Easter, the one holiday that never occurs on the same day of each year, is right around the corner. To celebrate, I thought I’d go ahead and put my Easter Photography Wish List out there, in hopes that The Easter Bunny brings me some real goodies in addition to all the chocolate and spring spheres that I’m hoping to get in my basket.
With my growing arsenal of Speedlights, and increasing addiction to AA batteries, I need a battery charger that’s up to the task. The Maha PowerEX MH-C801D will charge 8 of these bad boys in an hour. Enough for a pair of Nikon SB-900s, or 1 and 4/5 SB-800s. (I use the 5th battery compartment.)
Battery chargers are not all the same. The cheap, so called “quick chargers” simply don’t do the job right and are not worth it if you demand high performance out of your batteries. Of course, I’ll also need a few PowerEX AA 4-packs as well to go with my new charger, or a few sets of Sanyo Eneloops, which also get very high ratings from many Speedlight users.
It has no cover to lose, it simply folds into itself and fits on a keychain, around your neck, in your pocket- no wait, you might lose it in there. And it’s small enough that you could fit two or three of them inside a plastic easter egg. Hint hint.
3. Another Manfrotto 74″ Nanostand
I’ve got a couple of these already, but since I just acquired another Speedlight, it might not be bad to have a third. They’re built well, they’re super lightweight, and they fold up smaller than most tripods. Three of these things, a couple of umbrellas and a few flashes will easily fit in carry-on size baggage. Plus they’re only 50 bucks.