Posted by meronpan on October 8, 2009
As mentioned yesterday, camera lewt arrived today! A buncha stuff I’ve been needing – B+W 58mm mc clear filter, a giottos rocket air blaster, 70W 5500K fluorescent bulb, and to top it off, a new tripod!
Some of the major improvements over my old tripod:
- Supports 11lbs (both legs & head)! I’d be surprised if my old one was rated for more than 2 or 3 -_-
- Minimum height of 8.5cm!
- Super easy to adjust! Simply squeeze the grip, adjust, and release. No more screwing and unscrewing to get the shot I want.
Cost quite a pretty penny but I’m (dangerously) acclimated to the high cost of photography gear ^^;
Went with the 190XPROB over the 190XB and 190XDB to get the repositionable center column – basically you can flip it horizontal to get extremely low or do overhead shots, etc. Figured if I was going to drop over $100 on a tripod I might as well get one with all the features I wanted.
The grip ball head is really amazing. Adjustments are now a few seconds rather than 10 or more.
As for the other stuff… figured I’d get a higher quality UV filter (if you’re not familiar, this type of filter doesn’t actually change the image, but rather acts as protective glass). Reading around seemed like B+W and Hoya were the best ones, went with B+W. Next up is a circular polarizer but those cost like $100 ;_;
Air blaster is pretty self explanatory… cheaper than buying canned air to clean my lenses ^^; As a bonus, should double as a figure duster ^^
And finally, why would I buy a 70W 5500K fluorescent bulb?
mufufufufu, why that’s a backup for my new softbox ^___^ … … which won’t ship for another week or two. Was on back order ;_; I can wait though… it was only $40! Doesn’t come with a light stand, but given that the bulb costs half that much, still pretty nice ^^
Comparison to my current bulbs:
I think everything should be here by the time fate arrives… Can you tell my interest in photography has been steadily increasing? ^^;;
bleh, was gonna take some figure pictures but I’ve run out of time. Early meeting tomorrow.
Update: some pics of low height mode of the tripod for wolfheinrich: