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Gary FongLightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit
 
4.4

(based on 78 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (66)
  • Easy to use (62)
  • Packs small / compresses (43)
  • Reliable (30)
  • Strong construction (20)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (17)
  • Poor quality (7)
  • Difficult to use (4)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (63)
  • Family photos (60)
  • Sports/action (12)
  • Travel (12)
  • Wildlife photos (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (33), Photo enthusiast (20), Pro photographer (15), Casual photographer (4), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (71)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A must have

I use this with my Nikon SB800 and SB600's. The lightsphere is amazing at diffusing the light to create beautiful, natural lighting. The snoot is spot on, illuminating only small bits and...Read complete review

I use this with my Nikon SB800 and SB600's. The lightsphere is amazing at diffusing the light to create beautiful, natural lighting. The snoot is spot on, illuminating only small bits and keeping the bg dark. (with the correct settings of course.) The only con in the kit is that the power snoot cannot be collapsible, but that is a small con compared to all the pros of the kit. Also, this isn't so much a con, but more of a tip: the lightsphere can be a bit heavy on the flash, and the snoot can fall off it you move the flash around too much without further tightening of the velcro strip.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Some disappointment

Not entirely happy on receiving this.....and I am a Gary Fong Fan.
The collapsible was very difficult to fit on the flash, and none of the domes fitted very...Read complete review

Not entirely happy on receiving this.....and I am a Gary Fong Fan.
The collapsible was very difficult to fit on the flash, and none of the domes fitted very well....the chrome dome, I never got to work on the collapsible at all.
The saving grace, was the domes, fitted really well on my cloud, and clear lightsphere (old style) so it wasn't a total loss. My verdict is still out on the snoot, I haven't really had a chance to work with it, to give an opinion.
If I had to do it over, I just would have bought the domes. The collapsible seemed like a good idea, but it's one I feel needs a lot more R&D before it will be really useful.
I gave it 3 stars because of the domes

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4.0

Missing DVD and Bag

By NorcalShutterbug

from Auburn

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Fill Flash
    • General Use
    • Portraits

    Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

    There's a lot of Descrepancy among vendors of this product. For this price Fong INcludes a Bag and DVD, [*] charges 10.00 more than BHPHoto and doesn't include the DVD or Bag.BHPhoto is the best deal unless you feel safe ordering from Gary Fongs Site.

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    4.0

    Studio light quality

    By Pete the Film Guy

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Pricey

    Best Uses

    • Fill Flash
    • Portraits

    Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

    This is a nifty little kit. I was a bit skeptic at firt but it really does help bring out more natural colors in your subjects. Especially with outdoor shoots. The color gels are a little awkward though. Might be better off getting some CTO and CTB sheets and some velcro. Overall great tool. I use for almost all of my outdoor projects.

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    5.0

    I love the more steady Lightshere

    By susan

    from Millersville MD

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use
      • Portraits

      Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

      I love this item. The classic one always fell off of my flash. The collapsible feature not only helps with storage, it helps it be more steady on the camera. The images are much better. The kit gives you much more options. I would like to see better instructional material and advice in usage.

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      5.0

      Great Gear!

      By Marc

      from Baltimore, MD

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

      This really helped put my flash over the edge.

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      5.0

      A MUST HAVE for handheld portraits

      By J Lutz

      from New York, New York

      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
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

        To use this amazing product you just pop it on top of your flash and go. Comes with a great glossy color photo-laiden instruction book and there is no thinking involved. My mentor describes this as, "having two umbrellas on either side of you at all times." It's really amazing. You get an extra F Stop with the chrome add on. The pro version may not be neciassarry to all but to me a great bonus is the snoot, it really focuses the light at a very far distance I normally couldn't reach for large groups. If you do weddings, this is a MUST have. You wont normally have the umbrellas so for handheld this is just incredible.

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        4.0

        overall pretty satisfied.

        By photog

        from new jersey

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Bulky
        • Weak Construction

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

        a bit cheaply made, but does the job well. love the snoot/grid. give a great effect. The dome falls out easily if you don't take the time to make it fit in snugly. the amber dome is very amber, not sure where i will used this. only big complaint is that it sometimes gives off a small circle (almost like a lens flare cast).... we believe it is from the top of the dome where there is a circle imprint...just started using the Gary fong, so will have to see what's the case exactly. overall we like it.

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        3.0

        Does the job

        By Raz84

        from Vancouver, Canada

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Pack
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Weak Construction

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Portrait
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

        Its made from cheap materials with an insane markup for what it probably cost to make, but don't let this fool you, all in all it does its job and does it well! The kit is extremely versatile, easy to use and well thought out. Don't let the cheap materials fool you. I would give this 5 stars but the price should be less, it is highly over priced for how its made.

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        5.0

        A must have...

        By Rick

        from Palos Verdes, California

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Great Diffuser
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

            Anyone Taking Flash Images Needs To Add This To Their Bag.

