Yongnuo 565 EX for Nikon (YN-565 EX)

Yongnuo 565 EX for Nikon (YN-565 EX)

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Very last piece of gear on my list is now in the house. Retails for ~ $150 and sports excellent features for its price. Usual free diffuser gift from Chinese ebay stores, and essential accessory for these big guns. Package is simple, but very nice - detailed manual, quick reference card, nice storage pouch and the stand for using this off-camera. And now some shots with it. These two were at low and high power at I believe f/11 and ISO100, which is a ridiculous number for anything indoor and hand-held. iTTL mode works perfectly and ev compensation on-the-fly is easy and works great. Manual mode is 1 button away and even easier to work with. Diffuser does real magic. Shot of a bumblebee at ISO100, f/11 outside. Slightly edited…
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AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

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At loooooong last I got my hands on this beauty, and from only playing with it for less than an hour in the dusk, I'm impressed! Mad kudos to Exe163 on FM Forums for an awesome deal that helped me pull the trigger on this one. First off, lens itself shots with my 50mm f/2: (Quick note on this shot- it really shows the full focal plane of the 50mm f/2 @ f/2 since the very bottom of the shot is blurred as is the rest about 1/3 across the 70-300's front element.) And now for the quick test. Mostly did shots at 70mm end and then 300 end to see how both turn out. 300mm indoors. Pretty good quality considering ISO wasn't that high, and VR worked incredibly in…
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Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G

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On my quest for a wider field of view than my 50mm f/2 I was debating what lens to try and get. Most budget, full-manual, excellent quality old geezers wouldn't fit sports nor low-light sports shooting for their inherit lack of auto-focus and metering on my D5100. This sadly narrowed down my choices to either 24 or 28mm D series lenses and being stuck with manual focus, or the 35 DX. Price point is neck-a-neck with some D lenses' used prices exceeding the 35's new price, so I went ahead and bit the bullet. Build is naturally utter crap compared to the oldies, but it does help shave weight and balance out the addition of all the electronics and the Silent Wave Motor. I can live with that, I think.…
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