The Cheaper Alternative Softbox

Photography Gears
Phottix Easy-up 60x90cm (42") Umbrella Softbox with Grid

Phottix Easy-up 60x90cm (42″) Umbrella Softbox with Grid

 

For a very long time I have always wanted to have the photography gears that professional photographers use. In my journey of trying to acquire those gears I found out that the brand that the professionals use aren’t cheap. Same reason why I have always been looking for the “Cheaper Allternative”. The Yongnuo YN-460 Flashgun & Yongnuo CTR-301P remote flash triggers are just some of the cheaper alternatives that I was able to acquire. And today, another I finally received an addition to my cheaper alternative photography gears, The Phottix Easy-up 60x90cm (42″) Umbrella Softbox with Grid. Compared to the more famous Westcott 28 in. Recessed Front Apollo Softbox, the Phottix easy-up softbox is 50% cheaper. I never got a chance to see a Westcott Apollo in person so I cannot really compare them in detail. Anyway, below is a sample shot using the Phottix Easy-up softbox. I must say this is a good bang for the buck.

 

Phottix 42" Softbox Test Shot

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My First Flashgun – Yongnuo YN-460

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My First Flashgun - Yongnuo YN-460

My First Flashgun - Yongnuo YN-460

The Good News!
After several weeks of research, reading reviews and more than a month of waiting I finally received my very 1st flashgun, My very own Yongnuo YN -460.

First Impression.
After opening the brown postal envelope, the first thing that I noticed is the Nikon-ish box that the flashgun was in. Honestly, I was quite impressed with the box alone. I did not expect to receive it in a very presentable packaging. I was actually expecting a matte brown cheap box since I got the item for a very low price. The next thing that impressed me is when I opened the box. A velvet-like pouch bag was covering the flash itself. Again, I did not expect this one. Then after opening the pouch bag, the flash itself was again wrapped with a very thick plastic covering.

The Looks.
The Yongnuo YN -460‘s front side looked very similar to the Nikon SB-600. At the back you can see 1 button for switching the flash on and off, a button for changing the operating mode to Manual, Slave 1 & Slave 2, and a button for increasing and decreasing the flash power. You can also find here the light indicators or Idiot Lights as others call it which indicate which mode you are on, flash power and a light that changes from red to green to indicate that the flash is ready to fire.

Yongnuo YN-460 (Back)

Yongnuo YN-460 (Back)

Whats in the box?

  • 1pc. Yongnuo YN-460 Flashgun
  • 1pc. flash stand
  • 1pc Velvet-like pouch bag
  • 1pc Product Manual

Features

  • Manual Power Settings - 1/1 – 1/2 – 1/4 – 1/8 – 1/16 – 1/32 – 1/64
  • Flash duration (full power) - 1/800
  • Recycle time specified(at full power) - 5 sec alkaline
  • Recycle time measured (at full power) - 9 to 10 secs. alkaline, 5 sec NiMH
  • Manual Mode Operation
  • Optical Slave operation mode
  • Swivel -180 to +90 degrees
  • Tilt -10 (older models: 0) to +90 degrees
  • Operates using 4 pcs AA batteries

Tamrac Rally 6 Camera Bag – a great gift to end 2010

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Everytime the year ends I always try to recall all the blessings that  have I received for the whole year and I must say I have received a lot specially for my photography. Last July 18, I got my first DSLR camera my Nikon D90 with a 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC. After 2 months I was able to buy myself a Hahnel Triad 80 Tripod, Marumi 62mm UV & Circular Polarizer. Last November, my wife gave me a Nikon MC-DC2 remote shutter for our anniversary and just when I thought that would be ending my very loving wife bought me another gift, A Tamrac Rally 6 Camera Bag. I am truly blessed this year and I have high hopes that 2011 will be better specially for my photography. Thank you LORD for all the blessings and to my wife for the wonderful bag, I love it!!!

Tamrac Rally 6 Camera Bag – a great gift to end 2010

Photography Gears

Everytime the year ends I always try to recall all the blessings that  have I received for the whole year and I must say I have received a lot specially for my photography. Last July 18, I got my first DSLR camera my Nikon D90 with a 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC. After 2 months I was able to buy myself a Hahnel Triad 80 Tripod, Marumi 62mm UV & Circular Polarizer. Last November, my wife gave me a Nikon MC-DC2 remote shutter for our anniversary and just when I thought that would be ending my very loving wife bought me another gift, A Tamrac Rally 6 Camera Bag. I am truly blessed this year and I have high hopes that 2011 will be better specially for my photography. Thank you LORD for all the blessings and to my wife for the wonderful bag, I love it!!!

My Photography Gear Wishlist

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The weather is starting to get colder and colder specially this morning while I walk my way to my office. It only signifies 1 thing, CHRISTMAS is coming!!! after realizing that, I started thinking, “What do I want to receive this Christmas?” . Eversince I got my first DSLR camera I immediately got hooked to Photography which made me constantly crave for new gears that will help me get better shots. Then I came up with “My Wishlist”.

1st on the list is a Nikon MC-DC2 Remote Shutter. When I started was immediately hooked on Landscape Photography. I usually shoot Landscapes on a tripod and using my Nikon D90’s timer to shoot to avoid camera shake and get tack-sharp photos. Then a friend told me that I should get a remote for my camera. Luckily just few days ago my wife gave me one as an anniversary gift. Thanks to my wife!

2nd is the Nikon SB-600 AF Speedlight. I most of the time take photographs of our gatherings with friends and most of it are outdoors. I was having problems using the built in flash on my camera. Sometimes it cannot give me the power that I need and sometimes I need to play with the angles of the flash but I can’t since it built-in. I prefer the SB-600 over the SB-800 and SB-900 mainly for the price. But I will surely love it if there’s anybody who would give me a SB-800, SB-900 or SB-700 as a gift.

3rd is Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM. I love shooting landscapes and the best lens to shoot it is with an UWA (Ultra Wide Angle). I would also love to have the Nikkor AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED but unfortunately, I can’t afford it. Despite the price difference between the Sigma and Nikkor lense I  have heard and read a lot of good reviews about the Siggy. Hopefully I’ll have one of my own soon.

And last but definitely not the least is the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II. This is my ultimate dream lens (for now). I love this lens for it’s range and it’s Depth of Field. Shooting both indoors and outdoors will surely be painless with this wonderful lens. Also, If I will shoot portraits at f/2.8 it will make my subject tack-sharp and the background artistically blurred giving the photo a very professional look. Unfortunately for me the great quality of this lens comes with a huge price tag. It would surely take time before I get my hand on this one but I’m keeping my hopes up. Maybe Santa or a very generous friend would reward me. Who knows? right?.

So, if there’s anybody out there who’s thinking about buying a gift this Christmas, please by all means, feel free to grace me with any of these photography gears and I will be insanely thankful to you.

Photos taken from Sigma and Nikon Official Websites.

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