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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

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Lightweight (33),Easy to use (24),Reliable (21),Strong construction (14),Packs small / compresses (5),Softens light (5),Durable (4),Consistent output (3),Versatile (3)
Cons:
Heavy / bulky (24),Poor quality (3),Unreliable (3)
Best Uses:
Family photos (20),Weddings (20),Portraits (5),Close -ups (4),Fill flash (3),General purpose (3),Lighting (3),Outdoor events / games (3),Wedding/event photography (3),Wildlife photos (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (14),Photo enthusiast (8),Pro photographer (6),Enthusiast (5),Casual photographer (4)

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.2

(based on 41 reviews)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Well pleased

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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good overall light

I got this item to bounce overall light from my 430 EX11 for a marathon shoot with pets to avoid startling the pet and also to avoid the "demon eyes" the often occurs when photographing animals with flash- and it worked just fine.

Reviewed by 41 customers

 
5.0

EXCELLENT product.

By

from Tampa. FL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Very helpful in eliminating harsh shadows accompanying many situations both indoors & out when using on-camera accessory Flash attachments.

 
4.0

Works VERY WELL!

By

from Tucson, Az  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.

 
5.0

Excellent light quality!

By

from Rancho Cordova  -  Pro Photographer

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.

 
5.0

Great Light Modifier

By

from Houston, TX  -  Casual Photographer

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.

 
4.0

Worth the money

By

from las vegas nv  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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.

 
5.0

a great product

By

from chicago, il  -  Photo Enthusiast

I am happy with this purchase

 
4.0

Fong Lightsphere provides a soft light

By

from Connecticut  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.

 
5.0

Great diffuser

By

from Tucson, AZ  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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!

 
5.0

This Is The Answer.

By

from Whitestone, NY  -  Pro Photographer

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.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gary Fong Lightsphere

By

from Rochester Hills, Michigan  -  Casual Photographer

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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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
DAVID B  I chose this because I wanted the freedom of using a bounce flash where there was no ceiling at the right height.
Shopper  Will it work with a Nikon SB-910 speedlight? and is it recommended for outside photos?
RICHARD T T  Google Gary Fong. His website answers a lot.
ALICE W  WILL THIS FIT ON THE CANON 580 EXII?
SALLY V  The one I got was for the SB-800 and thought it would fit the SB-900 and found it was to small then found out there is one for the SB-900. I think you can look at Adorama and search screen for the specific flash you want it to fit. If nothing else call and ask a salesperson and they can help
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