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Saturday, 20 November 2010


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Recession tip: A few strips of black gaffer tape make for a great non-gloss, slip resistant covering for my P&S.

LOL! That's the very same reason I was considering a yellow, orange or green Kx. Pink? I don't know if I'd go that far...but maybe...


They sell great material... I used it for my Cuboid Camera a while back and it looks amazing and feels really good! Link to the picture / article I wrote on their products a while back...


Cheers- Stephen

So Mike, been waiting for the promised return to the Shen-Hao obsession.....

How's about the beautiful little Shen-Hao TFC-69A to start you thinkin'...?


There's a large part of me that welcomes both pink cameras, and men feeling secure enough in themselves to both buy one, and venture onto the street to photograph with it while wearing a bright yellow sweater. That's not to say I'd do either. Not in the next 100 years.

I do have to (not "take issue" - that would be too confrontational) "give words of well-meant advice" to Eolake that his camera colour choice, clothing and thoughts about avoiding antagonism on the street may well be a self-defeating prophecy, at least on poorer working class streets. Having spent 20 years in the company of combat soldiers (remember? Heroes to us all on both sides of the Atlantic, and rightly so. If that doesn't ring a bell, read "Tommy" by Kipling), I can reliably report that there is a significant element of un-liberal, macho, and frankly *ist thinking going on in the poorer sections of society. {Postscript: insert your own disfavoured prejudice before the ist. But wasn't there a camera a few years back called the *ist? Marketing gone mad}.

To put it another way, I wouldn't venture out onto the rougher, poorer streets of Britain - and I'm sure the same is true in the US, Germany, Australia, wherever - wearing a pink camera and yellow sweater, and expect a confident assertion of "who's going to be antagonistic..." to survive the first boot.

Sad, but I think true.

Just sayin'

One thing about film cameras that I've missed with digitals (both DSLRS and point-and-shoots) is that you could get cases for them that would stay on the camera while using them. Some of the ones I had were leather; others were neoprene. Either way, it provided convenient protection for the camera body and looked good too, while still being able to take pictures.

Now it seems that you have to choose between either using your camera naked, or not using it at all, or buying a toughened model like the Optio W90 or such. That display screen on the back and the increased use of controls placed alongside it, seems to be the main hindrance, though perhaps it's also a change in user fashions.

You do know that among the goth subculture , where everyone is wearing all black all the time, if you want to be really hard core you wear pink.


That egg yolk yellow shirt over lavender on the other hand...

With all due respect to Mr S (who has fine taste in young women), he's wearing Elton John glasses and a bright yellow sweater... that, plus the pink camera (and the designer stubble [stobble? heh]), would get you beaten up in some areas of the world. And not so that they could take your camera, either.

You might get beaten up if you wear clothes like that and use a pink camera when you are 18. When you reach your mid 40's and higher, no one really cares what you wear. It's nice. And poor neighborhoods? I doubt it. More like rich frat boy neighborhoods.

"...he's wearing Elton John glasses and a bright yellow sweater... that, plus the pink camera..."

Yah, but, it's OK because he's shooting in Black & White Mode.

Cheers! Jay

Don't want to sound too heavy about it (as a meat-eating leather-wearer), but I'm not sure I'd want to be responsible for a reptile skinning just to generate a little faux individuality.

Unless it was finest Palin, obviously.

I put a kit from cameraleather on my M8 and it was beautifully made, easy to put on, added a bit of faux individuality, improved the hold and the pleasure of holding it and didn't cost an arm and a leg.
Only con is that they don't have them in pink (yet).

Thanks for all the, uh, support, guys. :-)

Will wonders never cease, it's just two days ago one of my lady friends picked up my green leather-clad rangefinder camera (though a Russian one) to admire. I swear I have one. Didn't know the site, found it on eBay years ago.

BTW, I'll say I did not plan on going street photographing in Lebanon with the pink camera. It's more for places like Copenhagen, Paris, and Stockholm. Girls love it, and allow you to take portraits of them with it.

My pro photographer friend (and occasional street-photography pal) Laurie said, when he saw it: "that's the gayest camera I've ever seen". And you know, that never occurred to me. Excessively girlish, yes! But it never occurred to me that burly a 6.4', 200-pound stubbly photographer might seem "gay" with such a camera. For me it's a whimsical artistic statement.

Not that I care. Way back in school (10-12th class in DK), I wore one painted nail (sometimes green, after I got this color from class mates), and often two different colored shirts over one another. Nobody ever questioned my sexuality, perhaps because of the way I get hopelessly distracted whenever a pretty girl pass by.

Not pink, but I've certainly considered a yellow and lime-green K-x if/when my K10 gives up. Problem is, the K-5 is really the better camera for me. If only Pentax would consider at least a couple of colour options for the higher-end lineup too... I mean, even sports cars and heavy trucks come in a range of colours.

@Jim Same vote except for the skin of Palin. As a meat eater myself, I cannot be too correct here. But really not sure I want to hold an animal skin. But then any film lover has to remember those film partially are made by animal remains as well. I would not and have no right to upset at others for using that. I have no right to throw stone. But I really cannot have a skinned camera.

