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01-11-2012, 07:37 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
What item that you have purchased, or were given, that cost the least helped the most with your photography?
Taking that to mean what cost the least but gets used the most:
Rocket blower $10
Pentax F Remote $12??
M42/K adapter (Genuine) $30
Op/Tech Sling Strap $16
01-11-2012, 09:27 PM   #18
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QuoteOriginally posted by jatrax Quote
Taking that to mean what cost the least but gets used the most:
Rocket blower $10
Pentax F Remote $12??
M42/K adapter (Genuine) $30
Op/Tech Sling Strap $16
Most use, Ok. Or you could think about which one makes the most difference in your photography whether its used the most or just is crucial, makes a huge difference, etc. when it is used.
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Hmm... purchased would have be when I decided to have the grocery store print a grey card for me. I learnt a lot about exposure and white balance from those twenty cents. I still use it from time to time.
For things that I was given, I get promotional mouse pads every now and then, flip them upside down and one holds my camera and two lens macro arrangement. I don't have an adapter or heck don't even attempt to really hold things together beyond there being a lot of friction on the bottom of a mouse pad. Subject goes on the other one and they slide smoothly enough for fine positioning while keeping everything in place.

01-11-2012, 10:25 PM   #20
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remotes, wired and otherwise
scads of cheap clone adapters (despite the Official-Pentax-only propaganda)
OICK1 Imagesensor cleaning kit
many cheap macro tube sets
lens pen (OK, blowers too)
SYK passive flash triggers

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01-11-2012, 10:53 PM   #21
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Best "value" from price to useage standpoint I'd say yongnuo wireless triggers ~$30, as it doubles as a remote shutter release and as off camera flash trigger.
Price to performance ratio probably macro reversal ring adapter thingy for about $3 or $4
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Not strictly photographic equipment, but a mountaineering karabiner and 3 foot length of thin mountaineering rope, total cost six pounds.

Use as a quick secure method of securing camera bag to table leg or chair etc to prevent the snatch and grab merchants in certain countries I've been asked to work.

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Resealable sandwich bags, cheap as chips and you can't beat them for keeping gear dry, and dust free!
01-12-2012, 05:42 AM   #25
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Lots of really useful and inexpensive items that 'remain' in my bag... (I have lenses that get left but this stuff always makes the trip)

Cactus Radio Triggers (mine are V4s)
Velcro (dub-sided) strips
Film canister (cut and gaffa-backed) flash-difuser for pop-up flash
Microfibre lens cloth
Plastic AA (and AAA) battery cases (with Eneloops in them obviously)
Clone Stofen Difuser for YN560 flashgun
Lens Hoods (cheap chinese 49mm metal ones - attached to whichever primes make the bag)
49mm CPL
Cokin ND ad holder (67mm ring tor the Tammy-17-50-2.8)
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Wired remote control with shutter lock. Cost 1,5$ on dealextreme, and let me do looooooong exposures.
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The least expensive item that as helped my photography the most is .... The internet.
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Given use MF lenses 85% of the time these 2 items have had the most impact

Pentax +3 diopter (it's my reading glass prescription - built in diopter wasn't enough) $25 from Pentax Parts
PENTAX Diopter Correction Lens Adapter M reviews - Pentax Camera Accessories: Database and Reviews
and my focusing screen $97 shipped f3 reviews - Pentax Camera Accessories: Database and Reviews
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A piece of white toilet paper to soften my flash for close portaits (especially when my 'camera of the moment' has a built-in flash). My hat as an impromptu lens shade (or LCD panel shade).

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