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bmwf1techie Registered since 30th Mar 2009Fri 04-Jun-10 06:19 AM
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"Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
Tue 21-Jun-11 09:26 AM by jrp

Los Angeles, US
          

I recently bought an SB-600 and I am contemplating the purchase of a lightsphere from Gary Fong

I'm still learning about lighting in general so I am wondering what the major benefits of buying a LS would be.
I had a diffuser on the pop up flash of my D60, is this the same idea? Thanks in advance.

Nelson

  

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jrp Administrator JRP is one of the co-founders, has in-depth knowledge in various areas. Awarded for his contributions for the Resources Charter MemberFri 04-Jun-10 09:57 AM
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#1. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Fri 04-Jun-10 10:10 AM by jrp

San Pedro Garza García, MX
          

The GF Lightsphere has the largest surface to diffuse the light from the flash. The effects are most pleasing.

For single portraits you can only get similar lighting if you place your speedlight inside a large softbox, by far much more difficult to pack and mount than a Lightsphere.

Since I am in charge of registering our family memories it has become a must-have item in my bag and almost always one is on my speedlight.

Here is an informal candid sample made at a party at home with an SB-800 on-camera:



I have several Ligthsphere II and a couple of Universal, and am about to do an article on the Collapsible version now that I finally have one.

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drFrank Silver Member Nikonian since 16th Dec 2006Fri 04-Jun-10 10:05 AM
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#2. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Beaver Falls, US
          

Depending on the situation, they do a nice job. If you are in a wide open space, the light bounces everywhere but where you need it.

I also use different Lumaquest diffusers and the black foamy thing that Neil shows how to make and use on his site:

http://neilvn.com/tangents/

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#3. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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I have never had the experience of a forum like this one, I open a page and before I ask, all my questions are answered. Best too is that I have so much confidence in what can sometimes be subjective but here I am given a feeling of the absolute.

The only difference I could find between the lightsphere and a softbox is the shape of the catchlight.

  

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drFrank Silver Member Nikonian since 16th Dec 2006Fri 04-Jun-10 12:09 PM
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#4. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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:-D
http://www.lumiquest.com/

http://www.lumiquest.com/products.htm

I have the softbox III and the promax system. The very first one I ever used (many years ago) was the ultra soft and it does a very nice job too. I like the Promax system because I can slide it in a messenger style bag without taking up much room. Whereas, the gary fong modifier will take up more room. However, I put the open end over the top of a lens in my messenger bag and it fits without too many challenges.

These images were shot using the bounce method off a wall to give indication how the black foamy thing works.





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#14. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Thu 10-Jun-10 06:25 AM by jrp

San Pedro Garza García, MX
          

> Whereas, the gary fong modifier will take up more room

Not if you use the Collapsible, designed in reponse to such complaints:

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#17. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Beaver Falls, US
          

>> Whereas, the gary fong modifier will take up more
>room

>
>Not if you use the collapsible, designed in reponse to such
>complaints:
>
>


Thanks for the insight! I didn't realize there is a collapsible model.

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#30. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Fri 11-Jun-10 10:44 AM by jrp

Omaha, US
          

I finally received my LS today. Regarding the model in your photo at what setting did you have your sb-800 ev set at and at what position did you have your flash set? I was with a friend at a local restaurant and tried a simular shot using the d300, Tokina 35mm and sb-800 with the LS. In TTL mode and the d300 set to program I fired off a few shots using the LS cloud. The first photo flash was rather bright so I turned down the sb-800 ev to -1 which helped but the lighting was rather uneven. I realize here that practice makes perfect so I have a long way to go. Lovely photo. Thanks.


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#32. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Fri 11-Jun-10 10:46 AM by jrp

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I don't tamper with EV values at all when doing this type of images.
When the shot has to be taken no matter what, I move out of my normal setting (M) and go for P (for "Perfect"), like PJs on the run do, ISO 200, Flash on TTL, no compensation here either.

If you are close to your subject (like I did in the sample shot of my daughter), put the dome on the LS for even lighting. Make sure you have fresh batteries if the occasion is important (for me all are) and you don't shoot until you see the red flash sign in the viewfinder.

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#35. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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>I don't tamper with EV values at all when doing this type of
>images.
>When the shot has to be taken no matter what, I move out of my
>normal setting (M) and go for P (for "Perfect"),
>like PJs on the run do, ISO 200, Flash on TTL, no compensation
>here either.

