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Useless or absurd accessories
« on: December 09, 2013, 11:55:50 AM »
What have you seen for idiotic accessories or for items that were just not thought out....

I saw a car window mount tripod head..... You roll down the window, slip it over the edge of the glass, and mount your camera or spotting scope to it. This one was marketed as XXXXXX window mount, real tree camouflage. Why would you need camouflage? With a couple of square inches of camouflage the critters will not be able to see you? That somehow they will miss the car, the big white lens, and the person behind it, but it is the tiny mount that matters?

Sort of like camouflage flashlights :)
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« on: December 09, 2013, 11:55:50 AM »

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Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2013, 12:05:23 PM »
With a couple of square inches of camouflage the critters will not be able to see you?



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Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2013, 12:38:37 PM »
   A dedicated photographer will have his entire automobile painted in camouflage to match the tripod.

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Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2013, 12:57:06 PM »
Useless or absurd accessories - how about every iPhone photo accessory :o

Not to mention every circular split ND filter - unless you like the horizon dead center in every shot!

The most useless accessory I have spent my money on is a memory card wallet.  I have NEVER used it.  I'm glad it was cheap.

The most absurd accessory I own is have is my Better Beamer.  Yes, it works great, but that fresnel lens burns a hole in equipment in record time, especially in the Florida sun.  It has it's uses, but I only use it about 0.01% of time, even though I carry it with me 80% of the time.

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Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2013, 01:12:07 PM »

The most useless accessory I have spent my money on is a memory card wallet.  I have NEVER used it.  I'm glad it was cheap.


If it is a fabric one cut out the seam between the pockets and use it as a gel holder. First seen from Joe MacNally and subsequently made by ThinkTank.

http://www.joemcnally.com/blog/2010/10/11/staying-organized/

http://www.thinktankphoto.com/products/strobegelwallet.aspx?code=AP-190

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Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2013, 01:26:46 PM »
What have you seen for idiotic accessories or for items that were just not thought out....
Where do I begin  ;D ... I bought lots of idiotic accessories that I'm too embarrassed  to mention here :-[
But here is one that I'm not too embarrassed to mention: cheap sh!t tripods ... I didn't learn my lesson the first time, so bought another and another and another (total 6 crap tripods) 4 of which are lying around, broken, in dust in some deep corner of the garage. :D  ... why do I keep them around you ask? well, once in a while I get possessed by the DIY demon and watch some youtube video, where some guy turns his broken tripod into a "turbo" stabilizer rig or a crane or a jib and what not ... and it looks so freaking simple ... so I think, yeah, I can do that! ... so I try only to give up  after a little while ... this struggle continues, hoping to hit jackpot one day ;D
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Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2013, 01:31:37 PM »
I love my Better Beamer, but generally would not use it in the sun, rather on a dull day to light things up far away. If there is a shadow in bright sun that needs to be illuminated, certainly, there could be a issue if you stand in the sun and  let it cast a beam on your flash unit.

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Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2013, 01:33:53 PM »
I find the neck strap that comes with most brands of cameras to be useless and absurd, its only good for giving my neck some serious pains.  apparently Canon understands this, since they sent me a good neck strap as a CPS member.

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Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2013, 01:37:00 PM »
I bought a micro camera to clip onto Fluffy's collar to see what she did all day. The camera was set to take an image every 10 seconds. I managed to capture 9 hours of sleeping cat.

I tried it on her outside. She came back without camera and collar. I never found it.
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Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2013, 01:49:32 PM »
I managed to capture 9 hours of sleeping cat.

That would not be the worst thing I've seen posted on YouTube..........by a long shot.

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Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2013, 01:57:00 PM »
I managed to capture 9 hours of sleeping cat.

That would not be the worst thing I've seen posted on YouTube..........by a long shot.
Andy Warhol made a movie of some guy sleeping for 5+ hours - maybe you can submit your movie to Sundance ;)
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Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2013, 01:58:01 PM »
White lens hood for my 70-200 f4 L IS.

I love it.

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Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2013, 01:59:43 PM »
I managed to capture 9 hours of sleeping cat.

That would not be the worst thing I've seen posted on YouTube..........by a long shot.

Reminds me of an old Garfield ( the cat) cartoon .

Garfield wakes up and gives a big stretch. "hmm, sleeping makes me hungry".

Eats his food. Gives big yawn. "hmm, eating makes me sleepy"

Curls back up in his bed. "life is good".

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« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2013, 02:41:27 PM »
...and nothing like a camo first aid kit. Oops...I dropped it somewher...aaaaah. Camo kit + camo'd users = lost dead body that'll probably never be found.

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Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2013, 02:47:44 PM »
Mini-softbox for on camera flash...

Tied with the "tripod" that has flexible legs and can supposedly wrap around a fence post or branch.  (The brand name has something to do with primates.)  Yeah, it might work with a smartphone attached, but not a dSLR of any size or brand.

Both of these things are in my private museum of stupidity--a box in our garage.

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« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2013, 02:47:44 PM »