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Gary FongLightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5)
 
4.6

(based on 211 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (146)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (50)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (115)
  • Lightweight (108)
  • Compact (54)
  • Reliable (43)
  • Durable (42)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (22)
  • Price (3)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (108)
  • Family photos (104)
  • Travel (18)
  • Sports/action (10)
  • Landscape/scenery (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (47), Pro photographer (44), Photo enthusiast (38), Casual photographer (12), Photography student (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (139), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best Lightsphere ever!!

First this the best Lightsphere that Gary has put out yet. Use it when shooting events and I really like the light quality compared to all the past models.
I know Gary referred...Read complete review

First this the best Lightsphere that Gary has put out yet. Use it when shooting events and I really like the light quality compared to all the past models.
I know Gary referred this as a "5th generation Lightsphere" but this really should be considered the 6th generation. 3rd generation of the collapsible models.

Maybe no one noticed this but the first collapsible had a different mounting system that was vertical shark teeth for the grip and was thinner more transparent making it easier for the light to distribute through the sides and easier to fold up.

The next collapsible (recently discontinued) had horizontal ribbing for the grip mount and was made of a bit thicker material meaning tougher to collapse and didn't scatter as much light as the previous one did due the thicker material and a pain to put on larger flash heads like the SB900/910.

Enter the the Speed Mount. Much easier to mount on any flash now that Gary has incorporated the velcro strap system from his Universal Lightspheres and being how the collapsible model is already made of rubber eliminates the need of the rubber band placed on the flash head to keep it on the flash head.

It appears Gary went back to making the Speed Mount model thinner (like the shark tooth model previously mentioned) meaning it is easier to fold up and gives better light distribution through the sides.

The reason I know this is because I've owned all of them so I think I can make review that is fair in comparing them.

The Lightsphere Speed Mount is truly the best of both worlds. It has the easy mounting capability of the previous Universal Lightsphere models, the collapsible part that makes it compact and easy to store in your camera bag. It scatters the light more like the Universal Half-Cloud Lightsphere making the images more evenly lit with the exception that the Lightsphere Speed Mount gives you better color rendering in my opinion.
Like all Lightspheres it has beautiful wrap around light that other light modifiers just don't have. I would say this has everything a person would want in a flash diffuser.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Minimal shadows if used on camera

At last, a belt buckle type speed mount that doesn't dangle loose and fall off my smallish Lumix 360L flash. This modifier works well with on camera flash indoors. Off camera, however,...Read complete review

At last, a belt buckle type speed mount that doesn't dangle loose and fall off my smallish Lumix 360L flash. This modifier works well with on camera flash indoors. Off camera, however, it produces ugly shadows that are no better than anything else

A flash modifier that spills light in every direction. For quick, indoor grab shots this works okay, but for creative off-camera flash I would prefer light output that is more directional. Outdoors, this flash modifier spills too much light into the open atmosphere, a waste of batteries.

Though far less cumbersome to use than my Lumiquest Big Bounce or Impact Quick box Micro portable soft boxes, the light sphere cannot match their light quality on or off camera.

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5.0

Doing what I expected

By Roadstead

from New Jersey shore

Verified Buyer

Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

Using it to add light on outdoor portraits.

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5.0

Excellent Flash Modifier

By DirtFan

from Dallas, GA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

Softens the flash for an even light over the subject

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5.0

Love this!!!

By Amanda

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

Love how my flash looks with this on! Exactly what I was needing for my wedding photography! Also, very strong latching!

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5.0

EXCELLENT SPEEDLITE DIFFUSER

By bearybones

from southeast Florida

Verified Buyer

Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

I use this on my Yongnuo Speedlite, with excellent results. The strap that secures the Lightsphere onto the Speedlite is secured by a Velcro tab, which holds the Lightsphere securely in place, on the end of the flash unit. This combination produces flatteringly soft light, without the harsh shadows, that are produced by a direct flash. The Lightsphere works as advertised. There are many very good, helpful tutorials on YouTube.

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4.0

Great addition

By Nev

from Brooklyn, NY

Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

Used this for the first time at a baby shower I was shooting for. Incredible results and adds a more professionally lit look to photos.

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5.0

Never leave home without it!

By Canon man

from San Antonio Texas

Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

Just like your camera and its accessories, if you know how to use them, you will excell!
Other than my obvious most important items in my camera bag( camera body and lenses) this product is critical for any portrait , wedding or where people are the subjects.
If I ever forget I will turn around and go fetch it. Plain and simple. I can't see myself not using it for portraits. It's that important to my skill.

