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    Hi guys, what's the difference between the original and PJ2? I don't seem to be able to find the "Original" type on the Web. It's now just PJ2 Clear or Cloud. Anyone got pic to show?

    And since it's said/shown to be flexible, is it possible to "bend" it without long term damage so that it can be stored conveniently in the bag?

    Thanx!
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    Quote Originally Posted by David
    Hi guys, what's the difference between the original and PJ2? I don't seem to be able to find the "Original" type on the Web. It's now just PJ2 Clear or Cloud. Anyone got pic to show?

    And since it's said/shown to be flexible, is it possible to "bend" it without long term damage so that it can be stored conveniently in the bag?

    Thanx!
    the original LightSphere is the 'cloudy' version that is on sale. jus a new name. the material used is harder and it is not flexible. it comes with a dome,not inverted, and is larger than the LSPJ2. it gives off warmer tones, i feel.

    it has been phased out and it replaced by the newer PJ2.

    i store my LSPJ2 in my bag by squeezing it in everytime i need to use it. no damage at all, perhaps mine's a faulty one(?), even till today.

    now the PSPJ2 comes in the clear version and the cloudy version. i'm using the clear version.

    LSPJ2, see the difference.
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    Default Re: LightSphere II Inverted Dome Diffusion System

    1 question.
    if i zoom in all the way @ say 200mm,subject is about 5m-10m away,will the flash b "weaken" by the Light Sphere?

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    Quote Originally Posted by syc77
    1 question.
    if i zoom in all the way @ say 200mm,subject is about 5m-10m away,will the flash b "weaken" by the Light Sphere?
    pls remove ur LS in this instance and shoot it with ur naked flash.
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    Hope it is not a stupid qn but I am super interested to buy the item. Assuming using SB800, does it mean that u can shoot full power at even short range when using LS

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    Quote Originally Posted by CreaXion
    Hope it is not a stupid qn but I am super interested to buy the item. Assuming using SB800, does it mean that u can shoot full power at even short range when using LS
    dun really get u on this.
    it depends on working distance and ur sb800 will auto compensate if u're on i-ttl and such ttl functions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesecake
    dun really get u on this.
    it depends on working distance and ur sb800 will auto compensate if u're on i-ttl and such ttl functions.
    As what I say it may be a stupid qn. I rephrase in another way. If let say at a ficitious distance, I would usually use 1/4 power. If I attached LS2, would I have to adjust the power level to compensate the difference assuming that the shooting distance is the same. Hope u can enlighten me on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CreaXion
    As what I say it may be a stupid qn. I rephrase in another way. If let say at a ficitious distance, I would usually use 1/4 power. If I attached LS2, would I have to adjust the power level to compensate the difference assuming that the shooting distance is the same. Hope u can enlighten me on this.
    If you are using iTTL/ ETTL, your camera will automatically calculate the flash power needed and increase the flash power required to get the correct exposure.
    Unless you are saying that you are using Manual on your flash to control your flash output, then you got to adjust the power level yourself
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    Quote Originally Posted by gryphon
    If you are using iTTL/ ETTL, your camera will automatically calculate the flash power needed and increase the flash power required to get the correct exposure.
    Unless you are saying that you are using Manual on your flash to control your flash output, then you got to adjust the power level yourself
    I am a manual user. Therefore I can safely assume that there will be a difference in the use of the power level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CreaXion
    I am contemplating one for my Nikon D70s system. Have been reading up abt it. Can anyone care to share what are the benefits of having one?
    One example is having BBQ party... nighttime and outdoors... especially when you have group photos. This is better that diffuser or outright direct flash.

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    People have different takes on it, but I personally feel this is way impossible for working photographers in situations that require lots of movement to use; it's kind of having one big balloon attached to the camera. This is something you wouldn't want to use in case of FOD.

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    Actually it depends on how used the photographer is on accessory. For those who never uses flash, adding the flash makes it very bulky. For those who uses the flash, some have the tendency to add an A5 bounce card or stroboframe like me. I find LS more lighter and convenient and compared to other "light modifiers", the bulkiness has always been there. I agree it can be a little inconvenient at times and it really depends on how much quality the photographer wants to get but since I spent on a nice flash and a nice lens, I might as well not be limited to basic flash photography.

