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Lighting toy – Gary Fong ‘universal’ Cloud diffuser for speedlights

Ok- I was a definite skeptic about this – after all, I’ve seen the examples and read the reviews but $50, for a piece of frosted tupperware? Proof is in the pudding, as they say. And with a particularly challenging subject – a white cat against a beige wall.

Frosty, Gary Fong "cloud"
Frosty, Gary Fong “cloud”

I’ll post some more examples that are better illustrations on more recognizable subjects (human portraits) in the near future. I’d say it’s worth it, but with one caveat – it fits just fine on virtually any shoe-mount speedlight type flash for most camera systems, film or digital. It does NOT fit on my big Metz 45-CL4 handle mount (potato-masher) flash. For that, I’ve improvised a piece of I want to say Rubbermaid or perhaps Ziploc re-useable food storage container with a hole cut through the lid and the interior buffed with sandpaper. Cost including the sandpaper? about $1. I’ll do a showdown between the two on the same subjects with the same lens and camera shortly to prove the value of the Gary Fong.

Chinese New Year Parade, Washington DC









All photos taken with my Rolleiflex 2.8E and a Metz 45 CL4 for fill-flash. That’s one of the great things about using a camera like a Rolleiflex – you can do fill-flash at any shutter speed so it works even in broad daylight. I’m very pleased with how well it worked – the Metz was new to me and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect – in fact, it worked beautifully and gave a very nice quality to the light. Now I just need to come up with a diffuser for the flash to soften it even more, and give a bigger catchlight.