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Monday, January 10, 2011

Yong Nuo YN-560 Manual Flash

Yong Nuo YN-560 Manual Flash (Guide Number 58 @ 35mm ISO 100, Suitable for Phottix Tetra, Aster, Strato, Atlas Triggerer, Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Olympus, etc. DSLR Cameras)

Yong Nuo YN-560 Manual Flash (Guide Number 58 @ 35mm ISO 100, Suitable for Phottix Tetra, Aster, Strato, Atlas Triggerer, Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Olympus, etc. DSLR Cameras)

I have been using this flash and i must say, this flash ROCKS!!!! If you want additional flash, this is it. It's cheap and affordable.

If you are looking for a solid performance flash that also have versatile functions, then the Yongnuo YN560 is just for you. It comes with a guide number of 58 and full power output recycling time of only 3 seconds (using alkaline batteries). With the YN560 flash, the long anxious wait for the flash to recharge will no longer be a problem.

This flash also offers a wide range of features including:

Versatile Interfaces
This flash also comes with hot shoe, PC-sync and external battery pack connection ports. You can attach the flash to a wider range of camera and flash triggers. Testing has shown that the battery pack improves recycling time by 1 second and battery capacity by over 100%.

Fine Tune Power control
Output power can be easily fine tuned by 57 different levels from 1/128 all the way up to full power.

Wireless slave
Apart from being a manual flash, this flash can also be used as optical slave flash. It will detect light emitted from the master flash and correspond simultaneously.

Zoom and bounce
Zoom button on the control panel allows you to manually adjust the flash head zoom from 24mm up to 105mm. Flash head can be rotated 270 degree horizontally and over 90 degree vertically, you can bounce the flash of a wall or a reflector with ease.

Included also is a mini stand to let you place the flash off-camera on any flat surfaces. The YN560 is fully compatible with the Cactus V4 wireless flash trigger too. Add this to your light setup today!


  • Yongnuo Manual Flash YN560;
  • Model: YN560;
  • Package includes:
    • Yongnuo manual flash YN560 x 1;
    • Velvet bag x 1;
    • Mini-stand x 1;
    • Instruction manual in English and Chinese x 1;
  • Guide Number: 58 (at 35mm focal length, ISO 100 in meters);
  • Movable vertical angle: 0º to 90º;
  • Movable horizontal angle: 0º to 270º;
  • Power Source: 4 x AA batteries (Alkaline or Ni-MH are usable);
  • Recycling time: Approx. 3 seconds (using alkaline batteries);
  • Compatible with Cactus V4 wireless flash trigger;
  • Color temperature: 5600K;
  • Flash duration: 1/200s - 1/20000s;
  • Adjustable power level in manual mode: 1/128, 1/64, 1/32, 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2 and 1/1;
  • Adjustable power level in output power fine-tuning function: 57 levels output power level from zero to full power;
  • Dimensions: 60mm x 190mm x 78mm;
  • Weight: 350g;
  • Interfaces: Hot shoe, PC sync port and external charging port for battery pack;
  • Supports power saving mode (can also be disabled);
  • Zoom function: 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 70mm, 80mm, 105mm;
  • Brand new, never been used;
  • Made in China.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Nikon D7000 Review

Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera (Body) (Free Sandisk 8GB SDHC + Nikon DSLR Bag) (16.2MP CMOS, EXPEED 2, 1080p HD Video, 3" LCD, Twin SD/SDHC/SDXC Card Slots, 39 Point AF System)

Nikon D7000 - the new Nikon DSLR that some believed is the Nikon D90 replacement.
Nikon D7000 construction is closer to the Nikon D300S’s as both cameras have a magnesium alloy body shell rather than the polycarbonate version of the D90. In some ways the Nikon D7000’s specification surpasses that of the D300S, not least in pixel count. In addition, the Nikon D7000 is only the second Nikon DSLR to feature Full-HD video technology, the D31000 was the first, and it has a more advanced metering system than any other Nikon DSLR as it uses a 2,016 pixel sensor. There’s also a new 39-point AF system that sits comfortably between the 11-point and 51-point systems found in the Nikon D90 and D300S respectively.

One of the most interesting features of the Nikon D7000 is its full-time autofocus (AF-F) mode that operates when images are composed on the LCD screen or during video shooting. In this mode the camera attempts to focus the lens continuously without any button pressing. When shooting with the camera to the eye, it’s nice to know that the images won’t have too many surprises around the edges as the viewfinder provides a 100% field of view.

For movie mode, Nikon's completely revamped what was available on the D90, which we forget was the model which kick-started video on DSLRs two years earlier. The D7000 represents an upgrade in almost every respect: you can now shoot in 1080p (albeit only at 24fps), the maximum recording time in HD is four times longer at 20 minutes (and with a top rate of 150 Megabytes per minute you'll actually achieve that time before the 4GB file limit too), there's manual control over exposures (although you'll need to fix your aperture before entering Live View), and the microphone input has the potential to greatly improve your audio quality.

D7000 is very good, but it's no semi-pro DSLR.

Sensor: 23.6x15.6mm (APS-C or DX) 16.2 million effective pixel CMOS
Focal length conversion: 1.5x
Viewfinder: Optical pentaprism, 100% coverage with 0.94x magnification and 19.5mm eyepoint
Video resolution: 1,920x1,080 (Full HD) at 24fps, 1,280x 720 24, 25 or 30fps, and 640x424 at 25 or 30fps
ISO range: ISO 100-6400 expandable to ISO 25,600
Autofocus points: 39 with 9 cross-type
Max burst rate: 6fps
LCD screen size: Three-inch with 921,000 dots (307,000 pixels)
Shutter speeds: 1/8000-30secs plus bulb
Weight: 690g (body only)
Dimensions: 132x105x77mm
Power supply: Li-ion EN-EL15 (supplied)