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DMJJR Jul 28, 2007 5:29 PM

Just got back from a wedding-had (3) photographers-all were using the Gary Fong Lightspere. Anyone have any experience with this and is it any better than the usual diffusers, ie. Stofen, Ultimate, etc. Thanks

photobugin Aug 4, 2007 4:55 PM

Light modifyers and diffuserslike the LS Stofen tend to suck up the light. I ve found that if you have a good wall and ceiling near to bounce off its the best. I have been using Stofen for years and it is simple and works well but you must remove to it to bounce. I am looking atbuying a new diffuser made by Paramount. I am going to buy one to try out. go to Itmay be worth looking into.

DMJJR Aug 4, 2007 8:45 PM

This is my second experience with TTL-I have an Olympus C8080 with a FL-40.Works great-but not fast enough for weddings. No exposure situations at all-always dead on. Thought the Pentax combo would be the same thing-always looking for the silver bullet-based on what I have read I will have to do some more experimenting. Thanks for your input.

PeterP Aug 4, 2007 11:59 PM

The Gary Fong LightSphere is quite good,
as it the Flip-It

However they are not hard to DIY, lots of sites with how-to's as they all seem to be quite expensive for the small piece of shaped plastic that you get.
Stofens are about 35$cdn.

BillDrew Aug 5, 2007 9:14 AM

One issue to keep in mind with any of the bouncing, reflecting, diffusing, ... flash modifiers is that they loose a bunch of light. You need a more powerfull flash to use them, or you need to turn up the ISO.

I dislike flash for the harsh shadows - probably just haven't figured out how to use a flash well. My Stofen helps a lot, but doesn't always do as much as I would like.

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