LOL. We say the 'P' mode stands for "Professional', since it seems that only professionals use it. Most amateurs have been trained not to use P mode at all. I use it anytime I am transitioning from one lighting situation to a new one, and I have got time to readjust my settings and I have to get the shot.
>
>If you are close to your subject (like I did in the sample
>shot of my daughter), put the dome on the LS for even
>lighting. Make sure you have fresh batteries if the occasion
>is important (for me all are) and you don't shoot until you
>see the red flash sign in the viewfinder.

I use the inverted dome any time I want maximum softness (portraits), unless I am in a small room with white walls and ceiling, Then I can sometimes get better diffusion from the room bounce, so I leave the inverted dome off.

Russ
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#36. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Fri 11-Jun-10 02:30 PM by quenton8

Toronto, CA
          

Re 'P' mode ... I figured I left my camera in P mode because I was NOT a professional

I try and always "leave" it in 'P' -- that way if I have to pick it up and take a quick shot I will have "something".

If I every have lots of time over a shot, I may well use A or S, or even M (I grew up with M on my dad's Exacta back in the late '50s).

The one time I pretty much lost some important shots I had been sitting feeling bored and flipped to 'S' (I was inside, slow shutter speed), then had to quickly take some shots outside in the sun -- jumped up and took them -- Oh well, managed to recover "1" with great effort.

So I try really hard now to put it back to 'P' when its at rest (e.g. on the shelf, in the bag).

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#40. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Sun 13-Jun-10 07:17 PM by Lewis Junior

Omaha, US
          

What do you think for the first try? Straight out of the D300. No post processing.
D300 mode set to P 1/60 sec @ f5, iso 200. LS cloud with dome straight up. SB-800 -7ev (0ev appeared to washout the highlights)
Tokina 35mm f2.8 macro.









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#41. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Beaver Falls, US
          

Nice job!

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#44. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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I now have a D300, and I do travel a lot. This web site is a mecca for aspiring photographers, like myself.

The picture of your daughter is awesome. When I can take a picture like that, I will know that I have arrived.

I am buying the GF LS collapsible. Can't wait for your review.

Thanks so much.

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#5. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Fri 04-Jun-10 03:28 PM by Glenn_K

Dallas, US
          

Nelson,

Russ MacDonald, a Nikonian Team Member, recently posted a comparison of three types of diffusers, including the GF Lightsphere, here in Nikonians, and subsequently captured the post in his blog at: http://nikonclspracticalguide.blogspot.com/2009/12/discussion-about-3-different-flash.html

Hope this helps.

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#8. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Los Angeles, US
          

Glenn,
Great resource. Thanks for sharing.

Nelson


Nelson,
>
>Russ MacDonald, a Nikonian Team Member, recently posted a
>comparison of three types of diffusers, including the GF
>Lightsphere, here in Nikonians, and subsequently captured the
>post in his blog at:
>http://nikonclspracticalguide.blogspot.com/2009/12/discussion-about-3-different-flash.html
>
>Hope this helps.
>
>Glenn

  

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#6. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Toronto, CA
          

I have the lightsphere -- I like it very much, it has two problems for me


  • my wife does not like to be seen with me anymore
  • it costs "way" too much -- but not much you can do about that

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#7. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Sat 05-Jun-10 12:31 AM by Lewis Junior

Omaha, US
          

Perhaps a dumb question. I'm considering the Lightsphere II clear for the sb-800 which measures 2.5" in width at the flash head. My choices would be size 1 or size 3. Is this correct?

http://www.garyfongestore.com/lightsphere-ii.html

Answered my own question. Thanks

The P1 & C1 models are compatible with:
Canon 420EX
Nikon SB-50DX, SB-600, SB-800 & SB-80DX
Pentax 330FTZ & AF500FTZ
Quantaray 6500A
Sigma 420 & 430
Sunpak 4000AF

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#10. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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New York City, US
          

Yes, you want the size 1 for the SB-800. BTW, you can get the LS for a lower price through Nikonians. Here's the link:
https://www.ppsna.com/product_info.php/cPath/42/products_id/663

Hope this helps..JL

  

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#11. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Omaha, US
          

