Gary Fong is best known for his lightsphere product which I actually owned (one of the original versions). While there are lots of strong opinions about the lightsphere, I think the Flip Cage should be a little less controversial. What this gadget does (for under $20) is provide your small camera with a easy to carry tripod that also acts as a LCD protector and/or light shield. The front unit can also serve as a flash bounce for your small camera. In fact, there’s even an adapter that allows you to use this with your iPhone 3Gs or 4/4s which can be very handy on vacation (as I discovered in Hawaii).
Here’s couple shots I took of it using a Nikon 1 V1:
Here’s a shot I did with the Nikon 1 V1 with it mounted as shown above to a Flip Cage Pro during a 1 second exposure:
Here’s some photos courtesy of B&H that show some alternative ways to use this product:
I dig this little gizmo – especially for the iPhone! It’s small and easily fits in a pocket while its attached to your camera. While I didn’t get much testing of the diffusion panels, I thought it was clever for Gary Fong to include these panels, but if you don’t like them then they can easily be removed. At less than $20 for most versions (except iPhone), they make a great stocking stuffer or gift for a photographer friend.
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