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Gary Fong LSUCLOUD Lightsphere Universal Cloud
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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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|Item Dimensions||5 x 5 x 5 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.25 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
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.
For a wedding or event shooting it would be great.....for art shots you want to go for something with more control.
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.
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.
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.
I purchased 2 new Nikon SB-900 flash units (love them, too, after turning the temperature limit off) - and I need some Gary Fong diffusers for the SB-900s. I purchased a "universal" Gary Fong diffuser to test on a Nikon SB-900 - and it is a piece of junk!
The Gary Fong units for the SB-800s attach firmly to the flash. The "Universal" for the SB-900 Nikon flash is not made to fit the SB-900 at all. It has 4 "flaps" that go over the flash head - and a poorly-designed strap and - get this - a rubber band (!) to hold it on. It does not stay on !!! In the middle of a wedding or the reception it will be on the floor if you move too fast.
I'm shocked by how poorly this fits my flash. I can only hope that Gary Fong has a true SB-900 unit in production.
Universal here means "not really designed to fit anything."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This Lightsphere Universal does work well and is reasonably priced. The issue I have is that the dome can ONLY be used in the inverted position. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Norma
Yes it is a basic light filter, yes you could make one for free, however it wouldnt look as nice as this one. So if you want to look professional, just get it. It works great.Published 1 month ago by J-NAV
The reviews are out there. It performs like everyone says it does. The soft diffuse spread of light from this thing is amazing.Published 2 months ago by Melody
I have heard great things about this but have had major issues with it staying on my flash nothing is worse than having it pop off in the middle of wedding formals...Published 2 months ago by Heather Summers
Don't buy this, or anything from Gary Fong.
This is a two-piece diffuser - the top will always fall off and get lost.
It costs $22. Read more
I have used a Gary Fong Lightsphere on my flashes for years. I recently just bought a new Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT flash and I picked up one of these at the same time. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Patrick M. Lyon