Thanks for the link. I believe however I'll purchase the Gary Fong Lightsphere II Inverted Dome Flash Diffusion Starter System.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/522698-REG/Gary_Fong_LS2_START_1_Lightsphere_II_Inverted_Dome.html#reviews/BI/4775/KBID/5289/

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#9. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Los Angeles, US
          

Dennis,
I have already achieved the wife thing with the diffuser I used to place on the pop up flash. The LS might put her over then

Nelson


>I have the lightsphere -- I like it very much, it has two
>problems for me
>


    >
  • my wife does not like to be seen with me anymore
    >
  • it costs "way" too much -- but not much you can
    >do about that
    >

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#24. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Kingston, CA
          

>it costs "way" too much -- but not much you can
>do about that

That Gary Fong also sells "getting rich" DVDs doesn't help!

http://www.amazon.com/Gary-Fong-DVDGR2-Getting-2-DVD/dp/B000MM654G

But indeed, the lightphere diffuser does get good reviews.

Peter

  

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#12. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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The LS is a good product if you are starting to learn flash. It's hard to take a bad picture with it attached to your flash. However, it can be a crutch too. You might enjoy the convenience of it so much you many never really learn how to adjust your flash to be more creative with the quality and direction of light.

When i started out i used a Honl Speed Gobo, TTL setting, and adjusted the angle of my flash depending on the shape/angle of the ceiling. After a few events i wondered how to use my flash in Manual mode and checked out Zack Arias's OneLight DVD.

http://bryangwong.com
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Lewis Junior Registered since 08th May 2010Sat 05-Jun-10 08:10 PM
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#13. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Sun 06-Jun-10 08:42 PM by Lewis Junior

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Those interested in the lightsphere could save some cash purchasing the Lambency Flash Diffuser

http://stores.ebay.com/strobist101_Lightbowl-Flash-Diffuser_W0QQ_fsubZ1527077012QQ_sidZ990853272QQ_trksidZp4634Q2ec0Q2em322

They carry two for the sb-800

LIGHTBOWL Cloud Lambency Flash Diffuser for Nikon SB800 $13.99 + $9.99 shipping
LIGHTBOWL Flash Lambency Diffuser S1 Nikon SB800 SB600 $19.98 + free shipping.

A savings of nearly $26.00 compared to the Adorama price for both.
I was unable to locate a store here in the US which carried the Lembency.

New Flash Lambency Diffuser Light Bowl Dome Covers (set of six) $1.99 + Free Shipping.
http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Flash-Lambency-Diffuser-Light-Bowl-Dome-Covers-/170493978610?cmd=ViewItem&pt=Camera_Flash_Accessories&hash=item27b23ba7f2


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#16. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Mon 07-Jun-10 04:29 AM by jrp

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Lewis,
You may be robbed at those prices. Meaning, it may be too high a price for what they give you.
We have tested several copies of various "brands" and they do have one or more of these flaws:
- They turn yellow over a short time
- They don't have the light dispersion ribbing as the GF LS
- They emit fumes if exposed to sunlight
- They get distorted with use. Are not made with shape memory polymers (SMP)

But then, China is getting better and better.

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#15. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Mon 07-Jun-10 04:30 AM by jrp

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Bryan,
The LS is a darn good product to use flash.

A family chronicler or a weddings and events photographer needs to be sure to get it right or they will miss the occasion.

If you get the opportunity of a studio session, then you may have time to change your setup (like in the wonderful images by Frank) or vary your use of the LS.

This is an impromptu sample shot with LS diffusers in my dinning room, just before lunch:



SU-800 on camera, SB-800 flashes with LS on three corners of the dinning room.
Trial shots: zero
Adjustments needed on camera: zero
Adjustments needed on flash: zero
Adjustments needed on post processing: slight sharpening with FocusMagic (Level 1 at 50%)

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Arkayem Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in flash photography Charter MemberMon 07-Jun-10 01:25 PM
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#18. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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>The LS is a darn good product to use flash.
>
>A family chronicler or a weddings and events photographer
>needs to be sure to get it right or they will miss the
>occasion.

You are so right! I shoot weddings for my main income and I wouldn't ever shoot one without my LightSphere. It gives me near studio quality for formals which saves setting up umbrellas on many occasions.

