Saturday, August 8, 2009

Product shoot: Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G Fisheye Lens

Just bought myself a 2nd hand Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G Fisheye lens... so, why not do a product shoot, right?

This time round, I wanted to go with 2 lights, one from above, and the other from the front. I used the Manfrotto 190XPROB to extend the arm horizontally and mounted a flash on it. I covered the top of my home made light tent with a white satin cloth bought at People's Park some time back. The other light was in front and I used a softbox to diffuse the light.

Now comes the hard decision, which camera should I use?

Hehe... I have a thing in me at this time to try and push the Panasonic LX3 as much as I can and try to produce pictures to something that one would expect would come from a DSLR... so the LX3 it is!

Needless to say, the lighting makes the pictures from the LX3 all the more stunning. I set the ISO to the minimum of 80, fixed the aperture at f/5.6 and shutter speed at 1/60 and off I went. The light above was at 1/16 power and the light infront at 1/32 power.

After using the LX3 more, I've discovered that their redition of yellow is a bit too orangy, and I needed to adjust the hue towards more of a yellow tone. The golden lettering on the lens was not so golden out of camera, but after shifting the hue, it looked much better.

Friday, August 7, 2009

PT04 version 3 Wireless Flash Trigger

The PT04 is an OEM product from China and is marketed as various brands, but it is still the same thing.

Recently, I saw Artworkphoto selling a new version of the PT04, version 3, and it has a very good design to it, as you can see in the picture. By making the device flatter, the flash that sits on it would not be farther from the center of an umbrella. They have also placed a simple umbrella holder at the side, which now opens up new possibilities.

I personally like this design, but is still unsure of the reliability. I used to have a pair of them and they were not very reliable. I wonder if this new version would be improved.

Here is the link to Artworkphoto's page of the PT04 III.

Nissin Di866 Pro Flash

Nissin has been quite aggressive with their flashes these days, and a new one just came on the market, the Di866 Pro. From the looks of it, it has all the makings of a flash that strobist would use.

This is a link to their Japanese website, and here is the Google translated version.

From what I can tell, it is a powerful flash. The guide number is 40 @ ISO100 and 35mm. This is more powerful than the Nikon SB800 or SB900. It has a PC sync port, manual power adjustments to 1/128, and even Nikon CLS. From the manual, it can be a CLS master. This is one flash that is trying to take the place of the SB900.

At the time of this writing, RedDotPhoto is selling it at $410, which is a really good price if it works as it should and if the flash output is consistent and reliable. Here is a link to the quick manual and here is a link to the full manual.