Promaster Tag

Regular readers of the blog will remember the ones about Honl - the accessory company for strobists. We've been selling their softboxes, grids, gels, and camera wraps for some time now.Time has come to declare a 20% off sale for these - to continue until the current stock is exhausted. This is a good opportunity for all users of portable flash - Nikon, Canon, Nissan, Promaster, etc. - to take control of that flash out there in the real ( dark) world and do some professional portraits.Note for users of off-camers flash systems that depend upon IR to control the flash:The Honl softboxes that fit on the front of the flash do so in such a way that they do not obscure the IR receptors on the flash units. This is a problem for some other brands and you get misfires if the IR port is shielded. Honl can be used with the SB 700 with confidence....

Well, just one.When you have printed your Ilford or Epson paper on your Epson inkjet printer and laid the print aside to dry for the requisite period, what do you do?1. Forget where you put it and set a sloppy coffee cup down on it.2. Find it the next day lining the budgie cage.3. Trim it accurately and mount it for the club competition.4. All the above in that order.I find it is helpful to wander around the workroom looking for my glasses until I stumble on the print. I do not enter club competitions but nevertheless I try to keep a printed archive as well as the electric images in the hard drive. This has saved my zebra on two occasions when I deleted the very files I needed.Separate note: Do not purchase gold ingots, contract marriage, or edit electronic images after 10:00 at night - it always ends badly.But to the point. We sell a rather natty Promaster rotary trimmer for the No.4 stage listed above. It seems to be square on the paper guide and blade path...

Those of you old enough to remember the 1970's may remember where - that - line comes from.The real reason we are featuring lens cleaning products is that we have so many of them and you all need them. This town is full of dirty glass, as any day at our or repair counter will attest. The wise people have dirty filters on clean lenses and the foolish people have dirty lenses, but that is another tale - today it is the question of cleaning glass.Firstly - do not get it dirty. Use a lens caps and keep your fingers out of the lens hood -and if you are subject to environments that are dusty, brush or blow it off the glass with a blower or a soft brush. If the environment includes oil, fingerprints, dog nose prints, or fragments of egg-salad sandwich with mayonnaise, you will have to go on to the active cleaning.Look at the head and tail images. These products are all designed to get after those heavier contaminants. You'll see three packets of dry lens tissue...

If you are a regular reader*of this blog, it is unlikely that you will need this product. But you most likely are a source of inspiration and advice about photography for many other people. Nieces, nephews, sons and daughters, workmates etc. - they all depend upon you to steer them right when it comes to image making.They are fortunate in that you are a real person, rather than just an electronic name on a screen. They can get rumours and rants all day in the photography forums and come away as confused as when they started. Much of what they read will be nonsense pushed at them anonymously - with no way to check up on it. In many cases, you - the real photo enthusiast or professional - are the Snopes for them - you can sort out fact from fiction.So - you've got a student who needs a 35mm SLR to start a Uni or TAFE course. You can send them to the photo markets in Leederville to pick up what they might find - or to Cash...

Yes, indeed you do - unless you are going to take all your pictures with a Leica M2 or a Hasselblad 500C/M you are going to need some sort of battery - either for a light meter or a motor drive or a digital camera. Nit-pickers may be able to point out that there has been some sort of photo apparatus that ran from a hand-generator or burning olive oil, but they are welcome to the sort of images it might have  produced - along with the nits...

Did you know who the largest supplier of digital camera connector cords, camera chargers, and mobile phone charges the world is?Hilton Hotel chain. They source them from the things that travellers forget in their rooms when they check out.We get daily calls for camera cords and chargers, and nearly always we advise the frantic tourists to get a universal charger and a memory card reader. The card readers transfer the data much faster than most cords and the camera batteries are not depleted in the process. They are also much cheaper than replacement cords, particularly when you find a manufacturer that picks a totally unique socket for their cameraHerewith please note three readers in stock now. The tiny Promaster for SD only, the mighty Hoodman for SD and CF and the SanDisk for SD, CF, and Memory stick. If your camera uses the Guatemalan FDQ/X-3 card with the reverse frammis, don't lose your cord.On another topic, look through the viewfinder or screen of your camera and point the lens at the Eiffel Tower. If the tower looks fuzzy and pink,...

It is amazing the number of times the simple cable release is needed in photography - particularly now that most cameras do not take a mechanical cable release.Apart from my Fuji, and your Leica, and a few others I cannot remember, most other serious cameras need an electric command to fire off. You plug something into a socket on the camera and then press a button on the other end of either a cable or a wireless link.Promaster have catered for this sort of thing with a rather wide range of remote releases. They make them for a number of cameras; Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Pentax, etc and they can be had with either a solid cable or an IR link.You can even get sophisticated timers that allow delayed triggering or interval shooting - time lapse photography is very much the in thing right now. Not confined to just scientific images either - the recent video of the Indianapolis 500 snail races was rivetting.Here is a variety of their releases in their packaging. Note that they are also at a very...