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km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009Mon 07-Jun-10 06:06 PM
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#19. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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I like to save money as much or more than the next person (I live off the income I produce in a local economy in Russia) but some things just are worth spending a little more. I was not interested in the Fong products because they seemed like a lot of money for a piece of Tupperware but on Russ' recommendation I got one a few months ago when visiting California.
The first thing I noticed was that is simplified my set up for events or clubs, I did not have to take a number of remotes to get decently soft lighting in terrible conditions(mostly matte black ceilings, lasers etc.) I noticed also that my shot totals for the night increased, less fiddling around, even though that is 1/2 the fun. I only shoot for fun, it is part of my social activities and not income or needing to be perfect, as long as the subjects like the photos, I am happy.
Here is a typical of 400 shots from Friday night, taken snap shot fashion in a very crowded and dark club. This is my good friend Anna sitting across the table from me. There was no post processing, just converted to JPG, and resized down to 145kb. For a single source shoe mounted, the LS 1/2 Cloud does a very good job. Anna thought so and that was most important:>)

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Lewis Junior Registered since 08th May 2010Mon 07-Jun-10 07:52 PM
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#20. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Ok... I'm convinced. Thanks for all your input. I just ordered the LS C1 + P1 from Adorama. I do have a question about the lightsphere. I take it that the 1/2 cloud is not as soft as the C1 yet softer than the P1. Under what conditions would the C1, P1 and 1/2 cloud be use for? I take it that the C1 would be used more for head and shoulder shots but I guess creativity plays a role here. What's your opinion on the specific use of the various bowls? Nice photo km6xz. Thanks.

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#21. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Tue 08-Jun-10 12:07 AM by quenton8

Toronto, CA
          

I cannot comment on the 1/2 cloud -- I chose to get the "cloud".

I use it on an SB600 and have not yet had it fail to give me enough light for a shot.

I shoot from close-up (my 4 month old grandson, my prime subject right now) to groups of 10 or more in our church, with 60ft ceilings (not much bounce there) and rooms to large to bounds from the walls. It just seems to "work", and I don't have to think as much as I used to!

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#22. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Last time that I visited NYC.
I did stopped by B&H and of course had to spend a little money.

So I did acquired the complete set of LF.
Still have to do my testing with the set.

But now after reading teh posts & looking at the pictures sample I am convinced that I will not regret the purchase.

Thanks!

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#34. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Sat 12-Jun-10 05:25 AM by jrp

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Lewis,
For me, the CLEAR vs CLOUD issue is not one of softness but of warmth in skin tones.
If you shoot RAW you can always make adjustments with one click, of course.
The CLOUD renders warmer tones. Not the best for me, working with very dark skins after a summer at the pool. So I prefer the CLEAR. If you are always shooting Nordic skins, get the CLOUD.
The Collapsible seems to be Cloud.

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#43. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Wed 16-Jun-10 06:51 AM by km6xz

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Hi Lewis
I did not see the question at the end from last week.
The 1/2 cloud was purchased because the salesman, really a knowledgeable guy, suggested the Cloud would cause too much light loss for my intended use by 1 stop. Since I wanted it for a variety of distances I opted for a compromise between light output and softness. I find however that I have to dial in some -EV and -FV for most shots if unless further than 15 feet, sometimes -1.5 combined between flash and EV. So light output is not a problem for typical portraits and such.
For example here is a shot from the beginning of May that illustrates the flexibility. It is shot close, about 4 feet with a 50mm at f/4, ISO 320. It is a group of 3 friends in a dark club with high open ceiling(the ceiling is higher than the diagonal size of the room, with 200 people crammed into a tiny space. So I upped the shutter speed to darken the background to put the people in the close distance in dark, dialed in -1EV on the D90 and still at that close distance got pretty got the muted tones I was wanting using the higher efficiency 1/2 Cloud A Cloud would have been even a bit softer. The file had to be compressed a lot to fit under 150k so ignore the quality, it is to show just the light characteristic:

Edit: I wanted to clarify something that also is germane to this discussion. The true beauty of the LS is the speed and consistency of working. These shots in clubs are on the dance floor, the subjects are in position for no more than 1-2 seconds and choices, such as this one are made and adjustments made all within 1 second or so. That is what is great about the LS. Before getting it I was shooting 100 or so shots a night, now 400++ and very very few are not equally suitably exposed. I delete 4-10 per night because they just did not come out as expected. That is pretty darn good for a complete amateur like myself.
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#23. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Stan,
WOW!!!