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5.0

A big improvement over earlier versions!

By John S.

from Beaumont, TX

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

No, it's not the optimal diffuser for every situation. Sometimes you might want a diffuser that is more directional. But if you want one the bounces beautiful, soft, flattering light all around a room, which is frequently a great way to go, this is the best diffuser I know of. Because it is omnidirectional and throws light everywhere, it is best used indoors where you have walls and a ceiling close enough to bounce light off of. And if you don't know how already, take a just few minutes to learn how to vary the strength of your flash for different situations. You'll be taking much better photos in short order!

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5.0

Great light diffuser

By DJP-Photography

from Florida

Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

It works great in vertical and horizontal.. spreads the light evenly on you subject.. Love that it now collapsible.. Able to store easily..

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1.0

I'm going to sell mine!

By Picture girl

from Palm City, Florida

Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

I use this product to do real estate photography when it's not possible to bounce the flash off of the ceiling. The ceiling may be dark or too high so it's necessary to point the flash forward. I like the effect it has by softening shadows and evenly lighting the space BUT it is a pain to take on and off the flash head. The velcro and flaps are cumbersome and awkward and the dome pops out and falls to the ground more times than I care to bend over and pick it up. I regret spending the money on this.

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(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gary Fong's Lightsphere Collapsible

By Juan Rojasx a

from North Bergen, NJ

Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

Smooth light!
Won't leave my home without it.

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5.0

Love it.

By B.Lo

from Long beach ca

Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

Recently bought this for an indoor event I was shooting and it worked beautifully. Far exceeded my expectations. Looking into buying more modifiers from Mr. Gary Fong. Well done Gary!

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4.0

Nicely diffuses the (flash) light

By J P

from New York, NY

Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

It works well, particularly where the ceilings are high. The sphere is easy to mount onto the flash and stays on securely. It's not cheap but looks professional.

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5.0

Very good product

By Lucas

from Chile

About Me Semi-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 with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

    It does its job perfectly

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    No worries

    By Jim

    from New Hampshire

    Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

    The fong generation 5 light sphere is as rugged as it is effective. No worries if you drop it. It's rubber. More importantly, the light distribution is great and you can use it indoors and out. It's all good.

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    5.0

    Good

    By Cristal

    from New York

    Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

    Perfect for event photography

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    5.0

    Best on flash accessory out there

    By RMP

    from Metro Detroit

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Portraits
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

      The Gen 5 lightsphere is a great invention and works like a charm. It's easy to use and has a ton of sample videos out there to see for yourself how good this product is for a nice soft light. Great for vertical and horizontal compositions. Best for event photography and indoor or outdoor portraits. This product is easy to apply onto your flash and fits very snug. Also easy for transport since it's collapsible. Very happy with the lighting results most importantly.

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      • No

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      5.0

      This Lightsphere really works

      By absteen

      from Galt, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

        I first saw the results of the Gary Fong Lightshpere when one of my friends was photographing people at our function. I was impressed at how soft the photos were with no hard shadows or redeye.
        I am really just getting into digital photography, and I shoot a lot of pictures both indoors and out using a flash.
        This Lightphere is very light, but not at all flimsy. it was easy to attach to my Canon 320 speedlight, and the results were amazing. It easily collapses for travel or storage, and is very easy to expand and install.
        I have no complaints with this unit, and would highly recommend it.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great design, great quality item

        By Spanisholive1

        from Fort Lauderdale

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

            I own 3 of these now. The collapse nicely and don't take up too much room in my camera case. Every so often they get a little dirty, so I rinse them with warm water & they're as good as new.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great Light

            By Best Picture in Camera Teacher

            from Peoria, Illinois

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

              Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

              This diffuser provides a wonderful even soft light. Recently I have used it at two events where I didn't have a lot of time to fuss with the lighting. It held up to the test over and over and the white balance was spot on. The attachment was easy to use and secure.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Happy with the purchase and the results of my photos!!!

              By Cliff-trying-hard-to-be-photographer

              from Metro Detroit, MI

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Bulky

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos

              Comments about Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5):

              I like taking pictures of my families especially my kids, and usually, it is indoor. I have a Canon T5i with 430 EXII flash. I usually just bounced my flash - sometimes, I get good results, sometimes not. Almost 50% are good. With direct flash, it is too harsh. With this diffuser, I am getting consistency in my flash photography of people, and I could say that I like almost most of them (not good when subject is too far - I may need more powerful flash). The lighting is very consistent, and it is soft on my subjects. The only thing I don't like about this is it is bulky.

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              • No

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