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Okay, there are days and days. And some days you are in a daze.I have to confess that I have forgotten to take a picture of the subject of this column - the Canon SX 60 HS camera. It was in my hand for a day, and I shot pictures all over the place with it, and then forgot to set it down on the table and take a picture of it. My only excuse is I was so excited about what it does that I concentrated on that and let the external appearance go.Okay, You're looking at this weblog column on a computer. Google over to the Camera Electronic site for the camera and see what it looks like and read the gush about it. Then come back and I'll tell you what I found out.Right. The target buyer for this camera has always been stated to be the newbie African or Alaskan traveller. They would benefit from the long zoom contained in the camera and as it can be run in a pretty sophisticated way straight out of...

If you are allergic to cynicism, switch off now. The next couple of paragraphs are going to make you itch. If you can stand it, read on.Any sales network makes money for itself by selling you things - which you know perfectly well. In many trades this can be a seasonal or annual effort - look at what the clothing fashion people do to you four times a year - and think what the automobile makers try to do with yearly model changes and annual sales. If you've lots of money and the psychological need for novelty then all is well - you suit the trades and they suit you.On the other hand, if you want to, or have to, be careful with your money you are not quite the market that the manufacturers seek...

Okay, This is a fun product. If you are authorised to have fun you may continue reading. If you have received a cease and desist order from the fun police please continue on with another blog post. We'll be running one on responsible behaviour later in the month.The Lume Cube is a sealed light that can be used to take pictures with whatever action camera or smart mobile device you might have. When we say sealed we really mean sealed - the manufacturer cautions you not to open the back since if you do the warranty will leak away. Otherwise you are free to take the thing diving to 100 ft.Inside the case is an LED light - an extremely bright one - a battery, and enough electronics to control it through 10 steps of  steady illumination and a flash mode as well. You can pump the thing up and down manually with two control buttons on the top or use a Bluetooth - equipped device and an App to fiddle with it remotely.This latter option will also give you...

Looking around at the tripod heads in the shop it occurred to me that only two of the manufacturers really get it - they are aiming themselves at the big end of the market - by the smallest means.Consider - when we put an image up on the computer screen in, say, Photoshop, we get the option to select something and move it in infinitesimal increments by using up down and sideways keys. We can't achieve the same degree of precision with trackpads, tablets, or mice and the computer people know it - so we get the electronic equivalent of a fine-tune control.We also can't achieve the fine control of cameras that we need on conventonal tripod heads - if we are working with a ball head it falls all over the place as soon as we loosen it - even the three-way heads are crude pivots when we need fine movement.Arca-Swiss and Manfrotto addressed this in their separate ways by putting mechanical creepers on their cube head and the 405 three-way head. In each case there is a crude...

The humble adapter ring is seen in many camera bags - an enthusiast decides to put a filter that they already have onto a new lens. If the filter is larger than the lens size, the adapter ring is a step-up ring. If the filter is smaller, the adapter ring is a step-down ring. The idea would seem to be simple.The Tower of Babel was also a simple idea; just build upwards. And didn't that work out well...

Few of us have occasion to shoot digital intra-oral photographs - but the few that do need to have perfect results.Perfectionism is a philosophical concept, and you can sit under the olive trees and debate it as much as you want ( wine and cheese optional...

This device has three layers.The front layer is Leica M-series mount.The middle layer is Voigtländer.The back layer is Sony E-series mount.The side ring says it is a VM-E Close focus adapter but when I combined a Leica 50mm Elmar lens and a Sony A 6000 camera I got infinity focus looking east towards Bulwer Street. I initially thought that this was just the effect of Bulwer Street...

Those of you who follow the Subbuteo football league will have seen that their fixtures for the coming season include a number of night matches. Providing adequate lighting for the stadium during these games has always been problematical - the use of desk lamps means trailing electrical cords across the floor and sometimes these fall over and injure the players. Plus they are hot - summer matches can be hot and sweaty affairs at the best of times.Cullmann, the innovative German tripod and camera support people and Ledgo, the Chinese LED light firm have an answer for this. The Cullmann Flexx Support System and the Cullmann Copter miniature tripod with the CB4 head and shoe mount provide easily-portable towers that will direct the Ledgo LG-B56 bank of lights down upon the playing field. Two of these arrays should be enough to illuminate the standard pitch and the spectators will be rewarded with an authentic look to the game. If four towers are used it should be as good as the MCG or Wembley Stadium.On an odder note, some people may...