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#25. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Edmond, US
          

Good reviews for the Lightsphere. Is anyone able to compare the Lightsphere with the Gary Fong Whaletail and/or the Lumiquest Big Bounce (or the smaller version of the Lumiquest, which, I think, is called the Better Bounce)? I bought the Whaletail for a pretty handsome price. Of course it is not discontinued. It does a decent job. However it obviously flunks the camera bag hog test. That I can live with. It also eats up a lot of light. However, I don't know how it compares with the Lightsphere or the Lumiquest in that regard.

If I bought a white elephant and could do better with a replacement I will certainly make the change. So your input will help me come to a conclusion about that.

Thanks in advance for your help.


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#26. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Beaver Falls, US
          

I have used the lumiquest products for 8+ years and the Gary Fong Clear Lightsphere for a few years.

The Lightsphere I use 80%+ of the time during a reception and similar type events. When no bounce possibility exists, I use the lumiquest. e.g. outdoor portraits I put my SB800 on a lightstand and shoot it through the SBIII when it is too windy for an umbrella.

I use the Big Bounce or similar for large outdoor group shots. It does a very nice job filling in the face.

It all depends on the situation. The big bounce works nice if I need to project the flash and spread it out some via the difuser placed on the lumiquest.

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#27. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Thu 10-Jun-10 06:27 AM by jrp

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I love the GF Whaletail lighting.
I have both the Reporter and the Studio models.

There have been a number of complaints -although not from me- about the stability of the flaps and of course its size for packing.
Yet, it is the best I've seen for mixed lighting so I am very happy to have them; more so now that they are discontinued.

For convenience I am mostly working -recently- with the Lightsphere Universal and the Collapsible when using a single speedlight. When with multiple units, I add my Lighspheres II.

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#28. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Edmond, US
          

drFrank and jpr,

Thanks for your input. jrp, I have also read some of the complaints about the flaps not remaining in place. Although I think the design could have been better, i.e. a tighter fit of the pieces to better secure the placement, I have always been able to keep the flaps where I want them. So I have been satisfied with the performance. So for now I will keep the acquisition of the more portable units in the same place on my priority list, which is....later. I too have both the Reporter and Studio versions. I am able to carry the Reporter, together with some other gear, in one large pocket on the end of my Domke J1 bag.

One followup question: Do you find that the Whaletails absorb more light than the other diffusers? I do find that the use of the Whaletails usually forces me to shoot at a higher ISO than I would otherwise choose. But, then, all diffusers are going to do that to some extent. I would like to know how you find the products compare in that regard.

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#29. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Victoria, CA
          


I too have both the Whale Tail and the LS (cloud, clear, and 1/2 cloud). Comparing to the closest (cloud) I do find the WT isn't as bright - but I am not sure if this is because it is actually diffusing the light in more directions or if it is because it is absorbing more - it does seem to be thicker, denser plastic.

  

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#33. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Fri 11-Jun-10 12:12 PM by jrp

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Jim,
I have never cared much about such details because I always shoot these images at ISO 200. I will have to check on exposures.

Today I was at a rather difficult scenario, a Tae Kwon Do studio with a very low ceiling, so the light "drops" too fast and too close.
To make it more complicated the seating always puts you behind some column and yet the Lightsphere performs.

I moved the ISO up to 320 with the GF LS Collapsible and inclined the flash head to 60 degrees, removing the dome.
Wondering why I had to do that I now discovered the the flash was moved to -0.3EV
My advice would be to always check on your flash settings before the session. If you need glasses (like I do) put them ON!



The combined effect of the minus EV flash compensation, low ceiling and columns made me have to do a +1.5 correction in Nikon Capture (no need for control points).
But there you are: even lighting on the subject, my eldest grandson; no blown highlights and you can see all of the detail in the white uniforms.
I even noticed now that he managed to break the cushion with one kick.
From the brightness at the top left in the mirror, you can guess where I was shooting from.

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#37. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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>


Very nice shot!

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#42. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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San Pedro Garza García, MX
          

Thank you, Frank
This is really nothing but a typical LS shot.

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#38. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Edmond, US
          

Hi jrp,

Great shot. Great looking grandson. You must be very proud of him.

