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(based on 23 ratings)
Brand: Gary Fong
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Gary Fong P1 Clear Lightsphere II Inverted Dome Flash Diffusion System.
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Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4 stars
(based on 23 reviews)
91% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Best Uses:
Fill flash(15), General purpose(8), Lighting(6), Night photography(6), Photography(5)
Pros:
Consistent output(6), Durable(10), Easily interchangeable(3), Easy to clean(4), Easy to use(7)
Cons:
Heavy / bulky(10)
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast(8), Professional(6), Semi-professional(6)
 
Would by more for my other flashes
By SallyVerified Purchaser from Staten Island, NY on 6/20/2010
Pros:
Durable, Easy To Use, Lightweight
Cons:
Bulky
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Gary Fong Gary Fong P1 Clear Lightsphere II Inverted Dome Flash Diffusion System.:

I like this diffuser because it's lightweight and flexible. It's easy to use, just place it on your flash and you are ready to go. I use this for events and location portraits. Great product!

 
Works well
By TomVerified Purchaser from Kansas on 1/25/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Lightweight, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Gary Fong Gary Fong P1 Clear Lightsphere II Inverted Dome Flash Diffusion System.:

Works extreamly well with low ceilings

 
Great diffuser
By ReflectVerified Purchaser from Perth, WA on 10/20/2009
Pros:
Durable, Easy To Use, Lightweight, Versatile
Cons:
Bulky
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Gary Fong Gary Fong P1 Clear Lightsphere II Inverted Dome Flash Diffusion System.:

This is a fantastic product that gives an even lighting as it spreads the light around quite nicely. The only cons that I can think of is it's price tag, there are other great products around such as the omnibounce or the lumiquest mini softbox or 80-20

 
Bounce is better, but when you can't...
By xilvar from san mateo on 6/23/2009
Cons:
Bulky, Inconsistent Output, Weak Output

Comments about Gary Fong Gary Fong P1 Clear Lightsphere II Inverted Dome Flash Diffusion System.:

Bounce flash is definitely better when circumstances allow. The problem with this thing is that its output and effective color temperature vary tremendously depending upon your exact surroundings. Nevertheless, if ceilings are too high, or are a crazy color, this is certainly better than direct flash.

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Gary Fong P1 Clear Lightsphere
By BobbeeVerified Purchaser from NYC on 5/4/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use
Cons:
Bulky, Heavy
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Gary Fong Gary Fong P1 Clear Lightsphere II Inverted Dome Flash Diffusion System.:

One of my issues is flash output. This takes difusing one step further.

 
noodle cup that does wonders...
By MichaelVerified Purchaser from United Arab Emirates on 2/21/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Versatile
Cons:
Bulky
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Gary Fong Gary Fong P1 Clear Lightsphere II Inverted Dome Flash Diffusion System.:

simplifies flash settings, i seldom worry about it. i just focus more on my shots and let the diffuser work wonders. i cant explain it but it works great. i cant complain, except for it being bulky.

 
Great and inexpensive flash diffusion
By BryanVerified Purchaser from Dawsonville, GA on 2/20/2009
Pros:
Durable, Easy To Use
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Gary Fong Gary Fong P1 Clear Lightsphere II Inverted Dome Flash Diffusion System.:

A great product you can use in lieu of a flash bracket. I have semi-retired my flash bracket now since I am using Gary Fong's lightsphere. It is so much easier to use than a rotating flash bracket. It gives off an even solf fill light during the day and a nice soft flash with no shadows when bounced off a wall or ceiling during portrait shooting.

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I deffinitely reccomend this
By RonVerified Purchaser from Ohio on 2/20/2009
Pros:
Easy To Use, Lightweight, Versatile
Cons:
Not Interchangeable
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Gary Fong Gary Fong P1 Clear Lightsphere II Inverted Dome Flash Diffusion System.:

Best bargain I've ever gotten

 
Worth the money!
By Light FiendVerified Purchaser from Scottsdale, AZ on 12/29/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Clean, Lightweight
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, Portraits, Wedding/Event Photography
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Gary Fong Gary Fong P1 Clear Lightsphere II Inverted Dome Flash Diffusion System.:

Softens - diffuses flash glare and hot spots. Great substitute for an umbrella or soft-box.

