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Old Jan 20, 2011, 12:37 PM   #11
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I've heard that complaint as well - I'm guessing the underlying assumption is that the flash will fire at a higher power as compared to other diffusers, draining the battery faster.

Thanks all for those links - looks like the lightsphere is the real deal.
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Old Jan 20, 2011, 2:39 PM   #12
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- looks like the lightsphere is the real deal.
I think it's a great tool, however I've also made my own diffusers in the past that worked well too; also much cheaper.

I guess my only complaint about the lightsphere is its size, however it hasn't really caused any real problems. It just looks huge, LOL.

Plus, Gary has several adapters and accessories for the collapsible model, which are pretty cool and useful IMHO.

Good luck either way. While I don't want to take away from the lightsphere, maybe you could try one of the DIY units first, before you spent a great deal on another setup.

I personally used this guide for my first DIY: http://www.qhphotography.com/Blog/DI...-like-diffuser
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Old Jan 20, 2011, 3:34 PM   #13
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I bought a cheap collapsible softbox from Hong Kong off of Ebay for ~$4. It seems to do pretty well but I haven't done any objective comparisons. Just got it.

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Brad-

Thanks for posting. It would be interesting to see a photo of new collapsible soft box. Tell us the dimensions of this new unit, and can we see some photo samples when using the unit. Thanks in advance for your efforts.

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Old Jan 20, 2011, 9:23 PM   #15
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Sarah,

I will try to do that when I have the time. Time is hard to come by in my house these days with the kids and all but I will try.

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Old Jan 21, 2011, 5:40 AM   #16
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Thank you so very much, Brad-

We do understand your time constraints. I asked, because it is by sharing information, that more folks can learn and improve. Thanks in advance for your efforts.

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Sarah -

I'm interested in seeing some comparo shots myself so I'll definitely get it done at some point!

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Old Jan 21, 2011, 9:54 AM   #18
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I bought the Lightsphere non-collapsible and who-ever said if you don't take it with you, it won't work is so right. My bag is full already. I almost never bring this with me. I like the way it works tho. Some might think that the batteries get used up faster as the flash will need put out more output as some is being lost in the diffuser. i have shot 200 images at a time with one set of batteries. so i don't see this an something to worry about.
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I bought the Lightsphere non-collapsible and who-ever said if you don't take it with you, it won't work is so right. My bag is full already. I almost never bring this with me.
... My Lightsphere actually has a permanent place in the basement


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I'm interested in seeing some comparo shots myself so I'll definitely get it done at some point!
There's already a comparison on the web: http://www.pbase.com/lensman99/lightsphere_ii
... and also lots of users who have both: http://photography-on-the.net/forum/...d.php?t=769229

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Thanks for mentioning the Lumiquest Pro Max System, NHL-

It surely does appear to be more convenient than Gary Fong's Light Sphere.

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