This is a short review of the Bower 500mm f/8 lens (also applies to the Rokinon, Vivitar and Opteka 500mm f/8 lenses). It's a manual lens with only OK optical quality. But for the price it offers a 500mm focal length that can get you shots that you just couldn't get otherwise. If you really want a long telephoto lens, but can't afford $1000+, this lens offers good value at less than $100. I hope this video helps you decide if one of these lenses could work for you. If you have any questions post them in the comments. Thanks for watching. Links to photos taken with this lens: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5-X_dSWXdPScXVuRzJRUm9rUk0/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5-X_dSWXdPSOFJ1TGVJTE5UTmc/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5-X_dSWXdPST1FMNkVRRlVVVjg/view?usp=sharing I can't say definitively that this is the best you can get from the lens, but it's the best I could get in each of these scenarios. Only mild tweaking performed in Lightroom.
This is a build video/tutorial on building a fanless, silent PC with the Akasa Euler case. This isn't meant to be an exhaustive tutorial on all things to do with building your first PC, but it does show the entire build of this PC from start to finish, including all steps. Just a quick note, Thin Mini ITX motherboards are becoming scarce, and only a few days after I purchased this case, they disappeared from Newegg's site. They are still available from other sources, but keep in mind that availability of components for this exact build may be limited going forward. Hope this is helpful to someone. Thanks for watching!
This is a brief how-to on installing an mSATA SSD as the main boot drive with a fresh Windows install in a new Alienware 14 laptop. I just give basic instructions on installing the drive, setting the boot order, and getting Windows installed. The original HDD is left in place as a storage drive. This is my first how-to ever and I'm just winging the dialogue, so forgive me if it's not great (it's not). Hope it's helpful to someone out there who is looking to perform this upgrade. Disclaimer: I'm hardly a computer expert. This is what I did and what worked for me. You shouldn't do this unless you are comfortable with the basics of installing components and setting up a fresh install of Windows. I don't go into detail about the actual installation of Windows or drivers. Here is the SSD I used: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820249031
The new Vulcan line of welders for Harbor Freight are now available, and people are interested in how they perform. They represent an attempt by Harbor Freight to offer better welders that compete favorably with name brand welders, but this means they are a lot more expensive than what you might expect from Harbor Freight. I picked one up to find out for myself it they are worth the money. This video is part one, where I just give an overview of the features and included accessories, as well as giving my first impressions of the build quality. I will upload part two soon, where I will do some welding it the machine and see how it does. Part 2: https://youtu.be/zL1sKFBvdoE
This is the second part of my review of the Vulcan MIGMAX 215 welder from Harbor Freight. In this video I show some welding arc shots and the resulting welds. I also give my overall opinion of the welder, now that I have arc time with the machine. Part 1: https://youtu.be/f-EIRi96GWA
Picked up the cheapest flux core, wire feed welder I could get locally, to see what results I could get. Welded some joints and did some cut and etch testing. Pleasantly surprised with the results.
This is some testing of a stock Intel CPU Cooler with pre-applied thermal compound. Followed up with testing of the same setup with Arctic MX-4 thermal compound and comparing the results to see if it's worth the time to remove the pre-applied paste and use something else. I didn't test multiple different thermal compounds, but I think the results give a good overall indication of whether or not it's worth the effort to remove the factory applied paste and apply your own.
Just like the title says. I'm just showing that a brushless R/C motor works fine underwater.
This is a review of the Forney Easy Weld 125FC. It is a 120V flux core only wire feed welder. It is very inexpensive, and the reasons why show themselves in this review.
This is part 1 of my review of the ESAB Rebel EM215ic MIG welder. In this first part I go over the included parts and accessories and give an overall look at the machine. At least in terms of features and specs, this machine compares very favorably for the money with the Millermatic 211 and the Lincoln 180C dual voltage. The Lincoln 210MP is hard to beat for the price. The Lincoln does offer multi-process functionality over the Rebel EM, but at this time the Rebel EM was about $350 less expensive than the 210MP. I will be making and uploading a part two as soon as I can get it done. Part two will be welding with the machine, showing the results and giving my impressions of the how the machine does in use.