I am not really concerned about the details either. I was just curious as to whether those who have experience with both diffusers have observed any obvious differences in the amount of light lost with their use. I did notice that Gary Fong recommends shooting at 400 ISO with the Whaletails. I prefer to stay at 100 or 200 if I am able. As a result some of my shots with the Whaletail do require a bit of plus exposure adjustment in Camera Raw/Photoshop.

Thanks for your input,

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#39. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Jim,
I had to dig into my files but found that Gary Fong is correct again.

Below a sample I made inside a giant height ceilings and very dark church with the Whaletail, at ISO 400. I chose that ISO the day before when I went scouting to be prepared for the occasion.


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#45. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Rocky Mount, US
          

>You are so right! I shoot weddings for my main income and I
>wouldn't ever shoot one without my LightSphere. It gives me
>near studio quality for formals which saves setting up
>umbrellas on many occasions.
>
>Russ

I was just wondering about the appearance factor and the direction of light in terms of bystanders, especially at weddings. The Fong LS emits light 360 and flashes n the eyes of those behind you whereas a softbox "shields or protects" those behind you. Also, comments on walking around with that huge tupperware bowl at weddings, even if flash isn't being used at the time.

What provokes my question is I just attended the "Flashbus Tour" with David Hobby (Strobist) and Joe McNalley, they seem to prefer softboxes an d the simply white plastic dome that comes with the SB-800. Of course after the seminar, they offered discounts on McNally Lumiquest (I think) softboxes.

BTW I have a Fong Cloudy LS and I just put the lid/dome inside the unit and press it down in my bag. Just considering switching to a small softbox.

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#46. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Sat 14-May-11 07:01 AM by jrp

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When you have time to setup and create a studio-like environment, yes, softboxes are nice. The light is even softer. I love mine for short distance ranges.

But, did you count how many bags they carried with them?
How many assistants they used?

The GaryFong Lightsphere keeps on giving.
Below some shots made yesterday, May 11, on the occasion of a happy birthday lunch at home for my son and elder granddaughter, in the midst of madness with some 20 plus family members of all ages, no space for light stands or even a single tripod and no time -as they had to leave both, for work and an exam respectively.

Nikon D700 on P mode, 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D IF Zoom Nikkor, one single SB-900 on camera with Lighsphere Universal upwards, no dome.









I love the lighting. Remember the GF uses all walls and ceiling to bounce the light, so it is the more even and soft.
The presentation may be off a bit since I am working from a laptop at this time.

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#51. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Raleigh, US
          

Man, even your impromptu portraits put me to shame and inspire me at the same time. Wow, you must have a really nice camera -- just kidding!!!!.

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#61. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Thanks. I can see the GF LS's are superior products. wish I had bought a second cloudy LS.

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Sportymonk Registered since 16th Jul 2007Sat 14-May-11 11:54 AM
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#48. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Never mind, I just read the link above to Fuss MacDonald's Section 19 discussing the different types of diffusers. http://nikonclspracticalguide.blogspot.com/2009/12/discussion-about-3-different-flash.html

(headslap) Should have know to go read Russ first! I think the reason some people recommend softboxes is that their name is all over them.

I am sticking with my Fong LS but I still wonder if the large (look at that thing!) image of it is a negative at weddings.

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#53. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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St Petersburg, RU
          

I use a 1/2 cloud LS often for events, or find a good reflective surface other than a ceiling. When first starting to play with speedlights I followed the common advice to use a ceiling and flash card. They worked OK but not great, too many hot spots to much fall off on the lower half of a full figure shot. I discovered by logic and experimenting that side and rear surfaces yield much more effective bounce surfaces and try to avoid ceiling bounce to some mid point between flash and subject. In fact I have not found a better diffusion surface than a rear wall ceiling junction or rear wall, ceiling and side way junction.
The LS works because it allows any reflective surface to contribute to the exposure so increases room illumination with the direct light being balanced with the reflective light from from the infinite light paths of higher path attenuation from the remaining rest of the circumference of the LS. For those situations where the subject matter, speed of action, the difficulty in getting a clear path for specific off shoe directional reflection the LS works as intended. But it is not perfect, just a tool that does what it is intended to do, but not everything. The one item sold in large numbers I just do not understand its appeal is the speedlight mounted softbox. From the subject's perspective, unless only inches away, the light from the small softbox is just another point source. 10 feet out it appears not that much larger than a direct head. At 10 feet, a softbox much larger than could fit on any speedlight would be needed to appear other than a point source. Even a 3x3 ft stand mounted softbox has a pretty limited range for highly diffused light effect.
If the LS is working into an environment that has more side and back attenuation, the direct path becomes dominate so hot spots are seen on faces. A simple "adjustment" to bring back balance that would occur in a room with less off axis attenuation, I just place my hand in front of the LS, with fingers spread or closed depending on the amount of direct light reduction desired. It also warms the light color as the light reflects off my hand.

