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« on: January 25, 2011, 04:14:04 AM »
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What is the most useless photographic gadget or accessory that you have purchased, been given or stolen that has come into your possession?  I will start it off. A Lowepro 400 aw back pack. I could get all of my possesions and half my debts into one. Too big. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2011, 06:47:38 AM »
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Flash brackets. All of them. Every single one.
I've given up and gone radio.
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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2011, 12:00:23 PM »
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Cheap $15-20 tripods. I've broken all 4 I've had. Then I finally bought a manfrotto, for $100. If I'd only started there....
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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2011, 12:30:23 PM »
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Collapsible rubber lens hoods...
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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2011, 01:04:02 PM »
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The Arctic Butterfly I got for the work 5D mkII. There has been no need to use it.

I had the original Arctic Butterfly for my 20D and it worked quite well however it was one of the worst industrial designs that I have seen. It constantly fell apart getting dirt on the brush. It finally fell apart once too often and this time the brush snapped off. Maybe they should have gotten someone from Oral B to design it.

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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2011, 02:13:39 PM »
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Probably everything. Once there's no work, it's not a heap of use.

If the question was wider, I'd probably have to say the new car: should never have gone smaller; should have gone out in a blaze of glory instead. Never thought about the effect your car can have on your self-image. Must be an age thing: I forgot.

;-(

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« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2011, 07:55:02 PM »
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it's a photographic accessory  Wink
Without  it , we couldn't get there to take all these pictures !

everyone should have an old beat up pickup truck  Grin
it's a necessity !

Greatly improves the attitude  with or without the dog  Grin

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« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2011, 08:49:37 PM »
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I have the truck and the dog. Never though of taking a picture of the truck, but here's the dog, Jake, on his couch in my office. I include him in pictures often.
Most useless thing I have is a wife.
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« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2011, 03:35:40 AM »
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it's a photographic accessory  Wink
Without  it , we couldn't get there to take all these pictures !

everyone should have an old beat up pickup truck  Grin
it's a necessity !

Greatly improves the attitude  with or without the dog  Grin

Frank


Well I've still got the beat up Escort (not really beat up, just rusting because of the salty sea air), but it's sitting in the dealer's awaiting either a cheap sale or the scrap heap and severe compression. The problem with a small new one is that I've come to the rather late conclusion that it looks like the best you can afford, which isn't the case; what is the case is that so much constant talk about 'crisis' has spooked me into acting and believing, wrongly, that my own crisis is financial where, in truth, it's worse than that: it's emotional. So I've effed myself yet again. I don't recommend it.

Having said which, the basic problem (mine) with cars has always been the same as with boats: I've never been able to afford what I really, really want, so with boats I've simply not bought any. You can't live like that with cars - they are essentials.

;-(

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« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2011, 10:45:25 AM »
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I have the truck and the dog. Never though of taking a picture of the truck, but here's the dog, Jake, on his couch in my office. I include him in pictures often.
Most useless thing I have is a wife.




Interesting take, which I hope is a jest.

My most valuable asset, ever, was my wife.

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« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2011, 01:00:56 PM »
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The Arctic Butterfly

+1, if the blower wont shift the crud, then I usually just do a wet clean.
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« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2011, 01:05:56 PM »
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Interesting take, which I hope is a jest.

My most valuable asset, ever, was my wife.

I'll second that.  My wife is more than my partner, best friend, confidante, advisor...

Mike.
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« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2011, 03:53:10 PM »
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"Digital Photographer's Handbook", by Tom Ang.
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« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2011, 05:02:53 PM »
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"Digital Photographer's Handbook", by Tom Ang.

Not seen that particular book that I can recall but I'd go along with the sentiment. They all seem to be something of an ego trip for the author and particularly useless in explaining just how a camera works.

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« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2011, 05:58:58 PM »
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A couple of 8x10" film holders that I missed when I got rid of the camera,
Hanging film holders for processing sheet film (I could never get even development with them; tray processing always worked just fine),
My assortment of lenscaps that don't fit any lenses I've owned for many years,
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« Reply #15 on: January 26, 2011, 06:29:54 PM »
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What is the most useless photographic gadget or accessory that you have purchased, ...

Every piece of Minolta, Nikon, Canon
- bought before (or after) I could afford a Leica R-equipment.
As simple as that.

Well, this would have been my answer fifteen years ago.
Today I'm unsure. The 'war chest' is bigger than my willingness to buy.

Peter

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« Reply #16 on: January 26, 2011, 07:47:46 PM »
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Well I've still got the beat up Escort (not really beat up, just rusting because of the salty sea air), but it's sitting in the dealer's awaiting either a cheap sale or the scrap heap and severe compression. The problem with a small new one is that I've come to the rather late conclusion that it looks like the best you can afford, which isn't the case; what is the case is that so much constant talk about 'crisis' has spooked me into acting and believing, wrongly, that my own crisis is financial where, in truth, it's worse than that: it's emotional. So I've effed myself yet again. I don't recommend it.

Having said which, the basic problem (mine) with cars has always been the same as with boats: I've never been able to afford what I really, really want, so with boats I've simply not bought any. You can't live like that with cars - they are essentials.

;-(

Rob C


That's why the dog is so important.

Frank
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« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2011, 02:46:15 AM »
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Lowe Pro Dryzone 200. I once fell into a pond, barely managing to keep the 5D and 300 2.8L above my head. Told myself it would never happen again and bought the Dryzone. Started daydreaming about fancy photographic adventures in hostile locations. There was only one problem though: the bag was so cumbersome to use I spent more time packing/unpacking stuff than taking pictures.
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« Reply #18 on: January 27, 2011, 10:02:22 AM »
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A couple of 8x10" film holders that I missed when I got rid of the camera,

Eric,

I'd be happy to take those off your hands....I'll pay shipping.
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« Reply #19 on: January 27, 2011, 11:14:20 AM »
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Eric,

I'd be happy to take those off your hands....I'll pay shipping.

Joe,

Let me look for them and see what condition they're in. I know I got them (well-) used, but I always kept them in individual plastic bags to lessen dust and spotting. I'll pm you as soon as I've located them.

Eric
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