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

(based on 253 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (145)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (80)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (188)
  • Easy to use (187)
  • Reliable (140)
  • Strong construction (114)
  • Packs small / compresses (62)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (115)
  • Poor quality (18)
  • Difficult to use (9)
  • Unreliable (7)
  • Expensive (3)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (187)
  • Family photos (164)
  • Travel (35)
  • Sports/action (18)
  • Outdoor events / games (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (105), Pro photographer (71), Photo enthusiast (53), Casual photographer (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (186), 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

Great for weddings

By Greg

from Franklin, TN

About Me Pro Photographer

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    Cons

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

        Creates a nice soft light during dark wedding receptions. Especially handy when you don't have any walls or ceilings to bounce off.

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        • No

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        5.0

        A great diffuser

        By KTP

        from Kannapolis NC

        About Me 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 purchased this one as a replacement for one that I had lost. I have been using the Lightsphere for many years with my on location small light setups. I am very pleased with the soft light results I get from them.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          3.0

          Handy light diffuser

          By DA 71

          from New Jersey

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Weddings/Events

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

            Creates more natural flash light

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Good diffuser but eat up battery

            By Modkoko

            from Atlanta, GA

            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):

            I had the foldable version of this diffuser, but it soon had a tear in the fold. This is a hard shell version and it is much easier to attach and use. Good diffusion but it does take more battery power so I use it with quantum turbo battery pack. It is a must item for wedding photography.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Very Nice

            By Deharography. LLC

            from Pittsburgh, PA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Reliable
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Inddor Fill Flash Etc
            • Weddings/Events

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

            First use with the Gary Fong Lightsphere was at a Class Reunion in a Banquet room.. Very nice use with ceiling bounce that lit up entire pictures..

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            • No

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            4.0

            Definitely helps

            By John G

            from Traverse City, MI

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Weddings/Events

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

            It's a bit expensive, but so far I love using this product.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Like it!

            By Tony

            from Ingleside Texas

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Not Easily Attachable

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Weddings/Events

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

            I only recently got my diffuser but I like it already. I think it helps me take better photos where additional lighting is necessary and not get the blinding white photos. So far, so good.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Very happy with the Fong

            By mfphoto

            from chicago il

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

            • Weddings/Events

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

            I use this mostly for wedding receptions and I couldn't be happier with it. Great product for a great price.

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            • No

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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.

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              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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                    • No

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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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                        • No

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