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            5.0

            A must have

            By Jenniferobot

            from South Carolina

            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 Collapsible Pro Kit:

              I use this with my Nikon SB800 and SB600's. The lightsphere is amazing at diffusing the light to create beautiful, natural lighting. The snoot is spot on, illuminating only small bits and keeping the bg dark. (with the correct settings of course.) The only con in the kit is that the power snoot cannot be collapsible, but that is a small con compared to all the pros of the kit. Also, this isn't so much a con, but more of a tip: the lightsphere can be a bit heavy on the flash, and the snoot can fall off it you move the flash around too much without further tightening of the velcro strip.

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              5.0

              great purchase

              By swimnclick

              from WI

              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
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

                Have used the lightsphere at weddings, children's dance recital, family events. Am very happy with the results and excited to experiment with the rest of the items in the kit.

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                5.0

                Easy to use

                By Maggie

                from New York, NY

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

                    The product is great for taking pictures in low light situation and since I love to take portraits, even with f1.4 lense, I found it hard to capture the moment in the best way I could. With this soft lighting system, I will be out more at night.

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                    5.0

                    Gary Fong - Lightsphere Kit

                    By Foeotss Light

                    from Dallas, TX

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Bulky

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

                    I have this kit from Gary Fong with me at every one of my photography sessions. As a stock and portrait photographer this is a must have piece of equipment.

                    The collapsable sphere is so versatile that learning its limits for me is quite like learning a new lens.

                    All of the pieces of the kit fit so well together that the user would do well to change parts on and around soft surfaces. Dropping pieces of the kit could result in scratches and cracks. While it would take a lot to render the kit useless, I like to keep my tools pristine for as long as possible.

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                    5.0

                    Improved from older version

                    By dcgofast

                    from Atlanta, GA

                    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 Collapsible Pro Kit:

                      I had one of the original Lightspheres. Although it was not one-size-fits-all, or maybe because it wasn't, it would not stay on well, even though I had ordered the correct model for my Canon 580EX flash. When I changed flashes recently, I had to get a new Lightsphere, since I can not do without one now that I have used one for several years. I got the collapsible so it would fit in my bag. The unintended benefit is the fit. The new one is relatively easy to install and remove, but it will not come off inadvertently. I also love that you can collapse it while still on the flash, instead of having to take it off in the middle of a shoot and keep up with it.

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                      5.0

                      Awesome Kit

                      By Highlights Studios

                      from Olathe, KS

                      About Me 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 Pro Kit:

                        I finally stepped up to the Lighsphere, I recently used it for an event. Taking pictures of brides after they had selected their wedding dress. I loved how it helped balance out the lighting of my flash evenly. I haven't had a chance to play with the snoot much but I did mess with it some and I can see how it can really create some creative lighting without having to lug the whole studio strobes around. Being mostly a wedding photographer and an onlocation photographer this is helpful.

                        The only thing that I had slight trouble with is the fact that the Nikon SB910 is a little larger then I think most flashes are. The lighsphere DOES still fit it however if you wish to use the provided color gels it doesn't snap on correctly due to the placement of the SB910's built in bounce card. However I was able to over come that with a little tweeking.

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                        5.0

                        Very Versitile Flash Attachemnt

                        By Clyde9195

                        from Henderson, KY

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

                          I have been using this flash attachment for various shooting assignemnts and find it very helpful. Use it for studio work, sports, fashion and candid work. Works just as described. You will have to try different configurations and settings to meet your exact needs, but isn't that what photography is all about? I would recommend this product to anyone looking for more creativity and versatility

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                          4.0

                          nice piece of equipment

                          By skydiver

                          from Winter Haven, FL

                          About Me Photography Student

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

                            portraits

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                            • No

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                            3.0

                            Could be better for the price

                            By TheMuc

                            from Australia

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Pack
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Difficult to Use

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

                            Overall does what it is meant to do. Switching from concave to dome is a tad fiddly,it does not just simply clip into place. Maybe because it is collapsable rubber. Not a fan of how the snoot fits onto the flash, also fiddly to quickly switch between the two. I ended up using my cheaper diffuser and snoot on a shoot because it was just faster to switch over.

                            We pay an arm and a leg over here in Australia. I'm glad I got it from B&H, otherwise i would have been quite dissapointed.

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                            3.0

                            Not perfect

                            By Erik

                            from Oslo

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

                              OK result and better than Sto-Fen.

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                              5.0

                              worth every penny

                              By contrast freak

                              from philadelphia

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                              Pros

                              • Easy To Pack
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

                                i bought the pro kit for a wedding and was very happy with the results .as everyone i had doubts about the product but it served my purpose very well.overall i can recommend the lightsphere collapsible to anyone who shoots indoors and weddings.great results without hassle.

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                                5.0

                                Still learning its uses

                                By SealeDog

                                from NC

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos

                                  Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit:

                                  I am still learing how to use these creatively, but so far they seem to work well. I wish they were just a little more 'secure' feeling when you piece it together, but I have not yet had an issue with parts popping off and rolling away.

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