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William Symonds Registered since 22nd Jan 2007Thu 20-Dec-12 09:38 AM
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"Fong Dome will not fit SB900 - is it time for the knife?"
Thu 20-Dec-12 09:50 AM by William Symonds

Bogor, ID
          

Santa just bought a mint SB900 for just over 200 bucks. a friend picked up an identical twin. It seems that we have terrific bargains thanks to some more misguided soul trading the strobes plus D800, D600, three pro 1.4 G lenses and MBs all seemingly in unused condition, all on a mission to the dark side.

Santa also picked up the MBD14 . Sadly the 24mm f/1.4 and 35mm f/1.4 did not get financial approval from local Santa Claus management, and I have a 85mm f/1.4.

So, come next week I will be very happy as my SB800 is getting old and the terminals are crusty, and I like the SB900 buttons and interface, and now I have a two flashes and can do some more creative lighting.

the SB900 will become my goto everyday strobe. Trouble is my Fong Dome, which is a snug fit with the SB800, will not fit the SB900, and I am reluctant to buy another overpricedcpiece of plastic. I am thinking I could cut it to fit, but it may eventually wreck the dome, and it may be better to keep it for the SB800. Has anyone had any joy or otherwise in applying surgery to fix this problem?

Thanks and Happy Xmas to all those celebrating, and happy 2013 to everyone....

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gbowen Gold Member Nikonian since 31st Mar 2011Thu 20-Dec-12 01:04 PM
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#1. "RE: Fong Dome will not fit SB900 - is it time for the knife?"
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Thu 20-Dec-12 01:05 PM by gbowen

Canton, US
          

Hmm, did Santa look a bit like Darth Vader??

I liken the head of my SB-900 to that of a T-Rex dinosaur lol.
By the way, great deal on the flash. I got mine last year for considerably less than new, not as good a deal as you got. Anyway, I pretty much use mine in my Alzo softbox. I tried the lightsphere on it as well, and decided my SB-700 was a better home for that.

I haven't checked their website to see if they offer a size to fit the 900 or not. I will do that later I guess. Got me curious. But then, that's me.


Curious

George

  

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mklass Platinum Member As a semi-professional involved in all manner of photographic genres including portraiture, sports, commercial, and events coverage, Mick is always ready to help Nikonians by sharing his deep knowledge of photography and printing. Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006Thu 20-Dec-12 01:18 PM
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#2. "RE: Fong Dome will not fit SB900 - is it time for the knife?"
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Tacoma, US
          

My Light Sphere collapsible fits fine on my SB-900, but it is very tight. To mount it I put it upside down on a hard surface, and push the SB_900 onto it from above, rocking it back and forth until it is properly seated.

That may or may not work, if you have the non-collapsible model.

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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 21-Dec-12 05:42 AM
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#3. "RE: Fong Dome will not fit SB900 - is it time for the knife?"
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Fri 21-Dec-12 05:06 PM by jrp

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Yes, the Collapsible is a bit uneasy to mount on a SB-900, yet it remains the most easy to pack light diffuser of the Gary Fong Series.
It really fits very well, once completely on.

I hold the SB-900 in my left hand and then mount the Collapsible with my right hand from the top,
First one extreme then the other, and then make sure the sides are all in and even.

This is how the Gary Fong Collapsible Clear Lightsphere fits on the SB-900:



One has to remember that there were many complaints about the previous version falling off at the drop of a hat and this was Gary's reply to the market request.

An intermediate solution is the Universal, with a surrounding strap which for me works better than any other.

Here the Collapsible Clear and the Universal Cloud, side by side:




In any event, they both work very well in terms of bouncing the light from all surrounding walls and ceiling, producing a very pleasant light and no shadows.

Here an example from this evening:

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#4. "RE: Fong Dome will not fit SB900 - is it time for the knife?"
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El Segundo (Los Angeles), US
          

Hi Ramon.

Beautiful shot. Beautiful light.

JIM

  

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FredB D3 Silver Member Nikonian since 26th Jun 2008Fri 21-Dec-12 05:55 PM
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#5. "RE: Fong Dome will not fit SB900 - is it time for the knife?"
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Potomac, US
          

Very nice shot, Ramon.

On a related note: I cannot find any information on which way to orient the dome - hollow (concave) side facing in (towards the flash) or out? Or does it depend, and what are the different results?

Thanks to anyone who can provide guidance.

Fred
Maryland, USA

  

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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 21-Dec-12 07:11 PM
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#6. "RE: Fong Dome will not fit SB900 - is it time for the knife?"
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Fri 21-Dec-12 07:15 PM by jrp

San Pedro Garza García, MX
          

Thank you, Jim,
Thank you, Fred,

I have a Universal/Collapsible review due for long. I'll fix that this weekend.
In there I explain the use of the dome.
It is for close-ups, sending some additional light downwards.
When under low ceilings I just don't feel the need of the dome as shown in the sample image above.

The collapsible model allows for the dome to be 'looking' with its concave side up or down.
Up is for medium range images, down is for really close close-ups.
The difference is subtle for low ceilings, less subtle for taller ceilings.
I'll have some sample images there.

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#7. "RE: Fong Dome will not fit SB900 - is it time for the knife?"
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Potomac, US
          

Thank you, Ramon. Really useful information! I will use the diffuser (collapsible) at a Christmas party (in a home, low ceilings), and the pics will be will be mostly medium range, so I might not use the dome at all. I'll try to experiment a bit before Christmas. I could not find the info in a Google search, and it was not apparent, to me anyway, in the instructions that came with the dome.

Fred
Maryland, USA

  

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William Symonds Registered since 22nd Jan 2007Fri 21-Dec-12 08:23 PM
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#8. "RE: Fong Dome will not fit SB900 - is it time for the knife?"
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Bogor, ID
          

What a charming shot.

Thanks for the various advice.

Sadly my model is the earlier original version and really cannot fit the D900. I cannot show this as the SB900 now sits beneath a tree. Am thinking I may try warm water and see if that helps but otherwise it may be time for a second dome.

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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 MemberSat 22-Dec-12 07:13 AM
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#9. "RE: Fong Dome will not fit SB900 - is it time for the knife?"
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Sat 22-Dec-12 07:14 AM by jrp

San Pedro Garza García, MX
          

Will,
If yours is the Lightsphere II, it needs to be the Size 2 (P2) to fit the SB-900.
The size 1 (P1) is the one that fits the SB-8090 and not the SB-900.

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William Symonds Registered since 22nd Jan 2007Sat 22-Dec-12 08:12 AM
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#10. "RE: Fong Dome will not fit SB900 - is it time for the knife?"
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Bogor, ID
          

JRP

yes it is a LightSphere II, and although the size is not on the unit, I can only presume it is a size 1.

Thanks

W i l l

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