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Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« Reply #30 on: December 09, 2013, 11:31:17 PM »
And one of the few items (I know, it's not Photographic) but is a bigger lesson in Futility is.....
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I bet most of us have at least one Rubik's cube, hoping to crack it one day ... I probably bought at least 7 or 8 of them int he past 30 or more years ... but still haven't cracked it ... 10 seconds and I just give up. ;D
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Re: Useless or absurd accessories
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Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« Reply #31 on: December 10, 2013, 12:21:33 AM »
I have one languishing in my closet too.

Someone once said (may have been my Father), when you have a great idea, wait awhile, it generally goes away.

The attached is one of the most useless pieces of equipment I've ever had a good idea about.

I think in these Images the "joints" must have been super glued.
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Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« Reply #32 on: December 10, 2013, 12:24:15 AM »
What is that blue and yellow accessory of yours in the background on the floor, and exactly what do you use it for?

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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 :)

I believe it is intended to mount on the window of a deer blind while hunting.  I actually have a black Bass Pro version. Only used it once.  Most of the deer blinds I am in have a window seal that is two wide.  I know that it shows it attached to a car window but that is ridiculous. 

When I first started I bought a very cheep $19.95 Dynex tripod.  Being low on funds and insisting on owning a tripod it was my only option at the time. 

First thing the plastic tripod head popped right out of the aluminum center column.  I had to DIY fix it.  The plastic head had a small hole in the bottom of the tripod head.  I shoved a peace of an old broken fishing rod in the hold and taped up ring sections to add reinforcement and epoxied the tripod head back on the shaft. 

I would not trust the tripod with a 5d but it is fine will a rebel or other small camera and small lens.  I even used it for a while with my 60d.  (That was a little scary at times.  I finally bough a real tripod but I sometimes use it to hold my NEX or an external flash.

Sense I am using every excuse to test my 6D this week I include pictures.
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Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« Reply #33 on: December 10, 2013, 01:29:14 AM »
Someone once said (may have been my Father), when you have a great idea, wait awhile, it generally goes away.

The attached is one of the most useless pieces of equipment I've ever had a good idea about.

I think in these Images the "joints" must have been super glued.

Haha that is one ridiculous image. Anyone (incl me) who owns these jobys (another word for turds where I come from funnily enough) can testify to the fact that it can barely hold an iPhone without falling over.

I bought the middle one, the Hybrid, for my EOS M and same story as everyone else. Worst accessory ever.

I also remember buying 2 third party rubber lens hoods for my 18-55 kit lens (can't even say that without laughing now!). Pointless garbage. Also bought one of those lens caps that have a string attached so you don't lose it. It just flaps about annoyingly and gets in the way instead! Pointless!

UV filter instead of a clear filter. Stupidity.

Two tripods of mediocre quality. One that is just far too bloody heavy to use and get's left behind for the the much smaller, much cheaper, much less stable SLIK sprint thing I got as a gift. Idiotic!

And probably the dumbest of them all (only in Japan) - a small pillow or "zabuton" for my camera. I don't even know what it's meant to be for but I bought it when I was a newbie. I think it's supposed to be put under the lens as a kind of soft support but that only works on a flat surface, maybe if you place the camera on a wall? I use it as bag filler to make my bag more secure now!
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Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« Reply #34 on: December 10, 2013, 02:06:25 AM »
I think in these Images the joints" must have been super glued.

Exactly - and in Germany they don't show this image with the L lens, or it would be misleading and you could return the item (well, per mail order you can return it anyway for 2 weeks, but still). However the text accompanying the mini-tripod heavily implies that you can use it in versatile ways and makes absolutely no mention of the very strong weight limit - that's why it came to my mind when thinking of "useless".

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Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« Reply #35 on: December 10, 2013, 02:08:23 AM »
Tied with the "tripod" that has flexible legs and can supposedly wrap around a fence post or branch.


I really hope I am not the only one who fell for that, this thing can barely carry its own weight, but it really reminded me of the "buy cheap, pay double" saying :-\


I quite liked my GorillaPod, it had its place, and my Gitzo has its place.  I use my gorilla pod lots with my P&S in places like Disneyland, or to strap a T2i to my Gitzo if I want video to supplement my photos.

Sort of like camouflage flashlights :)


As someone who has spent a substantially amount of time outdoors, I actively seek out the brightest coloured, least camouflaged items I can find.  Nothing worse than seeing someone drop a brand new camo zippo or flashlight in the bush, never to see it again. 

The only things I buy in less visible are things that I don't store in my pack if I'm trying to go low observable, but even then the items will be OD or black, not camo.


The worst accessory I can think of is the selfie stick! http://www.amazon.com/niceEshop-Extendable-telescopic-handheld-Portrait/dp/B00B0TNWIW/ref=sr_1_5?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1386659265&sr=1-5&keywords=self+portrait
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Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« Reply #36 on: December 10, 2013, 03:46:30 AM »
Someone once said (may have been my Father), when you have a great idea, wait awhile, it generally goes away.

