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06/20/2006 07:33:21 PM · #176
Originally posted by TroyMosley:

a question for you guys, i have been shooting weddings almost every weekend for the past couple months, and have just been using the stofen,

but i want a gary fong

1. is it too big, does it get in the way, look bulky

2. where does it ship from, how long did it take to get yours

3. did you have to buy anything extra for it, does it come wiht everything you need ot start using it, the little forward cap that you put over the top, is that inclued,


I love my sphere. I use it at weddings and it certainly opens a few eyes. But to answer your questions -

1 - It is too big. But I find that useful...people tend to step out of your way or they get knocked with it. And that means that you have more room to move...more light on your subjects and no people pushing in.

2 - I got mine from Australia....they were out of stock and predicted 3 weeks...I got mine in a week. I live in Australia though.

3 - The top part comes separate but I bought them as a joint purchase....nothing else came with it. I put it on the flash and away I went. Simple.

I hope that helps.
06/20/2006 08:31:22 PM · #177
Judi just wondering if you looked close to the bottom of that page even though I think 1 week is quick.

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Message edited by author 2006-06-20 20:38:13.
06/20/2006 08:36:19 PM · #178
Originally posted by rex:

Jusi just wondering if you looked close to the bottom of that page even though I think 1 week is quick.


Hmmm...Jusi??? Hmm...will check with hubby on that one...lmao!!
06/20/2006 08:38:41 PM · #179
corrected sorry. I must have been looking at some of your photos>

;-)
06/20/2006 08:40:52 PM · #180
LOL A freudian typo!

:-P
06/21/2006 01:46:16 PM · #181
Originally posted by TroyMosley:

a question for you guys, i have been shooting weddings almost every weekend for the past couple months, and have just been using the stofen,

but i want a gary fong

1. is it too big, does it get in the way, look bulky

2. where does it ship from, how long did it take to get yours

3. did you have to buy anything extra for it, does it come wiht everything you need ot start using it, the little forward cap that you put over the top, is that inclued,

1. If you're charging for a wedding, sometimes people will see the big, bulky dorky looking things as being more "pro". (not just the lightsphere, but flash brackets, big cameras, battery grips and lenses,etc). Sometimes this perception helps--people will assume any slight mistake is an intentional move to make the photo more "artistic" or whatever.

2. I forget the ship time, but at one point Gary Fong was selling them faster than he could pull them off the molds; delivery time may be quicker now.

3. Came with the cap, but check the order form--it should state that.

06/21/2006 09:34:59 PM · #182
I ordered one about a month ago and I believe it only took 4-5 days. And that was from CA to IA, I thought that was pretty good. My only issue is that sometimes my flash doesn't want to stay at an angle with the lightsphere on,,,it is too heavy I think. But the results were good.
06/26/2006 10:53:21 AM · #183
I really need to get one of these...
06/26/2006 06:50:51 PM · #184
I finally got mine, slow shipping compared to dealing with some of the other retailers I have dealt with. However the wait was worth it, this thing vertainly does what is says. Although it is a bit tight to get on the Sigma flash. I do love the results though.

MattO
06/26/2006 07:00:43 PM · #185
Originally posted by MattO:

I finally got mine, slow shipping compared to dealing with some of the other retailers I have dealt with. However the wait was worth it, this thing vertainly does what is says. Although it is a bit tight to get on the Sigma flash. I do love the results though.

MattO


Yeah it's a bitch to get on my sigma too....do you have the little square diffuser for the sigma? If you have that on it's much easier to slip the lightsphere on over that and still works great.

06/28/2006 12:15:24 AM · #186
Originally posted by colyla:

Originally posted by MattO:

I finally got mine, slow shipping compared to dealing with some of the other retailers I have dealt with. However the wait was worth it, this thing vertainly does what is says. Although it is a bit tight to get on the Sigma flash. I do love the results though.

MattO


Yeah it's a bitch to get on my sigma too....do you have the little square diffuser for the sigma? If you have that on it's much easier to slip the lightsphere on over that and still works great.


Ummm no I dont have the little square diffuser. Where did you get it? I have put the lightsphere on the flash and am leaving it there for the next 3 days in hopes of stretching it a bit, I feel like I am going to break the dang flash just getting it on there. If that doesnt work, I may actually trim a little off the inside ridges to make it go on easier. I like the results very much, but man its tough to get on there, and I dont want to break the flash.

MattO
07/02/2006 06:57:55 PM · #187
i used mine for the first time last night, and its simply amazing,

i was like, dang, who turned on the lights

07/18/2006 03:57:00 PM · #188
Wow!! Just got mine (I thought shipping for me was fast -ordered it on the 12th and it got here today -18th). I can't believe the difference and I've only taken a few shots!!! Definitely a good purchase!!!!
07/18/2006 04:37:52 PM · #189
el cheapo homemade version...
DIY
07/18/2006 04:39:43 PM · #190
Originally posted by Pug-H:

el cheapo homemade version...
DIY


yea, and never have a customer take you seriously again...