Size is an issue for some, it is a large combination when stacked on top of a SB900 in the vertical orientation. But in an event such as a wedding, not being confused with family or friends taking snap shots actually helps in getting in the right spot at the right time. A large rig tends to suggest pro so stay out of the its way. For crowded events that makes a significant difference in getting line of sight or not.
Flash behind? That is not so much of an issue as an irritant because of the speed and diffused nature of a 360 degree source. Humans react more from overpowering light like in highly focused light nearby(direct flash) but even moving out a few feet direct flash is ignored. I was told early on that flash is not to be used with animals or babies because of their increased sensitivity to light. That went against all I learned in physiology and normal practice. A 1/10,000 sec flash in reality does not even cause a flinch reaction in animals or babies. The duration of light needed for a response seems to be longer, like that of old flashbulbs which had a long ramp up and decay of the light intensity, and a strong color shift as it decayed.
When shooting birds outdoors for example with strong back lighting, direct fill flash does not seem get induce any reaction at all.
In other words, unless the flash is right in someone's face, 10 inches behind you, don't worry about irritating or blinding those in back. Be aware of someone crowding in behind you however, and in that case they deserve it.
Getting any light into the room, away from the subject even without diffusion actually is pretty effective in increasing the ambient light level of the scene, with millions of possible reflection paths. So pointing a flash head in any odd angle away from on-axis to the subject will often be enough light for a non-"flash look" image.

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#50. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Richmond Hill, GA (Savannah), US
          

>>You are so right! I shoot weddings for my main income and
>I
>>wouldn't ever shoot one without my LightSphere. It gives
>me
>>near studio quality for formals which saves setting up
>>umbrellas on many occasions.
>>
>>Russ
>
>I was just wondering about the appearance factor and the
>direction of light in terms of bystanders, especially at
>weddings. The Fong LS emits light 360 and flashes n the eyes
>of those behind you whereas a softbox "shields or
>protects" those behind you.

I have never had any complaints about the light bothering any of the bystanders. I guess they are usually looking at the subjects.

Also, outdoors in daylight, when I am shooting formals with fill-flash, I usually turn the LS so that it points directly at the subjects. When you are 20 feet from your subjects, the light becomes a point source and is harsh anyway, and pointing it directly at the subjects increases its effective power. It works even better if you simply remove the LS when shooting beyond about 10 feet, but then you have to put it right back on for closer shots, so I just aim it directly at them. Harsh light doesn't hurt anything when you are adding just a bit to lift shadows.

>Also, comments on walking
>around with that huge tupperware bowl at weddings, even if
>flash isn't being used at the time.
>
>What provokes my question is I just attended the
>"Flashbus Tour" with David Hobby (Strobist) and Joe
>McNalley, they seem to prefer softboxes an d the simply white
>plastic dome that comes with the SB-800. Of course after the
>seminar, they offered discounts on McNally Lumiquest (I think)
>softboxes.

The dome that comes with the SB-800 works almost as well as the LS if you are in a small room with white walls and ceiling, especially if you turn it around backwards. The LS works better when the bounce isn't good and you depend on the direct light. The LS makes softer light when up close in a room with no bounce.
>
>BTW I have a Fong Cloudy LS and I just put the lid/dome inside
>the unit and press it down in my bag. Just considering
>switching to a small softbox.

A softbox will make even softer direct light. So, in a situation with no bounce, a soft box will outperform the LS. It's all a function of size. The larger the direct light source, the softer the direct light.

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#31. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Portland, US
          

After reading this thread my NAS kicked in and I ordered the collapsible LS.

  

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drFrank Silver Member Nikonian since 16th Dec 2006Sat 14-May-11 11:24 AM
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#47. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Sat 14-May-11 11:26 AM by drFrank

Beaver Falls, US
          

As I posted earlier, I have been using the GF Lightsphere for a few years with good but not always great results. Because of this, I am always looking for new items either as a DIY or to purchase.