 
To much Bulk Not Enough Results
By TxKnVerified Purchaser from San Antonio, TX. on 9/4/2008
Pros:
Durable
Cons:
Heavy
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Gary Fong Gary Fong P1 Clear Lightsphere II Inverted Dome Flash Diffusion System.:

I really Don't see any improvement in photo quality over just using my Regular SB 600 Flash. It is very Heavy and if using 60* or 45* angle Flash has tendency to drop down to 90*

 
Nice - Not revolutionary
By Segway DaveVerified Purchaser from Houston, TX on 2/22/2008
Pros:
Durable, Lightweight
Cons:
Takes up a lot of space
Best Uses:
General Use
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Gary Fong Gary Fong P1 Clear Lightsphere II Inverted Dome Flash Diffusion System.:

It works - It works well. The thing is huge - it's the only downside but it's limited to practicality - not a functional limitation. When is use, it does what I bought it to do and it does it very well.

I just don't like having a tupperware bowl on my flash unit ;)

 
This is what I have been waiting for!
By F14tomcatVerified Purchaser from Fl on 2/21/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Easy To Clean, Lightweight
Cons:
Not compact
Best Uses:
General Use, Night Photography, Portraits, Sports Photography
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Gary Fong Gary Fong P1 Clear Lightsphere II Inverted Dome Flash Diffusion System.:

The Lightshpere works as describe. It was easy to use, gave me good lighting, and softened the light without any washout, over /under exposures. Needless to say, it does havfe limited range and is very dependance on the quality of your flash. I used a Nikon SB-600 and it work extremly well.

 
Good and Not-So-Good
By MikeVerified Purchaser from Peoria, IL. on 1/21/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Easy To Clean
Cons:
Needs a lot of power
Best Uses:
Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Gary Fong Gary Fong P1 Clear Lightsphere II Inverted Dome Flash Diffusion System.:

When shooting close, it gives a softer light than straight flash. For more distant shots, it helps to have light colored walls and ceilings to help bounce the light. At receptions, in large halls, I really prefer to use straight flash for any shots at 15 feet or more. Setting a higher ISO helps a bit. As Gary's video shows, it works much better than straight flash for portraits within a distance of 5-15 feet.

 
Overpriced
By MajiVerified Purchaser from Louisiana on 1/21/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Easy To Clean, Lightweight, Quiet
Best Uses:
General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Gary Fong Gary Fong P1 Clear Lightsphere II Inverted Dome Flash Diffusion System.:

It is a handy gadget to have in your camera bag, but I think it is too expensive. There are several do it yourself items similar to this on the internet which performs just as well. It does appear more professional than those DIY items.

 
Best On-Flash Diffuser!
By UBVerified Purchaser from Orange County, CA on 9/26/2007
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, Night Photography, Photojournalism
Pros:
Lightweight, Reliable, Softens Light, Strong Construction
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Gary Fong Gary Fong P1 Clear Lightsphere II Inverted Dome Flash Diffusion System.:

This is a very convenient on-flash diffuser. The internal inverted dome gives it great flexibility in use...especially when you tilt the camera into portrait. No need for a stroboframe. Goes on and comes off very fast.

 
I will buy one for each flash units
By T.B.Verified Purchaser from NASSAU. BAHAMAS on 8/5/2007
Best Uses:
Fill Flash
Pros:
Lightweight, Softens Light
Cons:
Dome falls out easily
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Gary Fong Gary Fong P1 Clear Lightsphere II Inverted Dome Flash Diffusion System.:

the lightsphere is lightweight & gives off studio like effect

 
Great addition
By dmcusmcVerified Reviewer from Binghamton, NY on 7/11/2007
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, Lighting, Photography, Photojournalism
Pros:
Convenient Interface, Lightweight, Reliable, Strong Construction
Cons:
Bulky
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Gary Fong Gary Fong P1 Clear Lightsphere II Inverted Dome Flash Diffusion System.:

Good addition for a speedlight, speads light out nicely. Very convienent, lights nicely. I use this and the cloud quite often. Gonna add another soon.

