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anonymous 
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Lightsphere II by Gary Fong


What are peoples opinions of this product?

Are there other products out there that don't have so much "bad press" and do a similar thing. I don't have a diffuser for my camera yet, and I am on the hunt....


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8/2/2005 7:58:51 PM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
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  I use the Lumiquest Mini Softbox and I really like it. The thing I like most about it is that you still aim the flash at the subject, not up. Aiming at the subject allows you to use the full capabilities of the E-TTL flash metering. You can't do that when you aim the flash up.

It's also very cheap (US$19.95 at B+H), attaches easily with velcro, and folds up flat. I keep it in the same pouch as my flash.


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8/2/2005 8:07:56 PM

 
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  Thanks Chris


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8/2/2005 9:06:46 PM

 
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  What is B+H?


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8/3/2005 12:42:11 AM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
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  Sorry Natalie. www.bhphotovideo.com

One of the best sources for gear here in the states. They do ship down under, but it would be expensive. Hopefully you can find it locally.


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8/3/2005 4:00:43 AM

 
Jon Close
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  The Lumiquest line of colapsable diffusers/bouncers is good and very popular. Another that is similar to the Lightsphere - but smaller - is the Sto-Fen Omnibounce. Often see this being used by photojournalists.

I'm curious, Natalie, what "bad press" have you seen about the Lightsphere II?


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8/3/2005 5:40:31 AM

 
Jon Close
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  P.S. All such products make the speedlight fire at higher output levels to compensate for the light lost to the diffuser. This results in longer cycle times and greater battery drain. Not particularly a problem in most cases, but if you're shooting a wedding or similar situation where you're firing the flash often over an extended period, an accessory power pack for the speedlight is recommended.


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8/3/2005 5:46:25 AM

 

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8/3/2005 7:52:10 AM

 

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  Chris, I aim my flash up all the time to bounce it off the ceiling, is that wrong?


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8/3/2005 7:57:56 AM

 
Jon Close
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  It's not "wrong" to bounce flash with E-TTL. It works very well in that mode.

With the head angled for bounce flash the focused distance information from the lens is not relevant and so is not used in the exposure calculation by E-TTL II bodies.


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8/3/2005 8:10:46 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Mark, as Jon said, it is not "wrong" to bounch your flash most of the time but there are times when it is. If the ceiling is too hogh, you won't get enough light. If the ceiling is not white, you will get a color cast from the color of the ceiling. If the ceiling is sloped, you will get uneven lighting. Also, bounced lighting can sometimes cause shadows under the eyes. Even though I use a softbox, there are times when I do take it off and bounce the flash since it does, under the correct conditions, give a more even lighting.


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