Gobe is an Australian Lens Adapter and Filter Company That Plants Five Trees for Every Purchase Made

Cinematographer/director Paul Leeming of Leeming LUT Pro dropped by yesterday and very kindly gave us two vintage M42-mount manual-focus prime lenses, a Panagor MC 28mm f/2.8 and a Pentacon 50mm f/1.8. 

Both lenses are in excellent condition and are a reminder of how useful such lenses are for shooting video with recent and current generations of hybrid cameras equipped with focus peaking. 

This morning I googled adapters for these lenses and an Australian camera accessories company came up in the search results – Gobe Corp Pty Ltd, headquartered in Byron Bay. 

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Gobe M42 to Fujifilm X-mount lens adapter.

I don’t know anything about Gobe’s products other than what is published in their website so cannot make any recommendations right now, but am pleased to note that they state that they plant five trees for every purchase made of their their products.

I will now be looking for hands-on reviews of Gobe products, especially of their fixed and variable neutral density filters, UV filters and lens adapters.

Links

  • Camera-wiki.org – Panagor– “[Jaca Corporation] are most famous for their Elicar and Panagor brand lenses, made by a variety of Japanese lens manufacturers which included Komine and Kino Precision.”
  • Gobe – website
  • Leeming LUT Pro – “Leeming LUT Pro™ is the world’s first unified, corrective Look Up Table ( LUT ) system for supported cameras, designed to maximise dynamic range, fix skin tones, remove unwanted colour casts and provide an accurate Rec709 starting point for further creative colour grading. Multi-camera shoots are now much easier, because you are starting with a common, colour-matched baseline, meaning much less time trying to match cameras in post before starting your creative grading.
  • WikipediaPentacon – “The name Pentacon is derived from the brand Contax of Zeiss Ikon Kamerawerke in Dresden and Pentagon, as a Pentaprism for Single-Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras was for the first time developed in Dresden. The cross section of this prism has a pentagonal shape. Pentacon is best known for producing the SLR cameras of the Praktica-series as well as the medium formatcamera Pentacon Six, the Pentacon Super and various cameras of the Exa series.”

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The Only Permanent Hair Removal Method, Improved and Perfected by Australian Practitioner and Technologist Noreen Roesler as the Permanence Method

Given current attitudes to research and development, the manufacturing industry and the presence of women in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), it is a wonder that Australian female tech entrepreneurs stick to it and sometimes even thrive.

Noreen Roesler of Permanence located in the Sydney CBD and the suburb of Drummoyne has persisted in the long, hard fight to revive, improve and educate about galvanic electrology aka electrolysis in the face of its almost complete disappearance from the 1970s onwards.

Ms Roesler has survived as a self-funded entrepreneur against all the odds and and has thrived given the evidence of her two outlets in Australia, but continues the battle to re-establish galvanic multi-probe electrolysis as the only permanent hair removal method under the name of the Permanence Method.

Galvanic electrolysis was developed by ophthalmologist Charles Michel in 1869 in St. Louis, Missouri, as a technique for treating ingrown eyelashes, and was reported in the medical literature in 1875 after which its use took off in medical practice and then beauty salons.

The Permanence website contains a detailed history of galvanic electrolysis and other methods of hair removal touted as permanent but which proved to be less so compared to Permanence’s galvanic multi-probe electrolysis technique.

Other hair removal methods include blend, depilatories, epilators, friction, intense pulsed light aka IPL, laser, shaving, sugaring, tweezing, thermolysis, threading, waxing and x-rays (sometimes fatal).

Better characterized as hair reduction rather than hair removal techniques, none of these are permanent with the US Food and Drug Administration aka FDA stating in 2007 that “only electrologists are allowed to claim permanent hair removal in their advertising” as “no other device for hair removal has the unique identification of ‘destroying the dermal papilla of a hair’”.

Having run the gauntlet for far too many years of nonpermanent hair removal methods that are falsely claimed to be permanent – read that word in finger quotes – I have just undergone my first galvanic multi-probe electrolysis session at Permanence.

So far I can report that this first electrolysis session appeared successful in killing the hair follicles and bulges to which it was applied and that the sometimes reported pain was more of a briefly intense sensation that soon abated followed by the rewarding feeling of the hairs sliding out when the needles were removed.

One thing is certain, and that is that the sensations I experienced during the session were nothing compared to the 24/7/365 pain, itchiness and unsightliness of hairs being where they should not.

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Opening Night, The 2019 Loud and Luminous Exhibition, St Leonards, NSW, Australia, April 11 2019

I attended the launch of the 2019 Loud and Luminous Exhibition by the Loud and Luminous collective of Australian women and non-binary photographers at Contact Sheet, “an education and mentorship space, a gallery and a co-working space” in the Sydney north shore suburb of St Leonards, located in a complex of creative spaces supported by TWT Developments, Building Hope Foundation and Brand X. 

This is the first time I have encountered these organizations and there may well be some intriguing stories and documentary subjects to be found within them. 

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Disaster Looming for Australian Moviemakers & Photographers Needing Supplies from Foreign Online Retailers & Manufacturers?

From July 1st 2018 the Australian Federal Government will require all online retailers and manufacturers retailing their own products online to become unpaid goods and services tax collectors for the Government, a move that could well prove disastrous for Australian creatives, especially Australian moviemakers and photographers whether enthusiasts or working professionally, many of whom are self-funded or poorly paid if paid at all and can hardly afford further hits to their savings or income. 

Australian treasurer and money church maven Scott Morrison has justified this requirement as somehow, presumably magically and mysteriously, encouraging foreign-based multinational corporations to pay their fair share of corporate tax in Australia despite the GST being levelled on purchases by consumers.

