Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Diffusion System (Half Cloud)

Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Diffusion System (Half Cloud)

Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Diffusion System (Half Cloud)

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Gary Fong LSU-HALF overview

  • 1Description

The Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Diffusion System (Half Cloud) is a large, round, soft and flexible diffuser that slips over the front of any standard shoe mount flash unit. The inside of the Lightsphere is completely textured to make the light dispersion even more "soft" than it would be otherwise. And because of this design, it is possible to make the material more translucent, keeping the unit from losing a lot of light while actually increasing the diffusion and softness of light.

The included inverted dome allows you to softly diffuse direct light with a large, soft source without creating flare on the front of your lens. This product is compatible with any flash head that can rotate and pivot, and has dimensions smaller than 3.15 x 2.15".

This Universal type fits almost virtually any shoe- or handle-mount flash unit. Its innovative mounting design provides a secure and adjustable grip to any flash head, from a Nikon SB-600 to a Metz 45 handle mount. This means there is only one model you need to buy, ever.
Especially ideal for vertical flash shots where the flash coverage is still similar to horizontal shots, due to the large rounded shape of the diffuser. Minimizes the need for a flash-flip bracket.
Easily fits into a camera bag.
UPC: 891257001120
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Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Diffusion System (Half Cloud)
  • Cinch Strap
  • Rubber Grip Band
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Gary Fong LSU-HALF specs

    Modifier Type Dome
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.3 x 4.6 x 4.6"

    Gary Fong LSU-HALF reviews

    Lightsphere Universal Inverted Dome Diffusion System (Half Cloud) is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 87.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lightsphere Universally Pretty Good Finally, A Fong product that stays fairly decently on top of the flash. The key to it is the simple rubberband that must be put on the flash first then the dome over it. I am a full-time professional photographer specializing in people and event photography and I won't leave my house without a Lightsphere. This new model does make it difficult if not impossible now to mount a Radio Popper which requires a strip of velcro on the flash head. The dome lid is still an inferior device and occasionally pops off. The light diffusion created by this product, however, does make it worth the pain and embarrassment of the cheapness of the product.
    Date published: 2008-07-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Let there be light! I shoot a lot of journalistic style portraits and a few weddings here and there and the lightsphere is always there and not failed me yet! The wrap around light is amazing and smooth. The universal fit with the rubber band for friction and Velcro for grip works great. No more pop-offs as the old style Fong ( which I lost) used to do. The half cloudy/ clear needs to be a bit more clear. As it is now I loose about 1/2 to 3/4s of a stop MORE light than the clear Fong. But even so I love my lightsphere. I was a very early adopter of the original Fong diffuser. You cannot go wrong with a Fong!
    Date published: 2009-08-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent as always I own two other lightspheres that I purchased a few years ago to fit specific flash units. This universal model is very nice in that it fits all my flashes. My other Lightspheres are clear and cloud. The Half cloud is splitting the difference betweent he two.It throws lots of light from the flash like the clear does, but it seems just a little softer like the cloud. The universal mount is a thick rubberband that goes on teh flash and then the unit fits around the flash and velcros on. Very tight fit. It really can support the entire camera. I shoot everything with it and love images it helps me produce.
    Date published: 2010-05-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Useful Tool I first used my Lightsphere in mid May 2008 at an evening wedding rehersal dinner party in a dark old Colonial home. It worked splendidly, giving me soft, indirect illumination, especially when bounced off walls and ceilings. It didn't reach out more than several feet because of the dark wood in this home; but it was a helpful tool for short-range shots. I used this device again with success the next day as fill light in the well-lit church during the processional and recessional.
    Date published: 2008-06-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome, even lighting This product REALLY works. It can easily fill a 15'x15' room with soft, even lighting, and you won't have racoon eyes or cave backgrounds. I even tested it in a room with the lights completely off, and with tons of chairs, centerpieces, chandeliers, and other things that would cast long shadows with direct flash. With the Lightsphere - sweet, even light! Sure, there are other products that are smaller or look cooler, but this product delivers. I have done tests that compare direct flash, bounce flash, Lightsphere without dome, and Lightsphere with dome, and the Lightsphere shots come out superior most of the time. The only downside is that it really kills your flash power, probably 1 1/2 stops, which from across a church is an issue, but for portraits or photojournalistic work, is a non-issue most of the time.
    Date published: 2008-06-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful diffuser I bought the first LIGHTSPHERE model since It was released, and I can compare this one FAVORABLY IN EVERY ASPECT: Natural light color, instead of adding a reddish tint like the old model did. Is lighter in weight and more flexible. I don't even use the rubber band that came with it, because I consider it fastens tightly enough to my Canon 580 flash. It produces a broad, soft light that I like very much because it reduces retouching time in my portraits. I use it as a fill light or as a main when I am working alone. Excellent product!
    Date published: 2011-08-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good easy light modifier I like this product a lot. It's much better for the majority of lighting situations then a direct flash, and works better then a bounce flash alone. I like this model better then the specific mounts, fairly easy to get on and off. Cons are that it does add some weight on the the end of the flash unit, its fairly clunky and takes up space in a camera bag, and isn't designed for quick ons and offs. I would prefer that these newer models with the universal mount be made in the same rubber material as the older ones. All in all though, for what it is, its pretty great.
    Date published: 2010-12-13
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great for Diffusing, but Clunky I really like the LightSphere line and had one for my Nikon SB-800. When I upgraded to the SB-900 my old lightsphere wouldn't fit so I purchased the universal. The first thing I noticed is that the material is much less flexible that the older models. With the older models you could just about fold them up and stuff in a bag. The universal has some give, but it basically keeps its form. My greater concern is that I couldn't keep it on the SB-900. As a wedding photgrapher I move around quite a bit and the darn lightsphere universal went flying off the camera 4-5 times before I stuffed in back in my bag. I tightened it with the velcro strap and even the large rubber band (yes, this is really what is given to you to help it stay on) but it just wouldn't stay on. The whole velcro strap and rubber band really makes it look and feel very amateurish. If anyone has any tips on how to keep it on, I would appreciate it, because I love the effect, but it pretty embarassing when your equipment goes flying and crashing to the floor in the middle of ceremony or during the first dance.
    Date published: 2008-11-25
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