Waiting to take delivery of a Platypod Max and Oben BE-117 ball head mount. These two products will allow me to take those ultra low any photography without having to lay on the ground. I do a lot of nature photography and macro photography of flowers so this should come in very handy. I am in need of a L-Bracket with this setup. I am looking/waiting for the 3 Legged Thing L-Bracket. They are currently reworking the bracket and should be ready in a few months. The L-Bracket will allow for portrait orientation of the camera with out causing stability issues with this setup.

Platypod Max Pro Features

  • Fiberglass-reinforced nylon removable "bayonet style" storage box mounted onto plate to hold four 1/4-20 spikes, 2 inches long, with heavy-duty rubber feet and locking nuts. Small magnets keep spikes in place for storage.
  • Five 1/4-20 threaded holes strategically placed to allow use of spike feet in configurations of one, two, three, or four at a time.
  • Two 2-inch belt slots to secure to any cylindrical object or to tape onto floors for remote camera setups.
  • Made of 6061 black anodized aircraft-grade aluminum. 5 mm thick. 5.25 x 7.75”
  • 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 accessory threaded holes for attachment to tripods or quick-release devices under the unit.
  • 3/8-16 TA2 titanium photographic bolt drilled and countersunk through the plate and welded in place for large tripod ball heads, such as the RRS-BH55, even with spike-feet in place.
  • Two nail holes for permanent or semi-permanent mounting to walls, boards or ceilings.
  • Weight: 13 ounces, including spikes and storage box

Oben BE-117 Ball Head Features

  • Load Capacity - 17.6 lbs
  • Ball Sphere Diameter - 32mm
  • Quick Release - Arca-type
  • Bubble Level - 2 (bull''s eye)
  • Tension Control - No
  • Separate Panning Lock - Yes
  • Tripod Mount Thread Size - Female, 3/8"-16
  • Height - 3.7in
  • Base Diameter - 1.8in
  • Weight - 13.4oz

Will be adding more to this post once I take delivery and have used the setup for a while this Spring/Summer.

The Neewer VK750 II is my actual first lens that I have personally owned. All other flashes has been borrowed. Used it a few times since getting it over the holiday and the results are amazing. The color and detail that are now in my low light photos are great. This will come in handy with my Pez Collection database that I will soon be starting (again). Also with my Lego Project for inside pictures. All in all a great addition to my camera bag.

Features

  • High GN: 58
  • Wireless trigger sensor
  • Electrical socket outlet
  • PC synchronous interface
  • Recycle time 3 second (with 4 pcs AA alkaline cell)
  • Support Multi-flash lighting Application (S1/S2 mode)
  • Power saving mode
  • Accurate brightness control
  • LCD display
  • Metal hot shoe
  • Support front curtain synchronous
  • Temperature detection Automatically (overheating protection)
  • Memory function

Specifications

  • Flash mode: TTL, M, MULTI
  • Wireless triggering distance: 20--25m indoor, 10--15m outdoor
  • Dimensions: 60*190*78mm
  • Vertical rotation angle: 0-90 degrees
  • Horizontal rotation angle: 0-270 degrees
  • Power supply: 4XAA size batteries (Alkaline or Ni-MH are usable)
  • Additional features: Sound indicator, PC port, Power saving mode and over heating protection
  • Color temperature: 5600k

With the purchase of the Nikon D750 last summer, I was also in the market for new glass. I was not going to use my old kit lenses on the new D750. One of the news lenses that I ordered was the Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens. I purchased it from the USED Department from B&H Photography. The USED Department from B&H is a very good deal. I saved around 14% on the lens compared to ordering new. The previous owner took good care of the lens. I did not see any flaws when I inspected it. So if you are looking for a good deal on a Nikon lens, checkout the B&H USED Department.

I have taken a few photos with the lens, but can not provide a full review at this time. After this Spring/Summer, when my photograph season begins, I will have more lens time under my belt and will be able to make a better review. So come back later this year and I will have a full review.

Lens Highlights

  • F Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to 32
  • 1:1 Magnification Ratio; Macro Close-Ups
  • One Extra-Low Dispersion Glass Element
  • Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Nikon VR Image Stabilization
  • Internal Focus; Manual Focus Override
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 12"
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

With the purchase of the Nikon D750 last summer, I was also in the market for new glass. I was not going to use my old kit lenses on the new D750. One of the news lenses that I ordered was the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens. I purchased it from the USED Department from B&H Photography. The USED Department from B&H is a very good deal. I saved around 11% on the lens compared to ordering new. The previous owner took good care of the lens. I did not see any flaws when I inspected it. The only thing I found was that the front and rear glass elements were dust. Just had to clean them and ready to go. So if you are looking for a good deal on a Nikon lens, checkout the B&H USED Department.

I decided to go with this lens version because of price the newer version was WAY out of my price range.

I have taken a few photos with the lens, but can not provide a full review at this time. After this Spring/Summer, when my photograph season begins, I will have more lens time under my belt and will be able to make a better review. So come back later this year and I will have a full review.

Lens Highlights

  • F Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to 22
  • Seven Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Nikon VR II Image Stabilization
  • Internal Focus; Manual Focus Override
  • Weather Sealed; Rubber Mount Seal
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

Last year I purchased a Nikon D750 to replace my old Nikon D90. The D90 was a great digital camera. It was just time to upgrade. I did some my typical research before I buy just about anything. The D750 was on the camera I ultimately decided to replace the D90.

I have taken some pictures and they can be seen here. There are not many there yet, but I will be adding more as time goes on.

I am also planning on starting a Lego Mini-fig project. Once I get my website up and running I will get a link here.

Come back often to check for any updates.