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    lolz tape up the button then how to press

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsbn
    Well, if u're going to a rough country, it might pay to gaffer ur stuff up.

    Ask urself, would thieves target a camera that's shiny silver looking all chio and beautiful den a camera that's all gaffered up, bits and pieces looking very pathetic?
    ya, true, to a very large extent. thiefs target items that appear to have more significant value. unless they are camera specialists.

    for me, i even delibrately tape up the brand name, to make it low key. http://forums.clubsnap.org/showpost....56&postcount=8

    hey, even james nachtwey tapes up his cameras as well right? but that's james nachtwey we are talking about. i suppose it would be easier for his course of work to shoot with a seemingly non-descript camera, rather than pointing a very in-your-face camera at a war victim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stereobox
    ya, true, to a very large extent. thiefs target items that appear to have more significant value. unless they are camera specialists.

    for me, i even delibrately tape up the brand name, to make it low key. http://forums.clubsnap.org/showpost....56&postcount=8

    hey, even james nachtwey tapes up his cameras as well right? but that's james nachtwey we are talking about. i suppose it would be easier for his course of work to shoot with a seemingly non-descript camera, rather than pointing a very in-your-face camera at a war victim.
    Dun you think that those thief does not know about cameras???
    In Holland, many those professional 'Camera Thief' are targeting tourist. Many Leica M-camera had been stolen there...even gaffer the brand or not.
    The shape of the camera will tell liao...
    So my point here is, gaffering is to prevent scratches...
    For me, I dun even bother to gaffer...and I even use my T-shirts to wipe my lenses. I dun even have front lens cap on my lens.
    Scare this scare that will only prevent you the joy of Pure Photography...

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    Quote Originally Posted by XXX Boy
    Dun you think that those thief does not know about cameras???
    In Holland, many those professional 'Camera Thief' are targeting tourist. Many Leica M-camera had been stolen there...even gaffer the brand or not.
    The shape of the camera will tell liao...
    lol...note my part about 'unless they are camera specialists'.


    Quote Originally Posted by XXX Boy
    So my point here is, gaffering is to prevent scratches...
    For me, I dun even bother to gaffer...and I even use my T-shirts to wipe my lenses. I dun even have front lens cap on my lens.
    Scare this scare that will only prevent you the joy of Pure Photography...
    well, the point is, many people have gaffered their cameras, but that have certainly not stopped them from enjoying photography. certainly not me! and there are many reasons (some quoted above already) for taping up, and not only prevent scratches. even if they tape up for vanity reasons (conceal a champagne 300D to a more pro-looking black). don't let what other people do to their own cameras....stop you from enjoying your own! relax brother

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    Quote Originally Posted by vince123123
    can ask what did you use to trim the burnt edges? penknife?

    also i noticed from drudkh's photos that your 300d gaffer seems to use only ONE piece of gaffer for behind, or at least very few pieces. How did you manipulate one piece to fit so nicely in all the weird nooks and cranies? I would have thot the easier but uglier way was to use many small pieces to cover up the weird shapes n sizes.

    cheers!
    EVQ: I tape 1st then use a pen to draw e areas to be cut out.

    vince123123: Used a small sharp sissors to cut. For flat surfaces I use big pieces of tape, but those curves & weird shapes, will need to use smaller pieces. I always paste over camera then use pen to draw outline then cut, one piece at a time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gryphon
    EVQ: I tape 1st then use a pen to draw e areas to be cut out.

    vince123123: Used a small sharp sissors to cut. For flat surfaces I use big pieces of tape, but those curves & weird shapes, will need to use smaller pieces. I always paste over camera then use pen to draw outline then cut, one piece at a time.
    Cutting while the tape is still on the camera? Isn't u have to be very careful when u doing the cutting inorder not to scratch the surface?

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    Quote Originally Posted by evq
    Cutting while the tape is still on the camera? Isn't u have to be very careful when u doing the cutting inorder not to scratch the surface?
    No, 1st tape over area, use pen to mark out ares to cut away, remove tape then cut according to markings. Use pencil also ok.
    Dreaming... 14mm f2.8, 16-35 f2.8 mkII, 85 f1.2 mkII

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    it seems that most replies here are not directed to my intended question. It has become more of a thread that ask/tell one "how to gaffer", "what to gaffer", "where to buy gaffer", "I do not gaffer, so must you not too".

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    Quote Originally Posted by XXX Boy
    Dun you think that those thief does not know about cameras???
    In Holland, many those professional 'Camera Thief' are targeting tourist. Many Leica M-camera had been stolen there...even gaffer the brand or not.
    The shape of the camera will tell liao...
    So my point here is, gaffering is to prevent scratches...
    For me, I dun even bother to gaffer...and I even use my T-shirts to wipe my lenses. I dun even have front lens cap on my lens.
    Scare this scare that will only prevent you the joy of Pure Photography...
    Instead of gaffering the brand name I suggest masking out a letter or two, like "iko" or "ono"?

    As to stop the expert camera thieves to recognise the camera from its shape, maybe you can hammer the body into some odd shape? Or to transfer a Leica into a Konica body?

    Pure photography is a bit boring leh. We sometimes like "dirty photography"

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    ..... oh, one more " show me your gaffered blah blah blah ... "

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    Quote Originally Posted by bgat
    it seems that most replies here are not directed to my intended question. It has become more of a thread that ask/tell one "how to gaffer", "what to gaffer", "where to buy gaffer", "I do not gaffer, so must you not too".
    From all the posts, you can gather the following advantages of gaffering:

    1) Protect against scratches
    2) Protect against sweat
    3) Better feel & grip when handling camera
    4) Make it less attractive to common thieves
    5) Make silver 300D to be black
    6) Better condition for resale

    I also gaffer my lens hood other than my camera cos its most easily to get hit.
    Dreaming... 14mm f2.8, 16-35 f2.8 mkII, 85 f1.2 mkII

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