I was using Gary Fong Lightsphere Flash Diffuser for more than 5 years, starting from Gary Fong Lightsphere II, and Lightsphere Universal. The reason for using these diffuser for long time is because the light quality after using this is really great in terms of the shadow softness and even light distribution. However, there is a drawback for that, Lightsphere II is quite easy to be removed from the flash while movement & cannot fit into different flash model due to rigid size of the connector. For Lightsphere Universal, it is much better to adapter to my SB800 & SB900 with the same light sphere. However, the size is enlarged and not easy to be stored into my gear box.
Lately we received a testing unit called Lightsphere Collapsible. The quality of the light is not much different from previous version I would say. However, it is much easier to store and packed in smaller size to save my space in my bag. In addition, it can fit to both models of my flashes. In addition, there is one more way to place the top cover in both sides. So it can be convex or concave position when it is covered to fit different needs. The most important feature is that it is tightly attached to my flash. So it is not easy to drop off while working on the spots especially when I have my camera upside down attaching to belt.
I have two samples for testing the Lightsphere. The first one is birthday cake at a wedding ceremony for a couples of silver wedding anniversary. I tried to use Lightsphere Collapsible to do the shoot with my SB900 flash on my Nikon D3S camera hot-shoe. We cannot do the shoot with bounce because the room’s wall and ceiling are all in red colour. We can see the overall light quality of the cake is quite good and the highlight is easily to reveal and the colour is normal.
The last sample is photo for a corporate profile picture of which the requirement is to have a portrait of professional in lively, pleasure & nature atmosphere with nature light & supplementary lighting. As there are plenty of glass windows over the room, so it is not feasible to use studio lightbox or other modifier due to serious reflection. I was using two two flashes with two Lightsphere as main light & supplementary light, it really provides a very good light sources for this situation by solving the technical difficulty.