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Gary Fong LSUCLOUD Lightsphere Universal Cloud

4.2 out of 5 stars 137 customer reviews
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  • Light Up the entire room Eliminate unwanted shadows
  • As tested by Professional Photographers Magazine" "By far the best diffusion" as tested by Nikonians"
  • By far the best diffusion: as tested by Nikonians
  • Compatable with LightSphere ll accessories
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Product Description

GFSUCLOUD Light Sphere Universal, Cloud. The latest offering from Gary Fong! Light Sphere Universal fits virtually all flashes including the Nikon SB-600 and SB-800 and Canon 430 and 540 models. LightSphere Universal features the patented “Grip” mounting system, so strong that it can support the entire weight of the camera and flash!

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 5 inches ; 3.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00127VAW2
  • Item model number: GFLSUCLOUD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Customer Reviews

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Me: "My name is Bob and I'm a Lightsphere user."

Everyone else: "Hi Bob."

I agree that it sometimes does not produce "artistic" lighting that is bounced off walls or people's shirts. However, if you want to get acceptable and often better lighting without a lot of fiddling, this thing does the trick. If I have time then I'll use some fancy light-shaping bounce thingy. If I have lots of time I'll set up an umbrella or two. If I need to grab and go then I find myself grabbing a Lightsphere more than anything else.

My only complaints about the original Lightsphere are that it looks... stupid and that it looks stupider when it falls off my flash. This version solves at least the second of those two issues. If you put it on right then it will stay on.

Everyone else: "How do you put it on right, Bob?"

Me: Shove the dome over your flash as far as you can. See where that is. Take the black rubber band that you get with the LS and place it around your flash just above the furthest point that it reached. Now put the LS back on your flash. The bottom flanges should cover, but just cover, the rubber band. Now tighten the Velcro strap and you're in business. Covering over the "GARYFONG.COM" with black sharpie or gaffer's tape is optional.

Thank you for attending this meeting of Lightsphere Users Anonymous. Now I think I'll put on my "Proud to Chimp" tee shirt and go take some pictures. :)

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Originally, I bought the Gary Fong Lightsphere II. I read that the Gary Fong Lightsphere #1 was terrific, but alas, it fell off all the time. So I figured the Gary Fong Lightsphere II would address this problem. Silly me.

The good news is, for $10 more, the Gary Fong Universal Lightsphere comes with the Gary Fong "archival" band (its a rubber band) and the Gary Fong Velcro strap. Using these two items, the Gary Fong Universal Lightsphere really does stay in place. Only hitch is, the Gary Fong promotional CD that comes with the Gary Fong Universal Lightsphere doesn't explain the attachment proceedure. It does, however, give a series of Gary Fong promotional demos, featuring Gary Fong.

I figured it out pretty quickly but it was just a lucky guess. Before you even reach for your Gary Fong Lightsphere, you wrap the Gary Fong archival rubber band around the top of your flash. Make sure the side that says GaryFong.com is facing outwards. The rubber band provides enough friction so that when you tighten the Gary Fong Velcro strip, the diffuser will stay in place. You'll know the Velcro is oriented properly when you see "GaryFong.com" prominently displayed.

Otherwise, its a good, soft diffuser.
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This diffuser does a great job of eliminating shadows - maybe too good of a job. I used this diffuser for the first time list last weekend. I got some great shots - but some of my shots were a little flat.....moodless; it did such a complete job of diffusing because everything was evenly lit.

For a wedding or event shooting it would be great.....for art shots you want to go for something with more control.
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By M.H. on February 13, 2008
The Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud Universal System is great. You are able to use it on any flash. With several different cameras, I do not have to mess around with a light diffuser for each camera.

I love this product. It really takes the "blunt" light away and illuminates wonderfully.

If you are looking for something that can be packed away in a tight space, this is not the product. It is hard plastic. I run the strap of my camera bag though it and store the dome in the bag. Easy to get to and you will always know you have it with your camera.

I love this and would recommend it to anyone looking for a superior diffuser.
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In entitling this little review, "A Sucker Born Every Minute", I'm referring to myself for having bought this thing. It's not much more than a piece of tupperware and diffusers -- selling for a fifth of the cost (or less), work just as well.

This fellow has videos on YouTube, etc., extolling the unique properties of a concave sphere you attach to the end of this humongous thing. (The pitch reminds you of a 3:00am infommercial. The gadget has little raised "ribs", that are supposed to do unique things to light. Well, in comparing it with the little Nikon diffusers included with my flashes, I couldn't see much of any difference.

You don't think it's a piece of tupperware? Buy it and report back. $50.00. I'd love to know what this guy's production costs are for this piece of junk. Oh, yes: It does do what it claims to do. It will diffuse light in a variety of ways. So will many things.

Spend your money on something useful.
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I wasn't really sure what to expect. I knew I needed a diffuser for my speedlite since I was going to be doing some night weddings soon. And really, that shadow right behind a person, that's bush league. That should never be there if someone is paying you.

Pulled it out of the box, and my first impression was: "sturdier than I thought it would be." Yes, for a piece of tupperware it's probably slightly on the expensive side. Under $40 is still a pretty chunk of change (and you should always equate what that really costs in your area of living. $40 = one dinner date (if you don't splurge), 6 fast food meals, 3.5 movie ticktes, 1 used video game, 1 decent shirt from the mall, 75 kg of food in Uganda, etc). But if it saves you time in post-production/ processing, then I think it's worth it. The flash, by being diffused, is not harsh. Allows for more crisp photos in darker situations. As with all lighting elements, if you're in a bigger room, then you don't want to be using a medium or long range lens with this, but a shorter range lens works quite well.

If you have problems with it fitting snug on - well, it fit fine on my speedlite. And if you're having problems with it fitting snug on, you can always pad either the flash or the lightsphere's prongs with a layer or several of black electrical tape. The rubber band made it snug on it's own on mine.

For the price, yes, I think it's worth it. Will I need this all the time? No. But that 10% when I do need something like this, I feel confident that it will work, and that I won't have to slave over a picture in Photoshop trying to make the best of a decent or bad situation.
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