GO PRO ON DOG

Panasonic has the slogan: “Ideas for Life,” and Lomography: “Don’t Think Just Shoot.” GoPro, on the other hand, go for something less pretty in the line of mantras and decided on the strapline: “The World Most Versatile Camera.” Last month we hit the road with the GoPro HERO2 and used it in a fashion that it was designed for, to test not only its versatility but its durability too — attaching it to a bicycle and witnessing all the dirt, drops and dips in our documented journey. This time we are taking their slogan to heart and testing just how versatile this camera is in producing video, time lapses, stills and a whole array of imaging joy. Not only did we go beyond pedal power, we somehow managed to fix the GoPro to PMs Art Editor’s dog, Bella. Don’t worry, no animals were harmed in the process of this test.

PENTAX K-01

Pentax K-01

Pentax K-01

Let’s cut to the chase. Forget for a moment image quality, handling, features, sensor size and all that jazz, because the I first thing that grabs your attention is the way this thing looks. Now, design is very subjective — one man masterpiece is another man bin fodder. Office opinions are divided — to some “at least it’s different”, to others “it’s a bit big and toy-like.” It wouldn’t matter if the K-01 resolved Hasselblad levels of detail, rightly or wrongly, minds are already made up by first impressions. I try and explain.

The body is designed by Marc Newson and were minded of this by the start-up screen and sticker placed near the battery compartment. As form follows function, Mr Newson has done a pretty good job of making something appear fresh and different from a selection of given components — components which have to be clothed in a body that must be comfortable with intuitively placed buttons and dials. And following the best contemporary product design, there are no unnecessary flourishes or extra add-ons to clutter the minimalistic rectangular form.

PORTABLE LIGHT

The Elinchrom Ranger Quadra RX 2 Head A Kit

The Elinchrom Ranger Quadra RX 2 Head A Kit

The Elinchrom Ranger Quadra RX 2 Head A Kit seems a bit of a misfit at first glance, but believe me there is nothing gimmicky about it. This is a serious piece of lighting kit, well thought out and put together to the standard we come to expect from the Elinchrom stable. The kit the Flash Centre loaned is a two head/two battery plus control pack ensemble that all fits nicely into a dedicated case. All of the power leads are included, as is the charging unit for the two batteries.

A Skyport Transmitter is also in the kit, so no clumsy trailing sync leads, although one of those is also supplied should your Skyport battery fail you. The power pack is the nerve centre of this system and it is from here that you control the flash heads. There are, in fact, no controls at all on the flash heads, so once they in position you don’t have to stand on tiptoes to change the power output.