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Clovishound

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Well, I got the Pup her own flash for macro work. Got tired of having to only use available light when we went out together. I got her the Godox 350 for her D5600. I went with that over the 685 I got because of the smaller size/weight, and the simpler menu. It came yesterday and I looked it over and did a few test shots. Seems to be a really nice little flash. Controls are simple and intuitive. I think she might get frustrated with the 685 controls. Came with a nice sturdy canvas pouch and a cold shoe for off camera mounting to a tripod. It also came with a nice little pop on diffuser head. It doesn't diffuse as well as the small softboxes or pop up slide over the lens diffusers, but it may do a nice job of adding some additional diffusion when used in conjunction other diffusers.

Despite the fact that it has a good bit lower guide number, I thought it pulled it's weight rather well compared to it's bigger brother. At close to 1:1 magnification I was able to use F16 at ISO 100 at 1/4 power. That is pretty much my starting point with the 685. I hope she will be happy with it. It seems to be the most recommended as the go to flash for macro on the insect photography videos I've watched.

I really like my 685, but initial impressions suggest I would be very happy with this as my macro flash.
 

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Well, I got the Pup her own flash for macro work. Got tired of having to only use available light when we went out together. I got her the Godox 350 for her D5600. I went with that over the 685 I got because of the smaller size/weight, and the simpler menu. It came yesterday and I looked it over and did a few test shots. Seems to be a really nice little flash. Controls are simple and intuitive. I think she might get frustrated with the 685 controls. Came with a nice sturdy canvas pouch and a cold shoe for off camera mounting to a tripod. It also came with a nice little pop on diffuser head. It doesn't diffuse as well as the small softboxes or pop up slide over the lens diffusers, but it may do a nice job of adding some additional diffusion when used in conjunction other diffusers.

Despite the fact that it has a good bit lower guide number, I thought it pulled it's weight rather well compared to it's bigger brother. At close to 1:1 magnification I was able to use F16 at ISO 100 at 1/4 power. That is pretty much my starting point with the 685. I hope she will be happy with it. It seems to be the most recommended as the go to flash for macro on the insect photography videos I've watched.

I really like my 685, but initial impressions suggest I would be very happy with this as my macro flash.
That's good to know. I have 2 Godox flashes and several of their strobes although I'm not familiar with this one.
 

Clovishound

Senior Member
Well, the Pup and I went out yesterday and shot some macro. She had her new Godox TT350 and I had my Godox TT685. I liked the little diffuser cap that came with her 350 enough to order one to fit my 685. After shooting a while, she had the flash shut down with what looked like an empty battery symbol flashing. Thought it was a dead battery. I gave her two of my spares and we pressed on. A little while later mine did the same thing. I had shot less than 100 images, and have never had mine run out of battery power with nearly twice that number of shots. I scratched my head and moved on to something else.

This morning I started thinking about it again, and decided it was more likely the flashes overheated. I dug out the batteries that were taken out of her flash, and tried them. Bingo, everything fired up. This was the first time I had used the same type of slip on diffuser cap as came on hers. I think they were trapping heat. Next time out, we will leave them off to confirm.

Thought I'd post here in case anyone has had this happen, or to give a heads up if they have one of these flashes.
 

Fred Kingston

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I think you're gonna find that the flash makers grossly over-state the number of "full power flashes" these lights produce on a set of new (fully charged) batteries.
 

Clovishound

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I would have put it down to that except I got a fraction of the number of shots I normally get with my 685 prior to using the diffuser cap. The 350 was an unknown quantity, but still seemed to be far too few shots for a new set of alkaline batteries. Haven't gotten around to getting her some rechargeables for it yet. That and the fact that the "dead batteries" I pulled from the 350 fired up the flash today and popped it numerous times with normal recycle times, so I doubt they are really dead. My VOM is DOA right now, or I would check them with that.

I have no doubt that the advertised flash count is inflated. I was, however, getting several hundred on a set of fully charged nimh batteries only rated at 1300mah on my 685, and never ran out before recharging. I got about 80 yesterday when it quit. And yes, the 350 uses 2 AAs compared to 4 in the 685, but the 685 has nearly twice the power.
 

Needa

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This morning I started thinking about it again, and decided it was more likely the flashes overheated.
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Also 10 minutes to recover, more info in manual.

Better to over heat protection than my SB800 which will melt the front lens.
 

Fred Kingston

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ahhhhh....

Just looked up that page for my Nikon SB-910 and tried to activate the heat-protection circuit... took about 80 1/1 shots to get there...but it did shut the light down... cool... Learn something new every day.
 

