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Gary Fong Collapsible Speed Mount Light Sphere (White)
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- Utilizes the new Speed Mount design that allows switching out modifiers in seconds
- Collapses to 1 1/2 inches for ultimate portability and convenience
- Perfectly diffuses harsh light of auxiliary flashes creating soft even illumination
- Includes Light sphere Collapsible Speed Mount, White Dome, Cinch Strap, Field Guide
- Provides an equally secure fit for nearly all flash sizes
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|Item Dimensions||3.5 x 5 x 5 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.3 pounds|
The NEW Gary Fong Light sphere Collapsible Speed Mount speed light flash modifier embodies the fundamental features of their respective first generation predecessors but with the added convenience of a new, patented Speed Mount. As with previous generations, the Gary Fong Light sphere Collapsible Speed Mount will continue to provide photographers with the ability to achieve studio-style lighting effects, anywhere at any time. Collapsing down to a mere 1 1/2 inch thickness, this new addition to the Gary Fong line-up will make traveling with large lighting set-ups a thing of the past. Better yet, the new Light sphere Collapsible Speed Mount boasts the newly designed mounting system which allows photographers to securely attach and switch out modifiers in seconds. Once in place, photographers can rest assured that the Light sphere Collapsible Speed Mount will stay securely in place, offering an equally tight fit for nearly all flash sizes.
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I'm using this with a Neewer TT560 flash (~$30 on Amazon). Despite it being so affordable it has so far been reliable and able to put out a lot of light. While it does have a bounce card attached to the flash, sometimes I need more options for flash. This Light Sphere fits on tight and holds very well. The velcro quality is somewhat questionable but so far it has held up and using it I can easily pick up my flash by the diffuser without worry that it will detach. I don't carry my flash like that but it holds on very well.
I also really appreciate the ability to collapse the Light Sphere for compact portability. It is fast to deploy and fast to put away. The materials all seem to be of high quality and I haven't had any concerns of tearing with the softer materials however like I mentioned earlier, the velcro doesn't seem to be of the highest quality and I'd prefer it didn't say "GaryFong.Com" over it because it the print and quality of the velcro makes it look cheap. Nevertheless it does its job and it doesn't matter what it looks like when it does a fantastic job of diffusing flash.
I knocked a star mainly for the price. It was difficult to knock the star because it really does an amazing job and seems to be quality made but I can't help but feel this is priced just a bit too high at around $60. I think at $39.99 this would be priced perfectly and would seem like a steal for what you get from it but even $45 price point would have made this a 5 star review. If you are not turned off by the price, this really has been a great product for me and I can recommend it.
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 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 a 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.
Like all Lightspheres it has beautiful wrap around light that other light modifiers just don't have.
Update 1/11/2014: Finally have some pics to show the awesome quality you can get with this item.
Two things you have judge as with any type of bounce flash is your distance to ceiling ratio and distance to subject ratio.
With the ceilings being low Gary says to use the cloud dome to balance your ratio of light that comes off the ceiling with your ambient light from the room with your subject. Not a good idea.
Keep the dome off you'll get a more natural look. The dome gives horrible colorcast making the skin tones look very reddish when using it for indoor shots and does not look natural.
The only time you want to use the cloud dome is when you aim the flash forward when shooting outside.
Best way to control and balance output ratio is turn down your flash output down for low ceilings or for very high ceilings turn your flash power up.
Even with the Lightsphere if your standing too close to your subject you will get the raccoon eyes somewhat.
They will look like they were standing under recessed ceiling lights while a good portion of the light off the Lightsphere will wind up falling behind your subject because of standing too close to your subject and because the light distribution from the Lightsphere will be five inches or so above the flash which will miss your subjects face.
Back up (if is there is room to do so)and you'll get more light coming off the sides of the Lightsphere and get that softer fill everyone wants to achieve.
I've uploaded pics here to show what you can get by following my advice. You can get great results if you work with it. Don't just slap it on your flash and expect it to take care of everything so you can just point & shoot. Don't think the camera will do all the work for you either. Your results still rely on you looking at your image if doesn't look right change your settings and shoot again. The Lightsphere is a great tool but you have to know how and when to use it. It's not a crescent wrench.
Installation was easy and very fast, the strap held the lightsphere on to my HVL-F60M flash very securely. I appreciated the ability for this to collapse into a compact size, made carrying and storage very easy given the limited space in my luggage.
I mainly shot indoors as well as outside under the harsh afternoon sun. This product softened shadows very nicely and provided nice even skin tones to my pictures. Outdoors it worked best when pointed directly at the subject with the dome on.