A New Camera

Well My Rebel XT has been acting up. I haven't really been getting great image quality out of it anymore, That is well when it wants to turn on. Lately it has refused to turn on, or well it turns on you just can't do anything with it. Its completely froze so you have to reboot it several times before you can use it. However its about 4 1/2 years old and gone through hell and high water. I've dropped it, knocked it, fell on it, froze it, soaked it and god knows what else. That's only in the last year. So I finally strolled into the camera shop and purchased a replacement. For the replacement I chose the 7D. Well its a very nice camera so far and I haven't even taken any pictures other than whats around here. Its twice the size, weight and got more than triple the options. I have only owned it for a few hours and couldn't be happier. Once I get it out and about ill share my experience  and can't wait to stick a model in front of it and run it through its paces.


More on that later though,

But for now



Yongnuo Speedlite YN560

This morning I woke to a package outside my door. The package was indeed the YN560 I have been waiting for ever so anxiously.  I must say I am rather impressed at how long it took to get here, I was expecting it sometime next week. Which is always a plus when items arrive on an earlier date then expected.

And now the un-boxing!  Upon un-boxing the speedlite everything inside was to be expected. An owners manual, flash diffuser, warranty card faux silk bag containing the lite itself and a plastic foot to mount the unit onto. The first thing I noticed is that the plastic foot has a metal nut inside for the 1/ mount and is actually a way better mount then my Canon  counterpart. With saying that I have now removed the flash from its "protective bag" or sleeve? The unit itself feels very solid in construction.

Naturally now I am searching for fresh batteries. Once the batteries are installed I run it through a general testing of all features. I do this because I have heard of others with the same model having quality control issues. Mine seems to work well so very happy on that account.

The basic testing

First the negatives. The head moves without a button which isn't really a big deal but its just something I would have liked. The screen itself has a graph instead of a numerical value for the flash power(we will fix with a label maker, shh). To shoot or test using the Pilot button proves to be very difficult to press and the power button would be better suited as a switch instead of a depression type in which to hold down for 10 seconds. The PC port would have better been suited with a threaded connection as well. But in all right now I cannot find anything that stands out as a major issue, all issues seem to be personal preferences which I can make do with.

And Now for the things I enjoy about the flash. Again at first glace testings. First off the recycle time is good, not great but for used batteries I like it. In changing batteries the battery cover door is very solid and has a spring to which it locks open, so no flapping about while inserting power sticks like with my 430ex.  The built in diffuser is good but I tend not to use these so not a big deal on the quality there. Musical features and the ability to turn them off is a bonus. Changing the settings on the unit is very quick and easy unlike the 430ex.

The flash should prove to be a great unit especially once i customize a few options to make it to my own preferences. With the limited testing  done just for quality assurance I believe it will prove to be a great flash for the low price tag it holds. I will use it as a main light in the next few upcoming shoots to put it through my real world shooting schedules and will learn more about how well it works and what doesn't for both me and the head. For now I am happy with it and look forward to testing.


A new speedlite?

So once again I have ordered yet more equipment. Little hard on the bank account this month I must say. Although most of the purchases have been on gift cards so I can't complain there. I have ordered another speedlite. This speedlite is under $100 and is promising to compete with higher end lights minus the TTL feature but who uses that anyways, Besides in all honesty I have a Canon 430EX for TTL anyways. I have ordered the knockoff YN-560 which is modeled after the 580 EX. From all the reviews I have found it promises great build quality and performance for what I would be using it for. Along with the flash I have added a few extra Stofen's since they were about $3 each to transform into other types of light modifiers as when done I promise to report as to what I have created with these.

So once again Cheers for now!

My Soft Box has Arrived

So my soft-box has arrived, well actually it arrived on Thursday. But unfortunately I am still waiting for the speedlite mount. Hopefully this will arrive shortly so I can get to testing it. Though it is not a high end soft-box it did come with a few goodies that are relatively expensive included in the unit for freees! For example I also received a grid (hurray!) which is generally the same price as a well known brand soft-box itself, as you could imagine this makes me happy and well who needs the big named equipment when just starting off anyways. Go cheap until you need to spend the money.

Once I receive the rest of my goodies I will post pictures of the final setup ordered.


Soft box ordered

So in the early hours of this morning (3am) I found a unused gift card for Henry's.  Now with this card I opted to look for sale items but one item I have wanted for a while popped out. Yes it was a soft box. A 32" soft box that i bundled with a speedlite mount for under $100 (hurray!).  Now I could have gotten a bigger soft box for about the same price but I didn't really think it was necessary at this point especially since i am only using my current strobe with it. If I had a proper higher powered strobe kit I might have gotten the bigger box. In the end I will think I made the right choice but once I get shooting with it, well that's the real test right. Now I just wait for the postal service to show up at my doorstep.