cheapo impulse buy suggestions (all about Buffs)

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by Luke, Oct 4, 2016.

  1. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I need to add a little something to an Amazon order to get to the free shipping threshold. Any suggestions? a book, an accessory, "some thing I'm forgetting that every photographer should have".

    Fire away.
     
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  2. RichardB

    RichardB SC Regular

    42
    Aug 28, 2013
    I just ordered these color-changing silica gel packets to put in ziplock bags with lenses and other gear that I want to stay dry. I like these because they'll change color to let me know when they're saturated and need to be replaced.
     
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  3. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy SC Top Veteran

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    Jan 7, 2013
    Herefordshire, England
    Martin Connolly
    That monocular looks splendid for £3.22, Bill - I've just ordered one!
     
  4. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Heh.

    I feel Luke's pain because I have had the same problem. I have my basket permanently stuffed with tat from 99p up to a tenner at all times for just such an eventuality. That monocular is one of my standbys - I have the fishbone QRP already ;)
     
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  5. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    That fishbone thingie looks so cool that I want one even though I haven't the foggiest notion what it does
     
  6. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Here y'go...
    Minox and fishbone combined. Old supporting new.
     
  7. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    well seeing it in use doesn't help me understand the why of it.

    What is the reason for an additional piece of gear to go between the camera and the tripod? Obviously I'm missing something here....and likely because I rarely use a tripod.

    And speak slowly, Bill. Don't forget I'm an American. :rofl:
     
  8. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Heh. ;)

    What it is, is a teeny-tiny Arca-Swiss compatible quick release plate - the very smallest I have seen. It fits any compatible camera or camera baseplate, such as the one on my X-Pro2 shown here. On the equally tiny Minox table-top tripod also shown here it provides a firm mount and the benefits of quick release all in one, while fitting into the palm of a very small hand. Ideal, as they say, for the travelling photographer. I rarely use a tripod either (although I am taking steps to rectify that, which includes the kit in the pictures).
     
  9. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I get it now. The quick release (rather than unscrewing the tripod from the camera) is the main selling point, and the smallness is the tertiary selling point. I may get one of these, but it also appears in your photo like you have something else attached to the base of the X-pro there....is that piece also necessary?
     
  10. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Thats the Fuji dedicated handgrip for the X-Pro2. It does have a tripod socket, and slots for access to the battery compartment. The X-Pro baseplate isn't Arca Swiss compatible per se. That said I bought it for the grip not the bottom ;)
     
  11. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    so if my baseplate isn't Arca Swiss compatible, I have no use for it....correct?

    And again, pardon my staggering ignorance, but what exactly does Arca Swiss mean. Is it some sort of interlocking standard?
     
  12. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
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  13. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I think you just cost me a whole lot more than a tenner
     
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  14. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
  15. SnapDawg

    SnapDawg Rorschach Test Pilot

    651
    Apr 18, 2014
    Canary Islands
    Ken
    Just in case you don't have one already ...

    17541762593_d05a9e7622_b.
     
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  16. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    link please :wink:
     
  17. Briar

    Briar SC All-Pro

    Oct 27, 2010
    Scotland
    Karen
    A buff, you can never have enough buffs. Great for bad hair days or no hair days!! :rolleyes: Hmm wonder if u can use it as a foldable lens hood?

    How much extra would u need to spend to cover the delivery? That would give u more choice.
     
  18. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I'm afraid to google "what is a buff" for what I may find, so I'll just ask.
     
  19. Briar

    Briar SC All-Pro

    Oct 27, 2010
    Scotland
    Karen
    Here's a video link:



    You don't have to be over 16 to watch!