Monday, March 17, 2014

Electronic Components Macro and Photography Gear

If you guys read up on my blog, you'd know last year I got myself a new tripod and ball head. The ball head I got was the Manfrotto 057 Ball Head with the RC4 Quick Release. At the time of purchase, I didn't think a few pounds was going to make a difference, but after a year, I noticed that extra 2 pounds made A LOT of difference. Not only was those extra 2 pounds very heavy on hiking trips, when I tilt my center column on my tripod, it throws off the balanced by a lot. So recently, I got myself a new Vanguard BBH-100 Tripod Head which is less than half of the weight of the Manfrotto one I got. After doing some product photography of the new tripod head, I gave it some real world testing and shot some macro photography photos of some electronic components I had lying around. I will also give you a brief first look later in this blog post.

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First off is my focus stacked shot of my new Vanguard BBH-100 Tripod Head. How I achieve such a white back ground and shadow-less shot? This might sound crazy, but for the set up it was just a small light box I modified from an Amazon shipping box (using printer paper and tape). For lights, I just used 2 work lights I got at Home Depot. It is a very very cheap set up, but gets the job done and works great for small items like this. 

First impression of the Vanguard BBH-100 Tripod Head. It seems very nice, very light. However one thing I found out when shooting macro is, once I have my Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens (with my Kenko Extension Tubes), the ball head does sag a bit unless I really tighten down that locking screw. The set up should be under the 22 pounds the head says it will support, but I guess it is because the whole setup isn't really centered. If I don't have the extension tubes on, the head seems fine. I'm willing to sacrifice a bit to cut down the weight. So far, I am liking the new ball head. Will keep you guys updated as I get to use it more. 

Now some real world testing using the new tripod head. I've been building a project recently and had some electronic components laying around. Here is a BC-547 transistor up close.  

 Here is the back side of the transistor with the ID of the part. 

Now I placed some surface mount capacitors I got on my piece of paper for some shots. These are very very tiny.  

Decided to drag a dime into the composition for size comparison for you guys. A total of 16 surface mount capacitors next to a US Dime (10¢).

These are all the photos for today. I hope you have enjoyed viewing them. I may start my photos from China trip next time or post some photos from Pleasanton, CA, so make sure you check back! Please don't forget to share the blog post with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Instagram. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.