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Denise A. Zabor
 

Gary Fong Lightsphere


I have a Canon 20d and am purchasing the 580 ex II speedlight. I have seen several wedding photographers who use Gary Fong's lightsphere for almost all their flash work with wonderful results. Any one out there use this product? Any feed back would be helpful.
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4/30/2007 10:08:48 AM

 
W.   
Gary Fong's Lightspheres provide very nice, soft, diffused light.

There is a trade-off, though: it cuts your flash' range by 2/3rds and you can only get shallow DoF. Not deep.

Have fun!


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4/30/2007 11:42:15 AM

 
Bob Fately  
 
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Actualy, Denise, I think the Lightsphere is the best light diffuser on the market - better than the Sto-Fen and Lumiquests I had, plus it eliminates the need to use a flash bracket. I'm even considering getting his new Whale-tail, which looks to be another improvement (though the flexibility of the Lightsphere is nice for transport purposes).

I'm attaching a shot I took last week of a local womens' b-ball team - this was outside, ISO800 (I was indoors using available light so that's the setting I had). As you can see, it allowed for pretty even illumination across the group, at a distance of from about 8 to 14 feet. This was with a D200, 17-35 f2.8, SB800. Obviously, I post-procesed it to reduce the size, so it's pixellated, but the point is to show you the lighting - hope this helps.


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4/30/2007 3:10:08 PM

 
Bob Fately   Oh, Denise - and the back wall was about 20 feet away, come to think of it. Again, the lighting is very nice and even, IMHO.


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4/30/2007 3:16:54 PM

 
John Rhodes
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/24/2005
  To all, I have been using the GF "Cloud" lightsphere for a few weeks and like it alot.

My question: would there be an advantage, i.e. longer reach with the light, with the clear lightsphere? Is there a reason to have both in the bag?

I do like that the light source is higher by a few inches with the lightsphere than with the Sto-Fen. I will say, however, I get good results when I use the Sto-fen (when I don't have the GF Cloud with me).

John


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4/30/2007 7:20:56 PM

 
Peggy J. Maguire
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/23/2005
  Denise,I have the clear version and I think it's fantastic,well worth the money....


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4/30/2007 9:04:02 PM

 
Denise A. Zabor   Thank you all for your feed back. Great basketball picture Bob! I guess I'll have to make this item my next purchase. If anyone uses the Canon 580ex what is the smallest apature you can shoot at with that flash. I heard you lose several stops which only allows you to shoot at no mome than F4. Is this true. If so this could be a problem with depth of field for large groups.
Thanks again I appreciate your help!


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4/30/2007 9:11:11 PM

 
Denise A. Zabor   Sorry about the typo's. I must cut my nails. (aperature)(more)


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4/30/2007 9:22:50 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  Anything clear versus a translucent version will just let more light through.
You'll have the same aperture measured at a further distance from you.


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4/30/2007 11:25:08 PM

 
dennis w. mcclain   before u buy. check out the wale tail, by gary fong. looks impressive


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5/6/2007 11:51:34 AM

 
W.   
Bob,

in that hoopsters photo you posted I see a strong light fall-off between the front and second rows. There is well over a stop difference!

Some people here may consider that "even lighting", but then I suggest they get their eyesight checked, because my clients would never accept (read: pay for) a photo like that!

Good luck!


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5/8/2007 3:55:45 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  Yes, the high end women's recreational basketball league clientele is more discerning about things like that.


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5/8/2007 4:03:15 AM

 
W.   
I didn't know that, Greg, but apparently you do!
Not everybody can boast they have a high end women's recreational basketball league team as clientele.
Wow.
I guess...

However, the high end recreational sports PRESS does NOT accept photos like that!


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5/8/2007 4:30:40 AM

 
Bob Fately   Golly, boys, yer just do funny 'n all...!

Now let's get back to the original point. I didn't put the shot up to show off its sale-worthiness, but rather to show what the Lightsphere can do. This shot was taken with the flash directly on camera - no bracket, no second light, etc.

W. you clever boy, OF COURSE there's light fall off to the second row - that's physics. Glad you noticed. Did you also notice the lack of harsh shadows around the faces - again, no fill light used here. And notice the lack of hard shadows behind the women on the wall.

So, to reiterate - the Lightsphere is quite good IMHO when it comes to DIFFUSING light. It does not, sadly, make light where there is none nor does it break the inverse square law of physics. So to get a well lit shot of this group would naturally take more than a single flash unit anyway. But this thread was about the Lightsphere and its efficacy in diffusing light.


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5/8/2007 10:30:45 AM

 
dennis w. mcclain   easy Imus


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5/8/2007 11:47:13 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  Actually the way it works, there is fill light. Light off the ceiling and the white plastic bouncing light forward. But that's all efficaceicious.


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5/8/2007 11:29:35 PM

 
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