Color wise, one of the issue of taking Tachihara out is not just it is 4x5 but it is red. In fact, I do not see much colored camera and would be look out for them now.

Cameraleather.com helped me redo my Widelux F6 in that same green leather in the photo above. I love it.

I've had a couple of motorcycle club sweatshirts that colour, just to be different from the usual biker black. For the same reason I have a green t-shirt with a purple design, and a red one with a green design. Works for me. I have a lavender shirt somewhere as well, but that's worn under duress, on those rare occasions that I have to wear a suit.

I don't have a pink camera like Mr. S, but there's nice refurbed Olympus Trips in a range of colours here:

Well Eolake, I've got a different view to James.

I don't know what's worse... Basing a man's character on the colour of his camera, or on his class. Well, actually I do, it's the latter and by a long way. But we need more documented cases of men being attacked in poor areas with pink cameras to be sure. All's that I can say is that I'm from one of those rough parts of the UK and I can tell you we're not adverse to pink round these streets. But we can smell fear (and prejudice) and no street photographer worth a damn would bring those two things along with them to any street in any town regardless of the class colour or creed of the people that inhabit them.

I've just had an idea. I have a big roll of earth tape (like this) http://www.thetoolboxshop.com/t156-yellowgreen-earth-pvc-insulation-adhesive-tape-to-bs3924-pack-of-1-8048-p.asp
and a Pentax K20D. Whaddaya think? : )

"I have a big roll of earth tape..."

You let people start shooting pictures in color, and it just leads to trouble....


...just a note on cameraleather.com: redid my bro's Yashica FX3 and everything was perfect and worked as advertised, can't recommend them enough, better than the original covering; looking to redo my Minolta Autocord in dark green or burgundy one of these days...

Plus one for James: had a buddy with a pinkish bike frame on a rather expensive bike, and he was living in, what could judiciously be called a "regentrifying neighborhood", and he was the target of many "near misses" some which drove him dangerously off the road; perpetrated by the "locals", who were mostly out of work, and sullen, blue collar folks of western-european heritage (read white). He also heard a lot of yelling from passing cars such as "pink-bike-faggot", "fag-bike", etc. Not Britain, mind you, but just mid-west, medium sized town, America. These weren't kids either, as my friend was not as well. No limit to the low level the un-and-under-educated in America can aspire to! If there's one thing I learned growing up in lower-middle-class neighborhoods in America, it's: don't make yourself a target!

Is the K-x that small?!? I've picked one up but I don't remember. Thing looks tiny. Either that or Eolake is a giant.

If Eolake approached me with a pink camera I'd knock him out.

Just realized my elderly Burke & James 8x10 has a red bellows, as does my Graphic View II. Maybe for once I was ahead of the curve.

Mike, you weren´t thinking that after THAT mugshot of Eolake, this post comments would have been about anything but that shot, right?

Which juts out the following questions:

-WTF was mr. Stobblehouse thinking of THAT colour combination? Is that the way "kodachrome" was supposed to advertise?

-Mr. Stobblehouse has truly danish ancestors of somehow, does he not?

-That face, with that jumper, with that camera, calls for inmediate 112 dialing.

-Sean is so right. And somehow, that makes something similar regarding cars and it is the reason why the old Volvos [preferably up to the 850] were never wrong in any situation: the BEST dressing code for a photographer is his or her attitude, or lack of thereof.

To be a street photographer you certainly need to exhude humility, respect and sort of inmanterial understanding and projection of that privacy understanding.

-Why on earth that jumper and camera colour coordination?

Who needs factory colours? Guide to Painting a Nikon D7000 Pink. "All in the name of good taste."

Once upon a time practically all cameras came in chrome with black leatherette. To make them less conspicuous, we covered the chrome with black tape. (Once, in college, we covered an Exa (baby Exacta) with bright blue tape.)

Now you have plenty of choices: go to www.thetapedepot.com. They have 17 colors of duct tape, 12 of gaffer tape, 10 of electrical tape, et cetera. All it requires is patience and a razor blade.

FWIW, I still use black Scotch photographic tape on my cameras, to cover the advertising and hold the clear plastic protecting the LCD.

Note to Sean: Thank you for writing that and saving me from having too do so as a fellow born an raised in a working class environment and later in the military.

Never had a pink camera, but I had a yellow sweater as a child. Had no problems. Never even knew there was a problem with sweater colors or even camera colors until now. Guess now that I am no longer working class nor military I can control myself around folks with pink cameras and yellow sweaters. I'll sure try.

Regarding CameraLeather's non-pink products: I re-covered my ugly Leica M2 with black Griptac and it transformed the camera. Gives purists the heeby-jeebies, but if you actually take pictures with your Leica, it's the best modification ever.

@ Sean.