The attached is one of the most useless pieces of equipment I've ever had a good idea about.

I think in these Images the "joints" must have been super glued.
I actually bought the ballhead version of this. After trying it and concluding that it doesn't work, it's been collecting dust.
But when I saw this thread started, I thought we would see loads of useless crap, but after close to 40 years, I have a hard time thinking of any really useless and/or absurd gadgets.
The area where I have wasted most money is probably on tripods and heads. Always trying to cope with something cheap, always ending up buying something better and more expensive.
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Re: Useless or absurd accessories
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Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« Reply #37 on: December 10, 2013, 04:09:46 AM »
And one of the few items (I know, it's not Photographic) but is a bigger lesson in Futility is.....
;D ;D ;D
I bet most of us have at least one Rubik's cube, hoping to crack it one day ... I probably bought at least 7 or 8 of them int he past 30 or more years ... but still haven't cracked it ... 10 seconds and I just give up. ;D

Many years ago shortly after they became popular, I got my 4 year old son, who I thought was a prodigy, a Rubik's cube for his birthday. After all the adults failed, I showed him how to work it and told him the goal was to make each side one color. He went to his room and came back 5 minutes later with it solved. We were all in disbelief. So I mixed it up again and gave it to him a second time. He comes back 5 minutes later with it solved again. Unbelievable. I asked him how he did it and he shows me that each of the colored squares was a stick on piece of paper which he meticulously pealed off and perfectly reapplied until the puzzle was solved. I guess there are several ways to skin a cat. ;D
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Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« Reply #38 on: December 10, 2013, 04:16:46 AM »
Sort of like camouflage flashlights :)

The worst accessory I can think of is the selfie stick! http://www.amazon.com/niceEshop-Extendable-telescopic-handheld-Portrait/dp/B00B0TNWIW/ref=sr_1_5?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1386659265&sr=1-5&keywords=self+portrait
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"One man's trash is another man's treasure"! The Selfie Stick could be Steve Huff's most important piece of hardware.  :D :D :D.......so...you just never know.
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Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« Reply #39 on: December 10, 2013, 04:31:28 AM »
And one of the few items (I know, it's not Photographic) but is a bigger lesson in Futility is.....
;D ;D ;D
I bet most of us have at least one Rubik's cube, hoping to crack it one day ... I probably bought at least 7 or 8 of them int he past 30 or more years ... but still haven't cracked it ... 10 seconds and I just give up. ;D

Many years ago shortly after they became popular, I got my 4 year old son, who I thought was a prodigy, a Rubik's cube for his birthday. After all the adults failed, I showed him how to work it and told him the goal was to make each side one color. He went to his room and came back 5 minutes later with it solved. We were all in disbelief. So I mixed it up again and gave it to him a second time. He comes back 5 minutes later with it solved again. Unbelievable. I asked him how he did it and he shows me that each of the colored squares was a stick on piece of paper which he meticulously pealed off and perfectly reapplied until the puzzle was solved. I guess there are several ways to skin a cat. ;D
Clever boy ... clearly he was thinking out of the box  ;D
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Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« Reply #40 on: December 10, 2013, 04:32:14 AM »
The worst accessory I can think of is the selfie stick!

It might look ridiculous, but I doubt it qualified as "useless" because the favorite occupations of people using small silvber p&s seems to be to shoot self-portraits of their group - but their arms aren't long enough, so it most of the time it looks rather awkward :-p

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Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« Reply #41 on: December 10, 2013, 05:45:19 AM »
This is a great thread. I'm loving the placement ads in the thread. Sooooo appropriate!

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Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« Reply #42 on: December 10, 2013, 06:28:19 AM »
Top of my list of unused photographic accessories in my cupboards would be the soft lens pouches that canon include with some of their lenses. I do not consider them to provide effective protective padding so always purchase a decent lens case when I buy a lens. Much more impressed with the cases that the Sigma lenses ship with as regards both protecting the lens and ease of getting the lens in and out of the lens case.

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Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« Reply #43 on: December 10, 2013, 07:48:31 AM »
Hmm I believe it's the close-up screw on "filters" which I use the rarest, luckily not very expensive.
Regarding the "joint tripod", I own one of the original brand which I used quite a lot with my 550D. I did add a good ball head to it and with this combo I could easily use it in my holidays. Never a problem with the joints or the stability.

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Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« Reply #44 on: December 10, 2013, 08:06:08 AM »
The worst accessory I can think of is the selfie stick!

It might look ridiculous, but I doubt it qualified as "useless" because the favorite occupations of people using small silvber p&s seems to be to shoot self-portraits of their group - but their arms aren't long enough, so it most of the time it looks rather awkward :-p
Has anyone ever seen "Survivorman" - he definitely made good use of the selfie stick.

Mini-softbox for on camera flash...
I've actually had a lot of luck with mini softboxes - both the light box from Harbor Digital Design and the LumiQuest SoftBox LQ-107.   No, they aren't miracles, but they blow away a direct flash in situations where you can't use a bounce flash or off camera flash.
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Re: Useless or absurd accessories
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