Camera Electronic Tag

Camera Electronic has always been an emporium - and you are encouraged to go look at the dictionary definition of the word. It has sold a vast array of goods over the last 50 years and it has had an advantage over many of the competitors - the owners and operators have maintained secondhand dealer's licences all during that time. This has given the shop the chance to see a lot more of the gear that is actually in use throughout the state - and in some cases it has allowed us to trade it in as well. Has everything that's come past the door sill been good? No. There have been some hair-raising cameras made in the past 100 years and quite a few of them got to Perth in the hands of tourists and migrants. When they palled, the owners would come in and try to sell them. In most cases they could be refused politely - and if we had a chance to show the more modern goods the customer went off with something more suitable. Some could...

I have permission to tell you this tale - from the principal in the story. A noted international photographer who lives in Perth worked hard all day - indeed he works hard every day because he is good at what he does and the people who buy photography buy it from him. Anyway, he went home in his car and unloaded it. But due to the hard working day and the need to continue that hard work with the post - processing, he had a little lapse of memory - he left a bag of Profoto portable studio strobes in his car. Don't judge him - we all forget sometimes. He was awoken next morning by the neighbour telling him that his car had been damaged. Indeed - a back window stove in by some random thief and that bag of Profotos gone...

Okay, let's cut to the punchline straight away. I want one of these. If you are a photographer who shoots weddings, shows, portraits, fashion, or editorial, you want one - or two - as well. Stefan Gosatti does all these things and he's just had a chance to test out the new Profoto B10 over the last few days. He's rapt with them, his pictures prove that they work like a locomotive, and he's spending some of his own money to buy some. He showed us how it all works last night at the Northbridge Hotel - courtesy of Camera Electronic and CR Kennedy. The unit has the classic Profoto mount and controls in a body the size of a large soup can. The style has the sort of Scandinavian slickness that we used to see with B&O and Sonab.  There's a classic Profoto glass diffuser on the front and the large illuminated LCD panel at the back. The lump on the side's the lithium-ion battery. The light stand mount on the bottom is detachable - there is provision to swing any of...

Recently it was pointed out to me that I sometimes cook up the posts here in the Camera Electronic weblog column with a lot of the same ingredients - specifically with items from the Fujifilm shelf. That's actually a fair call, and I looked in my photographic pantry to see why. It turns out that I am in the habit of reaching for the ingredients that I am most familiar with - and I noticed that I also do so when I am cooking food in our kitchen. There is also the factor that I have a number of recipes that I have perfected and that I know will turn out* - when I've got guests coming I revert to the old standards. Well, now that I realise it, it's time to change the pattern. I am going to try to feature more brands in the future and to find some way to give them more cooking time before they are served. In photographic terms this means I'll have to find some way to operate the equipment that people want to read about for...