I'm not sure how my post could be read in terms of judging the class of a photographer, but if that's what comes across from my post, I apologise and wish to make clear that's not what I intended. My point is merely that there is a pronounced tendency - not universal, to be sure, but notable nonetheless - for poor but homogenous anglo-saxon districts in the UK to tolerate and display social attitudes that are distinctly different from affluent or mixed districts. It seems from Crabby Umbo's post that it is the same in mid-West America. Why that should be the case I don't know, and would take an expert sociologist to unravel, but there's lots of evidence.

What I can say, without a shadow of doubt, that as a male to venture down the poorer streets of Glasgow, Belfast, or Liverpool - all areas I know very well - kitted out with a pink camera and a bright yellow sweater is going to attract some very unwelcome attention.

Clearly, your experience may be different.

'Way back in school (10-12th class in DK), I wore one painted nail (sometimes green, after I got this color from class mates), and often two different colored shirts over one another. Nobody ever questioned my sexuality, perhaps because of the way I get hopelessly distracted whenever a pretty girl pass by.'

If you'd dumped the green nail and clashing shirts, Eolake, perhaps she wouldn't just have passed by? I speak as one whose teenage love of lime green kept me unwittingly free of any possibility of communicable infections.

Forget the yellow shirt and pink camera. Look at the ugly bokeh! Is that the K-x's kit lens'? On the first topic, I am another satisfied cameraleather.com customer. Their kits and the instructions on their website are first-rate.

It's both: I am about the largest photographer I've met, and the K-x is about the smallest DSLR I've seen.

Mike, normally I love your commenters, so how come every time you post something jocular about/from me, it gets so... controversial?

I'd never predicted a yellow sweater would elicit this much reaction. It's simply a comfortable sweater I got from sis at Xmas.
I had not planned on wearing it on shoots, but now I'm curious.

I used a CameraLeather kit once - nice tan leather for my Canonet. It came out brilliantly and I was constantly stopped by people asking about my Leica ever since doing it! The kits work really well - hardest part is peeling the old cover off properly and getting rid of all the gunge.

One advantage. If I took a yellow
gf1 with a 20mm f1.7 lens to a rock
concert, I wouldn't be barred for
using "professional equipment".

Since it appears this is a largely male audience here, I find it hilarious that everyone seems to have focused (narrow mindingly?) on the color pink. With a world of colors to choose from only one registers on the collective brains. Why not a yellow camera to go with the yellow sweater. Aqua blue would work too. One could go for the late 60's Peter Max color look. One could also go with stripes, polka dots, or checkered, though a Scottish tartan does have an appeal for those wishing to shoot regimental. Not to mention a fake marble look to rival the great Roman and Greek archetecture. So many choices, so few cameras. :-) Mathew

Griptac is fantastic. I have a Nikon F2 body clothed in it, and even with a Vivitar Series 1 200mm f/3 mounted it's easy to carry one-handed on a hot day without fear of it slipping out of one's grasp.

(Not that I usually do, mind - I prefer my hand to keep working after a couple of hours - but the grippiness of that covering has to be tried to be believed)

[pst, pst, Mathew: Roman and Greek architecture was never marble coloured. It is now due to wearing, but it was actually more eyestraining -errrrrr, Kodacrhomy- than Pentax colourscheme].

"I'm not sure I'd want to be responsible for a reptile skinning just to generate a little faux individuality.

Unless it was finest Palin, obviously."

I don't know what's more distressing, the comment, or the lack of outrage. Yeah, I know, it was all meant in good fun. On the other hand, I can only imagine the uproar if someone had suggested covering a camera in much more durable Pelosi hide. Hey, lighten up, I was just kidding!


Time was, most small format cameras came in chrome and black, with photographers paying a premium for cameras that had the chrome parts factory finished in black enamel or black "chrome". The reason they paid for this additional service was to cause the camera to optically fade into the background and become less conspicuous while they did street photography.

The cheapskates among us (thanks Tyler!), would cover the chrome with black electrical tape, and hope most of the goo didn't end up leaching into the gears and shutter. Photographers that worked on the street practiced keeping a low profile and only raising their black camera to their eyes seconds before the "decisive moment" to take the picture, and then slowly drift off.

I personally don't care what color a camera is, but I'm a commercial photographer, people know I'm coming, and a colored camera might get me some additional smiles. I also wouldn't mind one of those dark red Lumix GH's, and kick myself for not being rich enough back in the 90's (or even today) to buy one each of those colored Hasselblads.

I have pals that still shoot with 8X10 view cameras, and they will tell you they do so as much for the quality level of the negative as the impact the camera and "sitting process" has on the subject. Ditto for colored cameras, like pink, on the street. Whatever it is, it is certainly changing the nature of photographing people, it is causing or creating a reactive environment for the person you're shooting, which may be fine; but which is most certainly NOT what the original street photographers were looking for.

Now I can finally do that Hermes edition Holga I've been dreaming about.

Jean-Yves Mead, where can I *get* this amazing GripTack? I've been looking for weeks for grip coverings for various gadgets.

BTW, when I first saw this picture of Stobblehouse, I thought: "What's comedian Jim Gaffigan doing with a pink camera?"

We've already remarked on Eolake's resemblance to another famous person--



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