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Old Jul 28, 2007, 4:29 PM   #1
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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
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Old Aug 4, 2007, 3:55 PM   #2
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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 www.lightfuze.com Itmay be worth looking into.
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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.
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The Gary Fong LightSphere http://store.garyfonginc.com/liiido.html is quite good,
as it the Flip-It http://www.dembflashproducts.com/flipit/

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.

http://photojojo.com/uncut/2006/07/1...lash-diffuser/
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...ssage=14117352
http://www.flickr.com/photos/potatom...7594198483848/
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Old Aug 5, 2007, 8:14 AM   #5
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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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