera speedlight flash. Very pricey for a piece of plastic though.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Amazing report

                      By Wedding photographer

                      from Arizona

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events

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

                        I bought this product to use for my fist wedding shoot, and I was so greatful that I bought. It fill the light so perfect in dark rooms while the wedding party was dancing on the floor.

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                        • No

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