Robert E. Mayer

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Robert E. Mayer  |  Jul 01, 2009  |  0 comments

Accessories are intended to make taking pictures more exciting, make using the main equipment you already own simpler, or simply to whet your interest to try something new.

Robert E. Mayer  |  Jul 01, 2009  |  0 comments

In our photokina reports we usually have a section dubbed “Weird and Wonderful,” the unique and daring products that appeal to more photographers than any of us care to admit. Some meet real needs in unique ways, or anticipate unique needs among a small group of photographers, but all are certainly interesting. We present them as such for your consideration.


Robert E. Mayer  |  Jun 01, 2003  |  0 comments

Accessories, Darkroom And Bags

A slave flash can improve images from many compact digital cameras by providing more light. Many cameras use a weak pre-flash to assist autofocusing, but this also will fire the slave prematurely before it's actually needed, thus not providing the extra...

Robert E. Mayer  |  Jun 01, 2005  |  0 comments

Must-Have Photo Gadgets
Another edition of the biggest photo show in the U.S.A. has come and gone. As always in recent years, it was huge with thousands of products being hawked for photo buffs of all types. Even so, a number of people I spoke with thought this show was noticeably smaller in size than prior annual PMA trade shows and I would have to agree...

Robert E. Mayer  |  Jun 01, 2006  |  0 comments

Backdrop Outlet displayed dozens of backgrounds and props for studio applications. Among the newer items were crushed flower petal roll mats measuring 36x36", suitable for infants and younger children. They are available in a variety of colors and designs and even have matching flowers to use to complement the mat. New banister sets include a column and a short...

Robert E. Mayer  |  May 01, 2000  |  0 comments

APS, Point & Shoot, Medium Format, Bags, Flash, Batteries, And Lighting

The new millennium 2000 edition of PMA was decidedly larger and busier than in recent years, with numerous new exhibitors.

One surprise was the resurgence...

Robert E. Mayer  |  Mar 01, 2006  |  3 comments

This look at the history and a few of the better-known early products of Argus Cameras was gleaned primarily from the new book "Argomania: A Look At Argus Cameras And The Company That Made Them" by Henry J. Gambino. As Gambino says, "How many other companies have a museum devoted solely to its history and can also boast of a large, thriving, worldwide collectors...

Robert E. Mayer  |  Nov 01, 2003  |  0 comments

Untitled Document

Robert E. Mayer  |  Jun 01, 2004  |  0 comments

Having attended the ever-growing PMA trade show for 40 years, I'm used to seeing lots of interesting new items of appeal to general photo enthusiasts. This year was no exception, but new offerings seemed to be primarily in the rapidly expanding digital-oriented category, which other editors were...

Robert E. Mayer  |  Jun 01, 2006  |  0 comments

Duracell introduced their higher capacity 2650 mAh AA and 1000 mAh AAA rechargeable batteries, designed to meet the growing demands of high-drain devices. The Duracell 15 Minute Charger will charge one to four mAh AA cells in just 15 minutes. It will accept all standard AA or AAA Ni-MH batteries. The list price for the charger with four batteries is $40.

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