Gary Fong P1 Clear Lightsphere II Inverted Dome Flash Diffusion System.
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Product Description

This is a flexible, totally CLEAR VINYL diffuser with an internal snap on dome. Designed to fit a select group of flashes (see list of flashes below) The inside of the Lightsphere is completely textured to make the light dispersion even more "soft" than it would be otherwise! Clear vinyl cuts down on light loss and also gives it a more sleek professional appearance while still delivering the soft diffuse light you demand. This version is designed for fast action, tight spaces and crowds. The new vinyl construction ensures a snug fit on a wide range of flash heads without the need for adaptors. Everything you asked for is finally here! The inverted dome allows you to softly diffuse direct light with a large, soft source without creating flare on the front of your lens. The P1 Lightsphere II fits the following flashes Canon 420EX Nikon SB-50DX,SB-80DX, SB-600, SB-800 Pentax 330FTZ, AF500FTZ Quantaray 6500A Sigma 420, 430 Sunpak 4000AF, 383 Achiever 260 thru 828 - TZ2 Digslave DFS-1 Vivitar 273, 2800, 550/560D, The LightSphere System is also available in non see through Cloud Version What are the differences between the Lightsphere CLEAR and CLOUD? Which one is better for my situation? Which Lightsphere is best for any given setting is as much a matter of photographer preference and loyalty as anything. Many pros carry both styles in their gear bag for varyi

Customer Reviews:
  • Easy and effective
    I've been using a Lightsphere for more than a year and it's an easy way to improve the quality of the light from flash. It's no replacement for off-camera flash, but works great for situations where you need to shoot with the flash on-camera.

    I use the Lightsphere primarily for fill flash outdoors using the clear dome and for casual pictures at parties with the Amberdome, which I recommend to match incandescent lighting. With the Amberdome, I get better results setting a custom white balance (take a flash pic of a gray card for the reference) than by using the camera's tungsten white balance. In my experience, the Amberdome is a bit cooler than tungsten lighting so correct color on your subject gives you a slightly warm background (which is better than the other way around).

    I should mention a few negatives about the Lightsphere. First, a catchlight will look like a trapezoid and thus a little strange. Second, the Lightsphere looks dorky on your camera. People who don't know you will timidly ask what it is. Your friends will tease you mercilessly....more info
  • It Performs As Advertised
    I consider myself a pretty tough grader and it isn't often that I give a product 5 stars. However, the Lightsphere deserves every one of them.

    Used within certain limits, the Lightsphere does indeed provide soft, even lighting from a basic on-camera flash. I use mine with a Nikon SB600 and couldn't be happier with it.

    There are models available for many different flashes so be sure to get the right one. There is also a universal model available that works very well if you have a variety of flashes. Check the Gary Fong website for more details and some demos.

    For many years I simply mounted my flash and bounced the light off the ceiling or nearby wall. For the most part the results that I got were pleasing. However, the Lightsphere takes the bounce approach a step further and ensures a softer, more diffuse light that makes portraits appear to have been shot with a much more sophisticated and larger lighting system.

    Oh, yeah. I did mention that the product must be used within certain limits, so let me explain.

    The most obvious limit is the flash unit itself. A more powerful flash will allow the shooter to use a smaller aperture to increase depth of field if desired. It will also allow for greater bounce distance (a high ceiling comes to mind) and the use of a lower ISO setting permits your camera to produce the highest (technical) quality images of which it is capable.

    One importatnt thing to bear in mind is that there is simply no way that a device the size of the Lightsphere can provide the same quality light as a softbox or umbrella. The laws of physics just don't work that way. The larger the light source (and the closer to the subject) the softer the light. Be that as it may, the Lightsphere does indeed soften and diffuse the light to give a decent imitation of a much larger light source.

    If you're finding that your flash shots, even bounced, are still a bit harsh, give this product a try. Chances are you'll never again shoot flash without it....more info
  • An excellent diffusion solution
    I first saw Gary's product in use by a fellow lensman and asked about it...
    he told me it was close to studio lighting and indeed it is. Thanks Gary! ...more info
  • It works ,but it has definite limitations
    It does give you nice soft light,but you need to be close to the subject. I found in fairly dark rooms that I had to crank the ISO up to 1600. This was with a slow(f3.5-5.6) zoom lens. Gary Fong is shooting with fast (85mm f1.4) lenes. I'm going to try it next with the 50mm f1.8. I think this might be the way to go. If you are close enough and your lens or ISO is fast enough the Lightsphere II works well. The light produced is nice soft diffuse light. If you work within its limits you'll like the results....more info
  • Closest Thing To Studio Lighting On The Go!
    It lives up to the hype.... it truly gives the closest thing to studio lighting with only your standard attached flash unit. I have a Nikon D200 and SB-800 flash, and my pictures are night-and-day better in comparison using the Lightsphere II than not having it before. No harsh flash output and no dark shadow effects under the eyes and neck. It just gives a pleasant soft lighting effect. Worth every penny of what Gary Fong is asking. Also, in case you're wondering, you do not need to change any flash or camera settings to use the LSII. No need to compensate by adding stops to your flash/camera exposure settings...just leave everything set to normal and the camera/flash system will compensate correctly (at least with the Nikon line, but I presume the same with Canon). I also recommend using the Inverted Dome attachment all the time, too....more info