    Sometimes people think having a beer mug on my camera is funny but guess what, I got sincere and happy smiles. And anything embarassing like dropping my beer mug can improve the rapport if my accident is used wisely.

    Note: I have a velcro wrapped around my flash from my bounce-card days and this helps keep the LS in its place.

    As for FOD or typical damage... I for one would rather get a good series of photos and have shorter camera life than be overly protective with my gears and limit how I can push my camera, and maybe my skill.

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    I hope you didn't get me wrong, dawgbyte. I meant FOD in the sense of dropping it down 6000ft up the air. That's a thought I wouldn't want to entertain.

    A friend working in an aviation related line told me, a pen dropped from the air can have the terminal velocity that matches a 7.62mm round if it hits a person smack on the skull.

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    all shot with LS2PJ on,
    20060709 Cosfest V group shots and etc (image intensive)

    I must have use it more than thousands of shot since purchase, still in quite good shape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CreaXion
    As what I say it may be a stupid qn. I rephrase in another way. If let say at a ficitious distance, I would usually use 1/4 power. If I attached LS2, would I have to adjust the power level to compensate the difference assuming that the shooting distance is the same. Hope u can enlighten me on this.
    ok, firstly, wat do u mean by manual user?

    u mean u're using a manual film camera whereby u need to dial in the flash output and such?

    or u're using a DSLR and shooting on Manual exposure mode on ur camera?

    or do u actually mean that u're shooting on a DSLR and shooting on manual exposure mode and full manual settings dialled into ur flash?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TITANIUMLEE
    Hi all

    I am curious about LightSphere II Inverted Dome Diffusion System that sell at Cathay Photo. It is really very good as it can take studio effect photo without a studio. Anyone have this n can share the photos that using LightSphere II Inverted Dome Diffusion System on ur flash. Thank alot.
    OT here.....WAHAHAHA............................now that's the joke of the week.

    Ok on the serious note:
    The best is to read more about studio lightings first. That's the best tip of the week. Forget about the dome thingy for the moment and understand the basic lighting techniques before even pruchasing anymore products. Some of the users have good recommendation of the dome because they understand the basic lighting techniques to light up a subject.

    If you have no basic knowledge on natural and artificial lightings (flash. tungsten, flourescent), please read up. There are many books and you can find many many facts about lighting techiques on the web.

    It is a little difficult to explain about lighting using words. The best is you read it, try it and remember it. That is the BEST solution to your answer. At the end of the day, you may not even purchase the dome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sehsuan
    I hope you didn't get me wrong, dawgbyte. I meant FOD in the sense of dropping it down 6000ft up the air. That's a thought I wouldn't want to entertain.

    A friend working in an aviation related line told me, a pen dropped from the air can have the terminal velocity that matches a 7.62mm round if it hits a person smack on the skull.
    Ok.. I misunderstood. Anyway, your friend is right because gravity will be its acceleration so the higher it starts to move, the faster its velocity when it hits the ground.

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    I got this BABY when I was in singapore last weekend...right before the Cosfest event. Didn't use it because I did not bring my SB-800

    But experimenting with it now

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    100% agree on this. You will only feel cheated if you do not know what the advantage of having this and how it can help you. At worst, it may not even suit your need. It is good in a lot of situations but it has its limitations also. I use it most of the time, but not always.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pro Image
    OT here.....WAHAHAHA............................now that's the joke of the week.

    Ok on the serious note:
    The best is to read more about studio lightings first. That's the best tip of the week. Forget about the dome thingy for the moment and understand the basic lighting techniques before even pruchasing anymore products. Some of the users have good recommendation of the dome because they understand the basic lighting techniques to light up a subject.

    If you have no basic knowledge on natural and artificial lightings (flash. tungsten, flourescent), please read up. There are many books and you can find many many facts about lighting techiques on the web.

    It is a little difficult to explain about lighting using words. The best is you read it, try it and remember it. That is the BEST solution to your answer. At the end of the day, you may not even purchase the dome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cikgu101
    I got this BABY when I was in singapore last weekend...right before the Cosfest event. Didn't use it because I did not bring my SB-800

    But experimenting with it now
    Looking at your avatar, I see a big white spot on the face. This is an example where LS will help improve your portrature.

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