Recently, I picked up the FlashRight from Peter Gregg. It is a little pricey at $90 but there are times it works much better than the GF. I received it approximately ten days ago and used it to cover multiple events including a 700 person prom and a fund raiser.

This is the video demonstrating the device which I believe is sold out.

http://youtu.be/yMgrNwWZERM

At the prom, the lights were all over the place making it tough to get a shot without working hard.
A few images from the prom:





The best thing about this device is that it smaller and lighter than the GF. In addition, the head can be turned to send the light in a direction to bounce off the ceiling, etc.

This is what I did in this shot.



From a fund raiser with more consistent ambient light.

This is shot with the 85mm and bounced off the wall camera left using the device



With the 35mm bouncing off the wall camera left and slightly behind me



I plan to blog about it soon too.

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Bald Eagle Registered since 24th Dec 2008Sat 14-May-11 01:01 PM
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#49. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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US
          

I am certain most understand that any on camera flash diffuser will help with soft exposure values but is non-directional meaning the beautiful effects of placing a highlight next to a shadow are not possible. Except for fast moving events (and even then sometimes) I work hard at finding ways to bring directional light on to my subject. This means working to be creative with relective light- that is reflecting your on camera flash off from something (not overhead.) WB can be issue but shooting raw these days can correct any issues. The best is still to get your flash off camera.

  

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jvt Silver Member Nikonian since 30th Nov 2009Sun 15-May-11 12:40 AM
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#52. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Sun 15-May-11 12:45 AM by jvt

Terania Creek, AU
          

I'm currently using a GF collapsible LS and it works great. However, it can be a bit tricky getting it on an SB900 and at times it easily pops off. Inserting the inverted light dome can be cumbersome as well, so I suggest you familiarize yourself with the gear before a critical shoot. Sample shot attached was 1st shot taken with the GF gear when I received it in the mail. Nikon D700 with 70-200 F2.8 VRII @ 180mm, Manual mode, 1/60sec, F8, ISO 250 and the GF Collapsible LightSphere without inverted dome.

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#54. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Nice picture. How close were you to your subject?

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jvt Silver Member Nikonian since 30th Nov 2009Mon 16-May-11 01:23 PM
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#55. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Mel

probably about 2.5m away in a narrow hallway

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drFrank Silver Member Nikonian since 16th Dec 2006Mon 16-May-11 01:49 PM
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#56. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Beaver Falls, US
          

This is a quick grab shots from a recent wedding. All the siblings and the bride wanted the background as black.

I was in the middle of the church with basically nothing to bounce off but it worked very nice. The church is very large with very high black ceiling and walls with sound diffusers on the walls.



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#57. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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#62. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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JRP- love the directional lighting but clearly the light is not coming from camera position which was my point- not sure of your point.

  

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jrp Administrator JRP is one of the co-founders, has in-depth knowledge in various areas. Awarded for his contributions for the Resources Charter MemberTue 21-Jun-11 09:24 AM
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#63. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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I can have a flash on-camera of course, and either make it the main light, fill light, or just the triggering light, simply by replacing the SU-800 with a SB-900 or SB-800.
I must find time to make room for a complete article on this.

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#64. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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St Petersburg, RU
          

This is a good point JRP, I have not read of anyone using the LS off shoe but I just assumed that people did since I use it that way many times. To me it is simply a nice tool for generating a softer more diffused light source regardless of where it is mounted when studio type lighting is not available.
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BenW Registered since 12th Jan 2007Tue 17-May-11 01:36 AM
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#58. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Lansdale, US
          

I love my lightspheres. I originally bought the standard clear version, but it tends to fall off your flash if you point the flash head forward (or bump it). I picked up the collapsible version when 6 months ago and I use it all the time for family events. It provides great light when you are a reasonable distance from your subject (not too far). You also have to watch out for high ceilings and remember to either remove the dome or point the flash forward. Once your family has their fun teasing you about tupperware, they get used to it and you're "in-like-flint".
I'm a big fan. They're not for every situation, but they're well worth the money.

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#59. "RE: Gary Fong lightsphere, worth it?"
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Rocky Mount, US
          

Yeah, I still hear from my daughter who asks, " You paid What for a tupperware bowl?" But hey, she can't argue with the photos I take of her.

Thanks to all for the great replies. Glad I found this old thread. Amazing what search can do!

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