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Old Nov 2, 2007, 8:40 PM   #1
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Has any one tried any of the Gary Fong flash accessories? Like the "Puffer", "Whaletail" or the "Light Sphere" (http://www.garyfong.com/). What are your experiences? Do they work?
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Old Nov 9, 2007, 8:59 AM   #2
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You may want to look at this thread Steve started last October concerning a Better Bounce Card. If you watch the videos by Peter Gregg that Steve posted a link to, you'll see the differences between some of these products discussed.

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=53

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I use the LightSphere and love it ... it is more convenient than the milk-jug diffusers I previously made myself, stores easily, and is over-priced ... you can get virtually identical ones from eBay now, for 1/3 the price.

However most other purchased diffusers are over priced for the amount of materials they use (just look at the Sto-Fen, for example).

But hey, the LightSphere works, and works well and yes, I would get another one if I needed to.

As for the other items you mention ... I found them too overpriced to justify the purchase and there are other ways to accomplish the same thing significantly cheaper (placing adisposable tissue over the pop up flash in a pinch, for example).
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Here's a product that I'm probably going to order for myself (which is a knockoff of some of the more expensive alternatives):

http://www.gadgetinfinity.com/produc...273&page=1

Scroll down on this page and you'll see some for other flash models:

http://www.gadgetinfinity.com/home.php?cat=273

Note that this Hong Kong based vendor has a good reputation.

You can also find them on Ebay (and some come with more dome colors, too).

I sometimes like to "drag the shutter" (and/or use wider apertures/higher ISO speeds) when shooting indoors with a flash to let more ambient light into an image.

But, when the flash is at one temperature (more closely matching daylight) and you have tungsten lighting at a different temperature (much warmer), that can create some color issues.

So, rather than use filters and gels, I'm thinking about trying a solution using an orange dome (so that the temperature of the light projected by the flash more closely matches incandescent).


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I think I'd start by trying Peter Gregg's "A Better Flash Card" idea. See how that goes. It's cheap. If you damage it or loose it you can make another for pocket change. Well almost.

In Peter's video clip he mentions "Rag Shops" to find "foam paper". What is a "Rag Shop"?

As for the Lightspere clone...I have friends in HK...So I could ask them to order one and ship it to me. Side-stepping import tax. And the pricey shipping costs of FedEx and other couriers like them. Though, it would be easier to just order a Gary Fong locally. As pricey as they are.

Hgernhardtjr,

Can you provide some sample pics? With/without. I've seen the sample pics on Gary's website but I'd like to see some real world samples too.

Thanks.
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Old Nov 10, 2007, 11:22 AM   #6
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Well, if I am going to take a photo with the Lightsphere, I generally do not do a matching one without. I either use it or not, based on experience using diffusers, so do not have any comparsion 2-shots.

I also tend to rarely post photos, so hope this one comes through.

Itis a candid (surprise snapshot as she was presented the bears) portrait shot last year in a poorly lit high-ceiling classroom under florescent bulbs and using the LightSphere. Other than shrinking it to post here and cropping it, this is straight out of the camera f2.2, 64 ISO, 14mm wide and quite close to the subject using a Sony F828 with the external Sony HVLF32X flashhotshoe mounted and using the Lightsphere.

Also, the gadgetinfinity knockoff was the ebay model I was referring to ... thanks Jim!


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Take a look at the "Flip-it" by Joe Demb

http://www.dembflashproducts.com/flipit/
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Old Nov 14, 2007, 4:53 PM   #8
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Take a look at the "Flip-it" by Joe Demb

http://www.dembflashproducts.com/flipit/
Thanks for the post. Have bookmarked it. But as I said I think I'm going to try the el cheapo method. Using photo printer paper. See how that goes. When I get my new DSLR system that is. Waiting on the Nikon D300 (maybe D3) test reports. Hopefully they will be on the market by the end of the month.


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