Cheap Telephoto Lens: Bower 500mm F/8 Review

Cheap Telephoto Lens: Bower 500mm F/8 Review

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.

How To: Build a Fanless, Silent PC

How To:  Build a Fanless, Silent PC

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!

How To: Install mSATA SSD Alienware 14

How To: Install mSATA SSD Alienware 14

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

Harbor Freight Vulcan MIGMAX 215: Review Pt 1

Harbor Freight Vulcan MIGMAX 215:  Review Pt 1

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

Harbor Freight Vulcan MIGMAX 215: Review Pt 2, Welding

Harbor Freight Vulcan MIGMAX 215: Review Pt 2, Welding

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

Brushless Motor Underwater

Brushless Motor Underwater

Just like the title says. I'm just showing that a brushless R/C motor works fine underwater.

Stock CPU Cooler, Testing Pre-Applied Thermal Compound

Stock CPU Cooler, Testing Pre-Applied Thermal Compound

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.

Cheap Flux Core Welder Testing - With Cut and Etch

Cheap Flux Core Welder Testing - With Cut and Etch

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.

Forney Easy Weld 125FC Review and Performance Testing

Forney Easy Weld 125FC Review and Performance Testing

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.

Surefire Titan Plus Review W/Beam Comparison

Surefire Titan Plus Review W/Beam Comparison

Amazing how long I can talk about a flashlight, right? This is a review of the new Titan Plus flashlight from Surefire. I really like this new light from Surefire. I'm a bit obsessed with flashlights, and this new one really hits a sweet spot for me. Hopefully you will have an idea if it's the right flashlight for you after watching this video. Pardon the bumbling and rambling, it's what I do. The outdoor beam shots and comparisons are near the end of the video (along with a story and brief clip of some deer I spotted with another of my Surefire flashlights). Thanks for watching. If you are interested in more flashlight reviews let me know. I found my lost Streamlight Microstream after making this video. That light has a brighter, whiter beam than the LED Lenser P2, and provides a bit more lighting around the main spot than the P2 as well. If there is any interest, maybe I'll do a video showing all three. P.S. YouTube tends to make videos look a bit darker than normal. I tweaked the brightness a bit to make the beam shots look more like it did before it uploaded.

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