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    Default what is the difference between Gary Fong's Lightsphere and Stofen Omnibounce

    What are the advantages and disadvantages of them?

    In what situation, Lightsphere is more suitable? and the same question for Stofen Omnibounce?

    Which one has less light loss and can achieve longer shooting distance?

    Thanks!
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    Default Re: what is the difference between Gary Fong's Lightsphere and Stofen Omnibounce

    Quote Originally Posted by freecloud
    What are the advantages and disadvantages of them?

    In what situation, Lightsphere is more suitable? and the same question for Stofen Omnibounce?

    Which one has less light loss and can achieve longer shooting distance?

    Thanks!
    I'm not very well versed in this but i think lightsphere is better in producing a more well-diffused light effect and able to spread out the light wider than omnibounce.

    Omnibounce is gd for just softening the intensity of the flash.

    In fact i've seen lightspheres sold in 2 forms. One is the transparent one and another is the translucent one like the omnibouce. Of cos translucent materials have greater light loss but produce a nicer effect.
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    Default Re: what is the difference between Gary Fong's Lightsphere and Stofen Omnibounce

    litesphere does bounce flash well but is hopeless in direct flash(not to mention it being bulky)

    stofen is less sweet when bouncing but handles direct flash well

    litesphere is twice the price of stofen

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    The difference is about $20-30.

    Oh, and a $4 plastic bounce card will do almost the same job. Almost. Only you would be able to tell the difference, and if anyone were to criticise your shots with a bounce card, you will feel less irritated than if you used a LS and ppl still criticise your flash shots.

    Hehehe.

    That said, i have a bounce card and a LS. the new one. YES. I feel cheated having bought it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dunnomuch
    The difference is about $20-30.

    Oh, and a $4 plastic bounce card will do almost the same job. Almost. Only you would be able to tell the difference, and if anyone were to criticise your shots with a bounce card, you will feel less irritated than if you used a LS and ppl still criticise your flash shots.

    Hehehe.

    That said, i have a bounce card and a LS. the new one. YES. I feel cheated having bought it.
    ha... u can say that again, try at home... not much difference... havent try at hotel, other situation, might have an different effect... if not the money spent is ha...

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    Default Re: what is the difference between Gary Fong's Lightsphere and Stofen Omnibounce

    Quote Originally Posted by Dunnomuch
    The difference is about $20-30.

    Oh, and a $4 plastic bounce card will do almost the same job. Almost. Only you would be able to tell the difference, and if anyone were to criticise your shots with a bounce card, you will feel less irritated than if you used a LS and ppl still criticise your flash shots.

    Hehehe.

    That said, i have a bounce card and a LS. the new one. YES. I feel cheated having bought it.
    U mean the new LS II?? I once thought of buying LS II also but gave up the idea.

    Bounce card wise i DIY....effects are relatively gd as it spreads out the flash wider.
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    Default Re: what is the difference between Gary Fong's Lightsphere and Stofen Omnibounce

    direct flash w LS got interesting effects...=)

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    Quote Originally Posted by doug3fflux
    direct flash w LS got interesting effects...=)
    Direct flash with LS II must use with dome?
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    Default Re: what is the difference between Gary Fong's Lightsphere and Stofen Omnibounce

    up to your creativity...haha. i just direct it and i get this circular light halo thingie..haha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by doug3fflux
    up to your creativity...haha. i just direct it and i get this circular light halo thingie..haha!
    But of cos not all shots can have this 'halo' thingy, as it'll look weird haha
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    Default Re: what is the difference between Gary Fong's Lightsphere and Stofen Omnibounce

    Quote Originally Posted by freecloud
    What are the advantages and disadvantages of them?

    In what situation, Lightsphere is more suitable? and the same question for Stofen Omnibounce?

    Which one has less light loss and can achieve longer shooting distance?

    Thanks!
    Whatever device you use, must learn how to use it properly, know it limitation, no one gadget fix all solution.

    I use LS classic and PJ to shoot weddings, LS classic or PJ are not magical devices, it do have some limitations.

    You can't really tell the difference between the two unless you try both of them yourself, but if you still can't tell the difference effect apart from a LS and a Omnibounce, you should settle on Omnibounce.

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    Seriously, besides paid shoots, how many of you can tahan using the LSPJ II in public.

    Its big and ugly as a tumour

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    Default Re: what is the difference between Gary Fong's Lightsphere and Stofen Omnibounce

    Quote Originally Posted by topster
    Seriously, besides paid shoots, how many of you can tahan using the LSPJ II in public.

    Its big and ugly as a tumour
    second that! many kind 'queries' presented by friends and clients......

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    Default Re: what is the difference between Gary Fong's Lightsphere and Stofen Omnibounce

    Quote Originally Posted by topster
    Seriously, besides paid shoots, how many of you can tahan using the LSPJ II in public.

    Its big and ugly as a tumour
    sorry, for me no pay no shoot.

    anyway, it depend on you, picture more important or your appearance as a photographer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by topster
    Seriously, besides paid shoots, how many of you can tahan using the LSPJ II in public.

    Its big and ugly as a tumour
    On the contrary, I've had wedding guests coming up to me telling me how pro it looks.

    Well ego stroking aside, I personally feel it looks silly rather than pro. But what's most important to me is using the right tool for the right job. If I look stupid, and the tool does the job the way I want, so be it.

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    Thank all your guys.

    I now have a lightsphere. It is big which is very troublesome to bring it with me.

    Shall I buy an omnibounce?

    I have never used flashes before

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    Default Re: what is the difference between Gary Fong's Lightsphere and Stofen Omnibounce

    Quote Originally Posted by freecloud
    Thank all your guys.

    I now have a lightsphere. It is big which is very troublesome to bring it with me.

    Shall I buy an omnibounce?

    I have never used flashes before
    U'll need flash on nearly every kind of photography, whether in daylight or night. The omnibounce is very gd and diffuses light relatively well too. You should buy one and see for yourself.
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    Default Re: what is the difference between Gary Fong's Lightsphere and Stofen Omnibounce

    Quote Originally Posted by freecloud
    Thank all your guys.

    I now have a lightsphere. It is big which is very troublesome to bring it with me.

    Shall I buy an omnibounce?

    I have never used flashes before
    I suggest you BORROW one first before deciding. Then again, its up to you. My philosophy is always to save $$.

    But based on what you say I guess you'll probably favour an omni since size is an issue to you.

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    Default Re: what is the difference between Gary Fong's Lightsphere and Stofen Omnibounce

    i kinda regret getting the LS, hard to fit in my cramped bag. its pi r sq now became length x breadth. also it can only be used for bounce flash unlike the stofen which is very apt at direct flash as well.

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    Default Re: what is the difference between Gary Fong's Lightsphere and Stofen Omnibounce

    The difference is the user.

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