The Lightsphere Universal flash diffuser from Gary Fong delivers amazing light from your on-camera flash. You no longer need bulky flash brackets or umbrellas to enjoy incredibly soft, studio-quality lighting! If you've used the original Lightsphere or Lightsphere®-II, you'll find the Lightsphere Universal creates the same great soft portrait light that you love NOW with the addition of an innovative, patent-pending mount that is GUARANTEED to stay on!
Simple and compact, yet incredibly effective, the Lightsphere® Universal is sureto be one of the "must have" accessories in your gear bag. It will transform theway you use your on-camera flash. The Lightsphere® Universal accepts existing Lightsphere® accessory domes the AmberDome and the ChromeDome - for even greater functionality.
The Lightsphere® Universal is available in two models - CLOUD and CLEAR. Both deliver incredibly flattering light. The CLOUD model is slightly softer and warmer perfect for close-up portraits. The CLEAR model gives you flattering light at a greater working distance
Most Liked Positive Review
First use was with flash on-camera (I'm still a rookie). Eliminated harsh light; gave a softer effect. I have attached two photos from that first time use, which was also the first time I used my DSLR.
Most Liked Negative Review
Epic Fail for SB-900
The GF "Universal" Lightsphere broke when placed for the 3rd time on my SB-900. The system, which tries (and fails in my experience) to accommodate flashes of very different sizes using rubber bands and velcro _fails_ on the large Nikon SB-900. I tried to fit it tightly and it just shattered. No excessive pressure, nothing. Broken. In my opinion it is _not_ compatible with the SB-900, claims to the contrary by Gary Fong not withstanding. I have no idea how well it works on smaller flas...View full Review
The GF "Universal" Lightsphere broke when placed for the 3rd time on my SB-900. The system, which tries (and fails in my experience) to accommodate flashes of very different sizes using rubber bands and velcro _fails_ on the large Nikon SB-900. I tried to fit it tightly and it just shattered. No excessive pressure, nothing. Broken. In my opinion it is _not_ compatible with the SB-900, claims to the contrary by Gary Fong not withstanding. I have no idea how well it works on smaller flash heads, or the smallest ones where I might be concerned about the security of the rubber band+velcro system for securing the supposedly universal device. With that said, the two times I did use it before it broke I was pleased with the images compared to bounce+flash-card, especially in portrait mode. The direct light is good and the bounce + fill works well. The theory is good. In my experience the implementation is not adequate for serious work. If you can (somehow) baby your gear in the field, the Gary Fong lightsphere might give you good results. That isn't me; I need to rely on my equipment and the universal ligthsphere fails badly with my SB-900 set. Even still, there is a gap that lets unmodified flash through to the subject. Not cool. I will either go back to card+bounce, try the Honl modifiers or something else. For me, the Gary Fong "Univeral" lightsphere is an Epic Fail.
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Very helpful in eliminating harsh shadows accompanying many situations both indoors & out when using on-camera accessory Flash attachments.
This "universal cloud" is almost too big for the Panasonic flash the folks at Adorama told me it would fit. Oh, it fits, it's just so darn BIG you really have to pull tight on the strap to close the "mount mouth" so there is friction between the dome and the flash. That's all that holds the Fong Lightsphere like this on your flash head, friction! This is a perfect fit for a bigger Nikon SB-900 or maybe even the SB-910 flash. I haven't tried to mount it on Canon gear, don't own any. I would have given it a 5 Star except it's too big for the Panny flash.
Lightsphere Universal works very for shooting portraits on location up close. Gives very soft light. No hotspots like some other diffusers. Love that it will accommodate large speedlites like the SB900 or SB910. Velcro strap will hold it on the flash with a firm grip but I wouldn't try dangling my camera while holding the Lightsphere like Gary Fong demonstrates in his video. Only he could chance that and afford to replace it if the velcro strap happened to be a little less secure from not cinching it down enough. At least I know it won't fall off while shooting an event or portraits. Yes it's bulky but ten years from now it will still be useable due to its strong construction. Unlike some light modifiers that almost look disposable.
This is great for event photography, especially with larger crowds. It's not easy to pack in smaller camera bags, but that is not a problem for most and shouldn't deter you from using this product. Take this to your next concert or dance club for great shots of the crowd.
The most useful side of this product is for taking close range photographs, which help diffuse the light and prevents the hard light on clients faces. the removable top of the lightsphere help in situations where the ceiling is tall and doesn't allow the light to bounce off. Just be very careful with the top to snap in really well every time you use, as it has been my experience that when you are in the quick action you may not adjust it well and fall. Product with out the removable top is worthless.
I am happy with this purchase
Provides a very soft, even light. Not what I would use for portraiture but for general interest people photos or small groups it is a functional alternative to "raw" flash. A little bulky when attached to the camera, takes up a fair amount of space in the camera bag and people give you some questioning looks when you're using it. Small price to pay for the end result.
Love this product. I do a lot of portrait, engagement and lifestyle photography and this has completely changed the outcome of my photos. It's a great fill flash that evens out harsh shadows beautifully. Has been a big help. Unfortunately you look a little silly with this huge thing that looks like a plastic cup on top of your flash, however it is much sturdier than a plastic cup and much more useful too!
As a photo-journalist and related work, my business is shooting people. Shooting with a powerful flash sometimes means harsh shadows and other undesirable results. The Gary Fong Lightsphere is studio quality lighting on the fly. I've been a shooter for more than twenty years and not easily impressed, but this has become my "go to" system when I want the best results from flash photography. I keep it with me at all times.
I just purchased it and used it for all of the wedding photos I took at my nieces wedding,, the pictures were flawless It does exactly what it should, not blasting the peoples faces It gives a natural lighting illuminating the area as it says it does While allowing the natural lighting of the room to not be altered I love it I just wish the universal mount came in the collapsable version for easier storage.
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