Message edited by author 2006-07-18 16:40:10.
07/18/2006 04:53:37 PM · #191
Fellow photographers might take your seriously with a Fong Lightsphere but I've yet to find a customer who hasn't cracked a joke about it. One wedding reception had the suggestions that I use it for chips and dip (it does look disturbingly like a $70 peice of tupperware), the thoughts of my fellow college students immediately went to using it as a beer conveyance, I have had friends use it as a chin-rest when they had my camera around their neck, and the rest simply have given sideways glances, giggles, and the occasional "what the heck?".

Of course they all love the results of it, but that doesn't change the fact that, if we're simply going by looks, it might as well be a Ramen noodles bowl in the eyes of 90% of the non-photog population.

Message edited by author 2006-07-18 17:42:33.
07/18/2006 05:30:36 PM · #192
Yeah it does look very funny, but the quality it produces is well worth it. I ordered one for my 430EX and it is scheduled to arrive in the mail tomorrow!
07/21/2006 09:49:22 PM · #193
does anyone have the sigma EF-500 Flash and if so which lightsphere by Gary Fong will fit my flash? I am not sure which will fit. By the way I just made the homemade version and it works great. I still want to buy the lightsphere though.

Thanks for the help if anyone can tell me which size to buy.
07/21/2006 10:07:18 PM · #194
Originally posted by digitalpins:

does anyone have the sigma EF-500 Flash and if so which lightsphere by Gary Fong will fit my flash? I am not sure which will fit. By the way I just made the homemade version and it works great. I still want to buy the lightsphere though.

Thanks for the help if anyone can tell me which size to buy.


There is a chart on the Gary Fong Website that tells you which sizes fit which flash models.
07/21/2006 10:21:22 PM · #195
Originally posted by cfischl:



There is a chart on the Gary Fong Website that tells you which sizes fit which flash models.


thank you cfischl I did look their and did not see my flash listed so I took the measurments and not sure what will fit my flash, wanted to know if anyone here has the EF-500 and which did they get.

Thanks alot though

Message edited by author 2006-07-21 22:21:45.
07/21/2006 10:34:00 PM · #196
Originally posted by digitalpins:

does anyone have the sigma EF-500 Flash and if so which lightsphere by Gary Fong will fit my flash? I am not sure which will fit. By the way I just made the homemade version and it works great. I still want to buy the lightsphere though.

Thanks for the help if anyone can tell me which size to buy.

I just bought the Sigma EF 500 Super flash and I got the P3 model of the Lightsphere. It's a bit of a tight fit, but if you watch the DVD that comes with the Lightsphere, there's a bit of a trick to get it on. I have no worries about it falling off the flash prematurely.
07/21/2006 10:35:06 PM · #197
sweet thanks alot, I;m gonna order that one then
12/07/2006 05:21:56 PM · #198
How many of you actually had the Sto-Fen Omnibounce went ahead and got the Lightsphere and prefer the Lightsphere?? I wanted the Lightsphere and the hubby got me the Omnibounce instead as the Camera store told him they didn't have the Lightsphere. (He didn't realise you could only order it through the G. Fong website, I would have told him had I known he was going to buy one)

I have the SB 600 Flash and have been trying it out but unless I experiment more with compensation etc..I have a sneaky feeling the Lightsphere is better? Am I wrong? Thanks for your answers.


Message edited by author 2006-12-07 17:27:55.
12/07/2006 05:28:15 PM · #199
Originally posted by ShorterThanJesus:

Fellow photographers might take your seriously with a Fong Lightsphere but I've yet to find a customer who hasn't cracked a joke about it. One wedding reception had the suggestions that I use it for chips and dip (it does look disturbingly like a $70 peice of tupperware), the thoughts of my fellow college students immediately went to using it as a beer conveyance, I have had friends use it as a chin-rest when they had my camera around their neck, and the rest simply have given sideways glances, giggles, and the occasional "what the heck?".

Of course they all love the results of it, but that doesn't change the fact that, if we're simply going by looks, it might as well be a Ramen noodles bowl in the eyes of 90% of the non-photog population.


I got my first comment about it last week. I was asked something like "Is that an official piece of camera equipment you have on your flash there?"

I can breath easier now that I've been initiated.
12/07/2006 05:57:20 PM · #200
Originally posted by heatherd:

How many of you actually had the Sto-Fen Omnibounce went ahead and got the Lightsphere and prefer the Lightsphere?? I wanted the Lightsphere and the hubby got me the Omnibounce instead as the Camera store told him they didn't have the Lightsphere. (He didn't realise you could only order it through the G. Fong website, I would have told him had I known he was going to buy one)

I have the SB 600 Flash and have been trying it out but unless I experiment more with compensation etc..I have a sneaky feeling the Lightsphere is better? Am I wrong? Thanks for your answers.


I have seen side by side comparisons and the Lightsphere is considerably better from those examples...
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