Until the 1st July 2018, the current GST collection regime will be in operation whereby Australian Customs, now the Australian Border Force agency of the Department of Home Affairs super-department run by Minister Peter Dutton,  will level 10% GST on imports over the value of $AU 1,000.00.

From July 1 onwards, it appears, retailers outside Australia will be required to collect 10% GST from their customers on purchase of goods and services whatever their value.

When the new GST collection regime was announced in 2017, the reasonable assumption was that the 10% tax would be applied and collected by the same Customs officers who have been successfully processing imports of over $AU 1,000.00 for some time.

That now appears not to be the case, and instead suppliers are being invited to apply to become tax-collecting agents of the Australian Government, with 320 or so currently signed up.

The revelation of May 31 2018 by Amazon.com that the company will refuse to supply direct to Australian customers from July 1 onwards, instead redirecting them to the understocked, overpriced Amazon Australia online store has kicked off a slew of articles in the Australian mainstream media, revealing there is more to last year’s GST announcement than meets the eye.

The soon-to-be former $AU 1,000.00 threshold was introduced due to the Australian Tax Office determining that collecting GST on that amount or less would be uneconomic.

Updated to the Consumer Price Index, that figure would now be $AU 1,600.00.

Rational economic thinking does not automatically influence governments to do the sensible thing and so it was believed that the Australian Government was willing to take the hit on a matter of ideology and instruct Customs officers to process imports of less than $AU 1,000.00 as well.

Today we have learned that the buck has been passed to online suppliers and manufacturers.

I have relied on importing goods of all sorts and values for use in my creative work since my art school days.

My prime source for that has been  the incredibly well-stocked B&H Photo Video superstore in New York City and it has served me well for several decades.

I buy some major items such as cameras and lenses locally when I can source what I need here, but we have nothing like B&H in Australia and never will.

I have purchased some rare specialist items from Amazon UK and Amazon US and more often third party sellers that use Amazon as a storefront but gave up several years ago on repeatedly discovering that many point blank refuse to sell to Australian customers due to the quality of Australia Post’s delivery service.

Their reason: Australia Post’s unreliability and carelessness in handling led to too many claims for replacements or reimbursements to purchasers.

Amazon.com’s application of its own shipping rules to self and third-party products can be inexplicable at best, often baffling third party sellers as well as customers.

Many was the time I have tried to buy several related items from a given third-party Amazon.com seller only to find that Amazon.com will sell me one but not the others, rendering the transaction pointless.

The third party sellers concerned turned out to be just as puzzled as I and could offer no solution.

As a result I refuse to use my Amazon.com affiliate account in the “Help support ‘Untitled'” section of these web pages, instead relying on the ever-reliable, ever-rational B&H.

I hope that B&H and other online retailers and manufacturers relied upon by self-funded, independent moviemakers and photographers like me will not adopt the Jeff Bezos Amazon “Let them eat cake” approach by refusing to become unpaid tax collectors for the Australian Government.

But the question remains, B&H and other foreign online retail giants aside, will smaller suppliers be able to set up the GST-collection mechanisms that are not a barrier to their larger brethren?

B&H and its competitors have the means and, I hope, the will to set up Australian GST collection departments, mechanisms and staff pools, but they certainly do not stock all the many and various specialist and custom items creatives like me buy direct from their designers and makers as our projects demand.

As so many readers of the articles below have stated, buying Australian is costly and in many cases simply not possible given the nature of Australian retailers, Australian importers and distributors, and Australian online suppliers.

If the Australian Government is planning on inconveniencing Australian creatives by making it difficult, costly or impossible to source the items we need to do our work, then it is about to do a sterling job of it.

I would hate to be forced by the Australian Government’s actions to do without the excellent products made by small foreign companies such as, for example, Breakthrough Photography, Seercam, SmallRig and many, many more.

It would cripple my work.

Little wonder so many Australian creatives have for so long left this country to live and work overseas.

I asked Henry Posner, Director of Corporate Communications at B&H, if they have signed up to the Australian Federal Government’s GST foreign tac collection agent scheme.

Mr Posner replied that…

As of this minute we do not plan to change how we handle transactions from Australian customers.

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RYMovieMachine: Shooting with the Panasonic GH5

“On location in Perth, Australia testing out the Panasonic GH5. This entire report was filmed using 2 GH5 cameras. The Panasonic GH5 has earned a reputation of being a serious filming tool for those who need to be portable without compromise on quality….”

Lenses for GH5 recommended by Rick Young

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Camera, Kits, Battery Grip and V-Log L

  • Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only)B&H
  • Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 8-18mm Lens KitB&H
  • Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-35mm Lens KitB&H
  • Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-60mm LensB&H
  • Panasonic DMW-BGGH5 Battery Grip – B&H
  • Panasonic V-Log L Function Activation Code for DMC-GH4, DC-GH5, and DMC-FZ2500B&H

SDXC V90 cards

  • Angelbird 64GB AV Pro UHS-II V90 SDXC Memory CardB&H
  • Angelbird 128GB AV Pro UHS-II V90 SDXC Memory CardB&H
  • Panasonic 128GB UHS-II V90 SDXC Memory CardB&H

L-Plates

  • Really Right Stuff L-Plate Set for Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Camera Body  – B&H

Camera Cages

  • Movcam Cage for Panasonic GH5B&H
  • Movcam Cage Kit for Panasonic GH5B&H
  • Seercam GH5 CageB&H
  • Seercam Cage for GH5 with Classic HandleB&H
  • Seercam Extension Kit for CUBE GH5 CageB&H