Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Basic Kit

Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Basic Kit

Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Basic Kit

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Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Basic Kit

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  • For Most Shoe-Mounted Flashes
  • Lightsphere Cloud
  • WhiteDome
  • Amber Dome
  • Chrome Dome
  • Mounting Kit
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The Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Basic Kit is based on the large, round, soft and flexible Lightsphere 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 "softer" than it would be otherwise. As a result, the material is more translucent, keeping the unit from losing a lot of light while actually increasing the diffusion and softness of light.

An opaque color has been added to the inside of the Cloud version, and this "frosted" version creates an even softer effect, which makes it ideal for close-ups, portraits, and event photography.

The included WhiteDome is inverted and allows you to softly diffuse direct light with a large, soft source without creating flare on the front of your lens.

The included AmberDome warms the light from your electronic flash for shooting outdoors at dusk, or early morning, open shade, interiors with tungsten lighting, and sunsets, with the sun behind the subject.

The included ChromeDome seriously increases the light output, while still keeping the diffusion properties of your flash unit. You will have up to double the power and efficiency, but the look will be identical.

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: 891257001700
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.2 x 4.8 x 4.8"
Lightsphere Universal Basic Kit is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 47.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Money I've Ever Spent On Gear Although the kit isn't all that inexpensive, I was so frustrated with the previous flash diffusers I've bought that I decided to just take the leap. I really despise event photography based on the post production to make the light softer, but this kit literally cut my editing time in half (if not more). It's easy to use and very forgiving for depth within a shot. The light is just as soft and even for vertical shots (which are usually a problem) just by flipping the flash as shown on the enclosed instruction card. I mostly use the plain inverted dome, but the chrome and amber attachment have been incredibly useful as well.
Date published: 2011-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightsphere Universal Basic Kit a must! I use this for my portrait photography and wedding photography. It's awesome. It really is a great diffuser that softens your flash for a more natural feel to an other-wise harsh light. The attachment system is also extremely sturdy. Just like they promise- you can pick up the entire weight of the camera and flash by holding the lightsphere. My only complaints are minimal- -I did not buy the collapsible lightsphere so it doesn't exactly fit in the camera bag I have now, but it easily velcros to the outside of my bag on any strap that is available.
Date published: 2010-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must have for all event photographers. I love this product, I have used it for a wedding and couples portraits and it produces such beautiful light that I never want to go back to unmodified flash. I love the modifiers for the dome too, although I haven't utilized them yet, but I am excited to test out the kick plate chrome dome for family and group pictures. The rubber band that comes with holds on the dome, and while it is a strong hold, it is not as strong as the video would make it seem. All in all a great product and well worth the money.
Date published: 2014-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What I wanted and more This product is very easy to use.The video tour on line is a great tool. I will use it for all my flash photography. It is now a part of my camera equipment. Wish I had tried it earlier it would have saved me from taking many overver exposed and under exposed pictures.
Date published: 2010-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Flash forward I was pleasantly surprised by how well my photos turned out. No over lit faces, No hard shadows, light evenly distibuted. i wish the kit would have come with a manual. There's lots of info on thier web site.
Date published: 2009-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best portable flash diffuser I've tried I use this kit with my Canon 50D and Metz 58AF-2. This is a very fine portable modifier system, albeit a tad more expensive that the alternatives. The lightsphere really shines (no pun intended) for casual and event photography, as it is very portable and delivers a very soft light to the subject. Attaching the LS to your flash takes some patience at first. If you want to prevent it from falling off, you need to place the included rubber band around the flash head. Then the bottom tabs slip over the rubber band, which is difficult until you get the hang of it. Finally, you tighten the velcro strap to secure it on the flash head. Once you get used to the process, it's no big deal. After attaching the LS to the speedlight, you point the bell straight up (actually perpendicular to your subject) to get the diffusion effect. Be warned: when you do this you lose a lot of light. I conducted some control tests in flash manual mode, in a room with a white 8-foot ceiling, shooting against a featureless light wall, and noted the location of the histogram peak on my 50D's image preview. Here are my results: * compared to a bare flash pointed at the wall, the LS with no accessory dome reduced light output by 4 EV. (I lose about 3 EV with my 30 umbrella and the bare flash) * Same result with the white dome. I saw no difference in the histogram * Here's the surprise: same result with the chrome dome. The quality of light was different (harsher), but the amount of light was the same. * With the amber dome, the light output was reduced by another 2/3 EV Lest you conclude that the chrome dome is useless, it's not. I conducted another test outside at night, and found in that setting that the chrome dome increased the light output by about 1/2 EV. I fashioned a aluminum foil plug for the top of the chrome dome, and increased the light by another 1/2 EV. My conclusion is that this dome is useful outside and probably in rooms with very high or black ceilings. If you're quite a distance from your subject, enough that using the LS in the vertical position does not give you enough light, you can point the bell at the subject, but then you're really just getting a bare bulb effect, with the attendant shadows. Adding the white dome in this case gives you a softer effect, but there are still noticeable shadows. I suspect this would be useful for outdoor fill flash. Haven't tried that yet. I really like being able to use the amber dome for shooting under incandescent light to blend the white balance of the flash light with the ambient light. My first set of shots indoors with the camera white balance set at 3300K came close, but I still had to adjust in Lightroom to get a realistic skin tone. Still experimenting!
Date published: 2012-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is very cool! I am using this as my standard setup with an E-500 and Vivitar DF-383 flash. Indoor flash photos look nearly like outdoors. The cloud diffuser softens the shadows you normally get with a flash.
Date published: 2010-04-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from over priced junk I tried out the chrome dome and was disappointed. It did not fit securely on the light sphere. It would move around and rattle alot. As far as the universal light sphere, it was nothing like the video from Gary Fong. It did not stay securely to my speedlite. In Gary Fong's video he shows how you can hold your camera by the light sphere. You can't.
Date published: 2011-03-30
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