 
It need some improvement to help stay on
By DC AkowuaVerified Purchaser from Woodbridge, VA on 7/10/2007
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, Night Photography, Photojournalism
Pros:
Softens Light
Cons:
It does not stays on, Weak Construction
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Gary Fong Gary Fong P1 Clear Lightsphere II Inverted Dome Flash Diffusion System.:

Over all the product work as described.
It does not stay on when flash is tilted in the normal position. You have to tape it to the flash and that could be very annoying since you can't just take it off if you need to in a hurry.

 
great flash diffusor
By ChrisVerified Purchaser from Columbus, OH on 6/22/2007
Best Uses:
Lighting
Pros:
Lightweight, Softens Light, Strong Construction
Cons:
Bulky
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Gary Fong Gary Fong P1 Clear Lightsphere II Inverted Dome Flash Diffusion System.:

Never liked to use flash in the past because of the hard shadows. This flash diffusor works for me. It takes a lot of space in my bag but I am sure I would miss it if flash lighting is required and I had left it at home.

 
Nice Light!!
By SDBPhotos[...]Verified Reviewer from Silver Spring, Maryland on 5/21/2007
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, Lighting, Photography, Photojournalism, Wedding Photography
Pros:
Convenient Interface, Lightweight, Reliable, Softens Light
Cons:
Bulky
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Gary Fong Gary Fong P1 Clear Lightsphere II Inverted Dome Flash Diffusion System.:

Great Scots I think I found it!
I have the cloud and I must say I prefer the clear. Images were brighter and had more pop!
This is the best for indoor use. I would go with the cloud for outdoor use especially if shooting in the sun at a white wedding dress!!
I have all three Gary Fong diffusers (whale tail, cloud, clear) and this one might be my favorite!

 
I like it.
By Bumble BoyVerified Purchaser from Chilliwack, B.C., Canada on 5/9/2007
Best Uses:
Insect photography, Lighting, Photography
Pros:
Lightweight, Reliable, Softens Light, Strong Construction
Cons:
Very easy to knock off
Describe Yourself:
Semi-professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Gary Fong Gary Fong P1 Clear Lightsphere II Inverted Dome Flash Diffusion System.:

I need a flash for macro photography of insects, but I only need enough flash to show bady parts without over lighting the bugs. This product works great for that. It clearly shows the insect and makes plant foliage look nice and green. It really cuts down on the shine on the leaves.

 
it'sBig, but it Works...
By Warren in Hawaii...Verified Purchaser from Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii... on 3/30/2007
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, Lighting, Photography, Photojournalism
Pros:
Convenient Interface, Softens Light, Strong Construction
Cons:
Bulky, uses much flash power
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Gary Fong Gary Fong P1 Clear Lightsphere II Inverted Dome Flash Diffusion System.:

Well, it's big, but it does work. Stays on my Nikon SB600, but will get knocked off if bumped. This is a good thing, as you do not want your flash or hot shoe taken off instead. Reduces your flash distance in half. This is expected. Anything outdoors in the daylight at more than 20 feet, would not be effective. Also, works best with APS SLR sensor sizes at higher ISOs. The better the light sensitivity of the camera, the better...

 
"No More Velcro"
By F-FanMattVerified Purchaser from N.Colorado on 3/26/2007
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, Lighting, Photography
Pros:
Convenient Interface, Lightweight, Softens Light
Cons:
Unreliable Storage
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Gary Fong Gary Fong P1 Clear Lightsphere II Inverted Dome Flash Diffusion System.:

Great mount on my Nikon SB's. Great light out of an on camera flash diffuser. NO MORE BRACKETS!

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