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There are few products on the modern photographic shop shelves that will strike fear into the hearts of evil-doers. Mind you, there's a couple of new cameras that will cause you to blench and hold your wallet tighter, but that is not quite the same thing.  Here is a genuine Super-Hero product.No, it's not that brand of cameras. I said Super-Hero. I'm talking about the ME FotoA35W monopod.It works through the normal day as a mild-mannered camera support for a major newspaper - but when danger threatens Metropolis or Gotham City or Attadale and Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are all off on vacation the terrified citizens can call on ME Foto Man to protect them - because he has one of these monopods.The secret is not in the leg of the monopod - that is a five-part aluminium tube with heavy twist locks and rubberised grips. Extends out to 1.5 metres at the longest to support a heavy camera and lens close to the eye. The secret is in the solid-metal knob at the top.Collapse the smallest tube into...

Go to the magazine rack of any newsagency and look at the car magazines. Bypass the 4WD and luxury European sedans and look for the hot rod and street car magazines*.Somewhere in there will be one that refers to Old Skool cars. The definition is a little fuzzy - they're talking about vehicles that are prior to 1966...

The first of October is just over a week away - Thursday morning will dawn before you know it and you need to be prepared for it now. Here's a Camera Electronic checklist to ensure that you will be ready in time:1. Do you have that second camera body? If your first one fails on the evening of the 30th of September, will you have a second one ready to take over? Better call into the shop and purchase another one now and get the battery charged up in time for Thursday. A couple of spare lenses would be a good idea too.2. Is your camera set properly? If you have just been fooling around recently or experimenting with different settings you may lose valuable time on Thursday morning re-configuring it. best do it now and then attach a tag to the camera strap lugs with a ready-to-go code. Flouro colours work best for this.3. Have you remembered the grounding stake and connecting cable?4. No-one likes a card snatcher - when you suddenly need more memory it is really bad...

Those of you with a historical bent will know what title means. The rest will think we are discussing building detail. Which leads into the topic of the post - architectural photography.Never mind what you thought architecture was. It might have been that way but it isn't any more. Universities and Institutes of Technology turn out hundreds of architects each year and from the looks of some of the designs they produce a few of them have even less sense of responsibility than photography students...

We hear this from clients quite regularly and note internet warnings about stolen photo equipment every month. Insurance companies contact us for quotes to replace cameras and lenses. It is really becoming a series of horror tales.We cannot say who steals the stuff, nor can we say what becomes of it. Anything that is presented for sale or trade here is VERY thoroughly scrutinised by the tech staff, the sales staff, and our second-hand expert. Then it is vetted by the WA Police through their computer and investigative services. So far I have only seen one instance where our commercial vigilance needed the attention of Mr. Plod, but when it did, the response was fast and magic.Unfortunately we often hear that photographic equipment has been stolen from motor vehicles while the owner is off taking pictures. This would seem to argue that some of the more popular photo locations have a population of thieves that monitor who is visiting. and what they have in their car. We all have a tendency to take more than we use, and if we...

Ringing up the Help Desk at a major corporation is an experience. So is stepping on a rusty nail. You always remember the first time you did it and it makes you cautious for a long time afterwards.Many of the desks are automated  - much like the Death Star in the Star Wars movies. You cannot approach to the actual command structure without passing layer upon layer of automated voices and "press 2 for fried chicken and/or semiconductor design". That and the laser cannons.You are cautioned that whatever you say will be recorded for "training purposes". They imply that their staff will be trained, but in reality it is you - the caller - who is being trained. Trained to sit there patiently while they play " Greensleeves " to you. I don't know about you, but I want an ice cream with my " Greensleeves "...

I am always amazed when I note that the manufacturers of regular flash-light batteries  managed to make AAA, AA, C, and D cells and by and large the products of any particular maker are fairly similar to the same class from another factory. Of course there can be a variation in the supplies - some have lots of electricity and some don't - also some leak and some don't. But generally an AA cell will fit in an AA holder no matter who made it.Not so for Li-ion batteries. Each maker seems to have a different shape or size, and not just different from other firms - different from themslves. It is a rare and welcome thing for the developing line of new cameras to contain the same battery three years in a row.A nightmare for the user? For the stockist? Wait until you consider what those batteries do inside the cameras...