TwistedThrottle

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Clearing out the rest of the F mount to fully commit to Z. Just purchased the new Zf. The only way it's currently available is with the 24-70 f4 on Nikonusa so my Z6 along with my previous copy of the 24-70 f4 is heading out the door too. I really like that lens, its light weight and gets used a lot, mainly for video. Also ordered a Smallrig bracket (Amazon) to help fill my big ol meat hooks. It was a tossup between a new body or a longer telephoto. 70-200+2x teleconverter is as long as I can go now. Eagle season starts up in a couple weeks, but my daughter's volleyball season has already begun. Priorities. Next up is the 400 f4.5.
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Danno

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Clearing out the rest of the F mount to fully commit to Z. Just purchased the new Zf. The only way it's currently available is with the 24-70 f4 on Nikonusa so my Z6 along with my previous copy of the 24-70 f4 is heading out the door too. I really like that lens, its light weight and gets used a lot, mainly for video. Also ordered a Smallrig bracket (Amazon) to help fill my big ol meat hooks. It was a tossup between a new body or a longer telephoto. 70-200+2x teleconverter is as long as I can go now. Eagle season starts up in a couple weeks, but my daughter's volleyball season has already begun. Priorities. Next up is the 400 f4.5.
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Congratulations! That is a fantastic camera. That would have been my choice if that had come out before the Z8. Matt Irwin on YouTube gave a great review on this camera. He raved about the IBIS being a bit better than the Z8 or Z9.
 

bluzman

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Back in 2019, I bought a Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens for my D7500. It's a fine lens. Over time, I found that its weight (2.5 pounds) when hand holding was becoming an issue for me. In early 2022, I sold it to a friend who loved it on his D750. Meanwhile, I acquired a Tamron AF 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 DI-II VC HLD.

It's one pound lighter than the Sigma and I got some very nice images with it on both my D7500 and D500. I made the purchase with my eyes wide open, realizing that some design compromises were inherent in a lens with such a large focal length range. One of the things I noticed was that 2.5 stops of vibration compensation (VC) seemed marginal for shooting wildlife hand held. I'll admit that that may be on me but, nevertheless, I wanted something better.

With that as a goal, a week ago I traded the Tamron to MPB for a used full frame Nikon AF-P FX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR. It's basically the same weight as the Tamron, and it's VR rated at 4.5 stops. When used on a DX format camera (the only kind of ILC I own), it's angle of view is that of a 105-450mm lens on an FX camera.
 

TwistedThrottle

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I've watched this one go in and out of stock since I learned about it. No way I'm shelling out $1800+for the Voigtlander 50mm f1.0 and the plastic fantastic Nikon 40mm f2 doesn't interest me in the slightest.

Voigtlander 40mm f1.2

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TwistedThrottle

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Nikon 400mm f4.5
Finally pulled the trigger! Been without my 150-600 for quite a while and the refurbished sale through nikon usa dot com was enough for me to jump on it. I dont get a nikon box with it but it looks brand new and I saved hundreds of dollars this way. Without the hood, it feels smaller and lighter than my 70-200mm f2.8. Looking forward to stretching its legs!
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bluzman

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I got a Nikkor Z DX 12-28mm f/3.5-5.6 PZ VR yesterday. I mainly shoot with my DSLRs, but I dipped my toe in the mirrorless pool in January 2020. Back then, I bought a package from Adorama that included the Nikon Z50 with both kit lenses (Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR and Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR) and the FTZ adapter. I really like the camera and I keep it in the regular rotation. Since I got the kit, I've added a Nikon Z FX 24-70mm f/4 S lens and a Viltrox Z DX 23mm F1.4 AF prime to my gear.

When I want to use the Z50 for wide angle shots, I've been doing it with the FTZ adapter and an AF-P DX 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR. Recently, though, I decided to get a Z mount wide angle lens. Although the 12-28mm power zoom seems more aimed at the vlogging folks with a Zfc or Z30, the Z50's firmware updates insure that the Z50 can use the power zoom feature, too. I verified that after I got the lens.

No images yet. It's just too damn cold for me to spend any time shooting outdoors, but I'll post something once I do.

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blackstar

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I got a Nikkor Z DX 12-28mm f/3.5-5.6 PZ VR yesterday. I mainly shoot with my DSLRs, but I dipped my toe in the mirrorless pool in January 2020. Back then, I bought a package from Adorama that included the Nikon Z50 with both kit lenses (Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR and Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR) and the FTZ adapter. I really like the camera and I keep it in the regular rotation. Since I got the kit, I've added a Nikon Z FX 24-70mm f/4 S lens and a Viltrox Z DX 23mm F1.4 AF prime to my gear.

When I want to use the Z50 for wide angle shots, I've been doing it with the FTZ adapter and an AF-P DX 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR. Recently, though, I decided to get a Z mount wide angle lens. Although the 12-28mm power zoom seems more aimed at the vlogging folks with a Zfc or Z30, the Z50's firmware updates insure that the Z50 can use the power zoom feature, too. I verified that after I got the lens.

No images yet. It's just too damn cold for me to spend any time shooting outdoors, but I'll post something once I do.

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I am interested to know how the Viltrox Z DX 23mm F1.4 AF prime serves you as a wide-angle lens.
 

bluzman

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I am interested to know how the Viltrox Z DX 23mm F1.4 AF prime serves you as a wide-angle lens.
I bought the Viltrox because I wanted a fast, affordable Z DX format prime with AF that was essentially a 35mm equivalent lens. When I bought it in 2021, didn't Nikon offered any Z DX primes. Now there is a Z DX 24mm f/1.7 that's smaller and cheaper. It's also lighter than the Viltrox but I think that's because the latter is mainly metal and has a more complex optical set up.

I don't use the Viltrox as a wide angle lens. Before I bought the 12-28mm, I'd either use an F-mount 10-20mm with the FTZ adapter or my 16-50mm Z mount kit lens, depending on how wide a shot I wanted.
 
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